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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wow! Finally a new post

Well, it seems like it's been forever since I posted.  I have been seriously unmotivated to make art this past month.  It could be the winter blues, SAD or just plain bummed.  A cycle I am extremely familiar with  as I tend to do this every couple of years.  It is a signal that I am wanting to try something different.  But, before I embark on unexplored territory I have a little sculpt I made to try and get me out of the slumpville I am in.  It is something I dub the house goblin.  We all probably have one of these little rascals running around playing tricks on us.  I know I do, in my studio and at home.

He is polymer clay on canvas and has blue glass eyes.  He holds the key to your house.  This little guy measures 5x5 inches.  I am showing him off at the studio open house next weekend at the Essex Studios here in Cincinnati. You can click on the name and go to the web page that has just been newly updated.  It should be a fun time and there will be plenty of art.  If you are in the area you can stop by and say hi I'm in studio #251.

I want to thank you all for sticking around.  I am hoping to get some new things going soon.  I have to actually get my booty out and buy some supplies.  Also, if any of you are attending AFIC (Artistic Figures In Cloth) in Columbus Ohio in April, look me up.  I will be taking a three day sculpting class there.  It's loads of fun.  Have a great week y'all.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Challenge Piece

Howdy out there in blog land.  I have been busy at work on a challenge piece for the RiverCity Figurative Artists Guild here in Cincinnati.  It was a challenge set forth at our Christmas luncheon this past December.  Each member in attendance was given a fat quarter of batik style fabric.  Mine was a beautiful magenta colored fabric.  The idea or challenge was to use this fabric to create a figurative art piece.  There weren't many rules, just that we had to use the fabric in some way.

So, here is what I came up with for the challenge.

I call this one "Color Does the Cha Cha".  It is a fabric body mounted onto a wooden base.  The body is then stuffed, I used shredded recycled paper for most of the stuffing.  The challenge fabric was torn into strips and then applied using gel medium to the body.  I incorporated pieces of decorative papers as well.  The body was then painted with bits of gold mica gel and sealed with a high solid gloss gel.

I also used a few bits of lace and such to dress up the neck area.

The head was the second in a series of two I created several months ago.  I used one on the previous piece posted and wanted to do something a bit different with this one.  It is poly clay as are the hands.  I really like how this piece turned out.

You know it is funny how something like this can steer you in a new direction for artistic exploration.  I want to create some more figures with this process to see where they go.  It will allow me to play with my acrylic mediums and paint a bit more and be a little artsier, if that can be a word.  Don't get me wrong, I love my fantasy characters, but, I like to experiment and plan on using some of the fantasy heads and such with the new fabric sculpts.  As with many things I do, I am easily bored.  So, this may not last all that long.  It depends on how far I can push the medium.  Also, what new products are available to use in the process.  One I have my eyes on to try is Paverpol.  I will let you know what I discover.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

February's First new Piece

I am still trying to finish up some works in progress and here is another figure created as a mixed media piece.  I love using willow sticks and branches as part of the figurative element.  There is something about the soul of the tree that I love incorporating into some of my work.  This figure has polymer clay head and hands.

I call this one "Cosmic Pantomime' as he has some of the elements of the pantomime figure.  The construction is rather simple, but versatile.

This is a close up of his upper body and head.  I am actually going to be teaching this fun little figure type at Artiscape in Columbus Ohio in April.  I have one more of this type of figure in progress.  I am trying to get these done for the March 4th and 5th studio open house at the Essex Studios where I have a studio.

You ever have tons of ideas in your head that you need to get out?  But, you want to finish up existing projects first?  That is where I am at the moment.  No shortage of ideas and new directions to go for work. But, I am one of those tortured souls who need to finish up works in progress before I move on.  I will be glad to get the last of these out of my hair and move on to new stuff.  Hope you all have a grand weekend.