When we began our regular hikes in the desert last year, we collected tons of detritus, rocks and cholla branches.
I didn’t know what I was going to do with the branches, only that they were cool.
One day I said to Liz, this would look really cool if I could put lights inside. Of course I was speaking of the eight foot high cholla skeleton that is next to our studio (and I still might put lights in it some day) but I finally decided on an easier project.
Michael’s sells LED strings that are battery operated for than $6.99. Wait for the 40% off coupon, and now we are talking something I can afford!
It took quite a bit of work with my Dremel, router and drill to fit the battery pack inside the base of solid wood and to fish the string of LEDs through the piece.
I am going to have to fine-tune the process, and hone my skills with the router for future lamps – but I am happy with this test run.
Another holiday survived. We were never a close family, but I do miss mine.
Liz’s family came for a visit – Paul Lemmons, her nephew, is great. He is weird though, he enjoys jumping out of perfectly fine airplanes, and thinks cutting a hole in an ice covered lake to go fishing is fun!
I have been Facebook friends with him for a while, finally got to meet. He is funny as hell, and great to hang out with.
Thanksgiving was okay – Liz had to work, and I had to take it easy because I had to work all night until Friday morning. Friday we ht the Apache Trail up to Canyon Lake. Read more
Superstition Sawblade Clock – First Water Trail
This is the First Water trail in Tonto National Forest – with quite a bit of artistic license.
I will be participating in some monthly art shows beginning in January 2014, and will have my paintings, of course – but need to have some inventory of inexpensive fine craft items that I can easily sell.
In this economy, people will buy functional items before they buy art for hanging.
Superstition Sawblade Clock
I got a little spare cash this past week and invested in a couple more clock works. I am trying to build up inventory for 2014 when we will have some art and fine craft shows. I would like to have 20 or so ready so that I can sell some.
I have to get an AZ business license, and also an Apache Junction tax certificate before I can sell. AJ is a real stickler for collecting sales tax even from artists.
The palette is dirty, the martini is not!
California is giving us some nasty weather here in the East Valley. The temperatures dropped to the fifties, and the skies have been gray for three days in a row, and expected to stay this way through the weekend.
Rain is sporadic, creating flood-like conditions throughout the valley. It seems that there is nasty weather across the states. At least we don’t have to deal with tornadoes or blizzards.
People in Arizona simply do not know how to drive in the rain. Actually, AZ drivers, at least in this area, are pretty bad overall. We have the Arizona right on red. where the person with the red light doesn’t believe they are required to stop, or even yield to oncoming traffic. We have very creative uses of the directional – when it is used at all. We have the left hand U-Turn on a red light, illegal and dangerous, and again with a total lack of respect for oncoming traffic. And AZ drivers LOVE to drive in your blind spot. They will come up on you very quickly on the highway, and then glue themselves to your blind spot. You can never change lanes without actually turning your head and looking behind you. And they love to cross a three-lane highway totally oblivious to traffic. Read more
Oil on canvas
Okay, I have about wore myself out on this thing – it is done. I toned down the sky which was competing with the truck a little too much rather than filling in some negative space.
I now have four canvases in the studio that I painted abstract under-paintings, simply to get my head out of this painting and into another project.
Anyway, Big Red is an early 1950′s International pickup truck that served time as a fire truck, and is sitting out its retirement at the Goldfield Ghost Town.
CenturyLink sucks! THIS is why they suck. This box serves hundreds of customers in the old part of Apache Junction.
Last June we began experiencing ever increasing problems with our internet service. The internet would go down periodically, but would come back up in a matter of minutes.
We put up with this, until in August it went down for good – no access. Zero. Zip. Nada!
I finally called what passes for tech support – of course it is outsourced, screwing Americans out of employment so the CEO of CenturyLink can add a few bonus dollars to his already overly fat wallet at the expense of providing customers with quality service. After navigating their horror story of an automatic directory, I was able to speak to a human being for whom English was just barely a second language. Read more
Something I find useful when struggling with a painting is to photograph it than look at it on the computer. I get the distance I need as well as a thumbnail size shot of what the thing is going to look like.
I have been sparring with this one for well over a month – much longer, much more attention, than it deserves. I love paintings that employ a lot of negative space. I have actually accomplished negative space in positively. Read more
Kirk McBride, an artist from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, had me make some major updates to his website this weekend.
He added dozens of new paintings. What he can do on a 6″ x 6″ canvas amazes me. Most of my favorite paintings of his are all small scale, 8″ x 10″ and smaller. You would never guess guess by the detail.
I possible public art project looms on the horizon – we jumped the first two hurdles easily. The next step is to present actual samples of the artwork to the board that will decide on whom to award the job.
Liz and I each created our own 12″ square sample on 5/5″ plywood. I decided to stay a little more monochromatic, Liz opted for a more colorful presentation. We both added 3-dimensional ceramic objects and mirror. The mirror adds movement to a 2-dimensional installation. Read more