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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.


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.