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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happiest of New Years to One and All


My goblin of good cheer and the sneaky wine thief would like to wish you all out there the happiest of New Year from all of us here in Codyland. May 2012 be the best year yet despite all the doom and gloom predictions out there.  I personally believe it will be the year of enlightenment.  I am planning on bigger and better things in my life and creative endeavors.  I wish the same for all of you including good health prosperity and abundance.  May the world see more peace than war.  Dance, sing make art and prosper and live long as the Vulcans say.  My love to you all and a BIG sincere thank you for following along on my adventure.  Until next year, Cio.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays to One and All


I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Festive Kwanzaa and light filled Yule.  May your new year to come be the best ever.  Thank you to all my followers for keeping me inspired and informed.  I love you all.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Little Something Different


I wanted to share something a bit different than my usual art fare.  Here is a shot of the finished commission piece I have been working on for a friend.  He wanted me to paint something to represent the sign of Pisces.  The main element is the ruling planet Neptune.  I was asked to create a somewhat accurate portrayal of the planet.  Also the symbols where included as was the constellation of pieces.  I was painted in acrylics and a little mixed media too.  I really like how it turned out.  The big test is whether he will like it.



Another piece is for a company gift exchange tomorrow.  My secret person I am giving to doesn't really appreciate the creatures I create.  So, I decided to do something a little more artsy.  I love doing these little sculpted pieces.  I made this one into a magnet.  It measures about 3x3 inches.  I used my sculpting technique using acrylic mediums.  I am planning on creating a class for this technique.  So, if you are interested stay tuned.

Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.  I have been keeping myself busy making gifts, working at the art store and planning lots of fun new things for the new year.  I have a nine day vacation starting Christmas eve.  So looking forward to that one.  Will check back in to see what's up with you all.  Thank you for taking time out to visit my humble art spot.  I love you all.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Ornament Exchange



Well, with much pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth, I finally completed my ornament for this years exchange.  It was for the RiveCity Figurative Artists Guild that I am a member of and our Christmas Brunch tradition  This years theme was to be based on some art form or ism.  Our luncheon is being held in the Cincinnati Art Museums cafe this year.  So, I thought this theme was appropriate.  At the last minute I finally decided to honor our ancient traditions and do a piece loosely based on a variety of petroglyphs.  It is kind of simple but, I really like the way it turned out.  It is very totem like in the way it looks.

It's been a busy fall season and I have been one of the lucky artists who have sold a nice amount of work.  At both of the Essex Studios art walks I received a lot of great feedback.  Nothing inspires an artist more than that.  So, I am really inspired to get going on some new things and yes, even a new class is on the horizon.  Have a great weekend everyone.  Until next time in Codyland.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Oak Man finished

First let me apologize for such a poor photo.  It is slightly out of focus.  Not too bad, but I am doing this quickly before it gets too dark.  I just finished Oak Man and had to share the outcome.  A bit late but, that seems the way life is of late.  Anyway, here he is and you can get am idea of how it looks.  I will be taking better pictures of him later in the month when I can get to the studio.


I used some of the same techniques that were used in the tree spirit piece in the last post.  Many layers of paint and glaze.  I love this process and will probably keep exploring this technique a bit further now that I have several under my belt so to speak.  Truthfully this is the one thing that has sustained me the last few weeks.  I go to such a happy place when I am working on my art.  There are so many ideas I can't seem to get them all going.  Thank goodness for sketch books and journals.

Oh, I am thinking of offering an expanded version of my acrylic mediums class this winter after the holidays.  What do you all think?  Would any of you be interested in that?  It would be in January after all the holiday madness is over.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the idea.

