Monday, October 18, 2010

New Developments

  I'm at home today until about 3:30 trying to get stuff done.  I've been making a bunch of new owl pendants made from porcelain for Fancy.  I also sculpted some mini owls out of egyptian paste (blue), some porcelain ornaments and a few other things.  I've been preparing for another pit fire by making a large variety of "primitive" heads and coil built skulls  the last few weeks.  I am also in the process of making 4 wood carved owls.  I might display them at Secret Garden Bookshop in Ballard at some point.   
   Another project I've been working on long term is for a show I hope to call 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.  The show will include a large ceramic beer can collection, paintings of various beer bottles Warhol style,   some paintings of local bar scenes, beer coasters, posters, and other beer related schwag.    
   Today is usually Card Monday,  but Kate and I made about 200 cards for Nancy in the last couple weeks, so no cards today.   

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Art and the Critical Miss

I keep thinking there is something missing. Is it the scale? the color? the style?
Is the subject over played, re-hashed a thousand times on somebody else's canvas? Haven't I seen this piece before, in a coffee house, near the gum wall? What am I looking for, exactly?
I know --nobody can afford it and what's there--is. I have tried to look at art and I've looked really hard at a lot of it and what I can say is What's it for? I know--like I should talk, the creator of "tawdry baubles," the miniature has been. I think the same thing about my own art----Trust Me. What am I doing it for? Because I love to too
I wish there was a voice that would come and tell me exactly what I should make and when and for who, but it ain't that easy. I'd probably be labeled a schizo if I did so, anyhow. Although I do get feedback from people about my art on a regular basis, mostly what I hear are nice remarks.......but that is where the miss comes in. I could use some real criticism, for someone to tell me that I could improve here or there, some honest critical feedback. I think a lot of us could use that as artists. Go ahead .....tell me what you really think.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Okay, so I haven't posted for awhile. I kind of took a break for from writing, partially because I have had my mind wrapped around too many things such as thoughts about the future, time and space, art, and wars. Time to return to clear thought--to the here and now.
Lately I've been making and teaching art full-time. In this difficult economy, it is easy to get down about selling my wares and my skills. I find that people can't afford anything these days and are pretty down and out besides. But nevertheless, I am determined to continue on, doing what I love the most.....
........And that is making art.
So lately I have been illustrating a bit. I recently finished an illustration for a magazine in Austin Texas about bartering, and I am working on a series of comics called HOT CATZ. The Hot Catz started as a collaboration between Kate and I when we were waiting to get our dinner at a local eatery. We took turns drawing cats and adding other details until suddenly we had a whole carnival car set up complete with hot cats playthings. Then I took the concept and created a series of Hot Catz dishware such as cups, bowls, ad treat jars. I also did a relief print of the Hot Catz wagon. So lately I've taken it a step further and developed a series of comic strips that I hope will develop into a zine of sorts. (sorry for the blurry pic)
I also just took down a show at the Kirkland Art Center that featured robots, sheeple, and skull cubes-- an extremely political show from many people's perspective. The robots I plan on making larger in hopes that they will debut this summer.
Another show I am part of is at People's Republic of Koffee on Capitol Hill in Seattle. The paintings, part of a CHWS group show , are paintings about Liberty. It might be ironic for some, considering the sign of the PRK features a red star which some have interpreted as Communist(gasp!) I did these paintings as a salute to the USA of old, what was once our republic. I took some of the imagery from 19-20th century images on old whiskey bottles, postage stamps, and post cards and reproduce them via watercolor onto found objects such as rusty tin, road worn aluminum, and old cigar boxes. I will post images soon.
Other things recently worked on or finished: A group of 50 devil figurines, A bunch of cups, and Circus Cars. (Pics coming soon)