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Friday, June 28, 2013

Oh my! Two posts this week.

Hello my favorite blog people and visitors.  Yes, I am posting twice this week.  Shocking I know.  But, I wanted to share my first test photo from the new series I am currently working on.  After my previous post on having a hard time focusing, I decided it was time to put the petal to the metal and just start something, anything.  So, I am committing myself to one of my project ideas.  In this series of images I am hoping to tell the story of what our dolls and toys do when we are not around.  What kinds of things do they engage in or how do they really get along.  It is a fun way to explore our own ideas of community, societal issues and what it is that makes us who we are as people.  Toys and dolls have that uncanny almost creepy way of telling more about us humans than they do about themselves.

This new series one of several, is entitled "Toy Box Confidential".  It is the seedier side of the toy world.  The not so glamorous world of the Barbies, Kens, G I Joe's and our toys.  The premise is that all these stories unfold in our very own homes.  So, to that end I am attempting to shoot all the images in various places in and around my home.  I guess the good thing about that is it is cheap, easy to access and no traveling.  My little home is old and shabby so it will provide an interesting backdrop.

My intent is to do most of the images as black and whites.  But, I suppose that depends on the image itself and of course I will take creative liberties where I feel necessary.  But, my hope is to create a more vintage feel of the 1950's and 1960's.  My ultimate goal is to produce a book telling the stories both in words and pictures.  Think pulp fiction, crime dramas, mysteries yo get the idea.  It has been hard to decide upon an actual theme and then get down to shooting the scenes.  I have so many ideas flying around in my noggin.  So, I decided to just jump in.  Below is the first test image to get a feel for the scene and to see if using my home would work as the backdrop.

This image is the first test.  The title of this story is "Where is my pet rat, Cat?".  As you can see the Cat In the Hat has gotten himself into a bit of trouble with one of the soldiers patrolling the premises.

So, that is what I have been up to this summer.  Getting myself to a point of actually shooting images.  I intend to do a wee bit of sculpting here and there.  But, I am still having issues with sore hand joints from sculpting so I have been slowing down on creating new things.  Transitions are good if you keep a positive frame of mind around them.

Have a great weekend one and all and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Props, the beginning again and melancholia

Howdy folks out there in blog land.  I thought I'd motivate myself to get busy by sharing progress pictures of a prop for an upcoming series of images.  I am making a concrete bench out of closed cell Styrofoam   I have cut and assembled the pieces into the bench shape.  The second step as pictured here is with it's first coat of Gesso applied.  I am planning on painting it grey and then applying a coat of pumice medium to create the final texture.  This has been a fun process.

I have been struggling with motivation this summer.  No, it's not a lack of ideas.  Maybe too many or just overloaded with all sorts of mental stuff zipping around in my head.  I realized that I too suffer from bouts of melancholia from time to time.  I discovered the actual term quite by accident today.  Someone posted a video you can view at the link, describing a book project with that as the theme.  It was quite the revelation.  I knew that I didn't suffer from depression in the clinical sense of the term.  I can always bounce back more invigorated than before.  But, it was a vicious cycle I had to endure.  Now I know what it is and it gives me relief.  Mostly because now I can actually take the steps to understand the cycle and what it actually does for me as an artist, as a person and as a spiritual being.  Alchemists regarded this process very special.  Artists have been the most noted alchemists both historically and I think even today.  Visionaries suffer from this melancholia and great works have been the result.  Now I am not saying that I am a visionary but, I appreciate the process I personally go through even more.  Now that I know what it is and how it works in my life.

Hope you can illuminate more of who you are in your daily practice.

Have a great weekend one and all.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Streaky Bacon The Commission


The following pictures contain male anatomy.  It is on a commission piece I recently completed.  So, if you are offended by nudity in any form please stop now.

Below are snaps of a recent commission piece that had consumed much of the past two months.  He is a bacon mascot entitled Streaky.  The idea I was presented was to create a bacon character in the act of streaking which was a fad of the 1970's.  In addition he was also inspired by the British cooking show titled "The Tow Fat Ladies"  The first image of Streaky with his silk wrap around.  I was asked to include this option so as not to offend any visiting relatives of the recipient when they were to visit their home.

He is a polymer clay sculpt with the addition of doll sized sneakers and is running atop a polymer fried egg that is mounted on a wooden base.  He stands approximately 13 inches high.

Here is the unclothed version of Streaky front view.

Here is Streaky's rear shot.  You can't really see it here but, he has a tattoo of a set of lips on his left butt cheek.  That was also a request.  He was certainly one of the most interesting character I have ever made.  I hope the recipient also appreciates the work effort and creativity put into him.

Thank you to all my followers and visitors for your patience.  I know I have been MIA for a while.  Now that I have moved on from the above commission, solved a major software glitch related to my new camera, I am ready to get down to making some fun photographs.  So many ideas so little time.  But, now I can have some fun.  Oh, and I am still working on a few other art projects I will share through out the summer.  Thanks again for stopping by.  Have a great start to your summer season everyone.  This weekend is the Super moon, go out and check it out if you can.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

New Camera Test Shot

Hello out there in cyber land   Sorry it has been so long since I have posted.  I feel like I have stepped into another universe.  Anyway, I wanted to show off the new camera I recently plunked big bucks down for.  I needed a serious update to capture the best quality images I could for my new photography odyssey of storytelling.  I opted for a Nikon D5200.  This camera right out of the box produced some pretty spectacular results with some images of my flowers.  So, I have posted one of my favorites here.  It is of the rose I won as a door prize about three or so years ago.  I named it Geneva the plant that is, after my mamma   She loved roses.  For your viewing pleasure is one of the first blooms of the season from my Geneva rose.

Until next time my friends.  Keep thinking joyful thoughts and love passionately.