I flipped the photo upside down and the coins made a halo over the reflection of the the choir boys.
curtis patiently waiting as I take more and more pictures.
These pieces were lost in a shipwreck. The corrosion from the salt water is so rich.
He was missing his head
I am on a group trip in Athens led by Patrick Palmer and Dr. Anna Tahinci. We are in Athens to see documenta 14. Yesterday curtis and I walked all the sites we could. Tomorrow we start with Docunenta.
Athens makes me miss stone carving.
Athens makes me miss stone carving.
checking out the sites.
My HAPPY DOG - on bed
4" X 8" X 11" bronze and concrete 2015 was on exhibit in the Conroe art League national artist call exhibit. Shortly after the show I was contacted by a family in Dallas who saw the show and were interested in having one of the castings. This bed is in bronze. They have been lovely to work with and I am honored that my work will be in their collection. He ships out Thursday.
Bronze happy dog on bronze bed.
I took several photos walking by my sculpture. Who do you think won? The shadow or the wire?
Can be seen @ Mfah glassell studio school exhibition - temporary location:
2450 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston TEXAS 77021
I have been hanging my wire sculptures/shadow drawings from the ceiling. This is fine if I am installing them somewhere that has a cieling with mechanicals that I can hang from. In most facilities they will not have exposed mechanicals so I am designing a clear plexi glass wall mount fixture to hang my pieces from. I will hang the fixture from a typical picture hook.
Design of fixture
The past few weeks I have been in a poetry in practice workshop. The focus is making poetic works of art, using poetry in art, using words in art work....... and using art in poetry. Poetic expressions happen when you leave space - for the poetic expression. The group was led by Laura A. Wellen an art critic, curator and art historian. We spent one day in the MFAH library looking at poetic art books selected by the head of the library. At the end of the class we collaborated and made a book for each person in the group and the museum requested a copy for their library. I made 12 original mono-prints from my "happy dog" series and wrote a poem. The poem is to be panted (not read) in the voice of a happy, calm relaxed dog. Each edition of our book will get one of the original prints and a copy of the poem. The title of our book is "space between". The 12 artworks and poem I contributed are below.
El Trene de muerte
I took this photo at a wood working shop outside of San Miguel where they create beautiful wood tables. Surrounded by beautiful planks of unfinished wood lay this forgotten antique paper mache figure. As he lay in an almost fetal position on the train like shaped table with his crudely amputated limbs he bravely tells the story of el Trene de muerte, or the monster. I could not bring him back with me so this photo will have to do.
El Grito (my grand dog) guards prisoners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (at least I was told it was Hillary) on a mural of the death train. We saw this on our way to the lake-
This conjures up so many sculptural visuals.
I found this video on youtube. I think it was pre- adding the addition of the prisoners.
- playing around with my latest bronze castings. These are solid bronze. They ar so versital- they look great on a pedestal, hanging on a wall or leaning against a wall. They evoke such great memories.
something in the water
Watercolor screen print
The inspiration for this piece is a photo I took in San Miguel Allende @ the Sanctuary of Atotonilco
My photo after photoshopping big the father out.
I plan on doing another one this summer called
" in the hands of the father".
Front right side
My screen print plate- drawn in water color inks.
Detail of plate
below are my photos that have inspired these drawings.
In this photo I have edited out the father except his hands. The father can also be seen between banister columns.
Chasing is the technique used to decorate metal work.
First I have to cut off the metal left after cutting off the sprues.
This photo shows the hat before I cut the sprues off smooth.
Here they are cut off smooth. I cut them off with a angle grinder.
The next step is to repair the texture of the felt. - another day.
Ready to dip
Dip #2 slurry and fine silicone
Detail after dip #3 of hat on left
Detail after dip #3 of inside hat on right
Detail of bird tail after dip #3
After dip #3
After dip 5
Close up view of pigeon/bird 1/2 way through the dipping process.
Close up of hat
Detail after dip 9
Dip 10 is slurry only. This will dry into a nice hard porcelain like shell.
Next, I cut off the top of the cups and pT them for n the furnace upside down.
In my he furnace upside down so the wax Will burnout.
Wax melting out of the pieces.
Heating the bronze. Once it is warm it is put in the crucible.
Breaking off the shell with a sledgehammer and chisel.
Most of the shell is broken off 1 hat. It looks like a very successful pour.
The second hat.
I break off enough shell to know how successful the pour was. That takes a couple of hours of intense physical work. The pour of the two hats is great the bird body poured great but the feathers (delicate twigs) did not pour. - another lemonade situation I will have to figure out how to fix. There is still a lot of shell to be broken off first. In order to save my shoulder I will take these pieces to legacy fine art foundry to finish cleaning off the shell.
The ceramic shell is removed, the pieces has been degated ( the removal of sprues and cup). Now to create the texture that was damaged be the sprues and cup.
I made a little progress using the oxyacetylene brazing set up atGlassell TXRX. I still have a lot of work to go.
I have added considerable tail feathers and feathers around the feet called leg muffs. the piece has been sandblasted and now I need apply the Patina. That will be in a separate post.
I have decided to make a separate post for completing the hats.
Yesterday was our final critique for this spring. Glassell arranged a lovely catered lunch, we dined on plates from Nell Harrell Gottlieb's historical work, and Alison De Lima Greene was our critic. Alison stayed until 5:00 sharing her perspective and visiting each of our studios. - pinch me.
Alison de Lima Greene and sarah fisher with nell looking on.
And wore them both.
My foundry boots and heels. These are great times to be a woman.
"Fragility- kalidescope" Started a new piece.
I purchased a 20" diameter round piece of plexi with beveled edges primarily to use with "gust". I decided today to paint watercolor turtles on it much like a kaleidoscope in layout.
Pictured below: This was 5hrs. of painting/drawing. I started by laying out on a piece of paper the spacing of the turtles.
You can see my layout of the turtle spacing under the plexi.
2 hour s later.
Next I soaked my paper for 20 minutes. I made the decision to put it on the press on the wet side hoping to get a watery look.
The overly wet paper caused the bleeding shown above. When I saw the bleed I was at first disappointed that it didn't cause a more evenly distributed blur. And at the same time I felt excited by the accidentle result. This is a big no-no in the printing world but as a person who draws and is interested in mark making, movement and energy it exciting to me. To quote artist and friend Camille Warmington it created a ghost circle, such a poetic term.
I will let it dry and study it next week - time will tell if this is a success or a failure.
Detail of plate.
fragility - kaleidoscope
30" X 22"
I have given it a week and I think it is a keeper.
It has actually given me an idea I can't wait to try.