I hope you all have a great weekend out there.  I hope to post a few more in progress pics of some small pieces I am trying to finish before I start new stuff.  Best laid plans as they say.  Love you all and see ya on the flip side.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Monthly Mediums Challenge

The Plaza Artists Materials Cincinnati Clifton branch is the host of our employee mediums challenge.  It is the art retail supply store where I work.  We employees have taken it upon ourselves to work with a variety of mediums each month.  The medium is chosen for each month and this latest installment is all about acrylic paint mediums.  In my last post I showed you some in progress pictures of the pieces I was working.  Well I finished the wood nymph and she is now residing at the store for a month before she travels to the Essex Studios for Decembers art walk.  Unless of course a customer at work falls in love with her and wants to buy her.  Her companion Oak Man is not finished but, I will be working on him this weekend.  So without further ado here is Wood Nymph an experiment in acrylic mediums and mixed media.

Wood Nymph is 12x16 inches mounted on a stretched canvas for structural support. I used a variety of mediums and paint techniques on her.  There is a textured handmade paper that was applied to the surface of the panel before the figure was sculpted on it.  Then I used Super Heavy matte gel medium to create additional texture.  Next a layer of crackle paste was applied in a few areas.  Once that was all dry she was coated with several coats of Gesso.  Then the long paint process of glazing layers and a dusting of metallics for a bit of shimmer.  It took me approximately 14 hours to complete her.

That's it for today.  I hope to post Oak Man sometime this weekend when he is finished.  Thank you as always for stopping by.

Monday, October 31, 2011

New Directions


Happiest of Halloween to you all out there in cyberspace.  I hope your week will be off to a spook-tac-u-lar start.  As you may have noticed, I have started to try a few things in the studio.  This process isn't exactly new to me.  But, I haven't sculpted a relief style figure this big as of yet.  So, I have decided to try this format out for a bit.  Unfortunately I have hit the imaginary brick wall in regards to my big project on my mythic journey.  I am struggling with the format and time issues.  You know I am not the most patient of people.  So, this process of planning and trying to create the characters with so many other ideas flying at me and having to work a real job.  Take their toll on my ability to devote tons of time on anything really.  Instead I break it up into little fragments and nothing really gets accomplished it seems.  This seems to be the story of my life of late.  At least the big anxiety wave has passed for now.

What you might want to know is what are these two pictures of?

At my art store retail job, we the employees are undertaking an exploration of different media each month.  This month it has been about using acrylic mediums in whatever fashion we choose.  The finished results will be displayed in our store along with the products we used.  So these two panel sculpts are being done for that purpose.  I couldn't decide on a subject so being the over achiever I am, I decided to sculpt two and pick the one I liked the most.  Here they are in the I just sculpted them phase.  Once they are dry and ready to paint, I will embark on that process.  Cramming a twenty hour painting process into just a few in order to meet the deadline..


These are constructed on stretched canvas that I applied several layers of chip board.  Then they were covered with coats of gesso and decorative papers.  Once that was dry, I sculpted the figures onto it using Das Pronto air dry clay.  Once this is dry I will coat with several coats of sealer then the long paint and glaze process.  I used super heavy matte gel medium for most of it and then on the second image there is some Golden Paints crackle medium smeared on with a palette knife in a few spots.

The first image is Oak Man and the second piece is Wood Nymph One.  I will keep you all posted with the progress.  So have a great week and thanks as always for stopping by.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Chorus

It's been a bit since I have posted a completed art piece.  I have been working behind the scenes on a number of things.  My mythic journey is coming along.  Here is a glimpse of the first completed character, one of the chorus figures.  He is the prototype for the rest of the characters' costumes and hair treatments.


This is the full view from the front of the character.  His costume is made of handmade papers.  The hair is from a sheep pelt of a New Zealand sheep.


Here is a closer view of his head.  Each of these characters seven in all are different sizes and are in different poses.


This is a side view of the character.  I have enjoyed using the paper for constructing the costumes so far.  Ask me when I reach the seventh character.  The paper is a bit easier to manipulate.  There is virtually no sewing required.

Now I just have to finish the six remaining and move on to the other characters for the first scene.  It's just plain busy this time of year.

Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for stopping by.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Essex Studios Open House

Hi out there in blog land.  I have been busy the last few weeks with work and getting ready for the Essex Studios October art walk that took place this past weekend.  I have to say it was one of the best shows ever for me and my studio.  Jared Christopher Queen is the marketing and PR person for the studios and he has done a superb job generating excitement and buzz about the studios.

