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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bricks Along the Journey

This is a work I am very proud of. It was created for a local charity for breast cancer, called Bricks Along the Journey, Bricks for Breast Cancer. Artists were asked to take a brick and transform it into a work of art that would then be auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer research and cure. I am proud and happy to say that my brick here fetched $450 for the cause. It is a polymer clay fused to the brick and then painted to resemble a dark bronze. I used a variety of sculpted and molded faces to create this milange of faces. We are not just a bunch of nameless faces was my theme.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Home Studio

Okay, here is a shot of my work table in my home studio. I feel so lucky that I have two places to work. I have a larger studio space that I share with two other artists in a studio building about two miles from home and this space at home. In this shot you can see all the things I am currently working on. So, expect to find these here in the coming days. I need these pieces done by February 7th so, I need to get a move on eh?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tithe, A Modern Fairy Tale

Well, I have finally found a book to read after several attempts. Unfortunately for me I am a picky reader. I love to read, but don't have tons of time. SO the book must be really good at grrabbing my attention and keeping me involved. Tithe, by Holly Black is one such book. I love the way she pulls you into her world. It is a fantasy which I just love. One thing I have discovered about myself is I like modern fantasy. I think it is called urban fantasy too. That is why the Harry Potter books were so compelling to me. This book by Holly is geared to youg adult readers, but it doesn't seem like it to me. I hope you give it a try if you like fantasy books. No affiliation just enjoying it a lot.

Blockhead Three the sequel

This is the third blockhead in a series. I am hoping to do more but, for now this is the last one. I like to display all three together, but they don't have to be. I used the same construction process.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Another Blockhead

Okay, here is blockhead number two. I suppose I should give a little background on these guys. My inspiration for them comes out of frustration of how men always seem to know everything and are such block heads because we don't listen. Especially politicians. So, this series is my homage to them. I use wooden blocks as the armature for polyclay overlay and sculpt and attached two elm branches to the body using Apoxy Sculpt. The arms are pieces of chain. I used a multi step paint and glaze treatment to give it a metal look. The hair is an assortment of recycled fur.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bas-relief sculpting

Here is a picture of an experiement using paper clay and modeling paste to do a bas relief type sculpt onto a wood panel. I really liked this technique but, it is labor intensive. I used Golden brand acrylics and a little pearlex powder to create the color. You can't really see the pearlex that well here. Oh, and I used some of the duocolor acrylic paints from Daniel Smith. Love those colors a lot. This is called Sun On Blue.

Monday, January 21, 2008

House Mojo New Version

Here are a few examples of my newer house mojos. This time I gave them arms and hands this time and made them less scarecrow like. I used silk flowers and recycled bits of jewelry that friends have given me.

Earlier Sculptures

This series of pieces were done a year or so back. The pieces that are made out of willow sticks and are put in little pots are called house mojos. I have made a bunch of these. To make the heads, I used a variety of sculpts I had molds of and sculpted some origianlly. Some of these guys are made to hang on the wall. I will try and post some of these too. The african dancer is the one made from a broken basket that I recycled. Hope you enjoy them.

Millenium Goddess

Millenium Goddess was a fun piece I created out of found objects, reclaimed dolls, and sculpted head. I painted the whole thing silver and did an antiquing paint treatment using pearlex powders and glazing to create the look of light bronze. I love this piece. It stands about 12 inches high.

Bone Heads

This is a fun little guy I made out of poly clay, wood, chains and metal washers. My inspiration from the day of the dead sculptures I have seen.

More sculpture

I am on a roll here as I have needed to post stuff for over a year now. This peice is my comment on all this apocolypse talk and the end of the world. He is called "Roly Poly Apocolypse" and is made of paper clay painted with acrylics. I used a paper mache egg for the foundation. He has glass beads used for weights. Here you see both front and back views.

Closeup please...

Okay here is the close up I was trying to uypload in the last post. Hopefully you can see the head a little better.

Getting to it.

Well, it's been nearly a year since I last posted anything. I think I have realized that this is the best way to keep anyone updated on what I am working on. So, I am planning on posting here for any current updates to what I am up to.

Due to the cold weather I am making sculptures at home which means that they are small. That's fine as I need to reduce the size at times. I am loving this mixed media stuff and am enjoying scavaging for bits and pieces to use to create new wculpture. I hace even been known to recycle old pieces that weren't quite as successful into something new.

I am posting a few pics here of a few pieces I made for a gallery show back in October of 2007. These are from my Bone head series and are a mix of wood, polymer clay, apoxy sculpt and fiber. They are approximately 24 inches tall and there are three in the series.