Thursday, February 28, 2013

'Stormy Weather' Art Opening Invite!

Stormy Weather
at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, 266 Pine Street, Burlington, VT

Opening Reception: 
Friday, March 1, 2013 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm!!

On display from March 1st -30th
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday 11-5 pm

Stormy McCloud (seen above) will be there to greet you at the door, and 
don't forget to gets your hands dirty in The Backspace with some hands on
paper mache satellite building!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Vermont State Parks Water Bottle Contest

In response to a contest by Vermont State Parks, I have created a design idea
to be considered for a water bottle design.  The only instructions were that
the image must contain only 3 colors, be 3" x 3" and high resolution.
Contest information:

The image below was done with watercolor and ink.

The text was added in Photoshop.

The submission will be posted on the Vermont State Park's Facebook page
and people will be asked to vote on their pick for the winner.
Like them on Facebook and stay updated:

Friday, February 22, 2013

VT Studio Center Acceptance!

I didn't think I stood a chance at acceptance, but I received this in the mail today!
So excited for one whole week of uninterrupted painting during Vermont Artists Week
 at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.

Monster Progress....FINISHED!

Stormy McCloud
paper mache, acrylic and mixed media
16"h x 15"w x 26"l

'Broken Hearts' for One More Week!

Unrequited Breakfast in Bed

...on display at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Pine Street, Burlington, VT
for 1 more week!  
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 11-5

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Monster Progress....It's Alive!!

Attached the eyes with paper mache.

Covered the bases with white paper mache.

A finicky spray paint can soaked the interior of the mouth with
 "glittery blast blue"....oops.  Well, I had wanted to sparkly.

Sculpted a pair of feet.

Once dried they were attached to the limbs with paper mache as the glue.

Curved and curled to add character.

Once dried they were touched up with white paper mache and painted.

Sparkly pipe cleaners and puffballs accents.

The first stage of the fluff is starting to make someone look like a cloud.

But what kind of cloud?!

My deadline is tomorrow so keep an eye out for the finished project!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Monster Progress...IN COLOR!

Covered the rest of the body in white paper mache.

Sculpted detail to the hands and eyes with paper mache and clay sculpting tools.

Attached parts of a paper towel roll with paper mache to serve as legs.

Lesson #1...if it seems like it might be hard to fit your hand or a paintbrush 
in somewhere then it probably will be.  Should have painted the mouth before 
adding these fangs but I made due with spray paint and a rough "painterly" finish.

Added light blue gums and metallic lips.  The metallic turned out to be more watery 
then I anticipated so it looks like a second coat will be necessary to clean up 
the look.  However the drips have inspired me to come up with some new ideas.

Cardboard cut-out feet serve as a skeleton for the paper mache.  Paper clips
were attached to the bottoms with masking shape to give them shape.

Paper mache was added to shape the bottoms of the feet.

Painted the belly and hands blue (with silver finger nails!).  Attached the hands back on
with paper mache.

Taking lessons from before, I painted the eyes first before attaching them.

Glitter spray paint combined with the light blue add more color.

Any ideas what kind of monster this will be?
Just waiting for paint to dry to continue...

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Monster Progress Continued..

Rounded out the back end with paper mache and crumbled newspaper.

Covered the body in white paper mache.

Added styrofoam butt cheeks!

I guess lumpy monsters have lumpy butts.

Started on the first coat of paper mache on the eye balls and hands.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Monster Progress!

I grabbed the wrong paper mache....this won't work...
or will it?!

Hands of cardboard, newspaper and masking tape.

Back on track with the right paper mache.  Two sides covered, 
two to go.

Lumpy sides.

Leaving my hanging options open by covering these cardboard
pieces with paper mache so hooks would have something to screw into.

Every good monster as a belly!

Seems that wrong purchase was meant to be.  The texture of this paper
mache makes an excellant "skin".

To bad it takes FOREVER to dry.

An arm goes into the piece!  Looks like a chicken leg right now.

Stay tuned, more to come soon!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I'm Building a Monster!

...out of paper mache.

Starting with a paper bag stuffed with newspaper and cardboard.
Egg cartons form the skeleton for the lower jaw.


The top teeth are much longer, supported by egg carton and rolled
printed paper.

The mouth is lined with a newspaper bag attached with masking 
tape.  The tongue is balled up newspaper taped on.

The lip is built up with paper mache, which works to attach the jaw.

The paper mache forms the tongue and teeth.  Clay tools also help.

The upper teeth are attached the same way.

Slowly they are covered with paper mache.  

Drying by the fan helps speed up the process.  

Stay tuned for more!