OK so you probably want to see some pics of the studio.  These were taken on Friday just before we opened up for the evening.


This is outside the entrance to our studio.  My partner Buck shares it with me.  Our studio is located in the middle of the main second floor hallway.  It's considered prime realistate int he building.


This is a shot of the magnet display.  Most of these were gone by the end of Saturday evening.



Here is part of one of the display walls.


Further down the same wall you can see more of my wall pieces.


Hanging out are some of the new Ghostie ornies I made.



A shot of our modest snack table.  I took this before I put out the other bottle of wine.


The main display table and wall ready for the crowds of viewers to come.  As you can see it is pretty crammed full of stuff.


These last three pictures are of my partner Bucks stained glass art.



Hope you enjoyed taking a tour of the show.  We had such a great time talking to all the people that visited us and bought our art.  I actually had one young man who was moved to tears by a tree painting.  Never had that happen before but, it was a humbling experience.  This weekend has really renewed my creative spirit like no other in the past.  This is for many reasons.  I think what surprised me most was how much my art really did have an impact on people.  That is the highest complement I could ever hope for in creating art.  Buck and I received many many comments on how our studio was the crowd favorite.  Not just because of the art but, also the atmosphere of real appreciation for the public's interest.

Hope you all have a grand week ahead.  I will try and post some updates of my new work this coming weekend.  Cio!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Oh, what a week.

Hi there out in blog land.  I hope all of you who are visiting me are doing well.  It is Autumn here in the Rivercity and one of my favorite times of the year.  It also signals the back to school season at the University near where I work at Plaza Artist Materials.  So, this past week has bee full of chaos, new faces and some non work related disappointments.  But, in the midst of all that I did manage a wee bit of work in the studio.


This is a character I am working on for my visual theater series.  He is tentatively called Old Goat.  But, that might change.  I will wait until he is completed to give you the whole idea of who is and how he relates to the story.  His head and hands are sculpted from super sculpey.  His body is an aluminum alloy wire armature and then wrapped with many layers of cotton batting to fill out his form.  I created shoe forms for his feet as they will be covered anyway.  It makes the shoe creation much easier down the road.



Here is another view of him from a different angle.  I still have to finish the painting and detailing of his head and hands before I begin the costuming process.  But, that can be the fun part.  I want him to look old and worn just a little.  But, he may decide to be a bit more dapper.  We shall see.



Lastly, a pearly coat of white on the robes of the chorus.  You can't see in this picture but, I have painted the whites of the eyes and am ready to detail the faces.  Once I have that stage complete I can move on to the costumes.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.  I an hoping to get more done in the studio.  My studio at the Esses Studios is going to be open for their next show on October the 7th and 8th.  You can read more about that here.  So I need to get some things done.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Another Layer

Greetings my blog friends.  I hope this Friday finds you doing well.  I have managed to get the Gesso coating on the chorus characters of my little mythic journey theater project.  Finally, I feel like my old creative self again.  I suppose it eas that process of refilling the well.  The fog has lifted, there's an anticipation in the air around me.  So, needless to say I am taking full advantage of this energy.



Here is a group photo of the chorus.  They have their first coat of Gesso painted on them.  The next step is painting the heads and hands and getting that detailed.  Once I can get past that stage, I plan on painting a light layer of pearl white onto the Gesso-ed surface.  This will serve as the under garment.



Once the under garment layer is dry, I will be applying the handmade paper to create the final costume.  This is a new process for me and I absolutely love it.  Building up the armatures are much more interesting and forgiving than other processes allow.  This process suits my working techniques really well.



Once I get these guys finished, I will be working on my little me self portrait.  I anticipate that being the hardest thing for me to accomplish.  I am not one for self portraits in general. But, you know, I am undergoing some internal changes in attitude that are causing me to rethink this aversion to seeing my own image.  I have began wearing cologne which I haven't done for years.  I have actually made my own very subtle scents to wear.  But, there is something rather bold about wearing store bout colognes.  It is kind of like dressing up for me.  I have also started to wear an ear ring again. Haven't done that in over a decade.

