I am contemplating a painting sale. Liz has been having a great deal of success selling her paintings on eBay. Although I would get a higher price selling in a gallery, I cannot afford to frame all of my paintings.
Listing some of my collection on eBay is totally dependent upon feedback I get from my buyers. I cannot afford to allow them to go for $20 each, but if I can get $50 or more for unframed 8X10′s on stretched canvas, then I would be happy. After all they are doing no good hanging on the wall in my studio! I price these paintings at $150 in a gallery setting, so this is a deal!
When we decided to relocate to Arizona, Liz made a scouting trip. Her job allowed her plenty of time off, mine didn’t. I told her that I didn’t care about the location or the house, we are enough in tune with each others needs that I knew she would pick a decent neighborhood (not crack alley, and certainly not an HOA – just a good working class area). I only had two demands – space large enough to serve as a studio for both of us, and a bar within crawling distance of home.
She bid on two houses on the same street – one was larger, but with a smaller, more open yard – chain link fence which I was not too keen about. The other is the one we ended up getting. The house is comfortable, two bedrooms (one is actually smaller than some closets in modern houses). Our dining area is on the patio – and we are able to use it 10 months out of the year comfortably. In the heat of the summer, the mist system I installed makes it bearable in the evenings. The entire house is 900 square feet, very cozy. But, not amenable to having a studio inside. Read more
A patchwork of abstract design…
Today was the second of three Farm Markets hosted by Mountain Health and Wellness in Apache Junction. I manned the SACA booth. Liz had to work this morning, so Jeff and Gail helped me until Liz arrived.
I assembled the cut shapes back into the 4′x8′ panel when I got home for this photo. Any single piece on its own doesn’t have impact. As a whole, a different story. Of course, the end-product will look nothing like this. They will be assembled into a collage of shapes and colors, and displayed in an exterior mural on the grounds of the MH&W Earth Heart Park. Read more
In January I wrote about Phase I of the SACA Mural Project.
SACA is the Superstition Arts and Cultural Alliance. Liz and I serve on the board of directors. The purpose of SACA is to promote the arts in the shadow of the Superstition Mountain. Read more
I have enough of an inventory of Desert Detritus Clocks to give them their own Gallery Page.
I added some detail shots. Each clock is hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind.
I am still working the finishing touches of the Jawbone clock. With my next paycheck I will have to invest in an assortment of clock movements for my next pieces. Last week I used a 40%-off coupon to purchase much-needed oil paints. Soon I should have enough cash in reserve to buy frames so that by fall I will be able to actually exhibit my paintings.
On the critical advice of a friend, I distressed and darkened the clock hands. Lance was 100% correct, this little change really did make a big difference.
I used bronze and iron paints to darken the hands, and then an oxidizer to age them, and a coat of satin clear coat to protect the finish.
This is my latest Desert Detritus Clock.
The jawbone is from a horse, bleached in the sun of the Sonoran Desert. It measures about 12-inches wide.
The disk behind the face of the clock is an old coffee can lid from one of the hobo camps. The base is a valve from a long abandoned automobile engine.
I suppose part of the thrill of creating these one-of-a-kind Art Clocks is that I get to scavenge refuse from the desert, doing my part to help the environment; combining man-made trash with nature’s discarded parts, and creating unique sculptural and functional pieces.
While the clock does appear precariously balanced, the base of the valve is perfectly balanced. Unless you display it in a wobbly cabinet and allow children to run rampant in your household, it is completely stable.
I do not generally use acrylic paints. I rely on oils for my paintings, and Krylon® spray paint is my best friend for found object assemblage. However, there are instances where only acrylic paints will suffice.
I have five paper mâché skulls that I am painting a base coat on, in preparation of a Day of the Dead piece that I still haven’t fully figured out.
Anyway, I picked up a handful of Artist Loft beginner’s kits, figuring they would give me plenty of acrylic paints for such projects.
Maybe it was a mistake to use Lemon Yellow as my first test – it took three coats to cover the skull, and the paint is still not uniform. For the first skull, I used red Shin Han acrylics, from Korea. The coverage was uniform and the pigment intense. The Artist Loft Lemon Yellow, on the other hand, is translucent.
For the next skull I used Artist Loft Cerulean Blue – the results were a little better, but still spotty and required two coats. The Shin Han green – since the tube is labeled in Korean, I do not know what shade of green – also covered with one coat.
Maybe I am using the wrong colors of Artist Loft, and need to choose a more opaque for the next (and final) skull. It can’t get any more opaque than Lamp Black – and so that will be my next test. If that doesn’t cover in one coat the I will have to give Artist Loft a thumb’s down for any serious artist. What good is paying half the price for a tube of paint if you have to use twice as much?
Desert Detritus Wall Clock with pendulum
Yours for $150! On this you will have to pay shipping.
This clock is 18-inches tall – the largest I have done to date. The metal components were scavenged during my regular hikes in the Sonoran Desert. The face is a speedometer for a car that has long since passed. The curvy wires are from a mattress spring, possibly, or maybe from a car seat.
The wood is a cholla branch, long since deceased. I used a spool of brass wire that I acquired from an estate sale to accent the piece as well as reinforce the joints. The works are accurate quartz movement.
It is always good to make a sale. A good friend from PA bought this one today. It is a good way to end the year.
After every rain I find pennies in our back yard – always tails up. They must be under the thin layer of dirt, and the rain brings them up – but it has struck me as odd that they are always tails up.
Today I found a penny, and for once it was heads up. A portent of good things to come in 2014?