Hmm, I guess I've been rather busy because it's been about three weeks since I've posted anything--which means it's been about that long since I've had time to work on any art. A few projects have been sitting unfinished in my "studio" for weeks--grr. Below are some shots from one I just put the finishing touches on last night; at this point I'm calling it "Davy Jones' Locker." I like the whimsy of the sea creature/sea captain; however, now that I've had time to sit back and study it, I'm rather disappointed in my monochromatic color choices. Oh well--lesson learned. As you'll see from the first pic, I used a piece of the jailhouse tin, that I described in a previous post, to frame the nicho.
Below is a close-up shot of the nicho. Davy's head is an old wrist-watch face; I found an eye image, colorized it using colored pencils, and embedded it in resin. His right, tentacled arm was taken from a reproduction of a vintage natural history illustration. His left arm is the real McCoy, so to speak; last summer while on a walk at our local lake, I found it--the owner of the claw had probably fallen victim to a raccoon. (See, sometimes it pays to not pay attention to where you're walking; sure, I often nearly run into other walkers, but I also sometimes score some cool finds!)
Turns out my painting technique (see side of piece below) was serendipitous: I think it kind of conveys a "tentacle" motif, which pairs well with the nicho's subject matter.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.