There is obviously something in the air.  But, in all honesty I think it is the tremendous amount of spiritual journeying I have made in the past few years.  It has been a personal form of therapy to delve into discovering who I really am as a person, a member of the Universe and what kind of creator being I am.  This mythic journey process has been one of the most important things I have ever done for myself.  All thanks, in part to the class I taught last winter.  It planted a seed that really bore some interesting fruit for me personally.  Thanks for sharing my rocky road with me.  I feel I am just getting started.  I hope you will stay tuned to see what else I get myself into.

Cio.

Monday, September 12, 2011

New characters...

Good Monday morning to all of my followers and visitors out there in cyberspace.  I hope you are enjoying the beginning of this bright new week.  I managed to get some physical work done on my big project this past weekend.  I think my little down funk is waning.  So, I managed to get the first set of characters  for the first scene in my visual theater project well underway and are about halfway completed.  They are going to be a chorus, aka Greek version.  I applied the brown paper covering over the base armature to create the foundation for the garment.



There are seven characters so far.  I think I may keep it at this number as it is a significant number symbolically for me too.  The next steps are painting the head and hands the final skin color and detailing these, base coat of gesso on the garment before applying the final layer of handmade paper to create the gown or robe effect.



Here is another fun shot of the characters.  Once I have these finished, I am planning to make the child figure.  He will be based upon me as a little boy.  This will be a fun and challenging project for me to occupy my creative time with.  Hope you all stay tuned.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Yes, it's been ages.

Well, I have not fallen off the end of the earth.  Even though it must seem like it.  This has been a rather odd summer for me.  But, rest assured I have been keeping busy, just not with the actual making of art yet.  I have been plotting and planning a big project that I am finally starting to work on.  But, in the meantime, I have done some baking.


As my Clementine Cheesecake is a testament to that.  I made this for a party I am attending today.

Secondly is a coiled vessel I made as a result of a class given by Robbie Porter, a member of the RiverCity Figurative Artists Guild here in Cincinnati.  It was a class to learn the technique of coiled baskets in hopes of incorporating the technique into a more figurative shape.


This was the result.  I call it an coral vessel.  So, kiddies that's what I have been up to so far.  Thank you for keeping up with my adventure so far.  Have a great week ahead.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

August Update


Hi out there in blog land.  I know it has been a bit since I last posted.  Please know I am not ignoring you all out there.  But, as I may have hinted at in earlier posts.  My work is undergoing a big change in direction right now.  I am still sculpting, but I am venturing into a different mode of presenting my creations.  I will give you a hint.  What do sculpted characters, lights, settings, backdrops and special effects have in common?  Yes, I am trying something totally different for me.  It is time that I merged a number of creative interests to present my story.  Last winter I taught an online class called Artspell, The Alchemy of M.E.  The ME stood for my experience.  It was a class meant to teach us how to discover our own mythic journey.  How can we tell the story of who we are to the world.  Little did I know this would open a rather big door.  So, my friends I have decided to step through this door of uncertainty.  I must admit that I have a great deal of fear in that I am not sure how this will all turn out in the end or if anyone will even be interested.  But, I know I must follow my heart.  My hope dear friends and creative peeps is that you will have the patience to follow along with me. I intend to post updates to my progress.  The above picture is some of the heads I have been working on as I have painted them and they are awaiting some finishing touches before they are given bodies.  They will all be characters in my mythic journey with more to come.  Many more as this is going to be a big project.  Most of what I have now are notes and little sketches of settings and lighting notes.  So nothing concrete to share yet.  But, soon so hopefully you will stay tuned.  My goal is to have the first scene done by this October.

Thanks again for visiting me and supporting my artistic adventure.  It has only begun, in earnest.

Cio!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

What to do?


