Tuesday, January 25, 2011

from within

You can run after satisfaction, but satisfaction must come from within.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

late night sketch

prints, prints and more prints. I need to do something with them all.

wickiup sketch, something to dwell on.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wickiup and wilderness shelters

Wickiup: domed room dwelling, used by Native American tribes. Sketching these into my web of continual ideas. This shelter could also be called a wigwam.

Believe it or not I am inspired by these shelters, especially when they are hidden away in a forest that very few know about. I will post a few of my sketch book entrys when they are ready.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

a quick look

A few quick shots of the new wall sculptures, the lighting was not the best but it gives you an idea of what they are like. One more to finish and then I am going to move on to the next project. This would be my first part of the new work for this year, lots more to experiment with, ideas to brainstorm and objects to find. Off to a fair start though.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

bird heads

That took a long time making the molds, pouring the plaster and finally dried out enough that I can continue the wall sculptures. The final plaster bird heads turned out nice, the beaks could of turned out a little better in my opinion, but I am probably just a little picky. I've actually finished one of the wall sculptures, wax and all and it is currently hanging in my studio. However, I am still not sure how pleased I am with the piece. It did turn out the way I thought, but sometimes it takes a few days or even weeks before I can be perfectly happy with what I created.

Now I have two sculptures left to finish and in the end I will have a series of four, and it would be great if someone wanted the series for their home, studio or workplace. As much as like my work and like having my stuff on the walls of the studio, art is always best shared with others. Send me a note if you are interested and like always we can work something out.

Not too sure what is up next after the wall sculptures, I do have a couple ideas lingering and I am sure they will be explored soon. Oh ya, the hemlock dye didn't really turn out like I thought so that will be an ongoing project. Maybe the paper didn't take the dye like it should have. Does anyone have any ideas on paper that would soak up dye nicely???

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

another wall sculpture and hemlock

You might be wondering where the heck did I find the bluejay feathers, well that is it I found them. I am thinking a cat had a chance at the jay and the bird lost a few feathers. I kept the feathers until I had the right materials to use them, together I have a piece of found wood and I am in the middle of making a couple molds of a bird. My friend Vince let me use a bird head mold that he made a little while ago and I had also found a little bird statue at the Bible For Missions op shop. To make my new molds I am using a liquid latex rubber (Burma Rubber) and once that is complete I can pour plaster into them to make my bird heads. Sounds strange, or hard to picture so I will try to post a few more photos of the process and hopefully that would give a good idea on how everything is made.

I've posted a photo of my Hemlock bark, boiling, seeping and turning itself into a dye. I have no idea how this will turn out, but if all is good I can finally dye some paper or use the dye as an ink, paint or stain. It is a bit of an experiment, that is what makes this type of work fun.

I will make another post this week and or weekend to show my progress in the sculptures and the dye so make sure to visit my art blog again. Thanks and enjoy.

Monday, January 03, 2011

fish bones

Here is my first post of the new year, I really do need to get back into the routine of posting my work. I've had these objects for a little while now, but have not had the chance to use them yet. So here you go, another rabbit sculpture using found wood, fish bone, fish lure, buttons and maybe a hawk feather. This one will be a little more challenging to piece together, however I am sure something interesting will happen with the piece when I am finished. There are also a couple photos of a new but old suitcase that I am going to start to change, and all that Hemlock that I collected while at the Wolfden that I still need to boil in order to dye paper.

There are so many ideas that I have for this years series of art so please keep visiting my art blog. I will be posting as often as I can and remember if there is anything you see that you like, everything is for sale. Unless is has already been sold of course.

cheers, earlie