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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Heads heads everywhere.


So, what's on my work table.  Well, layers of projects in various stages of completion or not.  My last post was talking about the Thinking Cap series.  That is still moving forward all be it slowly.  I am taking my time with that one.  It is slowly evolving into a very personal exploration into the power of words and how they shape our lives in subtle ways.  Kind of like labels or powerful spells that hit our psyches.  So, I am taking my time in exploring that idea.  At first I thought I would do pieces playing with the idea of four letter words. But,, quickly found myself looking at my choices of the words I had intended on using.  Starting thinking about why I chose particular words.  That morphed into words that I realized had some impact on my life whether it was positive or negative.  Anyway that is where that series is at this point in my art drama.  But, above is a shot of some heads I am working on for a variety of ideas and uses.  This whole summer and maybe beyond is about personal exploration and experimenting.  I figure I need to recharge my batteries and not worry about selling.  That is what my day job is for anyway, to make ends meet.  The art sales have always been a bonus.  Yes, my dream is to become a self supporting artist some day.  But, I also want to be authentic in my work.  So, I figure this time of self exploration and experimentation will benefit me in the long run.  I hope to discover some cool things along the way I can pass on in a class or two.  So, who knows.what may come out of all this personal indulgence.  I hope you will walk along with me as I share some of my personal creative journey.  Until next time my awesome friends out there.  Keep smiling it makes life a little better.  It really does.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thinking Caps Series Stage Two

Hi my wonderful peeps out there in blog land.  I thought I'd do a quick post to let you see I am still working.  I have really started to think about my work in a different way.  So, I am embarking on a rather large series of pieces that all relate to one another.  I guess that is why it is a series.  Duh!  Anyway, In my previous post I showed you the beginnings of a new series.  At that point it was supposed to be just six pieces in a three part grouping.  But, for some reason the muses have decided otherwise.  In response to my plea to the universe to improve my process and get back into the fun of artistic exploration, this new series was presented to me in a flash of inspiration.  Don't you just sit back at times and think to yourself.  Where in the heck did that come from?  Well, that's kind of what happened here.


Which leads me to the above picture.  Here are the first six figures in stage two of their construction.  I have added the skin for the body by applying a layer of Das Pronto air dry clay.  The hands were made from paper clay and added.  The feet are some toy shoes a friend of mine gave me.  A whole bag full.  I haven't actually counted them so, I am sure I don't have enough to use them on all twenty six characters.  Yes, that's right there will be twenty six of these little fellows and ladies.  The shoes are attached with a bit of apoxy sculpt clay.  I love that stuff for connecting things together.

My concept for this series is as follows.  I love playing around with words and text so, it hit me why not do pieces based on words in some way.  Originally the pieces were going to be a commentary on love.  Love was the first word.  Then another thought.  Why not create a series of figures that represent a four letter word.  One for each letter of the alphabet.  It is something I can have a little bit of fun.  There are some possibilities here and it will give me something to exercise some of my techniques on as well.  Now, the joy of finding some interesting four letter words is my next task..  No, I am not going to use the obvious explicative here.  Even though, that could be fun too.

Until next time.  I hope to get the figures ready for their words this weekend.  Until then my friends, thank you for stopping by.