Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Broken Made Whole

JB Weld is not used in
traditional Kintsugi, but it worked.

Months before my father passed away I accidentally knocked over this piece of pottery I hand made from clay he and I cultivated from the woods. I will never forget the day he drove me miles up the mountain in search of clay. We spoke of our love of nature and of good past memories.

When my little clay pottery fell and broke, my heart sank. It was almost as if the universe was telling me something was going to change drastically. A few months later, it did when he died.

Many pieces carefully epoxied back together.

For a long time I have been enamored with the ancient art of Kintsugi
In brief, it is the art of taking broken pottery and repairing it with glue (of sorts) and gold which makes it even more beautiful. The cracks and the damage all become part of the pottery's history, a part of it's journey, a part of it's beauty. This piece, despite it's mishap, would be put back together.

I decided to use a very fast and untraditional method to weld the piece. Totally NOT Kintsugi, but seeing that this piece had a bit of my father in it and it reminded me so much of him, a carpenter and "handy man", using JB Weld was perfect! The pieces were adhered using JB Weld and once dry the cracks were carefully painted with Gold Leaf paint.

The technique, nor the finish is perfect, but it's perfect for me. The broken put back together.

This journey without my father is going to be a long one. I hope the JB Weld of life holds.....

The final touch...a bit of gold leaf.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Long Pause

Family at Christmas.

It has been a very long pause in writing. A very long pause in thoughts. A long pause in life since my last post. I know.

It was just about last February when our family discovered that the lumps in my father's lungs were cancerous. It prompted many uncertain and sad days to follow. Last time I posted he was here with us in this realm. Today, as I post, he is no longer with us.

A very busy day in the studio today.

One thing is certain and that is, such a loss is carried deep the heart until you yourself pass. I like to think that before my creations come to my mind and hands he has already seen the idea flowing down from above and he is happy to know I am happily creating.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello Again

The mess that is the studio.

Hello my friend, hello.

As you can see, it's quite hectic in the studio. Much has been produced and created. For now though, just a shot of the studio.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Live Sketching & Live Bands

A good night of sketching

Before my trip to Kentucky I was fortunate enough to catch a really great band named, "Empire in Decline" at the local bar and grill. I had my sketchbook in hand and the drawings were, for the most part, on that night. My determination for the past year and a half in trying to truly capture people's likenesses within a few seconds of view in an everyday setting (and in some instances a most uncomfortable setting) has been very challenging. With constant observation and practice it's almost second nature now.

Well, almost....I can view, retain in my memory, and then reproduce the faces I've viewed, but add a musical instrument or have a bass player walk around the room while trying to sketch him, and it changes things greatly. I now have new challenges to work on for the future.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the outcome of this particular session, and the band was truly great that night. It was the first time I had ever heard them and despite my drawings being on with patrons, I struggled drawing the band as they played. They were not one of those, grow on you after a few beers bands. No, they came out full force great with a U2 song, which absolutely delighted me cause 1). I love U2 and 2). I was dying to hear U2 loud in a room and I got that and then some. But the band not only did great covers but their own music is fantastic! I'm very happy for my Empire in Decline CD. It was well enjoyed to and from KY and hasn't left the car or my playlist.

Sadly, the bar was sorta empty. People are missing out on some great creative inspirations! But the patrons that were there that night got to enjoy great music and they did not escape my pencil. Here are some of the patrons....

Nailed the hat.

Another hat with a brim
that was crimped just so...nailed it!
He was my best drawing all night I believe.

Loved the position
of his neck and shape of the head.

2nd best drawing of the night.

Drummer in the band.
He wasn't sleeping....but he was difficult to draw
behind all the equipment.

Sorta captured his likeness. Sorta....
It was very dark in the bar at this point.

The bass player.
He moved the most, but I captured his side view a bit.

And then....the lead's guitar.
The lead singer didn't move much so that made it easier to try and capture his likeness, but I struggled, non the less. He had a beautiful voice and this great red guitar and I had so much trouble drawing him cause I wasn't seeing in pencil...I wasn't seeing line...I was seeing paint....I was seeing him painted....but I kept trying to capture his likeness. So, I kept trying....

....and trying.

...and trying.

....and trying.

And I finally sorta captured him in pencil.
But the image in paint remained in my head.

...and so I had to paint him...

As always, I send up a thanks to everyone I had the opportunity to draw that night, most especially the band. You were all a helpful part of this never ending creative journey called art.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When It Gets Quiet

For Sale: Moxie resin
Mixed media X Jenn Danza
$550 ppd in USA
Time payments accepted.

When it gets quiet here a good place to check out is my Instagram page. Some days my work in the studio just sweeps me away and I don't get a chance to blog about the activities, but I do like to take photos of stuff in progress and I do that on my Instagram page.

I have been extremely busy with commissions, repairs and sales items in the studio as of late. At the moment I am totally in love with Sarah Rose's new sculpture "Moxie" and had the pleasure of painting two for sales. One has already sold, but the appy remains and I happily accept time payments.

Moxie resin from the back.
Lots and lots of yummy details on her.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Changing Of The Guard

All brushes go here.

Since 1990 I've continually used the same container to wash all my brushes out. The bowl was an old discarded soup bowl with a nifty "Mushroom Soup" recipe around the body. This was my water container of choice. The container followed me throughout college and through my professional life as an illustrator and into my adventures in the model horse industry as a full time artist.

Every paint mark left and every every chip created more and more character throughout the years. Yesterday, one of those chips traveled into a crack and this loved art supply had to be retired. It will now hold brushes and has been replaced with a brand new water container! I felt it was blog worthy as this art supply is the most used art supply in my studio. No project can get past without having spent some time with the water mug.

So to the new "Joy" mug with happy snowmen cheering me on through every art project, illustration and horse painting…….cheers and happy painting for many more years!!

The crack that doomed the mug.

The happy new replacement!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Ear

Dab glue and baking soda
on the base of the horse's head.

I was very happy to acquire another G1 Breyer Saddlebred Stablemate from a friend most recently. He came as a little "fixer upper" with a bent leg and a missing ear.

Sometimes ears break all the way down to the base of the skull and the method to fixing such an area can be messy. Such messy fixes make for great blog entries though and I documented this ear fix today in the studio.

Using various Dremel bits
slowly drill away at the blob.

It's now starting to really take shape.
Drill slowly taking breaks as needed.

After much drilling
the blob now resembles an ear.