Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Eschaton

This little guy was created in a Michael DeMeng workshop at Zinnia in South Pasadena.  I really look forward to when Michael DeMeng teaches in southern califonria.  I enjoy his teaching style, which is well informed, on hands-demonstrations and with a real sense of purpose. 

I've been introduced to Terrence McKenna by my good friend Martin Madzarevic, and this arte piece is named in honor of Mr. McKenna.  I've named him, The Eschaton.  meaning The last thing. "The Eschaton is conceived of as a boundaryless and causeless chaotic attractor that is drawing all space and time deeper into states of novel connection and complexity." 

The Eschaton holds a bell in his left hand, which will signal the "end of all things" and he holds the universe in the right hand with the Earth at the center. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Raven's Bowl of Berries

This particular canvas was actually inspired by a book.  The book, "The Peach Keeper" by Sarah Allen Addison.  This is one of those "magical realism"  books I love so much.  In the story, there is a description of a magical man who came to Walls of Water (the town) in the 1930's.  He enchanted the town, charmed the women and did "strange" things.  One story handed down from grandmother to grand daughter, was that this man actually put his hand into a primitive painting of a Raven on a bowl of Berries, but to his surprise the raven pecked his hand.  And to this day that painting still bears the red smudge of the magic man's blood on his beak.  So here is my mental picture of the Raven and his Bowl of Berries brought out from my mind into this 3-dimensional reality.

Have you ever been inspired to create from a book too?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Urban Birds - new art, new techniques

 These new canvasas I call, Urban Birds.  I saw a small picture of something like this in an art magazine, and I decided to try:  All you do is collage scrapbook paper onto a 12x12 canvas, then sketch in houses, highlight and shadow where appropriate, add the birdies and voila!  Urban Bird neighborhoods!   I'm going to make a few, and see if other people like them as much as I do.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Art Cards

I really like painting the Bird & Egg canvases, I also enjoy making their companion Art Cards.  I offer the canvases for sale at art shows, etsy and trunk sales.  It's nice to have the cards, because if a canvas has been sold, at least you can still have an art card of that print.  And I also think they are really pretty too!