Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Roadside Attraction. Mile Marker #148: The Road Out Of Town

 Back in March I was working on a series of ceramic pieces that I abruptly had to walk away from because of the lock down/quarantine.  I was unsure if/when I'd ever get back to work on them.  The building in which they were stashed was due for some maintenance, so their survival was not guaranteed.  So basically, I had to write them off as lost and forget about them.  I had a lot of time and energy invested in them, but if they were gone for good, dwelling on that would have reduced my ability to focus on projects I could work on.

Anyway, a couple weeks ago, I was told they were still intact and I was given a limited window of access to finish them up and get them transported to my studio.  Just like that, I put the brakes on what I was working on and spent several days glazing and firing these pieces so I could get them back into my fiefdom.

I documented them as soon as I got them into my studio.  These images don't have anything that resembles flattering lighting, and obviously I need to repaint my studio wall a solid black again to get rid of all of the paint drips.

Two piece fragments being united to form one piece.









When the dust settles, I will have about 20 pieces to add to my oeuvre.  Several of them as small freestanding sculptures, and a not-insignificant number will be displayed in wooden boxes (with and without accompanying carved panels.

This is just the beginning... 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

More Colors For Detour Crossroads

The second and third passes of color(s) for the first layer of Detour Crossroads.






I let this dry for several weeks while I worked on other pieces.  When I came back to it, I hit it with a couple warm tones (a peach and a dull-red color).

Here we go!





Here's where it stands right now.  Unsure what, if any, more layers I will add to Detour Crossroads.  It's gonna have to sit around and be stared at for a while.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Playtime: Vol. I

The evolution of the first layer for Playtime.  It all started with a scrap of cardboard that reminded me of a tank turret.  I'm of the age that the Atari 2600 was about as big of a deal as one American child of the early 1980s could grapple with without losing his mind entirely.  Our Atari 2600 came with the game COMBAT!.  Tanks, planes, shooting, pixels, minimal sound effects -so good.

Anyway, with the memories of COMBAT! inspiring me, I made a tank body for the turret and some simple opponents/antagonists to adhere to the canvas. 


I have the desire for the final piece to return to this kind of minimal arrangement (in keeping with the simple 8-bit nature of the Atari games?).  But to get to simple (or at least simplified) I need to make things a bit more complex first.  I gotta give before I can take away...

So here is the first layer of imagery.




Taking a quick break so things can dry.  That way I don't drag my hand through wet paint.


A few weeks later, I am ready to dive back into the piece.





I'm excited to return to this piece in a week or two and start adding colors.  As you can already tell though, the tank and its opponents nearly disappear in the tumult.

Next time we check in with Playtime, there will be color!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Roadside Attraction Series: Part I

    Back in March, when the shutdown happened, I basically had to walk away from several bisque-fired pieces (19 pieces in fact) I had stashed in the kiln room.  With so many variables in the equation, I basically wrote them off.  I had fun making them, but there was a reasonable possibility that I wouldn't be seeing them to fruition.

    I received a phone call over the weekend that I would have very limited access to the space and just a few days to finish glazing and fire those pieces.  I cleared my schedule and dove in glazing and firing kilns.

    I will devote several future posts to showcase individual pieces.  But for now, here is a sneak peek at a few of those pieces.












Stay tuned!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Re-Engaging Once Upon A Time


I need to finish painting the first layer of Once Upon a Time (working title) so I can start to bring it closer to a resolution.  It's been hanging around for about a year now and needs to quit loitering.



One of the things I need to add are the stairs leading up to the temple structure.





The steps have been successfully added.



And now for the hazing...




Now that the haze wash has had time to dry, let's dive into the second layer of line work.





Let's add a bit more...





And just a little bit more beyond that.


With everything in place...




I will let this dry for a bit before the colors go on.  We'll see that process out next time we look at Once Upon A Time...