Sunday, October 13, 2013

Day of The Dead @ Guardino Gallery

Can you believe its our 7th year? The 34 Artists really out did themselves, judging from the preview photos on the DOTD pdx Facebook page HERE An amazing body of work is going to come together!

This is "Dancing Dog" he's a skeleton puppet sculpture I made, from carved wood and driftwood. He is 27" long

My Solid Tupelo wood skeleton mask girl, who is on the show card sold, so I am working feverishly to make another one, who will be bigger, she is "dead bee girl", who will have some bees on a leash, and wonders why they don't fly anymore.... she measures 17" tall

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Opening, The Oregonian, Movies, Firetrucks & Parrots......

Click to see my Youtube video (1 min long)
I always dream about doing a great little film with each show staring all my art pieces...I ran out of time, not being one to be defeated...I shot them as I was packing up for the show. Turn the sound up, Let's Bungle......

So as the show was getting ready to open, we smelled smoke, the restaurant next store was burning! I called 911 and got out the hose, as the gallery filled with smoke, I thought we were not going to open. 8 firetrucks later the smoke cleared and the show went on!

The Opening.....

L-R Deborah Unger, Lisa Bledsoe, Shelly Caldwell, me

Alea Bone, & Freind

Dayna @ alleyartstudio came through with these photos of the opening, after she heard I only managed to get the firetrucks and a parrot who came . And a BIG thank you to all who did, it means a lot!
I was so surpised and greatful to have a mention in the A & E on Fri. See more HERE

The words

Some other shenanigans from this week.......

There are still a few souvenir books available for sale and photo of the show in my last post....CHEERS!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Adventures of Tree Girl / Carved Wood Curiosities

Treegirl is just about ready for her close up, she measures 5 feet. She'll have many friends in the gallery with her, 38 pieces in all!

These three have a wooden boat they like to ride in


              Some carved Wood Taxidermy made from Driftwood
His head and tail are bobble and move

"Boone" the horse has salvaged parts some, from Portland city hall
This little puppet measures 34" and is resting up

She'll be dancing for a month at the show

From an earlier photo shoot, you can see the scale of the work!

Albino Squirrel  Puppet will be perched in the window and bounce on a spring!

With Boatman at the helm , were deciding who will sit where

This large painting will add color to the wall
This branch looked so much like a hand  it needed just a bit of shaping and just the right perch

  Some Birds will fly and some have a special perches

This Dapper Fellow is 22 inched high and a favorite of mine, we went through 3 hats to find just the right one!

 Here is the Show Card before we added the title, I love it! There are 38 pieces in all
TreeGirl will be hanging around Guardino Galley starting May 30th 6-9 pm Opening Reception! until June 24

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

W.I.P. Work in Progress ..and YES a 5 ft. Naked Puppet !

Why hello there, Here is a bobble head Deer, my tail wags too! 
Here is my W.I.P. for my May 30th opening..

some paint
I start to carve Tree Girls face

Some Features

Her Face finished I cut her body from a large piece of bass wood, then chain saw power carve, chiseled and many sanding's to get her body right.
She measures 5 feet! and yes she is anatomically correct aka naked
The boat in progress, wheels are being added....
Cutting out the birds
Balancing the cat

"Boone" the horse

His head is carved from a solid piece of bass wood
I lay out some salvaged bits for the horse
A little help from Reno, setting the eyes

                  Here, Kitty Kitty                                                 Albino Squirrel's make the best friends
The show opens @ Guardino Gallery on May 30th!

          You can see the size of  the pieces with me in middle

                The Adventures of Tree girl.
   With this installation you might feel as if you’ve stumbled into a very unusual forest landscape. Inhabited by a 5ft puppet/sculpture, surrounded by many curious animals and elements….a salvage horse, bobble head deer,squirrel are just a few. Taxidermy eyes in some of the pieces lend to a peculiar touch. All the pieces are carved from different woods, which are either salvaged or collected. Wood is a bit of a mystery, with different grains, textures and ages, each presenting different challenges that can be unforgiving, but exciting to see what emerges within a block of wood.
As the work developed I decided, Tree Girl was a muse to my own adventures with wood. My style is primitive, naïve, with touches of urban, destruction and decay creeping in. I seek simplicity and escapism, in a world that is too often mass produced and violated