Wednesday, December 28, 2016

SCULPTURE: "Steampunk Egg"

For Christmas this year, my daughter Jenni's boyfriend, Brad Miller, gave me a carved egg that he had made using a dentist drill tool. Sadly, it was damaged in the mail. 

My Mom had given me a little bag of tiny gears and watch-works as a Christmas gift, and it seemed like a perfect chance to see if I could put "Humpty Dumpty" back together again. I did not succeed...but ended up with it looking more like "Frankenstein's Monster" than Humpty. But it was a fun "puzzle" to solve, and I love Steampunk stuff, so alls well that ends well.
Now my Steampunk Collaboration sits on my mantel with the other egg that Brad carved for me some years ago.

Monday, December 12, 2016

KC Symphony Holiday Card 2016

I'm pleased to have been asked (for the second year in a row) to design the Holiday Card for the Kansas City Symphony! This seems to be growing into a little series featuring the whimsical animal musicians. Last year, I had them playing in the forest. This year...downtown KC. It was an interesting challenge to design something with the KCS logo in there.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

CHALK ART : "Monster Bridge"

This week, I decided to do something fun for the kids on my street. I got the idea when watching them come home from school one afternoon, and thought it would be interesting to see what they would do if I surprised them with a "chalk mural" in my driveway. Judging by their comments of, "Hey...come look at this! It so COOL!", I think my plan worked.

I started out with the idea of a giant suspension bridge hanging over rushing water that was coming from under my broken driveway. I had ordered some "chalk paint" some weeks ago, and finally had a chance to try them out. The colors of all the chalks I had were mostly a bit lighter and more pastel than I wanted. But they did the job for this project. I will probably order some more online from a company that makes chalk for artists to use when drawing on sidewalks for festivals.
As you can see below, it's pretty dangerous for me to cross over.
A day later, I decided to simplify the "broken concrete" edge. Using a house painting brush with water, I was able to erase and blend colors easily. I sometimes painted over areas of chalk with a wet brush to make it cover more solidly, since my sidewalk and driveway is pretty bumpy.
My grandson (who is 5) came over and played on the bridge. We raced across it a few times, then he said that it needed a monster under it. I asked if he wanted a goofy one or a scary one. "Scary!". So the next morning, I got out the chalk and created the tentacled menace that now appears under the bridge.
I will do more murals in the weeks ahead, after a good rain comes. Or maybe I'll get too excited for the next idea I have, and just hose this puppy down.