Kind Visitors, a most belated announcement: I was incredibly honored that 'Venetian Harpy' won the 2015 Spectrum gold award in Dimensional, given at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City, MO, in May. There was so much wondrous art there, I was amazed! More news in the near future. Promise.
Flora, La Primavera, in Premier air-dry clay, with wood, and paper, painted in acrylic.
On this most dubious of holidays, a few selected words on Love from Rilke:
“To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. … it is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world, to become world for himself for another’s sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him, something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Baba Yaga also wishes you a Happy Valentines Day, and says you are certainly “good enough to eat” in her eyes:
Swan Child getting her color, in Premier air-dry clay. Painted with acrylics including Acryla Gouache from Holbein -- a favorite of mine for the air-dry pieces...
“I have lived on the lip
of insanity, wanting to know reasons,
knocking on a door. It opens.
I've been knocking from the inside.”
From the Irish tale, "The Fate of the Children of Lir," a child transforming. Work in progress! She needs a bit of subtle color.
Our Muslim friends are appalled by the violent acts of the very few, and their voices should be heard and acknowledged. Just a couple of links out of many:
"In a recent cartoon, Muslim artist Khalid Albaih reminds us simply, yet powerfully, that this is not a war between civilizations, but a war with those who oppose civilization."
This lucky creature had the honor of appearing at the Krab Jab Studio (Seattle, WA) in artist Allen Williams' wonderful show, "Summoned." The show has a closing reception Oct. 31, 2014, 6-9 pm.
"Si j'étais le Petit Prince" -- If I were the Little Prince -- after Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's famous and enchanting title character in Le Petit Prince. About 14" tall, in Premier air-dry clay, painted with acrylics.
In 1934 when my father and his two sisters were small, my grandfather Samuel Rogers, novelist and professor of French, won the "$10,000. Atlantic Prize" award for one of his books, Dusk at the Grove. Instead of doing something normal, he took his family to live in Paris for a year. He had driven an ambulance in France during WW I, and loved the country dearly. The photographs of my father as a child that long-ago year in Paris inspired the piece above... oh time, oh absence. Darn it.
At last, a bit of a start over on the How-to page... Just a few thoughts on using Kato Polyclay:
Any thoughts from you will be most welcome! :)
Turns out that I'll be helping review 3-D portfolios at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (May 9-11, 2014, Kansas City, MO). Most honored, and will bring my brain. I'm so eager to see all the remarkable work that's bound to be there -- lots and lots of it!
Friends, here's more info on the 3-D portfolio reviews, and how to sign up, from the folks at SFAL3:
3D PORTFOLIO REVIEWS will be held at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live this May 10th in Kansas City, MO. www.sfalkc.com
Wed. April 9 at 12 noon Central Time Zone will be when sign-ups open for portfolio reviews at the Spectrum Live website on the NEWS page.
Each person is limited to 2 reserved spots (to try to give everyone a chance) and we'll see about setting up a hotline here on Wed. morning.
Giving 3D portfolio reviews will be, Tim Bruckner, Forest Rogers, Virginie Ropars, J. Anthony Kosar, Dan Chudzinksi, Brandon Shiflett and Jarrod Shiflett.
(It looks like who's reviewing has shifted a little -- though happily we still have Shifletts!)
WIP in medium NSP Chavant clay -- Baba Yaga's Chicken, done in one of the superb classes at AnatomyTools.com. Jordu Schell and Andrew Cawrse were teaching, a couple of years back. That was enormous fun and great experience -- highly recommended. Just dug these snapshots out:
Be sure to check out AnatomyTools -- great workshops, supplies and anatomical reference figures:
If I figure out how, I'll post some of the wonderful artist videos Tim Bruckner has put together to represent Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 (SFAL3) May 9-11, 2014. But alas! I'm not quite sure how to do it. So, here's a link to Tim's FaceBook page, where you will find those and also of course Tim's own fabulous work!
Also, there will be a 3-D portfolio review opportunity at SFAL3, with some of the best offering their thoughts: