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Monday, January 31, 2011

Ringing out January with a new piece

So, I managed to finish a new piece this past weekend.  At least it is finished for now.  I am not sure if I am going to put anything it the hands.  But, there is a story that goes with it.  So, let me tell you if you don't mind.

There was trouble a brewin on that upstart planet called Terra.  The Elders of the Cosmos were getting a bit irritated at the inhabitants. " Humans were beginning to get a bit ahead of themselves." scowled one elder.  Yes indeed those pesky humans were looking elsewhere for their inspirations.  Why they even began to have the nerve to think they were alone in the universe.  So, without too much discussion on the matter they all agreed something was to be done.  One elder put forth a proposal.  "What we need to do is send the humans something really fierce to bow down to."  "yes, exactly." hissed another elder.

The cosmic design studio was a bit busy on this day that the elders decided to pay a visit.  They announced themselves at it's pearly gates.  "We need to consult with the head master designer." chorused the elders.  "Certainly." answered the gate attendant.  The grand gates opened into an amazing place of stars, planets and galaxy's being created.  Many of these were awaiting their final placement in the universe by the cosmic movers.  Yes, the sights were dazzling to be sure.  The elders were always impressed with the work of the head designer.

They came upon a small pergola where the head master designer was going over some plans for a new planet.  The elders chorused a throat clearing and the head designer looked up.  "Oh, welcome sirs, welcome.  What brings you to my workshop on this fine day?"  the head  designers squeaky voice asked.  For you see, the head designer was one of the oldest inhabitants of the cosmos.  No one really new how old he was actually.  One elder decided to speak up for the group.  "Yes, head master we wish to commission you to create something for us.  "Oh, I see."  said the head designer.  " Yes, it is very important that you begin this assignment right away." stated another elder.  The head designer raised his right eye brow in curiosity.  "The tallest and most imposing elder stepped forth a step or two and began to describe what the commission was to be.

"You see, we need you to create a new God.  One that is the most fierce and horrible God ever.  It must be a powerful God that will be obeyed without any conviction." stated the tallest elder.  "Oh, and where is this new God to be delivered?" questioned the head designer.  "A pesky little planet called Terra." snorted the smallest elder.  "They have gotten a little too arrogant.  We need to show them who's who up here."  The tallest elder took another step forward.  "Can you create a great God of Doom?" questioned the tall elder.   Another elder said.  :We need to clean up that mess down there on Terra."  So, the elders looked at the head designer and after a few moments, the head designer spoke.  "Well, it can be done, but I will have to put some other projects on hold.  What you need me to do hasn't ever been done before.  Yet, I will step up to the challenge."  "Excellent."  hissed the tallest elder.  " I will call you when it is ready."  quipped the head designer.  With that he turned and waddled off leaving the elders standing looking at one another.

Now in the grand time scheme of the cosmos, time isn't measured like it is on planet Terra.  So, in a few hundred years which is merely a few hours in the cosmos, the head designer called the elders back to the design shop.  In the great amphitheater millions of workers were gathered for this special presentation.  Why it wasn't everyday that the elders would personally request a commission.  The head master designer wanted to show off his greatest creation to the entire cosmic community.  He was very proud of what he had designed. The elders arrived and were shown to their seats in the grandstand for very special guests.  Soon the head master designer came out on to the stage.  He welcomed everyone to this momentous occasion.

"My fellow cosmic brothers and sisters, I welcome you to this auspicious day."  stated the head designer.  "For I have been commissioned by the elders to create a special deity for the planet of Terra.  One that has never before been created.  My greatest masterpiece."  continued the head designer.  Speaking with great pride the head designer, "Now I present to you," pause and a great silence fell over the entire audience.  "The Great Horned God of Broom!"  Out came this giant horned God Broom creature sweeping up dust and debris as it moved.  The elders had such a shocked look on their faces.  Soon laughter erupted throughout the audience.  The tallest elder became outraged.  "What is this monstrosity?  How could this have happened?"  the elder yelled.  The youngest elder spoke up.  ":Didn't you know the head master designer is very hard of hearing?

Great Horned God of Broom

Close up of God of Broom head.

So, my fine fellow bloggers and visitors.  What is the moral of this story?  I hope you enjoyed this fun little ditty and the creation behind it.  May the week be good to you.  I will be back later with some more art as I get it finished.  Thank you as always for visiting my humble art space.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sneak Peek as a new Work In Progress

I am trying to resurrect my Monday mystery posts for the new year.  Especially since I have been trying to consistently create in the home studio.  So, here is a sneak peek at one I am working on currently.  The piece is polymer clay and apoxy sculpt.  Hopefully he will be finished by weeks end.

Have a great Monday everyone.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Another finished project

I have been spending some time in the studio finishing up a few projects.  Two of which were the soul portraits that were a part of my Alchemy class lessons.

The premise of the lesson was to create a soul portrait.  Something kind of ethereal or spirit like.  I show my students how to use a variety of acrylic mediums to create texture and stiffen a variety of fabric and paper pieces to create sculptural effects.  So here is soul portrait one.

