art

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Message Bird

I make gourdy birds out of…well, gourds. Plus polymers clay, wires, etc. This quail was a loser and got kicked around and broken. Yesterday when I was fixing him, I thought he should be holding a note pad. Then I wondered how dry erase boards work? Aha an experiment! My experiments usually fail, but this … Continue reading

The Bell Tolls for You O King-a German Fable

Here’s a feel-good fable to brighten your day. I presented it as a chalk talk, drawing live in front of 125 people. I was so nervous! But they loved it. It’s about a horse…or maybe it’s about social security?      

Art and Spontaneous Profanity

Did you ever screw up something so bad, profanity spontaneously sprang from your lips? I’ve been working on these pour/paint resin panels, which include many hours and a fat slice of my little art budget. I spent hours on one, mixed the resin with a kitchen scale and left it to harden. I dutifully covered … Continue reading

The Holy Fool

The Holy Fool is a Russian archetype which derives from the idea that a person who truly does what Jesus said must be a fool. Kind of an admirable fool, but a fool nonetheless. It comes from those outrageous things Jesus said like, “Forgive your enemies, give to the poor, and restrict your sex life … Continue reading

Serious Artists My Arse

I teach at the Suwannee River Studio as a volunteer and one day launched into a mini-lecture about being serious artists. Then I noticed two members were making something under the table. It turned out they were sculpting spiders to scare me with, so I gave up on my serious artist speech. Nothing wrong with … Continue reading

How Long to Master an Art Form?

How long did that take you? American painter James Whistler, best known for the painting of his mother, set a very high price for one of his paintings. He was challenged by John Ruskin about why it was so expensive when it only took him two days. Whistler replied that it didn’t take him just … Continue reading

Suwannee River Fairies

I can see the Suwannee River outside my window-it’s a jungle out there, folks. When I first moved here and was lonely, I imagined the river banks populated with fairies and even wrote and illustrated a book to that effect. When I told people who lived here all their lives it was fiction, they said, … Continue reading

This week at the Studio

    A year ago I started the Suwannee River Studio on the theory that there were budding artists around who just needed some space and encouragement. My theory has proven correct. I have fifteen students and we have a lot of laughs. As an extrovert, it takes me awhile to get to know the … Continue reading

And so it begins…The Suwannee River Studio

We started in February, 2018 with twelve members, here at Advent Christian Village, way down upon the Suwannee River. My theory was that everyone is creative and some creatives are interested in the visual arts (others are interested in music, or writing, or even cooking.) We meet formally every Friday and informally throughout the week. … Continue reading

97 year-old graduate

One year ago, we started The Suwannee River Studio at this 800 member senior community. I’m the instructor and as I tell members, “We ain’t sitting around knitting doilies and waiting to die. We’re doing stuff.” We have completed Art 101, a six lesson series, now on DVD, which is a jump start for beginners … Continue reading