Thursday, January 26, 2012

The New Ark

Well after a year of not working on this sculpture I'm back on it again and actually moving along on it fairly quickly. I've spent so much of my art-making time this past year focused on painting that this has fallen to the back burner. (Oh well, I'm not really a sculptor, so I don't feel too bad!) Anyway, I'm having fun again with this piece and I'm even starting to create a little story about it in my mind. The brain does tend to take you to strange places when spending quiet hours on building something like this. I might write a short story or create a series of paintings to go along with it, who knows. That's one of the side benefits of making art, I find, the mental excursions that can be experienced and how one idea can cross over multiple disciplines.

The hull is ready to be clad. The cardboard mock-up of the skyline helps me figure out shapes and mass. The finished city will be a lot more refined, I promise!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

My Stair Railing Design: From Paper to Steel and Wood

Every now and then a fun design project lands in my lap. This one dropped by about a year ago from a colleague whose daughter and son-in-law were in the throes of building a custom home outside Las Vegas. They wanted a custom rail designed for their staircase and were unhappy with the designs submitted by the railing companies, so they decided to try it from an artist's perspective and asked me to come up with a plan. I remember spending the better part of one weekend working this out on trace paper "old school style" with French curves, a T-square, triangle, and a lot of eraser work. (A couple of glasses of cab helped the creative flow too, I must confess.) Along with the railing, I also designed the newel posts at the ends of the runs.

I have to admit it is pretty exciting to see an idea on paper materialize this way in real life. When someone likes your idea enough to bring it into the design of their home is pretty amazing. Design and art are tough gigs most of the time with a lot of rejection attached to ideas that are personal and close to the soul, but at times like this, it certainly is worth it all.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Zebra Chair
oil on panel
6" x 6"

Gettin' it into gear...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Luminous Ant
Emily Holland
oil on panel
6" x 6"

From time to time I like to post some of Emily's artwork.  She painted this little gem over the Christmas holiday in just a few hours.  She's very interested in insects and science (in addition to art and music) and she's seriously thinking about entering the 50/50 exhibit this year.  It will be a lot of fun if we get into it together. At age 20, she's way farther along with her painting skills than I was at her age, so it will be exciting to see how far she'll develop over the next 10, 20, 30 years.