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Friday, November 30, 2012

New Work - What's in a name?

Hello friends out there in blog land.  I hope you have been doing well.  It has been a rather interesting few weeks since I posted the Artworks piece.  I am continuing on my personal healing and enlightenment journey through my art making   I have been experiencing a shift in what I want to create.  I have been doing just a little creative journeying to explore where my muse or soul self as I like to call him wishes me to go next.

My second piece in the personal healing journey is what I like to call my miser self.  It is the part of me that is preventing me from attracting and experiencing abundance and prosperity in my life.  So, as with my abandonment issue I created a symbolic miser me in physical form.  His name is Satse which means miser in Norwegian.  Yes, I have a theme of names that start with S and it is actually kind of a coincidence really.  But, I am going with it.

As was mentioned in an earlier post I created him from the first old man head sculpt I made originally for a puppet I was designing.  Instead he wanted to become a doll like his brother Sam.  So, I used all the parts I had sculpted for the puppet regardless of how rough they were.  I felt that this was important for the miser theme actually.  For you see, Satse wouldn't throw anything away.

Here he sits in his old willow chair that was made for him as a young lad by his uncle and though it is a bit small for him, he can't bring himself to spend money on a new one.  He clutches his money bag with his life savings in it.  He doesn't trust anyone, not even the universe to help him protect it.  God forbid he be asked to put it in a bank.  He would go off on a diatribe about what thieves banks are and can't be trusted with one's hard earned money.  His clothing is also recycled and a little too small in the bottoms.  He is sitting in his pj's which is his favorite thing to do.

A bit more on the technical side, he is made from polymer clay and a wire armature that is wrapped with cotton batting to create the shape. He stands about 18" tall.  This is then covered with a layer of cotton jersey for the skin or body covering.  His hair is hand carded wool purchased from Black Sheep farms which is a local business.  He is painted using layers of acrylic washes. I hope you like Satse for what he represents.  Perhaps he can help you find the miser in your own life to help you put him/her in thier place so you can attract abundance and prosperity instead of stinginess and miserliness.  Hope you have a great week ahead and a joyous Friday.  I know I will.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Secret Artworks 2012

This year I was invited to participate in a local art organizations charity event to raise money for it's operating budget.  The great thing about this event is that it raises money they use to give local artists and teen interns a job over the summer.  Artworks Cincinnati is the organization.  They have created many awesome community art projects where they employ local artists to design murals and things and then hire tees from the area to help paint and or build the projects.  It helps to bring art to the community at large.

The idea is to create a 5x7 inch art piece and not sign the front but, fill out a card you glue on the back with your information.  Then these are sold at the annual event for $75 to raise money.  Over 300 local artists participate.  My entry for this year is shown above and I am happy to say it sold. It's tile is "Ancient Astronaut Theory". I love doing these little relief sculpts.  I am planning to go more in that direction with some assemblage style pieces as well as little shadow boxes and shrines.  I feel the need to try something different for awhile.  Hope you have a great weekend one and all.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A new Healing Art Project

Happy Saturday everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend on this warm November day.  I thought I would share the progress of a new healing art project.  He is actually more of a talisman like doll.  This fellow will represent the miser part of me.  So, let me explain a little bit of the idea behind this doll.  In my world, the miser is that part of us that can be many things as it relates to not letting go of something.  It can also be the part of us that is the stingy person inside.  My miser represents stinginess, hoarding, clutching onto beliefs, behaviors and also physical stuff that doesn't allow us to move or have the ability to accept what the universe wants to give us because our hands are full.  We have no more room in our lives.  This little guy came to the surface shortly after Sam and is related to Sam in many ways. I am looking forward to getting to know this guy.  How he operates in my life.  What are his motives?  How can he be satisfied?  It will be a great journey to see just how I can live with this guy once he comes to life.

As you can see he kind of looks like Sam which was purposeful.  I want all of these parts of me to look like each other because they are a part of one another.  The miser hasn't told me his name yet.  He is a polymer clay head that was actually the first one I made and was going to use for another project.  Recycled, is perfect for the miser.  His hands and feet are also from the same project.  He is painted with layers of acrylic paint washes.  I am keeping him rather pale as I think that is how all of my fellows will appear.  He will get some hair though.  A bit of wispy hair just around the edges of his scalp.  He has his body sock sewn on and is awaiting his cloths.  I am not sure yet what he wants to wear so, that may be for another day.

Hope you like the new series of fellows I have embarked upon.  It is something that is very important and relevant to me at this time in my life.  I love how art can help us find our way back home.  Have a great week ahead everyone and be safe.  Love hard and live long, great words to take to heart.