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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.


LuLu Kellogg said...

This is AMAZING.

Cody Goodin said...

Thank you LuLU, you are a sweetie.

Susie McMahon said...

Ooooh! .......Very nice!

Cody Goodin said...

Thank you Susie.

Tami Eveslage said...

Cody, I love this piece! I miss seeing your new work in person at RCFAG. I was looking forward to AFIC becuase I was signed up for Susie McMahan's class, but I've had to cancel due to changes in my bear show schedule. Someday I'll come back to a meeting for a visit I hope. Keep making your amazing art!

Cody Goodin said...

Thank you Tami, the club and I miss you too. Good luck with your bears and other art.

Pattee said...

Cody absolute genius!!! I love what you did... the hands have such movement... Fabulous!

XXX Pattee

Cody Goodin said...

Thank you Pattee. She's going to be in a show that will be open during the International Quilt Expo here in Cincinnati in March. She was well received at our monthly guild meeting today. It is a fun format to explore in addition to all the other stuff I want to do.