Monday, May 17, 2010
I actually started carving this piece nearly a year ago for myself and it sat unfinished for all this time until my friend asked me to make her son a carving for his birthday and she chose this one. It was from a time when I wanted to maintain aspects of the traditional hook but also keep it modern and minimalist. I have always really liked the wave as an image but it is so overdone that it can be hard to create something unique. This shape just came naturally one day after a surf so I have a special connection with it as I hope Eddy will.
I'd like to carve more along these lines and hope to set up the Studio Tapu site soon so people can order carvings on a commission basis. Thanks for the business Nicole and Eddy, you guys are awesome and happy birthday Eddy.
Friday, May 14, 2010
This pic is just to prove that I rocked a mo for a while then Lauren made me shave it off. I got a kick out of having it because random strangers would comment on it. One really weird lady came up to me at work and asked if I was Peter Brady. I didn't know which one that was but she was crazy anyway. I grew it as a tribute to Dali and felt really inspired while I had it. Studio Tapu is in the background.
I sometimes find cheap canvases at the Salvation Army store which I usually paint over but sometimes the artwork is actually pretty good. I brought this one for $5 thinking it was a sketch of M. Patterson by Georgia O'Keefe but it was actually a sketch of Georgia O'Keefe by M. Patterson. So, instead of totally destroying her sketch (sorry Mrs. Patterson) I decided to make it part of my Pollutopia Vs. series.
I used watered down acrylic/gesso and dripped it on to the surface. I liked the idea that the Pollutopian mass of hair could be interpreted as a stream of nature coming out of Georgia O'Keefe's head but I held off on the idea of adding flowers. It was fun painting this way so I might do a few more along these lines.