Monday, November 1, 2021

Candelabras

 These are two candelabras that I made for a client. These are of steel, with very light construction, using 1/2 inch candles. The client provided photos, which I used as the basis for these two pieces. These are approximately 3 feet long.



 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

End Table

 I was asked to make an end table, using pine with pine beetle stains, coated with spar varnish.   The legs and frame are steel.   



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Utah Quilt Block





This is part of my quilt block series, in this case a nine patch quilt.   I am juxtaposing the ancient and the modern, the petroglyph with the pictograph.   The copper panels are deeply etched, like a petroglyph carved into stone.  The frame is beetle killed pine.   The center panel represents the famous Supernova petroglyph from Chaco Canyon.

Utah is a place where petroglyphs, jeeps and oil development come together.  This is about as close to a political piece as I do.    

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Diversity 2 Art Show

I participated in the Diversity 2 Art show in Fort Collins Colorado Feb. 5-8.  There were several artists participating.   The metalwork is mine.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Pre-Inca Mask

The local art museum has an annual mask fundraiser.   The museum provides a white clay mask, and artists paint or embellish the mask as they see fit.   I decided to go a different route, reproducing it in copper.



My Pre-Inca Copper Mask represents my response to early Peruvian metalwork.  On a recent trip to Peru, I was fortunate to see pre-Hispanic metalwork at the Larco Museum in Lima.  I was amazed at the quality of the work.  This mask is my tribute to those ancient metalworkers.  The green patina around the edge represents the corrosion found on buried metalwork; the shine shows how the pieces looked when they were made and worn.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Ornaments

Every Christmas, I make Christmas ornaments as gifts. In the last couple of years, the ornaments have been etched. The design is transferred to the copper, and then the copper is chemically etched to make the design in copper. Afterwords, the ornament is buffed to a high shine. These ornaments are about 3 inches in diameter. The 2018 ornament is a snowflake.


The 2017 ornament was a Christmas tree. The appearance is somewhat different, as the copper ages to a deeper color over time.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Art of the Garage Tour




The Museum of Art in Fort Collins announced the tour, and I decided to go. The tour sounded tailor-made for me, as I had moved into a new art studio/garage this year, and hoped to get some ideas.
There were eight garages on the tour, and I was able to visit all of them. There were a wide range of garages represented, at some level representing some of the many ways garages are used.

The first garage was a unique two-level garage. It looked like a conventional two car garage, but included a basement accessed by two double-decker elevators. The elevator was halfway between the top and bottom position, so we could see how it worked. You can see a classic Mustang in the lower level.


The second garage that I visited was a photographic studio, with a white background and floor. The car is a rare alloy gullwing Mercedes, not owned by the photographer; we were told that it was worth six million dollars. The Mercedes looked great, especially as professionally lit by the photographer.
The third garage was a zero energy ready house, recently finished and still empty, except for a few paintings. The garage contained a Tesla, but was otherwise uninteresting; this was the only stop that was a real disappointment.

The fourth garage was a hobby printing shop. I enjoyed chatting with the printer's wife, who introduced herself as the "printer's devil", and looking at the old printing presses and other equipment.

Architect's home

The fifth garage and home were built by an architect with his own hands. The motorcycles in the garage were on loan; one had competed in the Baja 1000 race.



The sixth garage was an artist's studio, on the second floor of the garage. It included a porch with a view of the mountains. She was all about creative use of materials that would otherwise be thrown away. She is a weaver and a basketmaker.


The seventh garage was also an artist's studio. The artist was 80 years old, and trying to sell some of her lifetime of work.


The eighth garage incorporated the ideas of the author of the book "Your Garagenous Zone", Bill West; this is his garage, and something of a prototype. He is a big believer is visual storage; no need for labels or memory if everything is in plain sight. As you can see in the photos, he uses slatwall panels, which are much more attractive than pegboard. Slatwall is common in upscale clothing stores; there are many kinds of hooks and other accessories available.  He likes 42 inch counter height, which he sees as better for standing, with more storage underneath. He likes to have things off the floor, as it is easier to clean; refrigerators and other large items should be on casters.

I plan to apply to have my studio/garage included in next year's tour. Not that my garage is or will be a showcase, but it is a working artist's studio. This would provide an opportunity to show my art, as well as my studio. It would also motivate me to finish and clean up my studio.