Today is like a double treat for Artsy Fartsy Tuesday. Lonny and Michelle Cloud are the featured artists. I met Lonny on Google + when I noticed some pictures of his artwork. And of course the name of his business was intriguing to me,”Thunder Puppy Art”. The art Lonny and Michelle create is incredibly beautiful. They work together and make hand painted bone earrings, necklaces, original works of art, and so much more. I love all of it! I’ve seen hand painted bone earrings before, but nothing like these. And the original art paintings have such great color, and design. I especially like the War whistle. Here is a little more information about Lonny and Michelle.
The History of bone feather jewelry
Since the 1970’s, Lonny Cloud has worked with numerous artistic mediums including watercolors, acrylics, and oils on many different media to produce a wide variety of native art.
In the fall of 1986, while carving a bust from cottonwood, Lonny had the inspiration to make feathers from bone, a material he was familiar with. With the encouragement of some family members to spur him on, a new form of artwork was born in Drake, Colorado, near Estes Park on the Big Thompson River.
Buffalo, Elk, and Deer bone were the first materials used, and are continued to be used along with Beef and any other bone that is requested. Sterling silver and 14K gold are used as findings, and precious minerals and gems such as turquoise and sapphires are incorporated to make the finest line of bone feather jewelry and art available.
The bone is also used to create multi media fine art pieces, and original paintings and giclee prints are
available as well.
Michelle joined Lonny in 1991 adding her own delicate detail and high quality standards to the mix. She has developed well over 100 new designs in the last 20 years. She also works in other mediums, and constantly works to create new designs.
Lonny and Michelle’s children are all quite good artists in their own right, and have now joined the business as much as their schedules will allow. Many pieces available are a collaboration of the family, and they all look forward to all the new creations that the children are bringing to the venture.
Lonny is a registered member of the Lumbee Nation of North carolina and America, and Michelle is a registerd member of the Pine Ridge Sioux (Oglala tribe)
Be sure to visit their website Thunder Puppy Art , to see all the great art.