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notebook sculpture doodle

Dec. 11th, 2007 | 03:16 pm



I was stuck in a boring staff meeting at work. Luckily, I had my notebook and put together this little scuplture doodle.

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Lego cloud sculptures for sale

Oct. 12th, 2007 | 03:44 pm



They just keep coming. The LEGO cloud series is on etsy

Artist Statement:
LEGO pieces and clouds are opposites by their form. LEGO pieces are plastic, rigid, geometrically modular standardized units mass produced by man. Clouds are biomorphic, fluid, randomly shaped forms of water and ice produced by nature.

However, what makes these extremes similar is their symbolic meaning. LEGO and clouds represent the creative dreams and aspirations of children of all ages.

Each LEGO cloud sculpture in the series is titled after the word, "cloud" in a foreign language. This evokes the notion that LEGO is a universal toy and clouds are universal elements.
Buy "Wolke", "Nuvola", or "Nuage" for $20 (plus $8 shipping) on etsy.

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Sculpture doodles on etsy

Oct. 1st, 2007 | 09:15 am



ALERT! ALERT! New art series on etsy by yours truly. It's called "Screw You". The first two pieces in the series are titled, "Ralph" and "Walter".

Artist Statement:
The circular portrait is telling the viewer, "screw you". There are holes placed in the top of the piece so a string may be inserted and be worn around the neck. The viewer changes roles and becomes part of the sculpture. Rather than receiving the "screw you" message, the person wearing the sculpture is communicating that message with everyone he/she encounters throughout the day.

Be warned, however. The viewer can interact with the piece on a very literal level. The pyrographed word, "screw" is a reference to the physical screw in the piece. The figure in the portrait becomes "you" as the viewer looks at the portrait. The viewer can then take the message to a different level and turn the tables and say "Screw you" to the sculpture itself and whomever might be wearing the sculpture.
Buy "Ralph" or "Walter" for $10 on etsy.

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sculpture doodle

Jun. 25th, 2007 | 10:20 am



quick little sculpture doodle I made while at work. It's a business card tower.

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animals and architecture

Feb. 5th, 2007 | 04:31 pm



Recently I have been infusing animals and architectural elements into my paintings. This series springs from the long-lasting relationship that architecture has with nature. These paintings study the ranging existence of architecture from a suggestive living, breathing existence to stoic, symbolic icons of human thought. The same ideas are applied to the representation of animals.

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Giclée art prints on the way

Jan. 24th, 2007 | 08:59 am



I finally made the investment in a Giclée printer (pronounced "zhee-clay"). Giclée prints are produced from a high-resolution, large-format archival printer. They are commonly used in fine arts. A detailed explanation can be found at wikipedia.

Having full access to a Giclée printer opens alot of doors for me. One of which is selling my digital illustrations. The first illustration I will be selling is shown above. I'm still deciding on whether or not I want to include a detailed background or keep it as it is.

The fella in the illustration is from a collection of 300 photos I purchased on ebay. About half the photos have German writing on the back. The collection spans between the 1930s to the 1950s.

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cultures of past, present, and future at once

Dec. 15th, 2006 | 01:05 am



title: yet to be determined
medium: enamel and acrylic paint on gessoed burlap jute
size: 16" x 20", 2" thick

Pointillism. I've never done a pointillism-style painting before. This technique is visually rich, yet simple. That duality is fascinating. It's so simple. It's just dots. The dots form a recognizable image. Yet, the human eye is able to define details within the overall shape. It's that interpretation of details that makes pointillism so rich. I decided to keep the pointillism technique strictly in white. I feel that applying color detracts away from the simple, yet rich impact. With color, the focus shifts towards color choice and arrangement rather than the presentation of the dots themselves.

Other sources inspire the use of Pointillism. I've been playing a lot of Stars Wars Battlefront II on XBox Live lately. I often see stars from the game when i go to bed and close my eyes. It's a wild experience.

To complement the duality within the pointillism technique, the subject matter follows a common theme found in my Art which is taking two objects and grouping them in the composition to emphasize or sometimes redefine their meaning.

This painting features an astronaut and an ornamental detail of a soffit in the Mosque in Tooloon, Cairo. Cultures of past, present and future and their interaction are examined.

Past is represented by the Tooloon Mosque soffit. Present is represented by the modern day astronaut. Future is represented by the combination of the two.

Star Wars Battlefronts II has an influence in defining how the future is represented in this painting. The Star Wars universe takes cultural queues from our world's past and elevates them to grandious heights.

It's this cultural elevation that I believe current science and space exploration wishes to achieve. It extends beyond our current struggle to travel past our moon by a limited few wearing cumbersome white space suits. It's about elevating the cultural experience throughout life. That's what the Star Wars setting portrays. It's a rich tapestry of technological evolution through the influence of the cultural past. This cultural elevation is not just a thing of the future. It's happened in the past as represented by the Tooloon soffit . It's also happening in the present represented by the astronaut and it's all represented by a simple gathering of dots. Quite simple really.

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writing about art

Dec. 12th, 2006 | 06:20 pm

As an artist I've always preferred to let thoughts about my work develop in my mind over time rather than putting them in words on paper (or words on screen). However, the more and more I write about my Art, the more I learn how much of an invaluable tool the process is.

I can't recall my college professors requiring us to write about our Art that we shared in critiques. It would have forced me to define my thoughts and ideas. Developing ideas in the mind without specific written thoughts can sometimes result in vague, loose, and perhaps weak ideas. Written words force ideas to be defined.

Then again, it could cause some harm in the development of an art student. It may imply that students must present work that is fully polished. A vital portion of an art school critique is discussing the process of making Art. A written paper presents some unnecessary challenges in that the nature of the Art is still under development. A written paper can too easily try to solidify the Artwork's intent when really the Art (and the art student) is not ready for that. Plus, college art students never have enough time to work on their Art. I had many sleepless nights back in the day. Four years is short time to maximize the rich opportunities found at the university level. Time possibly could be better served working on the Art itself rather than writing a paper about it.

Another 180 now; a paper can be written in a way that shares ideas explored in the process of making a painting. Perhaps that's the mindset that should be emphasized when an art student is crafting a written paper on their Art. Heck, it doesn't even have to be a gramatically-based paper. It could just be a list of keywords. Such a keyword list wouldn't take much time to write, but it would require some thought to be defined in written words.

I say all this because I'm always amazed at how fast thoughts develop as a result of sitting down and writing. Sure, I can develop ideas by letting ideas stew in my head. However, those thoughts can take hours, days, and even months to develop; whereas it can take a matter of minutes when I force myself to sit down and write about it.

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packaged art as art

Dec. 8th, 2006 | 05:07 pm



Recently as I've been selling paintings on ebay, I've been having some fun with the packaging. Above is a sample.

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original Mohawk Monkey Art for sale

Nov. 10th, 2006 | 09:36 am



There are two new Mohawk Monkey paintings in auction format on ebay. Check 'em out. The auctions end this Sunday, November 12 at about 8:00 p.m. CST. K5 is $7.50 and K3 is only $5 (& $1 shipping).

I usually don't do weekly auctions cuz ebay charges too much. ($0.70 for each item under $10 with a thumbnail preview regardless if the item sells or not.) But, I haven't done a weekly auction in a long time so I figured I'd give it a shot. Weekly auctions get more exposure than store items; a lot more exposure.

There are 9 other Mohawk Monkey paintings in the same style and format. I want to see how these two sell before I post the other 9.

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