Monday, August 4, 2014

Villains Harpies & Sailors: Anatomy of an Art Show

  My show is opening in Astoria this Saturday @ Riversea Gallery. Here's a peek into how some of my Art pieces evolved.

I  L-O-V-E going to Astoria, a town with lots of history.It inspired me to tell a story, of the people I imagined lived there. I used and carved vintage wood items, some from the area!

I bought large pieces of salvaged Doug Fir

I cut the shapes with a band-saw, then clamp the layers to built up the thickness.

I shaped with a mini chain saw & finished with knives. Tried to find the shape for my vision, "Tattoo Sailor Arm"

 The  fist says "TRUE" if there was a right fist, it would say "STAY"  for Stay True

 I hand painted some vintage Sailor Jerry tats and the rest I just made up. A giant fish hook completes the piece. I had a metal stand welded to hold up this very heavy piece, (it measures 24w x 27h x 5d)

L-R Mr. Brain Coral, Town Girl, Mr.Ladderhead

Glass eyes are set.

 Town Girl, I carved her head, then cut and shaped old wood buildings. She measures 21h"

"Fishgirl" 16w x 14h

Auditioning pieces for the clock case
She's ready for her close up 14h"
"Harpie Case" started out as a block of wood

A old found photo.......
Becomes a painting ("Hey Sailor Boy" 20 x 20), see the evolution HERE

Both of these paintings are on old wood panels I built.  ("Sweet Painted Lady" 22 x 28 )

The old wood shovels were cut to become fish tails, the whale measures 46", the Gars 53" & 58". Old growth wood, baseball bats, antique fan blades,animal teeth & glass eyes. There was a lot angst getting these piece to seem finished. Carving a solid piece of wood would been easier, but I wanted those tails, so lots of figuring & editing ensued.
This little piece includes a broken stool, carriage wheel, a carved fish float, carved  wood horse head with glass eyes and carved wood Sailor hat. ("A Sailing We Will Go" 19 x 16 )
The bust was carved, glass eyes set &  more auditioning...
This old Clock case had many,many changes

I carved some wings out of wood to adorn the case


"Girl in the Clock" 34 x 16 Carved Bust and Wings, found heart, found coral, vintage plumb bobs,salvage bits, netting
"Salvage star" 30 x 30

 Opens this Sat with a reception from 5 -8 and a whole lot going on in Astoria with a Regatta and more, details  HERE
Up next a I'll be sharing about some special artists and their blogs, starting with Dayna Collins HERE
Hurry the show closes Sept 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How could I resist a Vintage Airstream?

Coming up this Sunday 4/6.  I'll be showing some new little puppets at "little Art in the trailer"

The 1973 Airstream Argosy houses the work of Stan Peterson, Stephanie Wiarda and their artist friends. Open one weekend per month. Watch for postings!

Due to the showroom size the Argosy specializes in little art. We look forward to seeing you.
Looking at art in such a setting is a unique experience, verging on a dream come true you can carry home. A small treasure from your Airstream journey in the World of Art.airstream....."Art is making something out of nothing and selling it." Frank Zappa

 See the websight  HERE or "little ART in the trailer" on Facebook  HERE

Part of the menagerie, all packed up and ready to go

.......... its been to long since I painted, a dedicated painting space is in my future!

Spring has finally sprung in Portland.

I'm be gearing up to sell at 1st Thursday in the Pearl district (in front of PNCA)

PS. Remember the chair I turned into a  puppet? it got a little mention and photo in The Oregonian,  See the link HERE 

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Chair Puppet, Art Updates...& All the News that's fit to print....

 I like a good challenge. Even though time is limited, I simply couldn't resist taking a single chair and making it into a Puppet/ Doll Sculpture. All to benefit "The Chair Affair" HERE

The Chair

Deciding what parts make a good fit.
He's coming along

Tucked in his box and ready to be delivered
He measures 4'6" when laid out
His head was an old fishing float, all the other parts came from the chair, his bow-tie cut from the black leather seat.... he is wired to hang an the wall, or just sit around! You can bid on him on 4/5. Or  find out more about the Chair Affair HERE


 These two wall sculptures I made around the holidays, the noses were made with an old wooden high heel, these both sold have since sold Guardino Gallery
This is Dead Bee Girl   "Why oh why won't my bees fly? We've run out of honey, all for some honey,no fruits or blooms, I believe were all doomed". She is still @ Guardino Gallery . On the right is "Skull Mask Girl". she has sold. They are carved from solid Tupelo, with the largest measuring 17 inches

A little research , went into making a dead beeS
These little wood mosaic plaques, measure 6", for the little things show, there are still a few left 

 This couple carved from salvaged wood are works in progress for an upcoming show @ Riversea Gallery in Astoria. I have a few more new pieces that you can also find there.

  There's a whole lotta L-O-V-E, I completed 23 salvage wood signs, for Guardino's "Heart of the Matter Show". I made them last year and decided to continue on the Love and XOXO theme

One big heart made it into the show, I was smitten with the red peeling paint
  Some Toolheads were sent South for an upcoming Article. Stay Tuned!

Lots of projects are on my workbench, I'm excited to finish. My studio clean up is slowly coming along, a dedicated painting space is in my future. Thanks for stopping in. I'm gonna try and be a better blogger!