Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Maniacal Snow Drift

"Snow Drift" sculpture
foam, plaster, wire, acrylic paint on mat board

"Jobin Study" painting
oil on panel,
2011, private collection

Sometimes you just have to break away and try something for the simple pleasure of creating. Something outside of the normal scope of work.
Here's a fun little project I did as a Christmas decoration.

My inspiration came after seeing the Tim Burton show at LACMA. I just had to do something grim and maniacal for a change. I love doing projects like these. It takes me away from the usual art I do and has a way of feeding my creativity when I go back to it. So I find it artistically healthy.

The recipient is a fan of this kind of art. I sent her two emails, prior to giving it her, as a teaser of what was to come and to arouse her curiosity. They were hints based on my ideas. The first an old (modified) philosophical question that was the basis for the piece. The second a short poem I wrote for it.

The first email:
If a tree screams in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a noise?

The second email:
Beware of Serene Scenes

Snow can be evil,

Snow can be grim,

It can rise up against you,

At its own whim.

The small cat portrait is of her (mad) cat,which isn't friendly to other cats, the mad catter you might say. Originally that was what I was going to give her. Upon finishing it I thought, how lame that would be to hand her that! But I still wanted to incorporate it into the sculpture though so I hung it as an ornament. It did not have to make perfect sense, this was all about the fun. No rules.160

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  1. a lovely post David:)
    and wishing you more delightful projects in the New Year!

  2. Thank you Rahina,
    I enjoy these little artistic excursions. There will be more.

  3. Very interesting sculpture. I also like Tim Burton.
    Last entry is very good, I like the highway, for the composition.
    It has a very loose brushwork.
    a greeting

  4. Thanks Richard,
    The show was inspirational, hundreds of pieces.
    I have a couple new watercolors to post soon.

  5. Richardo!... I meant Thanks ricardo (previous comment)

  6. absolutely LOVE the snowdrift!! and the cat study, what fun! your work is amazing!

  7. Thanks Suzanne,
    I appreciate your visit. I like fun projects, they're fun!

    And a Happy hew Year to all!