The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
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These are available to purchase. Simply click the Etsy banner to the right. You can get a 25% discount with the coupon code SHOPHANDMADE.
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You are reading an installment of a Field Guide to (50 Little) Birds. Everything that goes into a bird or whale is intentional and deliberate. This guide is intended to allow folks to understand my work at a deeper and more meaningful level.
The guide is decided into four sections.
The Back Story will explore inspirations, motivation and philosophy.
Before I Begin will contain discussion on research and design.
The Stuff They’re Made Of will look into the materials I use and how they are chosen and procured.
A Distressing End will look at my finish techniques.
This entry was prematurely published. Check back later for completed work.
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Photos of 12″ Sperm Whale. I’ve another on the bench as well as a similar but much larger (24″) one.
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I have the same dream that many artists have–to quite the day job and spend my time making stuff people want to buy.
There is no question that there are enough people out there to consume any product. If Chia Pets or the work of Thomas Kincaid can make it so can 50 Little Birds. I’ve never questioned this. The problem is getting the word out to the right people at the right time in the right way.
A couple of years ago I discovered Alyson Stanfield. Alyson, among her many talents, consults artists in order to enable them to reach their markets effectively. I’ve wanted to take her online classes, but never seem to have an extra $100 when here classes are listed.
So I did the next best thing and bought the books.
First I bought The Relatively Pain Free Artists Statement. This book outlines three weeks of writing activities that will lead me to writing a powerful, concise and effective artists’ statement. Most artisist have to write a statement, from time to time, and it’s hard to do well. Most of the time something is dashed off and the job is done–often poorly.
The second book I’d Rather be in the Studio is a practical approach–consisting of a lot of reflection and writing — to beefing up communications and PR and sales so that enough work is generated to allow an artist to spend time in the studio creating.
Both books are excellent. Like any self-help book my success lies in my own self-discipline and willingness to really do the work.
Today, in her blog, Alyson suggested something that I already saw emerging from completing the activities in her books. It seemed obvious– after all I’ve spent nearly every day for thirty years in a classroom. I need to teach people how to look at and how to appreciate my art.
Last night I had a conversation with two art loving friends (an activity I had to complete for the Relatively Pain-Free Artists Statement) and this need was apparent. These ladies both have my work in their collections, but as we talked and they learned more about why I do things the way that I do they were clearly developing a clearer appreciation for what I do to create a piece.
Every procedure, every color choice, every material and every found object is deliberate. There is thought, design, method and madness in everything that goes into my work. Over the next week, or two, I will visit some of these aspects of 50 Little Birds and the madness behind them. It is my hope, that with a few field marks in mind you will be able to examine my work a different way.
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I was banished to the studio today while Julie cleaned house. First I cleaned and put things away and then I carved this. I spent much of my childhood in New England where sperm whales are iconic. I remember doodling them in grade school. (I wonder what my Indiana teachers thought of my schooner, friendship sloop and whale doodles?)
Formal portrait and Etsy listing to follow.
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I wrote recently that I’ve begun to explore my Pennsylvania Dutch culture through a exploration of Putz houses or glitter houses.
I knew, from the beginning, that the challenge in designing and creating these shining little houses would be in interpreting existing structures. The scale and character of these small structures — as well as the thick layer of glitter — dictate that details and scale of windows, doors, chimneys, even the structure’s form must be adjusted. On this project I made some drastic changes. I removed and simplified windows. I removed a back gable and entire section of the church to simplify the roofline.
It’s no match for the original — it doesn’t need to be — but it is recognizable.
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