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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Another Sentimental Saturday

It's another one of those, I need to get things done days and I just feel so blah. So, I am continuing my trip down memory lane. Here is a trio of little cloth based dolls I did about nine years ago. They were a hybrid of wire armature and cloth heads hands and feet. It was my beginnings of heading toward using polymer clay.It was my frustration at the lack of detail I could achieve with cloth that pushed me towards clay.

This first little guy is titled "Green Man of Clifton". Clifton is where I live here in Cincinnati. So, it was a little tribute to my place. He is a wire armature body and all cloth hands head and feet. I sold these little dolls at a nice little shop called Seventh Street Gifts in Newport Kentucky.

This little fellow is called the "Rainbow Dance". Decked out in all the colors of the rainbow and just loving life. He is another wire armature process with cloth head hands and feet, I used lots of yarns and such to create the texture and movement of his outfit. The hair is needle felted wool..

The wire armature for the body is wrapped with successive layers of vatting to build up the shape of the body. That is how many doll makers get there dolls to look as though they have muscles.

Lastly is my little flower woman. I dressed her in purples and whites. Yes she has daisies on her tata's. She also has violet hair. Another wire armature built body with cloth head hands and feet. These dolls were only about 9-10 inches high.

That is my trip down the lane of yesteryear. I am trying to find some older images of really early work. But, I may have to dig out my prints and scan them. I started making dolls way before I had a digital camera. It takes motivating this body to do it though. Not an easy task on a day like today.

I hope you have a great day.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Grand Duchess Genevieve DuPont Von Frankenstein

May I introduce you to the Grand Duchess Genevieve DuPont Von Frankenstein. She resides on Unholy hill as it is called in Codyland. Her husband is the lesser known brother Ekhart of the famous Baron. Like his brother he has decided to pursue a life of science. His wife Ginny as she is often called by the town folks, was in a terrible accident where upon her hands were destroyed. Not wantyng her to suffer Ekhart gave her a new set. No one knows where he found the new hands but, the deed is rather obvious. Fortunately she does have full use of the new hands. But, she is not very happy as the towns people talk and so she keeps to herself mostly. The Duchess longs to chat with the ladies of the local art guild as the Duchess is an avid painter.

If the Duchess weren't so deeply depressed and melancholy she would realize that the ladies of the Codyland Ladies Home Art League would welcome her with open arms. They are just dying to hear some of the juicy gossip Duchess Genevieve must know.

The Duchess is a polymer clay head with store bought hands and shoes. She is constructed on a wire armature wrapped with layers of batting and fabric. Her costume is designed and constructed by yours truly. She is wearing a strand of pearls that are real and a bracelet made from a small ring with a moonstone and small diamonds on it.

I only have two more unfinished ladies to complete from the original series I started last year. Wish me luck finishing them as I need to get started on some other art projects. Hope you have a great holiday weekend for those who celebrate.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Timeless Thursday

Due to my work schedule and not being able to post on Saturday as I have been. I am taking this opportunity to do so today. So, I am posting some older art pieces that I had done a number of years back when I was really into my painting life/ Still hoping to include painting in my current artistic endeavors, but my schedule is so wacky right now. Which actually is part of my point to posting this old stuff. I wanted to share my evolutionary steps as an artist. But, also I am feeling too scattered at the moment and seem to have no real focus. It could be the moon phase, the time of year, who knows? One thing I do know is that I am feeling a bit burnt out. My day job is sucking so much energy from me at the moment. It isn't really a complaint, just an observation. How do some of you deal with this odd state where nothing seems to motivate you. I have ideas, just no real good chunks of time to get moving. My energy level is really low.

The universe seems to be playing the part of the fool or court jester during this time too.. Tricking me with all sorts of things. Hence the above image. I did this for the Cincinnati Opera challenge the art guild I belonged too a number of years ago, put forth. The challenge was to create a painting of one of the operas being performed that season. I chose Rigoletto from the opera of that name. It was a fun study and a challenge as I do not normally paint figures. But, that sparked a little challenge in me.

The next little fun piece I did was based on a doodle I drew at work back in the 1990"s. It was a goofy clown. I did manage to capture the mood of the drawing. All of my pieces are usually acrylic on canvas or panel. This is done on panel.

I then began to play around with images from nature and doing a more expressionistic style with them.

Next I began to use photography to create a more painterly type of image for some projects. This image was actually going to be used as a pin. I was planning on transferring it to polymer clay and making it into a jewelry piece.

Finally, I started combining photographic elements in Photoshop to try and tell a story. This is a character called Zero that I created using a coworkers face. It was a project for work that particular month. Not that great of a job, but it was fun. I was inspired by the movie Mirror Mask.

