Tuesday, April 26, 2016

One finished piece a year- I'm on a roll! 'Eye Piece'

Just getting started

To show scale, I used my little asistant

Progress Pic

Final piece!

At the show- BCCC. 

A few years ago, I started taking classes at the local community college- (Bucks County Community College). I only take about once class a semester, and sometimes none at all. I've taken film, metalsmithing, and then last year took it into my head to take an Introduction to Sculpture class . I knew that 3-d appealed to me, since I have taken several assemblage workshops with  Michael de Meng - I love taking workshops- they inspire me, I learn a LOT, yet I rarely finish my project.  With a studio class at the college, I get a lot more time- plus the motivation of a definite due date- something I don't seem to be able complete a piece without.
 Last year I finished three pieces, including the spaceship from my previous post. This year I took a 3-d Materials and Modeling class- again completing three pieces- this one being my favorite. For the wood carving part of the class we could choose any body part- internal or external. The carving was a real challenge- apparently the subtractive method is not my forte!  , but I got to build a base- Apoxie Clay to the rescue!, and added a faux rust finish - building the base and finishing it honestly felt like a reward for carving the eye. Anyway, enough rambling- I mostly blog for myself to record my journey- I hope you like it, and if you've gotten this far,  thank you very much for reading!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Spaceship Sculpture 'Refuge'

I freely admit I am not a photographer, but here's my attempt to get a good shot in of the sculpture I finished last April, 'Refuge'.  I propped it on a card board box and set it up against a wall- probably not the best technique, but you get the idea. It's 17 inches long and 12 inches high. As  you can see, it would take quite a bit of tenacity to reach it as it is only able to be entered via a rather decrepit looking ladder. The propeller works - kind of - as one would expect from a ship make of bits of flotsam and jetsam. OR maybe the battery died ? Or my electrical skills need work ?

I honestly have to say that the legs on this are one of my favorite things, so I'm including a close up. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Been busy- spaceships, etc.

Well, its been quite a while since I've written anything. I started this blog to document my creative journey as I tried different mediums and I've been up to quite a lot actually- ironically very little of my projects have made it onto this blog. Hmmmmmm.....

 There is an excellent community college close by - well I don't know about the whole college, but the art department is fantastic! - and in the past I have taken some metalsmithing and film classes there. Last fall semester I took an Introduction to Sculpture class- my first official 'Fine Art' class- a whole semester of sculpture! We made three pieces-  one using cast elements, one that incorporated metal and one made of wood. This sculpture is a spaceship.  I don't particularly like the photos I have so I'm just going to post some bits and pieces- close ups of some of the what I can only refer to as the hull? And inner workings. And hopefully will be back sooner rather than later with some pictures of the whole piece.

And one of the frame- shaped some wire and soldered the joints for stability- here I have one of my wire mesh panels secured.

If anyone but me reads my blog- thank you very much for stopping by!