Hello my wonderful blog friends out there.  Sorry for the long silence.  I have been really struggling to get work done this summer.  There is always an excuse of one sort or another.  But, in the interim. I have decided to show some pics of my playing around with images of my little characters.  These are some of my early art dolls that I took digital pictures of and then imported them into Photoshop and had fun just playing around with them.  My original intent was to make ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) with the images.

When I get some of my current works in progress complete I am planning on using them in some digital picture storytelling experiments.  Yes, I need a new distraction.



All three of these figures were made using the stump doll style of body.  The heads and hands are mixed media.  Back in the day I used molds and then would alter them to create more unique features.  It's a lot of fun actually.  The advantage to using a molded head as the starting point is it saves loads of time.



The last one here is one that I made as a joke.  The actual art doll is called Devil in a Red Dress and it looked like a cross dressing devil.  He was really fun to make.  I am actually revisiting this character a bit in a new piece in the works.  A bit updated however.

As I may have mentioned.  This summer I am taking time out to create art I want to create without any pressure to sell it or make something I think people will want to buy.  I guess in all honesty, I love making my goblins and such, but when I made them to please the buying public, I began to not enjoy them so much.  So, I am playing and experimenting, taking my time to do what I feel like doing.  I will keep sharing with you all as I get things finished or even in the middle.  Thank you as always for visiting me and giving me words of encouragement once in a while.  I love you all for that.  You don't know how much that simple act means to me or anyone else for that matter.  Have a great rest of the week out there.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Heads heads everywhere.


So, what's on my work table.  Well, layers of projects in various stages of completion or not.  My last post was talking about the Thinking Cap series.  That is still moving forward all be it slowly.  I am taking my time with that one.  It is slowly evolving into a very personal exploration into the power of words and how they shape our lives in subtle ways.  Kind of like labels or powerful spells that hit our psyches.  So, I am taking my time in exploring that idea.  At first I thought I would do pieces playing with the idea of four letter words. But,, quickly found myself looking at my choices of the words I had intended on using.  Starting thinking about why I chose particular words.  That morphed into words that I realized had some impact on my life whether it was positive or negative.  Anyway that is where that series is at this point in my art drama.  But, above is a shot of some heads I am working on for a variety of ideas and uses.  This whole summer and maybe beyond is about personal exploration and experimenting.  I figure I need to recharge my batteries and not worry about selling.  That is what my day job is for anyway, to make ends meet.  The art sales have always been a bonus.  Yes, my dream is to become a self supporting artist some day.  But, I also want to be authentic in my work.  So, I figure this time of self exploration and experimentation will benefit me in the long run.  I hope to discover some cool things along the way I can pass on in a class or two.  So, who knows.what may come out of all this personal indulgence.  I hope you will walk along with me as I share some of my personal creative journey.  Until next time my awesome friends out there.  Keep smiling it makes life a little better.  It really does.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thinking Caps Series Stage Two

Hi my wonderful peeps out there in blog land.  I thought I'd do a quick post to let you see I am still working.  I have really started to think about my work in a different way.  So, I am embarking on a rather large series of pieces that all relate to one another.  I guess that is why it is a series.  Duh!  Anyway, In my previous post I showed you the beginnings of a new series.  At that point it was supposed to be just six pieces in a three part grouping.  But, for some reason the muses have decided otherwise.  In response to my plea to the universe to improve my process and get back into the fun of artistic exploration, this new series was presented to me in a flash of inspiration.  Don't you just sit back at times and think to yourself.  Where in the heck did that come from?  Well, that's kind of what happened here.


Which leads me to the above picture.  Here are the first six figures in stage two of their construction.  I have added the skin for the body by applying a layer of Das Pronto air dry clay.  The hands were made from paper clay and added.  The feet are some toy shoes a friend of mine gave me.  A whole bag full.  I haven't actually counted them so, I am sure I don't have enough to use them on all twenty six characters.  Yes, that's right there will be twenty six of these little fellows and ladies.  The shoes are attached with a bit of apoxy sculpt clay.  I love that stuff for connecting things together.

