Sammy- Congrats on your sales. People may come out from hiding ready to buy good pieces of arts and not just prints. They make good gifts. I love the Ibises painting very much. We do see a lots of them in Florida. They come to visit on our lawns and any place where there is water. I love the seagulls and the Pelicans too but never try to paint them yet.
BTW, are the big pictures on the wall yours too?
C&C are welcome and appreciated.
Sandi - Heartfelt humble thanks for your kind remarks - gratefully received.
Just coaxing raw materials along - endless pathways left to explore.
Gourdophonium progress - guilded the horn interior with copper and (faux) gold to add sonic shimmer; milled a smaller cup into the euphonium mouthpiece to add upper range (originally John Parduba's idea - he made Harry James' trumpet mouthpieces as double cups); made the mouthpiece receiver from heat formable Instamorph plastic; drilled finger and thumb holes; more testing ahead before finishing touches (copper leaves on hold for now).
Gilded interior, mouthpiece fitting and mouthpiece in place
Milled (machined) an inner cup into the center of the main cup, holes drilled.
Thanks again, Sandi. - Bob
Thank you Sandi and Sam for the compliments on my angels. It's good practice and the knowledge will spill over when I paint. Sam your birds are beautiful! You must do art all the time to have so many completed works!
Sandi I'm sorry to hear you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. A lot of us at work have it to some degree and I wear a brace to sleep in and a brace when I'm doing computer work. There is a surgery for it that's isn't invasive and all you have is a tiny cut in your palm. I haven't had it and am trying to change my habits to avoid over use of my right hand. No peeling potatoes for starters! The rose you did in pencil a while back was just beautiful though and it must have caused you pain afterward or even during the pencil work.
Bob your work is so neat and I love that big storky looking bird that you were painting!
James your sky is beautiful in your lastest piece! The movement in the sails and water makes it look like they are sailing right along.
C&C's are welcome.
(No digital alterations please)
Catherine I am sorry that I missed your angels earlier. Just curious is there a reason for the dark and the light as in good and evil? They make a nice composition. I noticed you have the same problem with faces as I do, getting them too flat across the cheeks. I guess I am going to have to break down and take a class in figure drawing and or portraits.
C and C always welcomed
Bob one other question and then I will leave you alone for awhile. Do you use a press or burnish the paper with a spoon or something.
Geri, Bob, Sandi and Catherine, thank you for your most kind comments on "Birds of a Feather." That was fun to paint.
Geri, interesting story about your Mom feeding the herons while fishing. They are such beautiful birds.
Bob, speaking of beautiful birds, your etching/ painting of the crowned bird is fantastic. Great eye - the color makes it really pop and it looks 3D. The touches of magenta are most becoming and I love the textures in the background.
That gourd is taking shape and looking more and more interesting. I've pulled up a chair to watch it develop and then operate. It's apparent that you have quite a scientific mind as well as creative.
Sandi, the paintings on the walls are not mine.
Sam/Sammy C & C Welcome
Geri - I use a spoon or a stick or a baren - haven't been so lucky with presses because I can't selectively (artistically) darken or lighten areas as well as I'd like for short runs or one-off prints. More pix:
stick and baren in lower right of picture
burnishing key areas with stick, rolling back print to check quality
Sam - sincere thanks!
Geri. . . Well, I wasn't thinking about the good and evil aspect when I did it but afterward I noticed it looked exactly like some kind of good and evil type of idea. I've been watching a lot of documentaries about how the Catholic church used art to keep the people/believers in line so maybe it was in the back of my mind. I have books on anatomy for artists and probably should dig one out and keep it handy as a reference to muscles in the face. I plan on taking a class but haven't got that far, probably after the holidays are over.
Hi all Nearing the end of this series
facades over the cave entrances and gardening techniques create Beartown Oasis 11x14 140# arches CP
Blue Ridge Mountains Art Center
Southern Appalachian Artists Guild
WOW Fred ITS GOING TO LOOK LIKE Vegas BEFORE LONG;)
if ANY BODY HAS REQUESTED MY ADDRESS FOR THE CHRISTMAS CARDS AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED IT PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
Sam: I agree with Sandi and everyone else. thank you for mentoring us. As I have said many time before your artwork is magnificent and your Ibis are grand. Here we have a Blue Heron he lands in our yard very early and eats the fish in our pond. we have to cover the ponds certain times of the year. They are impressive Birds.... Where do you get your prints done. congrats on your sale.
Sandi: I like Sam's Town, its off the strip (which I NEVER GO TO) and always has something to do, bowling, movies, restaurants, Wolf Park in the atrium , live entertainment etc... even though this is just a few minutes from us, This is the first time I have been there in three years. I just don't go to casinos...
BOB: I am thoroughly enjoying watching the gourd-o-phonium develop, what an adventure, your instructions are impressive. are you saying the beautiful copper leaves will be hidden inside??? I have told several of my musicians about your project. may I send them pictures of it? many many years ago I did some copper work with the etching and molding and patina, I did a big oak tree. wish I could find it,... I went to Williamsburg, VA and I was impressed with how they made barrels from scratch... Impressive wood block work, I love your idea about the lazy susan, I have all my paint brushes and pencils on a lazy susan... and my spices... You are the most left brained person I know....
Catherine: I like your angel studies, I wish I could practice being loose... yours are loose and free.
FRED FRED: I am impressed with the ingenuity of your bears. what a nice community, I am sure they all get along in their new world. I have some pictures I will be sending you via conversations my relatives sent to me from Australia..... You will find them interesting. good grief I do hope it doesn't look like Vegas,,, I hate it here. I want to go home to Monterey CA.
Jen: I hope you had a great time with the little ones.
It would be nice if we messed up we could simply press 'Ctrl Alt Delete' and start all over
C & C Always Welcome
Fred, my goodness, those bears didn't waste any time getting settled in on the red planet. Houses, trees, water, gardens, etc. You have quite an imagination. As usual, the mountains/rocks look great.
Marsha, I make my own prints. At least I did. Now that I'm trying to get our of doing shows, I haven't been making them. I have an HP printer that can make prints up to 13" x 19." I use matte photography paper. My hubby cuts the mats. I buy art at thrift stores and throw it away and use the frames.
I have purchased quite a few pieces of art for the frames at the thrift stores, I found one that I liked so much I just hung it up.... it was someones water color with a very intricate cut mat. I didn't have the heart to get rid of it... someone when to alot of trouble. how do you charge for the prints... I wish my husband would cut mats he is a putzer around the house but he is a duct tape and big nail fixer if you know what I mean..... I don't think I could trust him... besides his glachoma is taking its tole on his eyes. bless him. I guess I could learn to cut mats. I purchased a bunch of mats already pre cut but I haven't done any pieces in those sizes in ages....
While we are on the subject of frames and mats I have a question for those that sell their work. What seems to be the best sellers in size and subject matter? Just curious if there is a trend.
It is a good idea to make your artwork and prints in standard sizes. Of course, the smaller ones like 11x14 or 16x10 are cheaper and sell better. I may charge between $25 - $35 for an 11x14. And $40 - $50 for 16x20. A lot depends on the area. Remember that I live in a retirement community.