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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.



cat said...

Hey Cody!

I like the new work! Isn't it great when the inspiration bug hits!
How tall are they?

Cody Goodin said...

Thanks Cat, they are various sizes. I am not sure until they get their feet. From 6-10 inches I think.