My concept for this series is as follows.  I love playing around with words and text so, it hit me why not do pieces based on words in some way.  Originally the pieces were going to be a commentary on love.  Love was the first word.  Then another thought.  Why not create a series of figures that represent a four letter word.  One for each letter of the alphabet.  It is something I can have a little bit of fun.  There are some possibilities here and it will give me something to exercise some of my techniques on as well.  Now, the joy of finding some interesting four letter words is my next task..  No, I am not going to use the obvious explicative here.  Even though, that could be fun too.

Until next time.  I hope to get the figures ready for their words this weekend.  Until then my friends, thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day WIPs

Hello out there my friends in blog land.  I hope you are out enjoying the weekend holiday.  I also wanted to take this time  to remember those who have suffered loss of any sort.  My thoughts are with you.

Now for some works in progress.  You ever have one of those experiences where you see something that sort of inspires you?  Then without you really knowing it, it grabs you by the collar and shake the living art stuff out of ya?  Well, I think that has happened to me of late.  Recently I viewed a little documentary about an artist named John Frame.  He has a show in California. Anyway, as I was watching his little bio it struck me that this artist is living my dream life.  Wow!  What an awe inspiring thing for me.  It is hard to put into words.  But, it seemed to validate my dream in a way that was hard for me to convince myself of before.  Again, it is hard to put into words.  Needless to say I am really jazzed.  So, I have had this whole series of works in my head for months.  I actually have several series in my head which is what is wrong with me I guess.  It is getting very crowded up there.  So, I decided to really jump in in earnest to try and get these crazy pieces out into the world.


So, I am beginning with a small series of pieces tentatively titled the "Thinking Cap Series".  It is going to be fun working on these guys.  Here is a photo with the beginnings of their construction.  I had the heads left over from a class I taught back in April of this year and decided to recycle them.  It is a part of the story.  Yes, there will be a story of sorts to go with them.  They will be created in a group of three, two and one lone guy.


Here is a close up of one of the figures that has the arms and body armature completed.  I like to do these in stages so that I have everyone kind of getting to the same place together more or less.  The heads are primarily polymer clay with some additions of apoxy sculpt clay where I needed to alter it a bit.  I wanted some of the features to be a bit exaggerated on some of the figures.  The bodies are wood armature with wire for the arms.  I will sculpt hands for them out of either apoxy sculpt or paper clay.  I haven't quite decided yet.  The bodies will be covered with some sort of decorative papers.  That's about as far as I can actually tell you at the moment.  I have other things planned for them.  But, it all depends on how I can figure out all the details.  I am getting to put my art materials knowledge to the test which excites me to no end.

So, get out there and get inspired to do more of what you do.  You will thank yourself for that.  Oh, and tell those you care about you love them.  They will appreciate that too.  That in and of itself can be a big inspiration.  I send you all out there love and great big truckloads of inspiring thoughts.

Cio!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Merrily Merrily in the Month of May

Wow!  I can not believe how much time flies by each month.  It seems like yesterday I had gone to Artistic Figures In Cloth in Columbus and now it is racing to the end of the month.  I wanted to post a project I did for the joint meeting of the Circle City Dollmakers of Indianapolis Indiana and the Rivercity Figurative Artists Guild. We usually meet halfway between the two cities.  This year we met at the Sherman House in Batesville Indiana.  It is a fun little German themed restaurant and Inn.

Each year one of the clubs hosts a challenge for us all to make a figure based upon.  This years challenge was to create a doll based on the western zodiac signs.  My figure is based upon my rising sign of Aries.


His head is polymer clay with antique glass cab eyes.  He sports a red fur mohawk.  His hands are poly clay as well.  His body is a cloth and wire armature construction.  His legs are made of willow branches and mounted into  a wooden base.  The body is covered with African mud cloth applied with super heavy matte medium and the arms ar a handmade paper applied the same way as the body fabric.  The head and hands are also hand painted.


This is a close up front view of the head.  His necklace is a turquoise donut on leather string.


A close up side view of the head.

