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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Works in progress....

Howdy out there in bloggoland.  I am popping in to share some WIP's with ya'll.  Spending today at home in the studio home base trying to get two last minute pieces finished for the Essex Studios open house this weekend.  I will be hanging these puppies up just minutes before the opening.  But, hey that's how most of work some days anyway right?  The first offering is one I am calling, warning long title sequence here. "Wait till they get a load of me or Even Cowpokes get the Blues".  Told ya it was a long one.  He is a tongue in cheek tribute to cross dressing cowboys of sorts.

The next sneak peak is one I am calling "Keeper of the Ancient Knowledge".  Oh, and these pieces are not in their final poses or colors yet.  I have applied layers of decorative papers and fabrics with a ultra heavy matte medium.  They are both polymer clay heads and hands.  Then they were built over a wire and wood armature.  This was then covered in layered cotton batting and fabric.  The Keeper still needs her hair and hair ornament plus the cool thing that she will be holding.  Don't worry I will get pictures of these two once they are done and hanging up on the walls at the studio.  Plus, I will try and get pictures of the show too.  I have two studio mates that will be showing as well.  We three all have new work to show this time around.  Well, that's it for now.  Have a good one out there.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mondays Offering

Todays art piece is my Punkinhead Scarecrow.  I had been mulling this one over a bit.  I wasn't sure if he was finished or not.  But, I like the simplicity of him this way and have decided he is indeed finished.  His head and hands are polymer clay.  The support is willow, paper birch on a wood plaque.  His tattered garb is made from a handmade paper that was obtained in the damaged goods section at my job.  We get first dibs on any damaged stuff.  I used ultra heavy matte medium to stiffen and attach the paper to the body.  He was a great deal of fun.  Hope you enjoy him.  Have a great week out there all my blog friends.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Show News

Todays post is to let you all know about two of the five shows coming up for me here in Cincinnati.  The first one is for the annual show the local guild I belong to hosts each year.  We are the RiverCity Figurative Artists Guild.  It's the second weekend in November at the Kennedy Heights Art Center.  It is always filled with all sorts of art dolls and a few displays too.  This years viewers choice display is the theme of self portraits.  It should be fun.

The second show is actually in a few weeks.  It is the October open studio tour of the Essex Studios where I have a studio space.  It is the anniversary show as this was the month they had their first show some ten years ago.  There are over 100 artists and performing arts groups located there in one building.  So, if you are in the area please come out and join us.  It is October 1st and 2nd from 6-11pm.

Well, I hope to post a new piece or two by the end of the weekend.  I have been working slowly on getting sme pieces done for these upcoming shows plus a few charity events.  So stay tuned.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Monday Not Such A Mystery

Squeaking in by the seat of my pants on this post.  I have been trying to do at least one or two a week.  Here is Mondays offering.  It isn't a mystery this week.  Here is the first witch I have made in a good five years.  I like the challenge of creating a character.  The symbol of the witch is such a powerful one spiritually speaking to me. Her name is Miranda and she is a skilled practitioner of the magical arts.  Her specialty is healing the soul.  She does whatever it takes for her seekers of healing to discover what lies at the root of their discomfort or ill health.  In addition to the healing arts she loves gardening and communing with tress.  However she is dressed here in her finest attire for a special whirlwind speaking tour of Europe and the far east.

This is a closer view of Miranda.  She is polymer clay head and hands.  Her body is a stump body style made out of black suede cloth.  She is weighted with small glass pellets to keep her upright.  She has layers of black lace and some type of fancy black sheer material.  She is wearing a gold necklace with her magical stones in it.  Her hair is New Zealand sheep skin that was cut to size and trimmed to fit.  The wand is made of a thin maple dowel and stained to look like ebony.  Her belt is a fancy antiqued gold metallic ribbon.   Her eyes are small hematite beads.

Well, that's Mondays offerings.  I hope you enjoyed the fruit of my labor this weekend.  I still have several more pieces to finish.  But, I am not sure I will get anymore done by weeks end.  Have a good one everyone.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Brick Finished

I finally finished the altered brick for the "Bricks Along the Journey" brick auction.  It is a local charity that raises money for women who are dealing with breast cancer.  It covers care and assistance.  I love this local charity and it has a lot of personal meaning for me.  Anyway, here is this years offering.  I can't say it is my best work.  But, I really wanted to participate this year.  It was hard to come up with an idea this time around.  So, it hit me one day that I could do a tree of life.  Now mind you, this is not a great photo of it.  The brick is done in all sorts of metallic and shimmering finishes which are hard to photograph.  It is hard to see here, but the tree has a little set of steps leading up to a doorway in the trunk.  The faces represent the faces of humanity and how we are all connected to one another.  So, I hope it raises some much needed money for the cause.  The auction is in October.

Have a great weekend everyone and if the art Gods are smiling upon me, I shall have some new pieces to share later this weekend.  Cio baby.