Thursday, January 26, 2012

the Artist's Palette

I recently came across some images of reknowned artist's palettes and I thought it might be interesting to quiz you:

First... the palettes:












 12. this is easy


14. another easy one


Got it?
Now the Painters






Van Gogh

 Me (not to put me in the same category)



Odd Nedrum 







1. Degas
2.  Bonnat
3. Delacroix
4. Gaughin
5. Seurat
6. Moreau
7. Odd Nedrum
8. Picasso
9. Renoir
10. Turner
11. Van Gogh
12. Velasquez
13. Whistler
14. Monet
15. Me

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Return of Sketched Out Monday...on Tuesday

Okay after a long hiatus, I've decided to get Sketched Out Monday back into swing.  Now I know you're saying that it is Tuesday...well since I just decided this moments ago...and I didn't want to wait another 6 days to get it on Tuesday.  

So today I offer you a couple of images from my Maui trip at the beginning of the year.  This first dude is what I call: 
Meanie Menehune
For those who don't know what a Menehune, they are basically Hawaiian leprechauns or fairies who live deep in the forest away from human sight.  It is also said that if they start something they have to finish it in one night (elves and cobbler).  For the most part they are benevolent...but once in get someone like the guy above.

He's the god of fertility, harvest and rainfall.  Like most Hawaiian tiki images, they are often more benevolent than they look.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Something Fishy

Perhaps it is that I just got back from spending some time in Hawaii and doing a bit of whale watching, snorkeling and getting thrashed around by waves....but the very first piece I created once back from a holiday by the sea was a piece devoted to Ahab and the Whale.
I should start off by mentioning that my top five books of all time (in no particular order) are: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, the Tempest by William Shakespeare, and Moby Dick by Hermann Melville.   Interestingly all three plots are nautical tales, (perhaps its my water sign showing through).  
Heart of Darkness is a journey up river in the dense African jungle (Apocalypse Now was based on this story). 

 The Tempest takes place on a remote and mystical island which starts off with a ship being thrashed around and ultimately sunk.  My favorite quote comes from this play: 
Full fathom five thy Father lies,
Of his bones are Corrall made:
Those are pearles that were his eies,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a Sea-change
Into something rich & strange
Sea-Nymphs hourly ring his knell.
Harke now I heare them, ding-dong, bell. 

Last but not least on the list is truly an amazing novel (and a pretty awesome movie).  Moby Dick, was source of middle school snickers, but when I finally read it I was amazed.  First off I need to mention that you need a version with really good footnotes.  Second off you need to read the footnotes, because I am unaware of any novel as dense in symbolism and metaphor as this one. At the heart of the story is the infamous Ahab.  Leg missing and scarred from a tussle with an albino sperm whale.  His ultimate quest, to kill his attacker not matter the it his own or the lives of others.  A single vision.  A single purpose.

Ahab is the anti-Jonah.  Jonah was swallowed by a whale/leviathan as means to persuade him to do the will of God.  Ahab on the other hand was chewed up by a whale and spit out only to become dark obsessed, vengeful and self absorbed.  In both cases the sea creature symbolizes a rebirth;  Jonah purified, Ahab putrified.    In both cases the each man's life is totally transformed by the encounter; the Leviathan is etched into their soul for good or for bad.

Now to my interpretation of the complex Ahab/Moby relationship.

"Something I Ate"
Mixed media, 18" x 6" x 4"
I've been very interested in puppetry as of late, so it should be no surprise if Ahab popped in and out of the whales mouth.  For those who need a bit of video to demonstrate:

As usual the piece is made from various  flotsam and jetsam, as well as a fair amount of one of my favorite materials: Ave's Apoxy Clay to mold a cupie doll into Ahab.
As for the old whale...he too, is a bunch of Apoxie Clay

But that's not all...
I left the best for last...
The whale was made out of something other than clay.  Any ideas?
Here's a hint:
Perhaps a different perspective will help.

Scroll down for the answer
It's amazing what a little clay can do.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Extra Extra Read all about it...

Man, I really don't do that paperboy outfit justice.  Actually, after I photoshopped my face in, I realized I used to look like that as kid...minus the baseball cap (I was never into the baseball cap thing).

So a few news worthy things that need immediate attention!!!

On a personal level...I'm married...woo hoo.  Over New Years, my beloved...friend, compadre, and fellow artist, Andrea Matus and I, got hitched on the Isle of Maui!  Everything was ideal.  Weather, company...everything!
Our rings were designed by our buddy Mr. Keith LoBue...who used bits of flotsam and jetsam to create sacred bands of silver and gold.
Thanks Keith!

Our officiant was none other than the lovely Katherine Engen of Valley Ridge Art Studio.  She performed an amazingly heartfelt and wonderful ceremony that will be with us for as long as we live.  
Thank you Katherine!

Did I mention we had a ukulele player?
Thanks Eric!

And thanks to everyone who made the day special! Especially those folks who couldn't attend but sent up warm wishes and blessings!

Okay now to some business stuff:
Here's what's new on the workshop front:

Valley Ridge
The fore-mentioned Valley Ridge Art Studio 2012 Registration is ready to go live...Saturday July 14th...sign up now.  Doing some ventriloquist action and a master's workshop.

Art Unraveled
Also ArtUnraveled is registration going live too Jan 17th.   That's the spectacular Scottsdale AZ event...I always look forward to the Friday night bull riding at the Buffalo Chip Saloon.

Don't forget about ArtFest.  It's the very very very very last year that of one of my favorite locations and venues.  Sign up or it will be too late.