This figures technique and construction were a direct result of taking the class at AFIC from Susie McMahon.  She is an excellent teacher and really helped me push myself creatively in new directions.  Thanks Susie I needed that.  So, there you have it for this week.  I have  a few smaller projects in the works as always but, never enough time to work on them all.  Maybe someday I can live the life of a working artist.  Have a great weekend and week ahead my friends out there.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Back From Artistic Figures In Cloth

Howdy to everyone out there in blog land.  I am back from my trip to Columbus to attend the Artistic Figures In Cloth art doll conference.  It was a blast and I really did learn some great new techniques from Susie McMahon who was my teacher.  She hails fro Tasmania Australia.  The class was a three day sculpting workshop and I learned how to use paper clay in a more efficient way.  Needless to say it was well worth it to me.  I am tired, but energized too.  Here is the figure I created.


She is tentatively called "Petitioning Nature for Mercy" and is a paper clay head over stuffed armatured body built on top of a brick.  She has real twigs and decorative papers applied to create her skin and hair.  Then painted with acrylic paints and mediums.  I am trying to decide if I am going to offer this for the upcoming bricks along the journey auction or make another.  It may be hard to give this one up.

Well, I am really pooped.  So, I am off to get some rest before work starts tomorrow.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

At Last!

Hello all of my friends out there in blog land.  I have finally broken through the creative dessert and found a small oasis of art doings.  Before I head off to AFIC (Artistic Figures In Cloth) later today, I wanted to post the finished figure.  This was made for a special exhibit challenging the participants to create a doll without a traditional means of support i.e. doll stand.  So, I created "It Came From Planet Claire".


If you remember in my last post I gave you a sneak peek.  This piece was a true mixed media fantasy for me.  I started off with a polymer clay head I had made last fall.  I was in this mood to make a block head for some reason.  Well, now that I am interested in including a mid century sci fi theme in my work at this point I thought it made a great start.  I have a small collection of old vacuum tubes, so one of these was used for the top.  The body is a wrapped wire armature mounted so that I could create a canvas skirt over a wooden base.  This was then stuffed just enough to give it some form.  I mounted the base on to a heart shaped box which seemed to create a good ankle shape.  Apoxie sculpt feet were then sculpted and attached to the heart shape box.  Everything was painted in black and silver acrylic paint.  The costume is a layering of a variety of black fabrics.  He is holding a glass crystal cube.  The necklace pendant is a piece of dichroic glass fusion that a friend gave me  There is also a small dichroic cab in the head piece as well.

It didn't turn out exactly how I envisioned it, but all in all I am happy with him.  This is my first piece in a hopefully large series of works.  You know how that goes.  Best laid plans and all.

I hope to post pictures of my experience at AFIC, my class and the awesome exhibits that will be there.  This will be a welcomed break form my chaotic life.  There are some not fun things on the horizon, I am hoping to ward off with a dose of extreme positive energy.  That usually does the trick for me.  Until next time my awesome friends out there.  Cio!

Monday, April 25, 2011

What's On My Work Table?

Top of the morning to you all out there in blog land.  Sorry for the longish absence from posting.  It's been a busy April and no sign of slowing down until the middle of May.  So, to peak your curiosity hopefully, I am showing you a few snippets of what is on my work table right now.

This first snap is of a few fun little projects for the upcoming studio art walk at the Essex Studios, where my home away from home is located.  The open house tour is May 6th and 7th from 6-11pm for those of you in the Cincinnati Ohio area.


Here you can kind of see two figures from a series I call Personal Mojo's.  They are almost finished.  Just needs the final layers and embellishments.  Also, you can see a few little panels sculpts I am working on.  Those are still not done.  The last bits on this table are some little art doll pins I am making just for those little quickie sales.  They are based on a pin project my local doll did a year or so back.

This last picture is just a sneak peek of a figure I am trying to finish for the Artistic Figures In Cloth conference that is being held in Columbus Ohio this week.  I am fortunate to be taking classes this time instead of teaching.  It will be a welcome change of pace.  In addition to an awesome class, I will get to reconnect with some many of my friends.


