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Monday, October 31, 2011

New Directions


Happiest of Halloween to you all out there in cyberspace.  I hope your week will be off to a spook-tac-u-lar start.  As you may have noticed, I have started to try a few things in the studio.  This process isn't exactly new to me.  But, I haven't sculpted a relief style figure this big as of yet.  So, I have decided to try this format out for a bit.  Unfortunately I have hit the imaginary brick wall in regards to my big project on my mythic journey.  I am struggling with the format and time issues.  You know I am not the most patient of people.  So, this process of planning and trying to create the characters with so many other ideas flying at me and having to work a real job.  Take their toll on my ability to devote tons of time on anything really.  Instead I break it up into little fragments and nothing really gets accomplished it seems.  This seems to be the story of my life of late.  At least the big anxiety wave has passed for now.

What you might want to know is what are these two pictures of?

At my art store retail job, we the employees are undertaking an exploration of different media each month.  This month it has been about using acrylic mediums in whatever fashion we choose.  The finished results will be displayed in our store along with the products we used.  So these two panel sculpts are being done for that purpose.  I couldn't decide on a subject so being the over achiever I am, I decided to sculpt two and pick the one I liked the most.  Here they are in the I just sculpted them phase.  Once they are dry and ready to paint, I will embark on that process.  Cramming a twenty hour painting process into just a few in order to meet the deadline..


These are constructed on stretched canvas that I applied several layers of chip board.  Then they were covered with coats of gesso and decorative papers.  Once that was dry, I sculpted the figures onto it using Das Pronto air dry clay.  Once this is dry I will coat with several coats of sealer then the long paint and glaze process.  I used super heavy matte gel medium for most of it and then on the second image there is some Golden Paints crackle medium smeared on with a palette knife in a few spots.

The first image is Oak Man and the second piece is Wood Nymph One.  I will keep you all posted with the progress.  So have a great week and thanks as always for stopping by.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Chorus

It's been a bit since I have posted a completed art piece.  I have been working behind the scenes on a number of things.  My mythic journey is coming along.  Here is a glimpse of the first completed character, one of the chorus figures.  He is the prototype for the rest of the characters' costumes and hair treatments.


This is the full view from the front of the character.  His costume is made of handmade papers.  The hair is from a sheep pelt of a New Zealand sheep.


Here is a closer view of his head.  Each of these characters seven in all are different sizes and are in different poses.


This is a side view of the character.  I have enjoyed using the paper for constructing the costumes so far.  Ask me when I reach the seventh character.  The paper is a bit easier to manipulate.  There is virtually no sewing required.

Now I just have to finish the six remaining and move on to the other characters for the first scene.  It's just plain busy this time of year.

Have a great weekend everyone and thank you for stopping by.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Essex Studios Open House

Hi out there in blog land.  I have been busy the last few weeks with work and getting ready for the Essex Studios October art walk that took place this past weekend.  I have to say it was one of the best shows ever for me and my studio.  Jared Christopher Queen is the marketing and PR person for the studios and he has done a superb job generating excitement and buzz about the studios.

OK so you probably want to see some pics of the studio.  These were taken on Friday just before we opened up for the evening.


This is outside the entrance to our studio.  My partner Buck shares it with me.  Our studio is located in the middle of the main second floor hallway.  It's considered prime realistate int he building.


This is a shot of the magnet display.  Most of these were gone by the end of Saturday evening.



Here is part of one of the display walls.


Further down the same wall you can see more of my wall pieces.


Hanging out are some of the new Ghostie ornies I made.



A shot of our modest snack table.  I took this before I put out the other bottle of wine.


The main display table and wall ready for the crowds of viewers to come.  As you can see it is pretty crammed full of stuff.


These last three pictures are of my partner Bucks stained glass art.



Hope you enjoyed taking a tour of the show.  We had such a great time talking to all the people that visited us and bought our art.  I actually had one young man who was moved to tears by a tree painting.  Never had that happen before but, it was a humbling experience.  This weekend has really renewed my creative spirit like no other in the past.  This is for many reasons.  I think what surprised me most was how much my art really did have an impact on people.  That is the highest complement I could ever hope for in creating art.  Buck and I received many many comments on how our studio was the crowd favorite.  Not just because of the art but, also the atmosphere of real appreciation for the public's interest.

Hope you all have a grand week ahead.  I will try and post some updates of my new work this coming weekend.  Cio!