Monday, August 31, 2009

Sometimes I like color, too

This summer I was given the pleasure of making a painting for my friends, Jess and Jason. Since this will be the focal point of their main living room, I want to make the best piece of art for them I can.

I have always liked to paint and love making colors and textures on the canvas. I am grateful to have this painting to work on because it has reminded how powerful colors can be. I use colors a lot more in my life as a scribe, but with sculpting and the permanence of steel I typically shy away from color.  It has been fun shaping the colors where I want them.

I am still working on the painting, but here it is with a few layers of paint on it. I should be finished with it soon. I'll post the final version when I do.

Oh and I just like these flowers...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MSA Outdoor Exhibit

The Mid South Sculpture Alliance []  is an official affiliate of the International Sculpture Center []. They are sponsoring a Sculpture Conference in September bringing together sculptors, artists, gallery owners, art lovers etc together. They are collaborating with the city of Chattanooga to and Chicago Sculpture International []to showcase Midwest sculptors at this event. 

I was delighted to find out that I will be showing work in the indoor and outdoor exhibit!

"Our jurors, Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, have made their final selections for the MSA Outdoor Exhibition.  Congratulations, your entry, READY TO SCALE, was chosen for exhibition."

Here is my Calendar of events for this piece:

September 14-16 outdoor installation, no boom truck
September 17, outdoor installation, boom truck available
September 19, 11:30 am- Outdoor Exhibition Opening & Reception,
MSA AND CSI members, conference attendees, elected officials 
and the Public Art committee
Location:  Riverwalk near Chattanooga State
September 20, 2010 Pickup of artwork

If you find yourself in Chattanooga along the Tennessee Riverwalk from September 19, 2009 – September 19, 2010 you will find my sculpture! It will also be part of an audio tour of all the works that are exhibiting for the year!


This is how I sketch sometimes. I go to my studio or the scrap pile and just mess around. I have been wanting to incorporate water in a sculpture for a long time. When I ask my more seasoned sculpture buddies about this and if they have worked with water, they all give a similar response. Something to the effect of, "It's expensive and a pain in the ass!" Then they chuckle and encourage me to do whatever I see fit. This is one easily scalable idea for a fountain that I have in my back pocket. In this photo it is only about 6' wide, 10" deep and 3' high. With this design, I could make the tallest central pipe 10'-20' without too much of a problem engineering wise. Especially if it were to go in a lake where I could drive the steel pipes deep into the earth like stakes.
Imagine water coming out of each pipe in unison and then at random and then in unison and then one burst at a time down the line. Imagine it is night and there are colored lights shining through the water and onto the steel pipes and plate creating interesting shadows out of the forms.
Look at the form mostly, because the color could change. Depending on who I can sell this idea to, it may be appropriate to have the steel powder coated and incorporate color. For instance if it would go to a children's hospital or something would make it a rainbow of colors. If it were in a public urban space, perhaps I would use green tones. At any rate it is still a sketch. It is still working around in my subconscious until the right opportunity presents itself.
Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


The number 7 carries a lot of weight... Wikipedia breaks it down nicely if you are not familiar with what I am talking about.

7 is a significant number for many known reasons to all mankind, but only a small niche of mankind know Nicki and Sumair. I have known them for two years and could not ask for kinder or more thoughtful friends. They recently celebrated their 7th anniversary of dating and were married twice over this past weekend in the Hindu and Catholic faiths (both recognize 7 as a significant number).

My gift to them was a sculpture named 7 and inspired by their foundation of 7 years together before their permanent union. Sumair once said that one they get married, that their lives wouldn't really change. That they wouldn't really be or feel any different than before they were married. This sculpture is about that...and even if you turn their relationship upside down, it will still stand!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I have been on vacation...and negelected this here blog a bit

So, I have another show! This one is in Chattanooga and through the Mid South Sculpture Alliance. Entering is always uneasy and nerve racking, but you can't win if you don't play the game! I am excited to broaden my list of states that I have shown in and even more excited that all the work I entered is already made, so it just has to get there! I will be updating this with my other projects that are in the works next week...

This is Rising

This is Couple

After thoughtful consideration of over 280 entries for the MSA 2009 Conference exhibitions, (163 indoor, 52 outdoor, and 21 student), the jurors, Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, have made their final selections. Congratulations, RISING and COUPLE, your entries for the Indoor Exhibition were selected for exhibition. If you entered the Outdoor Exhibition those notifications will not be sent until after August 14.

September 8 & 9 Delivery of artwork
September 10 to October 5, Exhibition Dates
September 12, Chattanooga Gallery Hop Reception
September 18, 6 – 8:00 pm Exhibition Opening & Reception
MSA and CSI Members-Only
Location: The Gallery in Red Bank
October 6 & 7, 2009 Pickup of artwork

See you in Tennessee!