So, the premise for this figure is one that is not requiring a traditional stand for allowing the figure to stand up.  It is supposed to be self supporting in some way.  The other criteria is it has to be comprised of at least 50% cloth or fiber.  But, I still decided to sculpt the head, hands and feet for it.  The body and most of the costuming will be cloth.  That will provide more than 50% fiber.  This figure is my first step in the mid century sci-fi themed work I am currently pursuing.  Like my style title?  Well, he doesn't qualify as steampunk, and I honesty like the idea of using old parts to radios, televisions and such.  Once he is finished I will unveil him.

Well, that's it for today.  I am really trying to get everything packed, finished so I can head off into doll lart fantasy land Thursday.  Have a great Monday everyone..

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Still Moving Along

A slow uphill course but, I am still moving forward.  Yes, I am trying to get my creative mojo back.  Yet, I am making little discoveries along the way.  One is that I have a deep seated desire to work with fiber and textiles again.  So, I asked a dear friend of mine who is an outstanding art quilter and teacher, David Walker if he would tutor me on his method of making art quilts.  I am not interested in the traditional.  I never really do anything traditional.  But, I need a foundation on which to launch myself into the stratosphere of art again.

I believe a lot of my ideas, imagery and stories will translate well into the art quilt medium.  Hopefully you all can follow me along on my journey.  So, many ideas, so little time to get them down.  But, I will pick one and start there.  Stay tuned for that.

On another note, I have here a picture of some of the small works I have in progress.


These are fun little things I like to play around with.  Many of them are air dry clay heads or faces mounted on panels.  Ready for the fun with mediums and mixed media stuff.   Here is a picture of an earlier piece I did a few years back that inspires these newer incarnations.


I think some of these images can translate well to the art quilt medium.  We shall see how it goes.  Hey, it's another excuse to play with fabric and other stuff.

I will be off teaching in Columbus next week.  So, I have to get busy preparing for that.  So, you all have a great weekend and I'll see you around the bend.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

New Work of SOrts

Wow!  I can't believe it's been so long since I have posted new work.  But, honestly I haven't really created anything new up until this last week.  As I have told many of my artist friends.  I am going through what I call my mid life crisis in creativity.  As an artist, I have undergone many changes in direction and mediums throughout my artist career.  Once I even went a whole year without making art.  Cycles are a fickle thing sometimes.  Part of this is probably due to the fact that I produce lots of work when I am in the zone.  Suffice it to say, I am going through a creative and emotional house cleaning of sorts.  This can all be traced back, at least in my mind, to the battle with cancer last year.  One tends to go through a period where you question everything and realize you want to make everything count in some way.

What I have been doing is teaching a little.  Last weekend I taught a class for the Gilded Lilies of Columbus Ohio.  The class is called Mediums Make Your Art Go Round, and is all about using acrylic mediums in your art.  The class learns what the various mediums are and what they do.  Then we embark on making some fun stuff using the mediums.  So, the piece posted below was started in that class.  It is a clay head glued to a heavy illustration board.  Then mounted on a 5x7 inch Masonite panel.  The background is a recycled map from a National Geographic magazine.  Then I applied crackle paste to the area around the head.  Next I applied layers of paper saturated with super heavy matte gel so that I could sculpt with it.  I used this to create the robs and shroud like elements.  It was all painted and then antiqued.


I call this piece "The Last Prophet" and is mounted in a frame made of old wood.  The piece is 5x7 inches.

On another completely different note here.  If you are interested in taking a class with me or any of the other instructors at the following event, please check it out.


I will be teaching a class on Friday April 15th called Personal Mojo.  You can find the information for Artiscape here.  This is a great event for mixed media arts.  The classes are ala carte so you can take what you want without feeling like your paying for stuff you don't want.  Anyway, if you are interested please give it a look see.

Well, my friends that's it for now.  I have a bunch of little things in the works and I hope to get back to figures soon.  We shall see how the ole' muse plays out.