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Bald Eagle

Dear readers,

It would seem as if I’ve dropped off the planet in these past two months.  Despite the long break from blogging, I assure you that I have been busy creating artwork.  I have also been devoting a lot of time to building a website at last.

In honor of the 4th of July, I decided to share with you my newest drawing.  I haven’t drawn a bald eagle for years, and it has been on my to-do list for quite some time.  I don’t usually enjoy drawing birds, but I was so pleased by how much I enjoyed this drawing.  It made the process pure fun.

Bald Eagle

– 8×10 inch Ampersand scratchboard.

– I used mostly a #11 X-Acto Blade for this, and used two sizes of fiberglass brush to really whiten the light areas.  I also used Faber-Castel Pitt Artist pens for adding depth of value and also to correct mistakes.

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A few close-ups.

Thank you for looking, and happy Independence Day!

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2016 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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The Junk Thief

Meet the Junk Thief. I call him that because I made another crow similar to this one last year. He is wearing fancy, (fake) diamond encrusted wings and a jewel tail, and I named him the Jewel Thief.  Remember him?

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Look at him, hogging this post that doesn’t belong to him!  He’s shameless.

I more recently make this poor thing in the pictures below. I knew he was ugly and unfortunate from the moment I called him finished. He was kind of sad and strange, and I just had to laugh, because he is sort of the opposite of my Jewel Thief. Thus, he is the Junk Thief.

Junk Thief

-Measures 2 1/2 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches long by 1 3/4 inches wide.

-Made with mostly 19 gauge dark annealed wire, as well as some silver wire for the feet. The tail is some random piece of old jewelry I had, and the wings are from a metal flower pin that I took apart to “build” wings. The beak is a cone-shaped bead from an art store. Like I said, he’s sort of homely, but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

But don’t despair, the Junk Thief has just as much dignity and self-esteem as his rival, Jewel Thief. 😉

Thank you for looking.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Squirrel

If you were to explore my embellishment boxes, you would find many feather-esque pieces.  I’ve used them for “doo-dads” in horse’s manes, I’ve used them for animal ears, I’ve even used them for – you guessed it – feathers on my bird sculptures.

Last fall at Junk Bonanza, I spotted a feather-shaped pin.  This was no ordinary pin.  Picture a feather that you might see being used for a quill pen.  Large and a bit droopy in its shape.  The very moment I spotted this feather, I saw a squirrel tail.  A perfect, bushy squirrel tail.  So I bought it.

Here is the result.

Squirrel

– Measures 5 inches long by 3 & 1/2 inches tall by 2 inches wide.

– This piece is made with…I believe it was some 19 gauge, 22 gauge, 26 gauge, and 30 gauge steel wire.  I’m not completely certain, as it’s been a little while since I made this piece.  The tail is that cool feather pin, and the ears are tiny leaf-shaped pieces that I had on hand.  The squirrel is holding tightly to an acorn, which is an embellishment I purchased at a card-making shop.

I am happy to say that this little fellow sold at my art show earlier this month. 🙂

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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The King’s Horse

Dear readers, brace yourselves for a lengthy post!  I’m sharing my latest sculpture, though I have several other new ones to post in the next couple of weeks as well, so stay tuned.

Late one night, I was unable to sleep.  When it’s late and I cannot sleep, my mind tends to wander…often to the topics of art or writing.  It was a night like this that got me thinking.  With all of my broken jewelry, found items, and metal junk, what if I made a horse decked out in elaborate medieval armor?

I was so excited by the idea that I nearly got up right then to start sifting through my collection of found items.  But it was 3:00 AM and I hadn’t slept at all, so I stayed put and eventually got to sleep…probably with a smile on my face.

The very next day, I got to work looking through my embellishments, picking out pieces and items that struck a chord with me.  Within a couple of days, I was building the horse itself.  The horse is among my larger pieces, and with all the embellishments, it took me quite a while to complete this piece.

The King’s Horse

– Measures 10 & 1/2 inches long by 9 inches tall by 3 & 3/4 inches wide.

– Made with some 16 gauge dark annealed wire, but primarily with 18 gauge dark annealed wire.  The 18 gauge is just the right balance of sturdiness and softness.  I can bend and shape it pretty easily, yet it’s strong enough to hold up.  I also used very fine black wire for attaching embellishments.  The process of attaching my found items is somewhat like sewing.  Take the thin wire, weave it into the bands of heavier wire numerous times until everything holds tightly.  This is my favorite part of building sculptures.

– Embellishments.  Oh, where to begin?  I guess it all started with the stirrups.  I found a pair of sort of square-shaped earrings at a flea market last year, and I knew from the moment I saw them that I wanted them to be stirrups for a horse sculpture.  And here we are.  The “straps” of the stirrups are a matched pair of earrings, too, I believe.  Put together, these two pairs of earrings made ideal stirrups.  The band of looped chains/coins around the entire body of the horse is, in fact, part of a belt.  You know how it is…you’re out shopping with some friends, you’re a teenager, you see a weird, jangling, unusual belt and buy it, convinced that you will wear it all the time.  You will.