This is a fun technique.  I will be teaching this for the Columbus Ohio doll group Gilded Lilies in March. Here is Soul Portrait two.   I plan on using this technique a bit more for some of my fun fantasy pieces, I have in the works.  The good thing about finishing up loose ends, is I have some new work to show and it clears off my work table to make room for other things.  I have several hanging pieces that I am going to finish in the next few days.  I am still feeling a bit anxious and restless.  Part of that is due to wanting to try some new things and not having the materials at hand to do it.  Funds are a bit limited at the moment, so I can't go shopping for them.  That is OK as I can always sketch out the ideas so I don't forget them.  On the horizon are some figures incorporating needle felting which I have never done before.  Until next time my art pals.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New piece finished - Nature of Mercy

Isn't it odd how we can one day be at a difficult place and yet another in the bliss?  I am finding that my spiritual path always likes to present me with interesting challenges.  My art is a fundamental part of my spiritual path as some of you may know.  It is one of the greatest ways I have discovered the universe in all it's wisdom and complexity.

The above piece is a great example of the challenges we artists can face creatively.  I have been struggling with this piece for weeks.  It is simple enough.  But, man I could not figure out how to finish her.  Her identity was illusive to me.  After yesterdays post of feeling like I'm in the bardot, it came rushing forth and said I am ready, finish me.  So, her is "The Nature of Mercy" a mixed media piece.  Her head is made of polymer clay, apoxy clay and a resin horn.  Her hands are vinyl doll hands and the body is formed over a fantail willow branch.

She had under gone several re-workings before her final stage.

Originally she had pink hair.  Not sure what I was thinking there.  Then I came across these resin horns.  So that began her new incarnation.

The idea behind these pieces using the branches, is to combine some sort of nature spirit into my fantasy art. I have been working a lot with the concept of the divine mother.  So, here she is the spirit of mercy in nature.  It is abstract in thought I know.  But, sometimes that's how my mind works.  I love her and she is a beautiful personal symbol to me.  One that I can not put into words at the moment.

Hope you enjoy Mercy.  Peace.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Looking back...

Have you ever had one of those days where you reflect on where you have been?  For some odd reason that keeps coming up in my life of late.  Maybe it is because I am going through one of those incubation periods creatively, or just plain burn out.  I do not know.  But, creating anything is like pulling hens teeth.  I am using some of the techniques I teach in my Alchemy class and it is helping.  I thought you'd get a kick out of seeing me in my early days of doll making.  Here is a shot of me working on one of my cloth dolls that I designed myself.  It is taken in my favorite studio space I ever had.  It was the top floor of where the art store that I work at used to be located.

Our store moved last year to a space around the corner from the old space.  I still have dreams about working in the old space and being able to go to my studio on my lunch break.  This was twelve years ago believe it or not.  Now I am creating in clay instead of cloth.  Marching to my own hero's journey.  Fortunately the ideas are still swimming around in my head.  I am going to attempt to scribble them down before they evaporate.  Oh, one of the exercises in my class is one of using favorite foods to trigger creative energy.  So, I made a batch of sweets I call cookie crack.  It is a toffee like cookie bar made out of saltine crackers of all things.  This stuff is so addictive I nick named it cookie crack.

Cody's Cookie Crack

2 sticks of butter
1and 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
1 and 1/2 sleeves of saltine crackers (enough to cover bottom of 9x13 inch pan
2 cups of chocolate morsels
1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice.  I use mixed
Preheat oven to 350 F
cover 9x13 baking sheet with parchment and then line with crackers.

In a saucepan melt butter and sugar together until bubbly and let it cook for three minutes stirring constantly. Spread mixture over crackers and bake in oven for ten minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate morsels over hot cracker mixture.  Let chocolate melt and then spread with a spatula over the cracker mixture to coat.  Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the chocolate layer and let cool completely.  Now you can break into small cookie size pieces.  Enjoy!  Bwahahahaha....

Anyway, hope your Monday is a good one and the week flows like sweet honey for you.  If I get any good scribbles I will try and share them with y'all.  Cio!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Second Finished Sculpt of 2011

This is the second finished sculpt of the new year.  He is a Lucky Kappa even though I incorrectly called him a Tengu.  He is a Japanese goblin that lives in the mountain streams.  He has a depression on the top of his head where there is water.  If you trick him to spill his water he is then rendered immobile.  So, I created this Lucky version for my friend Micha for Christmas.  I couldn't post until we had our exchange today.  He stands about 6-7 inches high and is made of polymer clay.  His head cup is made from an acorn cap.

Here is a picture of the depression in the top of his head.  I created the water from a tinted clear tar gel acrylic medium.  This was a fun little piece to make.  I think I may make a few more.

Hope your new year is going well so far.  Have a great week ahead.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

New Art Sort of

Hello my fellow artists and followers.  Happy New year to you all and hope this one will bring some great things your war.  I have been busy the last five weeks with my online class and am just about to wrap it up.  I had a blast creating video tutorials for it and man was that a big learning curve.  My students were all great and hope they liked the class.  Below is the final project for the class.  There were a number of smaller projects that lead up to this one.  This is totality or the Alchemy of ME doll.  Below is the one I made along with the class so that the techniques were fresh.

Here is a close up of my Alchemy Me.  I am well on my way to making this upcoming year the best ever.  I have set myself some goals that are at least achievable.  I don't like using resolutions as that always makes me feel like I have been bad.  Goals offer a more positive outlook on making changes or improvements in my life.  Well, until next, thank you for being an important part of my creative life.  Thank you for your friendship and encouragement over the past year and beyond.  I truly do treasure that in my life.