This is my Monday Mystery offering this week. These are some of the beginnings of projects that I will be working on this week. I need to really get some pieces done for an upcoming show my local figurative art guild is participating in. We as members can show some work there and hopefully sell. So, as you can see I have a nice collection of heads. The orange one is my pumpkin head almost complete. The gray one is a witch in progress, she needs more work on her head too. The yellow lady is also going to be a magical being, not sure what yet. As you can see lots of possibilities.
Not exactly sunny, todays offerings are of a piece I was able to finish yesterday. He is called Sandman. You may recall in an earlier post the twig figure that had some batting wrapped around his body and a wire for arms? So, here he is finished. His head and hands are polymer clay. I embellished him with some bone beads and a leather sack full of his special sand. This fella is ready to put you to sleep even if you don't think you can get there. Just try to stop him. He measures about 16 inches tall. His body is a fantail willow twig wrapped with cotton batting and hand dyed fabric. His cloak is purchased cotton and a hand dyed cheesecloth scarf.
Here is his closeup. He has fresh water pearl eyes. You will notice that thee are no pupils. He is a blind sandman. He uses the power of his psychic third eye to find his victims, I mean patients. He floats poised to fling the sands of sleep into your eyes. He does actually hang on the wall. I have made a hand hammered copper loop to hang him from. I am off to work some more. I have a ton of projects in various stages of completion. Thank you to all my followers out there. I appreciate all of your feedback and time you take to visit my humble art place. One more reminder about my give away. You can go here to enter. Cio.
I thought I'd share a pic of one of the figures I made awhile back. These guys are called personal Mojos. They were the precursor to my current wall based stick sculpts. This guy is the white flower cowboy. He is supposed to bring a southern flair to your gardening experience. He is sporting some stylish white go go boots. I am proposing a class in making these mixed media figures for Artiscape 2011 in Columbus Ohio. It is a fun mixed media workshop weekend. Lisa Olmer who runs it does a fabulous job. There must be something good in the water of Columbus Ohio. Because two of the best conferences are held there and run by two amazing women. Anyway, I will keep you all posted if I make it in.
Don't forget I am having a giveaway and you still have a few days to enter. You can get to it here.
Today I am working in my studio again, trying like mad to get as much done before the middle of September. Work will be hell then and I will not feel up to making much art for a couple of weeks. Then it is the start of the fall show season for me. So, stay tuned. There will be a witch, pumpkin head and who knows what else will be coming here to make their debuts. Have a great Saturday everyone.
Saturday's strange brew feature. Since I am exploring some darker things in my art of late, I thought I'd introduce you to Cotu. He is the mascot of my new series I am working on in regards to the Carnival of the Unseen. He is certainly one of those beings from somewhere else. You never know what he will do or say. He is the quintessential bad kid. But, he has fleeting moments of niceness.
Cotu is pure assemblage. He is made from part of a vinyl toy baby and a glass Christmas ornament. Plastic wings finish him off in ghoulish style. A rather simple offering from me. But, you know sometimes I think less is more. Have a great Saturday everyone. Oh, and don't forget about my giveaway. You can revisit the post here.
How's your Friday shaping up? Mine, is going pretty well. I have this set of rituals I like to observe on Fridays. After my morning run of errands, I return home for an afternoon of fun. First thing I do is get a loaf of peasant herb bread going in my bread machine. I developed the recipe and it is mighty tasty if I say so myself. Next I spend some time in the home studio working on projects. Well today I was able to finish the two WIPs you saw last time. So, I am presenting them here to you today. After this I am heading to the kitchen again to make a rustic veggie soup and a pineapple exotica cocktail to go with it.
Now, about the figures. If you remember, they were cloth wrapped wire armatures with clay heads and hands. Here is the female figure all finished. These two are the first in my series of work called the Carnival of the Unseen. I will explain more on that in a later post. But, these two were a little bit of a departure for me.
Here you can see the male figure. Yes, his hands are a bit big. They were made that way on purpose. These figures will introduce a very personal series for me. I am exploring the idea of sideshows, freaks etc. But, you will have to wait until later to see how that relates to my personal story.
This is a picture of the two together. They will be hanging on the wall in performance. These figures were wrapped with a second layer of fabric that became the skin and clothing all in one. I then wrapped a variety of fibers around the body. The shoes have couched fibers around the edge and a little bead ornament. Each one has it's own little chest ornament. A clock for the female and a Pisces charm for the male. It is to represent me as I am a Pisces by birth. I haven't named them yet. Any ideas? Anyway, I hope you enjoy the finished results as much as I do. I had a blast making them. As I said a bit of a departure for me. They are a kind of throw back to earlier works I have done in cloth.
