All it needs is a bit of a clean-up and perhaps a natural wax sealant? Super easy to set up and transport, on the small side and quite unique as well! Yay!
Over the years, my father has amassed a treasure trove of weathered wood, antique bottles and every sort of portable metal bit that could be imagined. That kind of makes him sounds like a hoarder, but seeing as I am exactly the same in my own way, I'm going to call it preemptive collecting for future creative reuse.
I've been trying to think of a clever and practical way to display magnets. I should've known that Dad would have the perfect solution! Literally, within minutes, he whipped this up from stuff he had hanging in the garden:
I also found some small, flat, well-weathered wood boxes perfect for displaying prints and cards, as well as some cigar boxes which are good for... well... something, because old cigar boxes are just cool.
Below is a picture of my dad cheesing for the local newspaper (front page!) in a not-at-all-staged photograph. It's not easy being the local bug-guy celebrity, but someone has to do it.
My hometown is a scrap scrounger's paradise; nestled on the ruins of an old lumber mill town, there are rusted metal implements and scraps of all sorts leftover from another century, resting gently beneath the pines. Until someone like my dad comes along, that is.
As some of you know, the illustrious Joshua Coffy and I have been accepted into the SF Bazaar & California Academy of Sciences' nightlife holiday craft fair. It's on December 12, from 6-10pm.
I have in mind several pictures I'd like to make specifically for this event, and today I went on over to the academy to do some serious research.
Up above is Claude, the albino alligator who is going to be the star of my first large-scale work(s). He and I had a lengthy consultation, to make sure we are on the same page creatively.
I was so excited about this drawing and the larger series it is a part of! BUT I don't think I can translate the way it looks in my head using watercolor and ink. This one might have to wait for me to figure out how that acrylic stuff works again. So disappointing to have an awesome drawing laid out and then mess up the the background with very, very permanent ink. Sigh.
The little guy is still kinda cool though, right? Maybe I should just finish it for fun to see what happens next...
In keeping with what I wrote about here, I am trying to continue making tiny works that make owning original work affordable. These tiny birds exist for that reason. Click to enlarge! So far, I have three Adelie Penguins (I love their blank stares), a greedy, bug-eyed Robin and an 'immature' Bald Eagle who looks slightly perplexed (likely confused by all those raging adolescent hormones).
I will be listing these for sale online in the coming days, and as always, they will be available in person. I will also be listing most of the (slightly) larger bird paintings for sale to give everybody first dibs before Joshua Coffy and I have our holiday craft fairs!
Thanks as always for your support!
I get a little grumpy when I go for days without a chance to be at the drawing board (AKA my kitchen table). So today I parked myself there pretty much all day.
On the left is a detail from a work in progress. After all the craziness applying to craft shows and what-not, I FINALLY have been able to start some series that aren't just bird portraits (yawn).
This particular series is another group of straightforward portraits, but I'm not going to reveal the particulars until they're all done.
I'm always a little apprehensive drawing cats, because usually the typical reaction is, <<OMG, cuuuUUUUTtttte!! i just luv catz so much, LOL!!!>>
This one is going to be different. Hopefully.
So I am on my way to getting my "store" stocked; there was a bag of 100 spiders in my mailbox today! Isn't that just the best? I've also ordered the 2" square magnets, which include a stinkbug, earwig and centipede in addition to the spiders.
The guy (or lady-spider, I can't tell) on the right was the one that arrived today-- a hacklemesh weaver spider. HWS's were fond of mysteriously appearing in the sinks, tub and walls of my childhood home. They are big (to me-- about the size of a quarter at largest), hairy and look MEAN, although I'm sure they are very nice once you get to know them. In any case, upon the frightful shock of discovering one, I would holler for my dad (the entomologist), who would come eagerly running with an empty, re-purposed yogurt cup and a piece of paper. The bigger the spider, the more excited the dad. The disgruntled spider was then given a gentle ride to the yard. I'm sure they cursed us most viciously and then headed back for the plumbing as soon as our backs were turned.
The original paintings of both of these spiders will be available at Studio Gallery on 1815 Polk Street for their 'tiny show,' opening November 3.
If you are interested in purchasing either or both of the magnets ($2 each, 1.25" in diameter), don't hesitate to contact me! As always, thanks so much for your support!
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