Tuesday, January 22, 2008
So I'm starting a series of illustrations featuring this little bear who is just none to bright! He was quite fun to create. You can read more about my illustrations and see more of them on my illustration blog: http://GumballGrenade.blogspot.com
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Currently I am in love with my watercolor, pencil, and micron pen. I painted this last night and for those of you who know me I definitely expect to see this scene in real life in the near future. Would that be a case of life imitating art? Anyway this is one of my original illustrations titled "Muddy". It was painted using watercolors and ink. It features a cat (maybe JuJu Bean) that has been into mischief and his playmate (E???) who is going to attempt to give the cat a little bath.
Available in my Etsy Shop: Gumball Grenade
Friday, January 18, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
So I have two more events coming up this holiday season. One is in Tooelle (sp?) it's a craft fair with about 60+ booths. Dec. 7th. The other is at the Union Station here in Ogden. It runs Dec. 7th and the two weekends after that. I spoke with the organizer today and I'm going to try and get the second weekend of the 15th of Dec! I am so excited! I can't believe how quickly things are moving. If this season goes well then I'm going to try to get into the Wine Festival in Park City as well as the Balloon Festival in Eden.
Also, I just have to say how much I love that a mistake can turn out to a wonderful piece of jewelry! I wanted this piece to be called Indra's Net (regarding the interconnectedness of the universe) but it didn't come out how I envisioned. But then I saw it...an abstract anatomical heart. I paired it with a beautiful carnelian gemstone and it suddenly became "Le Coeur Dramatique" or "The Dramatic Heart." It reminds me of all things Concrete Blond, French, and New Orleans. Oooh la la say no more!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Francis Harold Cook, in the book Hua-Yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra describes the metaphor of Indra's net from the perspective of the Huayan school:
“Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infintely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each "eye" of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring."
You'll have to visit back tomorrow to see the piece of jewelry this little myth inspired.
Here's a link to KreativeMindz etsy shop and blog:
Monday, November 5, 2007
She blushes, looks up hesitantly, "I admit it was filled with magical thinking, imaginary play, and I enjoy reflecting on my childhood. Thank you." She sits down and the next speaker begins.
There I said it...and its such a relief to get that off my chest. Whew.
I recently stumbled across an artist that captures so much of what childhood was like for me. His paintings have a beautiful, magical, and reflective sense about them. Here let me show you what I'm talking about.
Joseph Blake's Bio
"My friends always tell me that I walk, looking down at my feet, as if I've lost something or I'm waiting for my legs to grow..."
... my parents gambled two decades ago and adopted a boy from Korea without ever seeing a picture. My mom had plenty of pretty names that she wanted to give her new son, but my father saved the boy by giving me his.
I started pushing paint around in high school, and later graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. At first, painting was my way to stand out from my peers and avoid gym. But in college, where everybody was new, I made pictures to connect.
When I returned home, my childhood friends' stories were more colorful, my parent's familiar rituals were funnier, and my room never felt smaller. I saw potential characters and stories in every waking moment. This was also the first time that I really felt like I was observing and using a sketchbook. I wanted to entertain others with the little things I experienced.
And in those moments I found another purpose for making pictures... storytelling. I'm currently making my way as an illustrator in Philadelphia, while learning storyboarding and traditional animation. I don't get the chance to meet everyone who views my work now, but I love that people get to know me first through my pictures."
*Please note that all image copyrights belong to Joseph Blake. Thanks Joseph.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
- First rolled out some polymer to a uniform thickness.
- Used my sculpting knife to carve the design. This is the fun part because sometimes you can literally see your design in the clay itself.
- Baked my design
- Tested the design on another piece of scrap polymer
- Cast the design in fine silver!
- Once the patina was on I was astonished! Adding the patina is by far my favorite part because it brings out every little detail!
- Then I added my ever so cherished and long awaited for carnelian beads! POP! There it was. The necklace I had envisioned!
Here's a pic:
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Completely hand sculpted in polymer and then cast in fine silver. This piece was extremely complex to complete but well worth the final result. It is a donated piece created specifically for this event! It will available at the fundraiser. Featured from left to right in the picture: Joseph (kneeling with his hand lovingly on the head of Jesus), Jesus (swaddled securely), and Mary (who is kneeling and praying).
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Technique: I sculpted/carved the fawn using a sculptors knife (?) At least I think that is what the tool is called. On one side it has a pointed spade type blade and on the other it has a curved blade. I'll have to start making some video clips.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Let me share just a tid bit of a very cool technique I learned about regarding etching onto silver. Apply a dark colored fingernail polish as a resist! You can also use wax as your resist. This was another one of those little inventive tricks that we crafty people so often come up with. I did test it on sterling and it worked beautifully. Have fun with it!
Thursday, September 13, 2007