…That was me back in my teens.  I never wore the belt once in my life, but I have never regretted buying it, because it made for some priceless embellishments for my wire sculptures.  You might also remember pieces of this very belt from my Aluminum Horse a few years ago, https://thecozyred.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/the-aluminum-horse/ .  The King’s Horse took up all but a few scraps of this belt, and what I had left happened to be just the right amount to wrap around the horse’s body.  It was meant to be.  Of course, I had to repair some parts of the belt and rebuilt it a little to get it to look like a complete loop and not just a scrap length of chain.  The saddle is an ornate necklace part that has five hinged sections.  I loved that because it drapes so nicely across the horse’s back.  It was bright gold when I bought it, but I painted it with metallic acrylic paints until the piece had the same patina and feel of the rest of the embellishments.  The rump of the horse is draped with a necklace piece, also hinged, that I found at a thrift store.  That, too, had to be painted to suit the rest of the sculpture.  The horse’s tail is a thick cluster of various chains.  The horse’s mane is part of a necklace.  The ears were fun to construct.  I had found small metal embellishments at an art store that reminded me of a tiny phonograph or gramophone horns in their shape.  I couldn’t resist the strange shape.  But for this sculpture, I ended up turning these pieces upside down so the wide, ruffled ends were against the horse’s head.  The pointed ends of these embellishments were a great suggestion of armored pieces the shape of a horse’s ears.  So I wired two of these embellishments together and reshaped the open ends to set nicely on the horse’s head, and then wired them down.  The face shield is a pendant I had on hand, which also needed to be painted.  And finally, the reins are a simple chain, held by the mouth of the horse with jump rings, which are wired in place.

If you’re still reading this, thank you.  I appreciate your interest.  Let’s look at the photos at last. 🙂

There will be a lot of photos, too, so bear with me.

Thank you very much for looking!  Please feel free to leave comments if you wish – I love hearing from you! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Bison Acrylic Painting

I recently had one of those rare urges to do some painting, which was inspired by a photo I came across recently.  Granted, I did have fun painting this, and I don’t mind how it turned out.  There’s something funny about painting though…every time I end up painting, even if I thoroughly enjoyed the process, I walk away from the finished painting feeling as if I just had to get that out of my system.  My passion lies in drawing more than in painting by far.  In fact, my hand is so much more comfortable with a pen than with a brush that I found myself using a bit of stipple technique with the paint.  Sometimes, I think my hand will never relearn how to draw without the dot-dot-dotting action. 😉

Anyway, I thought I’d share this painting, nonetheless.  I did enjoy it, and I do think that it turned out nicely.  A good change of pace for a bit.

And now, back to drawing! 🙂

Bison

– Measures 5×7 inches.  Painted on a canvas board.

– Painted with acrylics, with a somewhat limited palette.

Bison

Thank you for looking, and happy spring!

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in All Artwork, Paintings

 

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Lion

After taking a little break from my wire sculptures, I have finally finished one.  I was moments from falling asleep one night, when I suddenly could picture a lion sculpture.  Some time ago, I bought a package of little metal medallions that I just couldn’t resist.  Luckily, it was a jumbo-sized package, and I must have gotten a couple hundred of these little things.  As I lay there, half-asleep, I suddenly pictured a lion sculpture with a mane made up from these little pieces.  Here is the result.

Lion

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, gold-colored chain for the tail and the base of the mane, and probably more than a hundred of these “coin” pieces I bought.  I attached each coin – painstakingly! – with jump rings.  Thanks to the time taken to attach each piece individually, this may be the slowest wire sculpture I’ve made to date.  It was a labor of love, though.  The ears (they are small and don’t show up until you look a little closer) are made with little metal gears.

– Measures approximately 9 1/2 inches long (from tip of the nose to tip of the tail) by 4 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.

To any fellow doo-dad, thingamajig lovers out there, I must say that this lion, thanks to all those metal coins in his mane, jingles delightfully when he is moved.  I just wanted to make that known. 🙂

As usual, one of my cats has made it into the photo shoot.  Her name is Joplin, and she feels she is very photogenic, so I thought I’d snap two photos…one focusing on the lion, and the other focusing on her.  I’m sure Joplin thinks she is the lion.

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I hope you like my little lion sculpture (and the cat 🙂 ).  Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Elephant (sculpture commission)

A friend of mine recently commissioned me to make an elephant as a gift for her friend.  This is the second time I was commissioned to make a sculpture, so that is very exciting.  I had never made an elephant sculpture before, so this was a really nice change of pace.  Thanks for letting me do this for you, Jo.  It was a joy! 🙂

Elephant

– Measures 6 1/2 inches long by 4 inches tall by 2 3/4 inches wide.

– Made primarily with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, along with 22 gauge wire, and craft wire for details and embellishment attachment.

– Found items used on this include a thick, heavy chain for the trunk, a hoop earring broken in two for the tusks, and a butterfly brooch, also broken in two, for the ears.  I used a bit of chain for that tiny tuft at the end of the tail as well.

I hope you like this.  Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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