What makes a monster.

‘The gravity of the earth is pulling me down.’, says Swamp Thing. ‘The best place to lay eggs?’ The slimy creature thinks as it watches you skipping rocks. ‘A host to houses my eggs, something warm and tasty.’ Swamp thing thinks as it silently slips into the cold dry air. Looking down at reflections in still eye. She smiles at you after your breath is gone, ‘What a happy nest this will make. I’m such a good mom.’ She smiles as you’re dragged under. Kinda grossing myself out with this one.

Alpharetta Scarecrow Sketches

The Alpharetta Scarecrow Event Sketches for the AIA Scarecrow for the 2017 Scarecrow festival. Getting help from the students and parents to make this Peace Plant. Lots of sketches and pairing this with lessons going on for ‘Peace Day’ lessons. The idea of ‘Peace Day’ was a big influence on this design and the inspiration for the ‘Solar Powered Peace Plant’. The school broke up into teams to create meaningful content around the idea of Peace on Earth. 1. Collecting and preparing items to be up-cycled. 2. Writing articles about what ‘Peace’ mean to them. 3. Talking pictures and collecting …

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More Post-it note fun

I have been using these little yellow squares like crack, little doodle yellow scraps of sticky paper. Loving the ‘Stabilo’ point 88 markers. Doodling while kids are at karate. alway carry markers. I might make a Block, for printing out of this one. I have never done a multiple print block print, But… Expanding ‘There’ and ‘Their’ to Oscar (6) while in the middle of a monster doodle fight. Having a great day and doodling it in small moments of time.

Preparing to design more ‘Clem Heads’

Preparing for NEW Clem Dog Head paintings. Lots of ideas (Mexican wrestler, circulatory system, plaids, patterns, and or scale style masks). I though lots of sketches would be a good idea. So I cut a stamp out of this block. I need to get myself a press, Does anyone have a press they would like to trade for art work? Drawing now starting to cut a new linoleum block, this is going to be fun.   It took too long to find my knives. Everything came back to me once I had them in my hand. I think that will …

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‘Can’t wait till I have a full dog sled team!’

Murph stopped by yesterday He added the red one to his collection, then set me this picture. He now owns three dog heads, more info about them here. Seven heads were cast in the first run, Five have been painted, one is in LA, one is in my living room and Murph has the rest. Congratulations! From Murph’s instagram: mowsecafe Drooling over the latest addition to my art collection. Here we have sculptures of the wee doggie Clem (red version is the new one). Was lucky enough to spend some time with the artist and found we had some real parallels in …

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Street art… Class!

Great working coming out of class this week. Jack pounded out character after character, so fast I didn’t get a picture of them all, “I’m just going to paint over this”.   Nicole nailed it with a 4 panel piece “Life”. The effort she’s putting into sketching is coming though in her can control and line work. Nicole rocking a “LIFE” piece. Finishing or starting? Done, SAT-16. Done, ‘LIFE’, Nicole.  

Figure drawing event, Sketchbook look.

Lots of figure drawing lately. It is good to draw like this again. I went to a class in Alpharetta, the ‘Alpharetta Figure Drawing/Painting Group’. They have a nice academic format, ten to twenty one minute warm ups, then some five and ten minute drawings. Oh and did I mention the cookies, lots of cookies. Then after a cookie break we do some longer poses. On this day, my first time at the event I forgot to note the times for each drawing… fear not I will fix that in the future. This was a short pose, I felt like warming up with hands. …

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baby H’s new room

The babys room… I envision a forest or tree scape with woodland creatures. It should be grayscale, neutral, mono toned, or silhouette. Please put together some images that help shape the end product. I love this one… Now for some purple, these color schemes can be tuned in any directions. Winter theme… More… This illustrator makes me smile… nice 1950’s vibe going on. Some handpainted job, check out their site. Eclectic Kids by Raleigh Media & Bloggers Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) Decals… Supplement your background with these small add on’s, or do the whole thing as one big picture… More …

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Good weekend, dog heads!

Plaque for lack of a better word… I have been working on the mounts for the heads. Lots of fun, trimming and sanding hundreds of small pieces, this is my sander. Red dog head on reclaimed boards.Wooden bits, it’s coming together.Cut paper and dog heads more work ahead but I can see the end of the tunnel. Hurray!Belt sander mounted on a bench vice.

I had a dog, I named him “cow”, he was a happy dog.

Some of my paintings feature a dog. I like to use “Cow“, he was a big Black, white and tan dog. You can see him in the painting (BlueRoom, left, 2009). He is in the background and he is in the painting on the wall, laying down between the red chairs. I did a piece dedicated to the dreams he might have had, he was a very active sleeper. I thought about it and tried to imagine what smells would look like. Below is a detail (Cow’s Dreamscape, 3of3, 2008) of Cow. The  triptych has changed over time and givin me chances …

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