Monday, April 27, 2015

The Making of Folklandia, part 1

From pieces of vintage wood, sketches are made, then I set to work, tying to uncover their personalities.
Here, after months of carving shaping painting and finding proper bases, the busts are ready for their close up's.L-R Queen Anne, Shopgirl, White Ace 21", Indian Girl and Talking Head

A very rough early sketch, one of many on scraps of paper, found around my studio, A lot that I had planned on making never made it in the show...perhaps next time.

L-R Hipster Bat, Handeye, Bark Bark, Heart in your hand,, Meow, Play nice, Fedora hat
the old baseball bats were carved and painted before they went on their welded metal stands

The wood is carved and shaped
Old photos of Indian maidens to reference

Window sizes considered

Potential bases considered

From a scary looking carving, he becomes refined once his eyes our set. His hat is carved from bass wood. he stands aprox 21"

 From salvaged wood canvases and old photo booth photos, to paintings.

Muskie Fish is 28" x 20 Carved from Tupelo wood, bicycle reflector eyes, rusty fan blades,vintage foundry mold base.

Indian Girl and Shopgirl Carved vintage wood , glass eyes horse hair,found objects 21"

My primitive Folk art show has a Portland twist. This 6 ft wool banner, with vintage varsity letter and ephemera seemed like a good fit!
Stay tuned after my opening on Thursday April 30th , I'll share the rest of the show, Over 30 pieces, 3 fish,  a horse, and photos of the Guardino gallery all set up

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Coming Soon. Holiday Shows!!!

"Red bow Boy", carved wood, glass eyes, He'll be @ Guardino Gallery and one will be @ The Left Coast Artist sale, the only sale where you can buy direct from me, (until next summer)!

I started a new series called "Toys in the Attic"
Hand Cut and Carved , set on custom rolling bases, sanded, painted, sanded, waxed

I'll have Salvage Stars


I"ll have new "Toolheads"
And lots of LOVE signs on SALE
New Wood Puppets/Dolls will be waiting to meet you. Dec 5 & 6

Moving on to Little Things. The popular show @ Guardino Gallery opens Friday Nov. 28
Once again, I'm paired with my good buddy Dayna Collins

There are 16 different "Toys" too choose from....but wait there's more!

At Riversea Gallery in Astoria ,where some of my pieces from my Villains, Harpies & Sailors show, are still on display. I'll be adding some Littler things!

In Progress...small carved wood characters will be on tiny wheeled platforms. See them after Thanksgiving!

From Cowgirl to Dead Girl

Summers over but, oh what a ride!
As we move from fall to winter I thought I better do a little catch up.  I got to have be a cowgirl with a mighty fine pardner, Alea Bone ,who has a mighty fine blog too.We got invited to show art, at the 1st ever "Art Carts" think food cart.With lots of great artists, some amazing bands We borrowed a vintage trailer that Shelly Caldwell painted a huge paint by numbers desert theme on, naturally we dressed to match it, complete with hay bales and such.
. Read about it HERE


 Then it was time for Day of the Dead. Always a special show, that I help curate for Guardino Gallery. We round up some amazing artist who do work that speak to the celebration.  We opened a month early,so people could enjoy the art in the month leading up to Day of the dead. We had a very lively opening.

Opening night music
The gangs all here


The show was beautiful. See you next year
I carved a "Gunstock Angel" from an  old wood stock, and added glass eyes. "Gunstock Angel, has grown so weary. Trying to bring comfort. But bullets have killed too many."

These guys just got back from L.A.They were in a show @ Cactus Gallery
The Golden Light at the last motorcycle rally

Quick Weekend in Montana,  Go Griz
   A Beautiful Fall has concluded, now on to all the Holiday Shows!