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Hello everyone. Welcome to the very beginning of what I believe will be an adventure through the mind of a mild mannored man. I am not an artist, but that statement alone could mean I am an artist. I have no training, only an uncontrollable urge to create three dimensional forms. Join me as I embark on a journey that will bring out the very essence of my mind, and could possibly bring about an artist.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I have wanted to make a face with pasta since I started making sculptures. Don't even try to analyze it, it's crazy. I think the piece speaks for itself. So I will only describe the process this time. I used rigatoni for most of the structure. To outline the mouth, eyes and build out the nose, I used Penne. For the hair I used Fettuccine. To hold it all together I used hot glue for the fact that it dries quickly allowing me to finish in under 45min. I welcome comments.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Surrealism has got to be my favorite type of art. Most of my pieces are surrealistic to some degree. I can honestly say that when I made this I had no clue that I was going to be making a flower with a head at its center. I think my art is impulsive and fluid. I never plan, but I enjoy every moment I am creating it. I again used modeling clay, please excuse the colors as they were all I had available at the time. The structure is a wire hanger that I bent to create the base and the flower stem. I wrapped the hanger again with foil, which if you can buy some stock in Reynolds wrap do it, because I use a lot of it. The small head is nothing only clay but I used part of a toothpick to hold the head up on the flower. I welcome any thoughts.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I sometimes think that our dreams have a mind of their own. Although I know it is just our subconscious randomly pulling on memories and experience we have had and creating a scene for us to rationally comprehend. I sometimes think that maybe our dreams want to continue even after we have woken up. This is my interpretation of a dream trying to survive. It is not made of air drying clay. In fact it is very pliable, it is modeling clay. I used pink, white and a touch of blue clay not for any particular reason. I have some other pieces that I used several colors only because it is what I had left. Since the clay will never dry it will not shrink. I used aluminum foil as my skull for the main head, and I bent a wire hanger pierced the foil and wrapped foil around it to form and support the second smaller dream escaping. I welcome any thoughts this piece may evoke.
Friday, August 6, 2010
This is my most recent piece. I again used air dry clay, but this time the clay used is reconstituted from a failed piece, lets just say, after making several sculptures I still forget that it shrinks when it dries and a steel armature is not a good skeleton. With that said this is free form, actually it is three separete forms that I merged to create the Mushroom Man. I had no idea when i started working with the clay that day it would end with this sculpture. So lets get into the process. First I made the cap by rolling the clay between my hands, having been reconstituted it was really water logged and sticky. Then I formed the stem (main head) by rolling the clay on the table with my hand making sort of a log of clay. I then squished the clay to shrink down and make it stand upright. I placed the cap on the stem and I thought wow this could be something, so I did what I do best, I made a face. As I made the main face I would pull off clay as needed to create the contours. Once I finished the stem, I felt the piece was complete and I placed it on my drying shelf. I then started to clean up when I noticed the extra clay sitting on the table. I picked it up, placed it on my right index finger and made another face. I initially had no intentions of placing it on the back of the mushroom, but the way I made the stem to support the cap left a nice gap. I place the second face on the back, and it fit perfectly. Just as in nature when a fungus grows it spreads and the second face is deformed and looks as if it is growing out of the stem. I have not sprayed the piece yet, so far I like the roughness to it, but as with most of my work I change my mind frequently, and I may yet spray it. If I do I will show the end result. As I am navigating my way through this blog I am playing with the quality of the photos. I encourage you to comment on the quality. I welcome criticism, on all things related to this blog. I also hope to one day do collaborative works, and I welcome any artist to reach out.
My wife Carla really likes the noses I make so I decided to make a large nose, but with a twist. I have allergies and when I walk through a garden or smell most perfumes my nose starts to run, it is really unpleasant. With that said The nose I made has a surprise behind it, that is what I think it feels like to have allergies. So I decided to use my old friend, air drying clay. This time only clay finished with an acrylic sealer. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts. I also welcome any ideas for future sculptures.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
|Made while watching a movie on Fire Island|