Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Clinton Fixes Mt. Rushmore

I despise politics with all the bickering and allegations.  When I think of all the money that is spent (money that could be used to feed hungry and homeless children) to make commercials to rip the other guy, it makes me sick.  Millions and millions of dollars just thrown away.  Okay, off my soapbox...
This piece of Bill Clinton adding his face to Mt. Rushmore was accomplished by cutting out layers of various mat boards.  I broke a ton of x-acto knives on this one!

Clinton Fixes Mt. Rushmore, March 2001

Monday, February 27, 2012

Brandywine Fountain

This fountain is near the entrance to the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Delaware.  Zoom in for a look at the intricate carvings on the pedestal.

Brandywine Fountain, May 2005

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rare Keister Wood

This wood is so rare, I discovered it in my clay oven yesterday!  It is made of Premo polymer clay and is 3 1/2 inches long.  Hope you enjoy this most exciting discovery!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Father's Day

I know it's a little early for Father's Day, but it seemed like the perfect name for this piece.  This is digital marquetry, accomplished by scanning wood veneers and putting it together in Photoshop.  My other digital marquetry projects were based on photos.  This one was an old drawing that was originally supposed to be used for my paper art, but I never finished it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bumblebee Poison Frog

Known in the hobby as a "Leuc", Dendrobates Leucomelas, or the Yellow-banded Poison Frog is a very healthy frog and easy to keep as long as you keep those fruit flies going.  Some people call these frogs Bumblebee Poison Frogs, a name that's a bit more colorful.  This one is definitely more colorful sitting in a black and white background.

Bumblebee Poison Frog, July 2009

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bison WIP

I did this sketch over a year ago with the intention of making a paper sculpture.  But polymer clay projects took over and this drawing was shelved.  Looking through some of my unused art, I thought this would make a good digital marquetry piece.  This work in progress will be finished sometime next week.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Orchid Petal

Tater says, "Dad?  Do hamburger buns grow out of the ground?"  I replied that buns don't come out of the ground.  Then Tater says, "Well, I think mine did because it has seeds on it."

Tater found this on the floor at the grocery store, so I took a pic of it.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Panda

Here is another polymer clay panda pendant, this one is into Valentine's Day.  He is also sporting a Swarovski crystal.  Piercings on the kids these days is getting out of hand!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Olive You

I did this paper sculpture several years ago for my wife for Valentine's Day.

Olive You, February 2004

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wood Samples

In my quest to make more and better digital marquetry pieces, I got some rare wood samples.  A friend of mine, Dave, let me borrow two boxes of wood samples he won at an auction several years ago.  Pictured here is one of the box lids and one of the samples.  I am in the process of scanning all the wood veneers into my computer.  They look old and antique to me.  These wood samples are beautiful and some may be illegal to obtain anymore.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Bracket Fungi

I braved the winter weather to capture these two shots.  The snow was done, but it was raining cats and dogs.  Cold cats and dogs!  After juggling my camera, tripod and an old umbrella, this was the best I could manage.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Buns of Wood

This one is something a little different for me.  I saw a commercial for "Buns of Steel" and the idea popped into my head to do a faux wood version made of polymer clay.  It is 4" long and can be used as a pendant or a wall decoration in or out of a shadow box.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Beautiful Day

I was invited on a hunting trip with a friend.  But instead of bringing a shotgun, I brought my camera and bagged this shot.  The title was inspired by the U2 song, Beautiful Day.

Beautiful Day, October 1985