What better way to wash away the memories of long, painful week at work than immersing myself in some creativity. By the way, what is the percentage of people who ACTUALLY love their jobs? I'm thinking it's a small number who truly love what they do for the living; the remainder may say they love being wage slaves, but they're flat-out lying. Sorry--I digress. Anyway, the weekend's here, and I get to do what I love, ramping up my addiction: ART. Before I share the next steps in my gourds-into-Day-of-the-Dead-style-masks project, let me show you some of my recent flea market/yard sale finds. The first is this cool bird cage. It's not an antique, but I'll "grunge it up" eventually with some paint. I've got an idea for a creepy creatures in a cage piece.
Here are some dolls--and a doll head--I found. The three little dolls may be transformed into the "creatures" that will haunt the cage. The doll head is old, and I haven't figured out what it's made of. It's not porcelain, but it may be made from some kind of paper mache-like substance. No matter, it's cool.
The item on the right is just some rusty tool. It's intended use? Beats me. But for 50 cents who cares.The item on the left is, I think, an old iron holder. I see it as an "architectural" element (it looks like an arch) in the background of one of my assemblages.
Speaking of architectural elements, check out these. Two plaster pieces (perhaps old corner molding?) and four metal legs of some sort (love the texture).
And my final finds.... Much more bawdy than everything else. Two, phallic bottle openers--hilarious! Don't know what I'm going to do with these, but they were so funny I had to buy them.
After a few hours of searching for junk, I put in some time on my Day of the Dead masks. Today's first order of business included sketching out the eyes, nose, and teeth.
Next I cut off the stem (top) end of the gourds, which is actually the bottom of the masks, so that the masks will appear as though the bottom jaw is missing. After that, using a drill with a hole-saw bit, I made the eye openings. Then, using my little work-horse Dremel tool, I carved around the teeth and removed the outer shell for the "noses." Cutting and carving is finished. Up next? Bring on the paint.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.