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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Oh, what a week.

Hi there out in blog land.  I hope all of you who are visiting me are doing well.  It is Autumn here in the Rivercity and one of my favorite times of the year.  It also signals the back to school season at the University near where I work at Plaza Artist Materials.  So, this past week has bee full of chaos, new faces and some non work related disappointments.  But, in the midst of all that I did manage a wee bit of work in the studio.

This is a character I am working on for my visual theater series.  He is tentatively called Old Goat.  But, that might change.  I will wait until he is completed to give you the whole idea of who is and how he relates to the story.  His head and hands are sculpted from super sculpey.  His body is an aluminum alloy wire armature and then wrapped with many layers of cotton batting to fill out his form.  I created shoe forms for his feet as they will be covered anyway.  It makes the shoe creation much easier down the road.

Here is another view of him from a different angle.  I still have to finish the painting and detailing of his head and hands before I begin the costuming process.  But, that can be the fun part.  I want him to look old and worn just a little.  But, he may decide to be a bit more dapper.  We shall see.

Lastly, a pearly coat of white on the robes of the chorus.  You can't see in this picture but, I have painted the whites of the eyes and am ready to detail the faces.  Once I have that stage complete I can move on to the costumes.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.  I an hoping to get more done in the studio.  My studio at the Esses Studios is going to be open for their next show on October the 7th and 8th.  You can read more about that here.  So I need to get some things done.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Another Layer

Greetings my blog friends.  I hope this Friday finds you doing well.  I have managed to get the Gesso coating on the chorus characters of my little mythic journey theater project.  Finally, I feel like my old creative self again.  I suppose it eas that process of refilling the well.  The fog has lifted, there's an anticipation in the air around me.  So, needless to say I am taking full advantage of this energy.

Here is a group photo of the chorus.  They have their first coat of Gesso painted on them.  The next step is painting the heads and hands and getting that detailed.  Once I can get past that stage, I plan on painting a light layer of pearl white onto the Gesso-ed surface.  This will serve as the under garment.

Once the under garment layer is dry, I will be applying the handmade paper to create the final costume.  This is a new process for me and I absolutely love it.  Building up the armatures are much more interesting and forgiving than other processes allow.  This process suits my working techniques really well.

Once I get these guys finished, I will be working on my little me self portrait.  I anticipate that being the hardest thing for me to accomplish.  I am not one for self portraits in general. But, you know, I am undergoing some internal changes in attitude that are causing me to rethink this aversion to seeing my own image.  I have began wearing cologne which I haven't done for years.  I have actually made my own very subtle scents to wear.  But, there is something rather bold about wearing store bout colognes.  It is kind of like dressing up for me.  I have also started to wear an ear ring again. Haven't done that in over a decade.

There is obviously something in the air.  But, in all honesty I think it is the tremendous amount of spiritual journeying I have made in the past few years.  It has been a personal form of therapy to delve into discovering who I really am as a person, a member of the Universe and what kind of creator being I am.  This mythic journey process has been one of the most important things I have ever done for myself.  All thanks, in part to the class I taught last winter.  It planted a seed that really bore some interesting fruit for me personally.  Thanks for sharing my rocky road with me.  I feel I am just getting started.  I hope you will stay tuned to see what else I get myself into.


Monday, September 12, 2011

New characters...

Good Monday morning to all of my followers and visitors out there in cyberspace.  I hope you are enjoying the beginning of this bright new week.  I managed to get some physical work done on my big project this past weekend.  I think my little down funk is waning.  So, I managed to get the first set of characters  for the first scene in my visual theater project well underway and are about halfway completed.  They are going to be a chorus, aka Greek version.  I applied the brown paper covering over the base armature to create the foundation for the garment.

There are seven characters so far.  I think I may keep it at this number as it is a significant number symbolically for me too.  The next steps are painting the head and hands the final skin color and detailing these, base coat of gesso on the garment before applying the final layer of handmade paper to create the gown or robe effect.

Here is another fun shot of the characters.  Once I have these finished, I am planning to make the child figure.  He will be based upon me as a little boy.  This will be a fun and challenging project for me to occupy my creative time with.  Hope you all stay tuned.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Yes, it's been ages.

Well, I have not fallen off the end of the earth.  Even though it must seem like it.  This has been a rather odd summer for me.  But, rest assured I have been keeping busy, just not with the actual making of art yet.  I have been plotting and planning a big project that I am finally starting to work on.  But, in the meantime, I have done some baking.

As my Clementine Cheesecake is a testament to that.  I made this for a party I am attending today.

Secondly is a coiled vessel I made as a result of a class given by Robbie Porter, a member of the RiverCity Figurative Artists Guild here in Cincinnati.  It was a class to learn the technique of coiled baskets in hopes of incorporating the technique into a more figurative shape.

This was the result.  I call it an coral vessel.  So, kiddies that's what I have been up to so far.  Thank you for keeping up with my adventure so far.  Have a great week ahead.