Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mosaics Festival of the Arts

The Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps. 

This was the best festival of the season for me. The set up was easy, the weather was great (and the rain held off until I was totally packed on Sunday), lots of good visits with friends, good interaction with fellow artists (especially a reconnection with David and Ann), record breaking pack up time, excellent sales (enough to make up for the 4 flops preceding this show), and a special stay over with the Outlaws for the weekend (visiting their church on Sunday morning as well).
Even though I had good sales and a couple of commissions, I knew that this was going to be my last festival (officially). I'll do another here or there as the Lord directs, but this was the end of this part of my art business...and a great way to close!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Art on the Riverfront

Well, even though sales were not what they've been like over the recent years, the opportunity to visit with family and friends is always worthwhile!

What a beautiful venue for a festival...and that's not just because Grand Haven is my home town! Right on the waterfront boardwalk, with a cool breeze, the sound of river traffic, and a laid back park-type setting.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Waukesha Blues Festival

Here are just a couple of images from the festival I displayed at the weekend of Aug 10th.
A view of the main stage under the big-top.

Waukesha is a Gibson guitar town and has displayed a number of these guitar sculptures in the downtown area. This is their one dedicated to Carlos Santana.

The antique car display.

Sales were down for me considerably this year, hm... maybe that's why I forgot to include a shot of my booth!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Recent Art Production

 My studio space is such a limitation, especially when it comes to the weather. I wasn't able to get back to any serious making of art until early May! A lot of what I need to do in my technical process requires outside facility. So, once the temperatures became favorable and the rain stopped, I was able to get some pieces under way.
This abstraction was started as a demo piece during a PSAD open house in April. Again, it's a transitional piece and one where I wanted to introduce some subtle delineation; creating a contrast between the organic and geometric elements.

In "Helmet Boy meets Bird Man", I simply wanted to play with the layering of squirted lines of pigmented plaster. These lines were laid on a dry under-painting of my typical multiple layered plaster, tempera paint, and fabric dye. I was aiming at a more formal Paul Klee feeling.
Well, I just have to keep exploring the Icon motif! This was a commissioned piece from a customer who stopped by my booth during the Paducah festival. "St Lawrence, the patron Saint of Cooks" as an appropriate piece of art to be displayed on the wall of a commercial kitchen! And so it will be.
I think that I'm going to create some of my own "saintly characters" for vocations that don't have specific patron saints and see if there is an interest for such pieces (I guess, Icons on the lighter side!).

Here is a late addition to the post. I discovered it in my small storage unit, saw that it was unfinished piece from 2012, decided to seal it, and add some glazing. It's one of the larger (32x48) "excavation" series pieces but with a little influence from Delaunay and the Futurists.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Is Winter Over?

This has been my first complete Winter spent here in Paducah. Hopefully the temperatures will stay above freezing, and with workable temps in the day time I'll be able to resume creating some art! I should have a post in a month or so showing some new paintings.