Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Add meaning to a piece...




I have been teaching my 7th grade artists about material selection when creating art.  I created the piece of artwork above as an example of how a material can add meaning to a work of art.  In this instance, I asked the question, "How does the surface material add meaning to the art?"  After a few funny answers somebody made a legitimate and insightful guess.  The surface of the art is a crumpled piece of brown paper bag, a disposable material.  The content of the piece is the highly recognizable endangered Panda Bear on the brink of extinction.  We spoke a bit about the expectation we have for the "life" of a brown paper bag.  We expect to dispose of it.  Do we look at animals in the same way?  No we don't, yet the problem we face is the disposal of a species.  A species is not meant to be disposable but it can be treated that way.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pet Portrait: 5x7 Sonny







This is a 5x7 pet portrait of Sonny.  It is created with Prismacolor colored pencils and a special technique using Turpenoid and Q-tips.  The final result looks like a hybrid of watercolor, oils and colored pencil.

Please +1 it, if you like.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pet Portrait: Ruckus 8x10














This is an 8x10 pet portrait of Ruckus.  A friend of mine commissioned me to do this to hang in her home.  A reminder of a great friendship.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pet Portrait: Miss Babe Ruth of The Greensboro Grasshoppers 16x20























This is one of two 16x20 pet portraits done for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.  This particular pet portrait is of Miss Babe Ruth.  32x40 prints were made on brushed aluminum and now hang in the stadium.  There are also 8x10 prints for sale in the gift shop at Newbridge Bank Park. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Pet Portrait: Master Yogi Berra of The Greensboro Grasshoppers 16x20































This is one of two 16x20 pet portraits done for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.  This particular pet portrait is of Master Yogi Berra.  32x40 prints were made on brushed aluminum and now hang in the stadium.  There are also 8x10 prints for sale in the gift shop at Newbridge Bank Park. 

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