Archive for May, 2009

28
May
09

The Making of Bluesman II.

    In early summer of 2008, Bruce Wheeler and Phyllis Sigal approached me about using a piece of my work, Bluesman, to print on t-shirts for the Heritage Music Bluesfest. I was honored that Bruce and Phyllis liked the piece that much, and it was fun to see hundreds of blues fans wearing Bluesman on their chests. 

    This past January I emailed Bruce about my making a new image that might work for 2009 Bluesfest. I started Bluesman II. two weeks ago and kept a visual diary of the progress. Here it is:

 

Here is Bluesman II. sketched in Sharpie on MDF.

Here is Bluesman II. sketched in Sharpie on MDF, 40"x 36".

 

After roughing in Bluesman, I began cutting and placing tin for the couch.

After roughing in Bluesman, I began cutting and placing tin for the couch.

 

At this point I have started working on the trousers and the floor.

At this point I have started working on the trousers and the floor.

 

The trousers, shoes, floor and couch shadow are about done.

The trousers, shoes, floor and couch shadow are about done.

 

At this point I have closed in most of the negative space behind the Bluesman, and have formed most of the guitar.

At this point I have closed in most of the negative space behind the Bluesman, and have formed most of the guitar.

 

The guitar is more developed here, and I have begun working on the shirt (yellow) as well as the left arm and neck.

The guitar is more developed here, and I have begun working on the shirt (yellow) as well as the left arm and neck.

    If you would like to see the final result after 50 hours of work, visit my website by clicking HERE. The website will open with a cropped version of Bluesman II. To see the entire piece, visit the PORFOLIO page, then click METAL WORKS. (Please note that this image is only a proposal for the Bluesfest 2009 t-shirt, and is not confirmed.) Thanks for your interest!

20
May
09

Flea Market Addiction

 

Even without the stop sign, how could you not stop at this fine arrangement of quality stuff!   

Even without the stop sign, how could you not stop at this fine arrangement of quality stuff!

 

This is one of my favorite signs at a flea market.

This is one of my favorite signs at a flea market.

 

    If you are one of the half dozen people that actually read this blog, then you know at least two things about me: one, I am an artist who uses “junk” with which to make art; and two, I am addicted to flea markets. Of course, as I have said quite often, the flea market is my palette! I have a few favorite flea markets, and the Friday sale at Rogers, Ohio is one of those. Last Friday I made another visit to Rogers under a sun filled sky. Temperatures started out in the mid-forties, but were in the mid-sixties by noon. A great day to walk the Rogers Sale!

 

Bargain hunters in mass at Rogers!

Bargain hunters in mass at Rogers!

 

A bit of dealing on the price of a milk bottle.

A bit of dealing on the price of a milk bottle.

 

Kim Young! Eat your heart out!

Kim Young! Eat your heart out!

    Our friend Kim Young, a talented jeweler, sculptor, and multi-media artists in Richmond, VA, loves owls! Her owl obsession began about 2 years ago when she was at A Fair in the Park in Pittsburgh. It seems that Kim returned to her van at the end of the day and found it covered with dozens of magnetic owls. Although no one seems to know who stuck the assortment of owls to her vehicle, she has been collecting them ever since. I only wish I could have purchased the monster pictured above and shipped it to her. However, my cart was full about the time I saw this fellow.

 

Rogers is full of spring flower vendors.

Rogers is full of spring flower vendors.

 

This was cute, and it was hard to walk away.... but not without first taking a photo!

This was cute, and it was hard to walk away.... but not without first taking a photo!

 

More tables of stuff to look over.

More tables of stuff to look over.

A few of my purchases for the day.

A few of my purchases for the day.

    The picture above shows a few items I picked up this day: a 1950’s trash can, beer sign, and metal toy barn (all of these will go under the knife), a spool of wire (an assemblage artist never has enough wire), some weird photo postcards, and a group of old mesh apple bags with colorful labels. Not shown are some more photos, and a selection of old illustrated childrens books. Time to make more ART!

18
May
09

Back in the Classroom

DSC07911    It had only been a week since spring classes wrapped up at West Liberty University, and yet I found myself right back in the classroom. Recently I was invited by Mary McCardell at the Wells Academy to talk about my art and do a project with the fifth grade. Wells Academy, located in Stuebenville, Ohio, facilitates learning for grades Pre-K through 5. Selection of new students is done by a lottery drawing held each year in May. Wells Academy offers a full range of regular, gifted, and special education classes. The school offers varied learning opportunities including extra-curricular and cross-curricular activities such as advanced reading programs, the arts, athletics, Destination Imagination, and music.  

     I spent about 20 minutes discussing several of my “tin can works” that I had brought along. There were some great questions from the students, some referring to how did I make the cans flat and how did I cut them. This made me realize I should have brought along some tools and a few cans for a short demo. After talking about assemblage and collage, the students began creating collage self-portraits. These photos will show you some of the students working and a few pieces of finished work. It was an energy-filled, creative afternoon, and the students seemed to enjoy the activity.

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06
May
09

Art Outside the Erie Art Museum

 

Study in Green

Study in Green

    Chris and I drove up to Erie, PA two weeks back to attend the opening of the Erie Art Museum 86th Annual Spring Show. Thanks to juror Wendell Castle, I have three works in the exhibition. Chris and I spent the cool, but sunny, afternoon walking around Erie prior to the exhibition opening at 7. During our walk we came across the interesting work pictured above, a study in green and white. It first reminded me of watermelon. It also generated a memory of my grandmother, who every summer would pick mint leaves and put them in her pitcher of iced tea. I believe that, as a child, I used to go to a dentist in Steubenville who had the same color scheme in his office. 

    So now the story behind this study in green and white. Actually, I’ll let these photos tell the story. Isn’t a picture worth a thousand words?

 

 

And now....

And now....

 

....the rest of....

....the rest of....

 

....the story. Or in this case, the boat!

....the story. Or in this case, the boat!