Art in a Small Space - Bare Your Walls - Open Call

I’m not living with a lot of walls these days.

I call this my Moon Bowl. I carved it out of alabaster and left the rough edge at the top. When the light shines from behind, you can see within the stone. When it comes from above, it shines through the hole, into the bowl, and out into the room.



This angel is unglazed clay. One family in Mexico creates these distinctive creatures which draw on Catholic as well as Indigeno imagery. My angel, which I keep beside my bed, holds a baby goat and plays the guitar.



Somebody pays minute attention to tiny things and etches exquisite lines. The artist’s signature is so small and faint, it makes me wonder if he or she is also tiny.



 Ukiyo- e is the Japanese method of making woodblock prints. Once each woodblock of a single color has been carved and printed, the artist must align the next block so the final prints are registered properly. This process takes time and great care, and results in an extremely limited edition. I made this one of my son thirteen years ago.



Hanging outdoors is a copper heart-shaped leaf fashioned for me by my friend Deby Harvey. She put the title in a note entwined in it – “My ragged heart is fresh and fearless.” You can see her artwork at



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Comment by Midwest Muse on October 31, 2012 at 11:41am

Miss Emily, your moon bowl is lovely.  I imagine it against a brighter wall to make it even more eye popping.  Your angel is a bit Chagall-esque.  It reminds me of the scene in "Notting Hill" where they are sitting in the kitchen and Julia Roberts looks at Hugh Grant and tells him that Love isn't really love without a violin playing goat.  And finally my favorite is the insects.  Truly beautiful.  Thank you for sharing your art!

Comment by Emily Conyngham on October 31, 2012 at 11:53am

MM. yeah, I don't have a bright window space right now, which is where it belongs. You are spot- on about the look of the angel. Thx, MM. These are the things I have chosen to keep out in my little place, the ones with big resonance for me.

Comment by lorianne on October 31, 2012 at 1:18pm

these are all great!   the moon bowl makes me wanna find a hunk of rock and carve...lovely.

Comment by Scylla the Rock on October 31, 2012 at 1:27pm

Amazing art. The print of your son is wonderful.  Thank you for sharing.

Comment by Poor Woman on October 31, 2012 at 1:55pm

I love the look and feel of alabaster. Wish I had your talent for working in stone. Gorgeous work!

Comment by Emily Conyngham on October 31, 2012 at 6:27pm

Not sure where all my comments went, so I will repeat them, because I am so glad you came by my place.

PW, I hope you find a stone of your own, and just have at it. To me, it is the most satisfying art form.

Scylla, I am so, so, so happy to "see" you again. My son is a work of art, and he is an artist himself. this print reminds me that he was always so. I couldn't photograph my charcoal of my daughter because it hangs high.

Loriane - if I have made you want to carve, I'm thrilled. "Crescent City" in your area sells beautiful stones...:)

Rita!!! We love them moons, don't we? I got quite a thrill peeking in people's homes today too. <3

Comment by Hyblaean~ Julie on October 31, 2012 at 10:13pm

mm-mmm, sculpture :D very nice!

Comment by Emily Conyngham on November 1, 2012 at 7:10am

Julie, multi-dimensional is way to make the most of limited wall space, I'm thinking. Most bang for your buck.

Veronica - I love that little guy. Makes me feel loved and lulled. xox

Comment by anna1liese on November 1, 2012 at 11:52am

Amazingly lovely ... these ...

Comment by Emily Conyngham on November 1, 2012 at 6:14pm

"annaliese, lovely these".  You are a poetess. You are so nice to me. Thank you for swinging round.


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