I’m back! Keeping the blog going on a regular basis seems to be my Achille’s heel this year! Thanks for sticking with me during the hits & misses.
So, back to finishing up the recycled/upcycled art pieces from last year. This piece, Ceaseless, is mounted on an old LP.
Just like “Conjured” it was drawn on watercolor paper, painted on the reverse side and then the design was cut out with an x-acto knife.
After that it was mounted on the LP and details were added with ink and an old piece of jewelry was mounted in the center.
Coming up next is the last piece from my show of upcycled/recycled artwork and it’s a bit different from all the others. Stay tuned, it WILL be posted yet this week. 🙂
This piece came to fruition after creating Ceremonial and Circadian, drawing from the rolled paper and the idea of creating a clock. It came together pretty quickly after creating both of those pieces!
From this pile of rolled paper I decided the layout for the piece and attached them all to the LP. To make the hands of the clock portion stand out I added the painted CD.
This was one of my favorite LP pieces and I’m happy to say it found a good home and was purchased by a fellow artist. Here’s a picture of the finished piece:
One more left, then one other piece from the recycled/upcycled show last year and I can start sharing some new work and ideas!
A while back I told you I’d be sharing more artwork created from an old metal file cabinet. Today I’m continuing with that by sharing this piece, Corridor.
Much the same process (and created at the same time) as “Conversion” the pieces were laid out, numbered, cut, cleaned, painted and re-assembled. Here are images of the work in progress:
Details and decorative nails were added as part of the finishing process. You can find this piece, and Conversion, at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana.
I’ve got one more piece created from repurposed metal but it’s not as abstract and geometrical as the two I’ve shown so far. Stayed tuned!
Created in the same style as “Fun” created at a workshop last year. I ended up using less caps on this piece after many different layouts and ideas, plus I incorporated rolls of magazine pages for a different texture and shape.
It reminded me of a ferris wheel so it’s title “Carnival” came easily! It has a companion piece, “Carouse” that I’ll share with you later this week!
Similar to “Ambience” that was posted earlier this week, this piece was also created on a 12×12″ wood panel using old dictionary pages and cut paper. Here are some images of the process/progress along the way:
One piece left to share with you that goes with Ambience & Adventure….look for it Friday!
Why yes, I am mixing music and artwork in one post! As promised months ago, I’ve finally begun to edit all the images from last year’s solo show that focused on recycled/repurposed art. Today I’m sharing the pieces I created with old piano parts.
First I’d like to thank my artist-friend Quincy Owens for sharing these parts with me after he had used most of the wood from a piano for an artistic project of his own. Thanks Q! Here is a look at the pieces and parts laid out, waiting for me to decide how to use them (along with a tub full that I have left for future projects).
I had these in the garage for several weeks, moving pieces about and generally tweaking things until I felt comfortable enough with the design to start the assembly. I raided my stash of vintage sheet music to use as a background, adhering it to the wood surface using a thin, clear acrylic with a tint of yellow ochre to giving it an even older, more weathered look.
Once on the wood I followed with several more coats of clear acrylic to seal it well and give it a lovely shine. Then the power tools came out and the other objects were attached one by one. The long bar across the top of the largest piece (Calando) is from inside the piano and the wires were at one time attached to each of the eyes that show along the top.
I actually ended up with a “less is more” approach with these pieces as I really wanted more of the background sheet music to show than my original plan. One part that I never varied on was the three foot pedals hanging from the bottom. Now to show you the images of each piece, once completed:
The musical term Calando means “fading away music” which seemed so appropriate for this piece! Cavatina translates into “solo song” and, as most music fans know, Crescendo is described as “an increase in intensity”.
Currently these three pieces reside above the piano in my living room.
Can you picture them in your home?
LOOK! My postcards arrived yesterday!
I am also busy creating upcycled envelopes and invitations to the private opening of this upcoming show! If you will be in the Indianapolis area on June 1st and would like to be invited to the private opening please send an email with your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be honored to send you an invitation.
I’ve been busy the past several months exploring different media and materials, especially things that are often discarded. Magazines, newspapers, scrap metal, styrofoam, plastic lids, old books, aluminum cans, used albums & CD’s, wood scraps, packing materials and have even found a few objects that I am not even sure what they were used for! It’s been an interesting journey but now I am narrowing my focus to a handful of those materials and producing new work especially for this show. I will continue to share peeks at the process over the next month. It has really opened my eyes to all the possible materials and genres that can be created by re-imagining and re-purposed items. I’ve even re-created some of my own artwork into something new & different!
I do hope you’ll be able to attend the show at some point during the month of June…I am really excited to share my journey with you.
Last reminder! This Friday, March 2nd (6 to 8 p.m.) and again Saturday, March 3rd (9:30-11:30 a.m.) is when Mark & I are going to host a “Create your own Metal Sculpture” workshop!
We’ll have a variety of different types, shapes and sizes of metal for you to select from and design your own sculpture which will be cleaned, welded, polished and ready to pick up in two weeks. All the details are listed HERE.