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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.