Well, there's my blast from the past for this week. Hopefully I can get myself in the swing of making art a daily practice again. I know it will make me feel better overall and my energy will return. Have a great one and all.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Character

Today I finished a new character for the photo series I am working on. I had been working on her on and off for about three weeks now. Partly due to my work schedule and social commitments it took me a bit longer. This is the Prophetess. She is one of the odd and a bit touched in the community. This particular character is loosely based on a real person I knew of once. Very committed to her beliefs of the religious nature even if they are a bit out there. But, the biggest component to her personality is her preaching to anyone that will listen, of the doom approaching mankind. Is she a true prophet or a crack pot.

This character will be the foundation to one of my Tarot card images. I have been wanting to create a version of the iconic divination tool for years. The hardest part for me was how I wanted to approach it. Do I take a serious look at the whole looking into the future thing or do I take the idea of what the deck is supposed to represent and make one of my own. I have used the Tarot for years and it really gave me a great process for inward contemplation. I didn't look upon it as a tool to predict my future, but rather a way of finding a deeper understanding of who I am as a spiritual being. Then there is the thought of creating something with a bit more humor to it. Kind of a parody of sorts. In the end I think I am going to have a bit of both approaches. I am creating a version of the Tarot with both humorous and serious elements. It is my take on the whole idea and process.

My goal will be to create a set of 22 or so images that I will use as my major arcana or something similar. I am not committing myself to following the actual Tarot symbolism exactly. Which is where the Prophetess comes into play here. She will be the basis of one of my cards. She is a polymer clay head and feet with a wire armature body. I used store bought plastic hands. She is then clothed with hand sewn costume and such. I wanted to keep her a bit simple.

Here is a close up of her face. Simple and a bit creepy. That was the vibe I wanted. The next phase of creating her card will be making the props and setting for her. So far I have five of the card characters figured out. I am looking at some options for three more. Hopefully once I get through the final studio open house for the season I can get to shooting the card images. My dream is to have them ready or at least a good number of them ready for a big show in October. My goal is to have the cards available to purchase separately or as a whole deck. The images will be printed on aluminum panels and mounted on special frames for the exhibition and sold as one of kinds. Lots of work ahead of me. But, I am excited about it and this will give me a goal. The characters will be a combination of my own dolls and dolls and toys I have collected. They will be altered and dressed according to the needs of the character and cards symbolism.

Well, that's it for this post. Have a great weekend one and all. Have a great weekend.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Portrait as Art and Sentimental Saturday

Lately, I have been obsessed with portraits and have been finding my friends becoming unwilling or willing subjects. They are an easier access to models for me when I need a living person instead of a doll. Since my first photography class was in portraiture, I didn't initially think I would find this art form that interesting. Not to mention what could I possibly have to offer the world as a portrait artist? But, there is something so mesmerizing and magical about capturing the likeness and especially the human face that just captivates me.

The first portrait is of my friend and coworker Kajy Parker. I love her smile and her spirit is so captivating. She is a warm and caring person  that many are drawn to. This simple pose I think captured her essence perfectly. How could you not love her.

The second image is of a dear longtime friend of mine named Dan. He loves disco and seems to reflect fondly on that time in his life when disco was king and the music was much happier. He tends to be a quiet person, but very devoted and dedicated to his friendships. He holds his memories in his hands with a great deal of delicacy

Finally we have a  portrait of my friend Chris. He had been away from our group for quite a few years and is now back in the area and hanging out with us again. A great friendly guy, with aspirations of being an actor. He participates in local theater productions and is quite the actor. I captured this while we were playing cards one afternoon.

Portraits allow me to capture what I see in the person. It is important that I know something or better yet a lot about the person I photograph. It gives me more to use in trying to see into their inner self. It is kind of a mirror of sorts as I can only hope to reflect the beauty, compassion and devotion that my friends do.

Sentimental Saturdays are becoming a little tradition of sorts on my blog. It is a chance for me to reflect and also share some of my creative past with my blog friends. So, this weeks look back is of three pins I designed and submitted to a Lark books call for entries a good 12 or so years back. They were looking for creative pins and broaches created by artisans.

Unfortunately mine were not selected to be included. Not sure why except that perhaps my images weren't good enough quality. Maybe they were a little to crafty for them. .Who knows? I did have a grand time designing and executing the creating of them.

These little guys were created using a few bits of wood, miniature playing cards, Buddha head beads and other bits and bobs to create these fun little articulated pins. When I showed them at a show I was selling at, they sold within the first hour. Someone bought all three and they were off to a new home. So, the story turned out good in the long run. At least I got more than just a free book and a page in a 500 series book.

As with the paper dolls posted last week, I have thought of revisiting this particular structure and update it a bit. Not that I need another distraction. They were a lot of fun to make though. Well, that is my post for this week. I welcome your visits and your comments. I encourage them actually as they connect me to you my followers and visitors. That way I know what you are thinking and you all give such helpful advise when I need it. Have a great weekend one and all and will see you soon.