Have a fabulous weekend out there all my wonderful artist friends and admirers.
It's time for another installment of Mystery Mondays. Even though you can see these two pretty well. Not withstanding my poor photography not much of a mystery really. The mystery is what will these two figures become. They are an experiment actually in creating pieces that will still hang on the wall, but instead of branches for there bottom third, I gave them legs and feet. They are destined to be performers in the Carnival of the Unseen. At least that is the story the have given me. We shall see if that is true or not. I used two of the heads that I sculpted last week.
Still need to sculpt hands to match the other heads I sculpted. All in good time I suppose.
Also, a reminder of my give away that you can still get in on. You can find the details here.
Have a great and wonderful Monday as well as beautiful week ahead.
You aren't seeing things. I have posted this piece before. But, this time is different. I wanted to celebrate two things in my little life. First is hitting 140 followers here on this blog. I am so honored by the loyal friends who come and visit me and my art goings on. Thank you for that support and encouragement. Secondly, a good friend and artist I know really inspired me with her own unique spiritual perspectives on giving. So, MarZel this is to honor your wonderful contribution to my world as well.
The above piece is only about 6x8 inches in size. But, it's spirit is mighty. At least to me it is. The intention while creating it was to honor the trees that are constantly sacrificed sometimes without thought or honor for humankind. In many cases without a thought, just discarded because they are in our way. The trees are our guardians, give us food, shelter, many things we use in our everyday lives. They help clean up our airand cool down the planet. So, this is my humble offering.
So, I am offering this as a giveaway, to one of my followers. Just leave a comment on this post, be a follower, and on September 1st I will draw a name at random. To make it easier to keep track I will not comment back. I want to make sure everyone has a chance. Thank you for your support of my humble blog and art it is most appreciated. Have a great weekend.
It's time once again for mystery Mondays. Here are a few of the heads I have sculpted this past weekend. These are experiments for a few new pieces I am hoping to get finished for some of the fall shows I am going to be participating in this year. The above is a shot of the four I was able to make. These heads are made from a blend of super sculpey and sculpey III polymer clay. The green ones have a sea shell embedded on the top back of the scull. I was looking for a more alien kind of look for them.
Jere is a close up of the green heads. It will be a surprise as to who or what they will be come. I know, but I am not telling yet. It'll be a mystery befitting a Monday.
This is a bad photo of the cubic head. In revisiting my past I did a series of three pieces I called block heads. So, this is in homage to them. As a matter of fact, I am going to recycle the original three a bit. It is funny how we can see what we would have done differently on something we have made. At least I have a chance to do that this time.
Last but certainly not least is the yellow head with a bit of Mr. Blockhead trying to get in on the shot. The yellow head is feminine but, has an extended skull. Sorry you can't really see that here. Well, there you have it. My mystery Monday offerings for this week. I hope I can continue the trend for a while. Now I need to make hands to match the heads. In addition to these, I still have the heads from the last installment to make hands for. Have a fabulous week my artsy friends.
Don't you just love those cutesy titles. Hey I am having a fun day in the home studio. I've been painting and glazing heads that I sculpted earlier. Hopefully, I will get some more sculpting in as well. Anyway, here is the beginnings of a new wall piece I am working on. I am not quite sure who he'll be yet. He seems to think he should be dispensing sand to get people to fall asleep. Boy could I use some of that stuff. But, the identity usually doesn't show up until I get hands and the body covering on. So, who knows who will show up. Oh, yes I know the picture is less than desirable quality. It just adds to the mystery. Hopefully the finished piece will be better photographed. Well, my wonderful friends out there, have a great weekend. With any luck, I'll be posting some more fun stuff. Until then, Cio!
Well, it's Monday once again. That means another mystery piece or pieces. Here are two heads I sculpted from two of the armatures I showed you all last Monday. It was good to get back into sculpting again. Now the fun of seeing what these two become. I have a few more to sculpt so hopefully something a little further along will show up soon. Have a great Monday out there.
Hey just wanted to pop in and announce the winner of the gibe away for July. The winner is Deb Wallace. Please contact me with your snail mail and I will post your patterns. Thanks to those who participated.