Monday, June 29, 2009
This is Evelyn. Late this spring I took a one-day workshop from Lana Wilson and Claudia Reese. As you can see from Lana's website, I've come fairly close to being able to work in her unique style. Now my hard task is to use her techniques but rework them in MY style and not hers. This is always the challenge when you admire someone else's work and take lessons from them. Copying is the first stage in learning a new techique but you have to move on past that.
Claudia Reese is an Austin artist who has always been supportive of my effots. She puts in a lot of time and effort supporting ceramic artists. Her work is nationally recognized and if you ever fly into the Austin airport you'll see some of her work. She also has worked with children to make tiles for our library.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Susan said, "What do you want me to type in for his name?"
I said, "Little Dude".
She gave me The Look and said, "You can't keep calling every piece you make the same thing. It will give them an identity complex".
His name is Rodney. Why? Beats me. It just jumped into my head. Or maybe he told me.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Angela Cunningham's work is shown in these pictures. Be sure to check out her website. She is a very talented artist who does meticulous, unique work. Best of all, she talked to me about techniques and methods of working and shared some tips with me -- just as though I was a real artist, not just some guy muddling around in community college classes!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
My tribute to all those kids who spike up their hair. What do they do when they go to bed at night?
I built the head to fit around the metal pieces that I'd found in the trash can at the blacksmithing class area. The head will fit on a welded body-like piece I had. Because it's real tall I'm not sure now to photograph it for the blog. Robyn does well with pictures of her tall pieces. I'm thinking I need to make Susan do a video of the tall pieces I have. If she does, we'll be sure to make them short so my dial-up followers can easily see them.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Not as long as Susan has an account at Amazon.
Her comment when she saw this picture: "We could get a bigger house. . ."
Late edit from Susan: Don got an email asking how the bookshelves were constructed. Sorry if you got the wrong impression -- this is not a picture of our house. But I can dream, can't I?
Friday, June 19, 2009
I ripped off their glued-on hair but they all had holes in the top of their heads! Their arms and legs also got ripped off. It's all a work-in-progress right now but this is an interim photo. Susan was sort of wistful about me tearing up all the "baby dolls" but understood that when art speaks to you, you rip.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
In case you forgot, here are the pictures from April 2008 and April 2009, on 53rd street in front of the American Folk Art Museum.
April 2008 <------------------> April 2009 (New York City)
Anybody else find the Graffiti Guy on their streets?
We left Washington DC, to head down to Hampton, Virginia, for Art and Soul. No pictures from that, we were both too busy to bother. When we left there we had to do a lot of zig-zagging to avoid nasty weather so we were really tired when we got home. After 23 days on the road and being together 24 hours a day, we were still talking to each other. Barely. I missed my naps. Susan missed her pillow. Home, sweet home.
Monday, June 15, 2009
This photo was taken inside the Hirshhorn and Susan waited about 5 minutes for people to stop walking in front of her so she could get this shot. We loved the juxtaposition.
Fill this guy up with some zinfandel (or a riojas) for me. How cool will it be to pour your wine out of his head?
This is the city where the National Spelling Bee is held. Good choice?
What did we manage to see in under 4 days in April in Washington DC? Antonio Ole's work at the African American Museum, Louise Bourgeoise's art at the Hirshhorn, Phillip Guston's paintings and Robert Frank's photography at the National Gallery, stained glass at the Renwick, Anish Kapoor's sculpture at the Sackler Gallery, and New Deal Artists at the American Art Musuem. Also, Maya Lin at the Corcoran, the Smithsonian Craft Show at the Building Museum and the Vietnam Veterans Wall.
This is sort of how we felt by the end of the stay.
Actor in a Ruff, Jean Dubuffet, National Gallery of Art
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
So we're dust. In the meantime, my wife and I
Photo from November, 1965.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Atlas Landscape, Rand McNally The New International Atlas,
Published 1981, altered 2006.
Somehow she brings the outdoors inside for you to walk through, to feel, to sense the space that you take up in the universe.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
And last but never least, Talya Baharal's jewelry (both here and here). It never fails to enchant Susan, and I can only dream of being as creative or skillful.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
And, believe it or not, Graffiti Guy was still on the street in front of the American Folk Musuem. He's gotten a little worn down in the past year (click here for a comparison) but he's still there!
Tired? You bet, but we still have Washington, DC, ahead of us. No rest for the wicked.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Susan speaks: I don't get it. The MOMA is a world-famous museum that zillions of dollars went into when it was renovated. So who in the h*&% thought up this stupid design for sinks? Not only does the water splash everywhere when you turn it on, the paper towels aren't even next to the sink. This sink design is probably called "Permanent Job Security" by the housekeeping crew.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I'd also like to think I'm relatively politically correct, am not a sexist pig, and am somewhat suave and debonair. However, I still get confused as to where Yugoslavia went, I like to refer to my female friends and acquaintances as "My Gals", and Susan has to remind me not to wear white socks with my brown shoes.