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

Sketching on the wood, I use the lines as a guide, re drawing as I carve.

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

Window sizes considered

Potential bases auditioned

From a scary looking carving, he becomes refined once his eyes our set and he's painted. 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