Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Illustration Friday - Propagate

Chia Todd
colored pencil on green paper
2.5 x 3.5 inches ATC

OK this weeks word was a tough one.  I think my resulting image betrays my usually disguised weirdo side, but here it is anyway.  This was inspired by my son's decision to allow his Ag teacher to shave his head last week with a pair of sheep sheers.  It has taken some getting used to and I think this is my subconscious way of saying that I prefer my son with at least some hair on his still young head.  I am including an image of the freshly mowed head below.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Illustration Friday - Adrift

2.5 x 3.5 inches ATC
marker, colored pencil, and gel pen
available for trade

You know you are watching a really good actor when he makes you want to cry over the loss of a soccer ball. :)  I love Tom Hanks!  This is actually a requested image for my son Todd.  I told him what this week's Illustration Friday theme is, and he suggested this scene from the movie Cast Away.  To work up to it, we watched the movie together.   It was a nice way to spend our President's Day holiday together. 

Winter Wonderland - Friday Morning at the Taylor Farm


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A rare event occurred in East Texas this week.  A foot of snow fell in Dallas and a more moderate but still impressive 5-6 inches fell on the little plot of ground that we call home.  Most of the snow fell on Thursday night and continued into the early hours of Friday morning.   I know that this is not exciting news to most of the rest of the country, especially with the record snowfalls the nation has been experiencing, but it is something that we almost never see here and it causes quite a stir.  The schools shut down and kids rediscover a fascination of the world around them.  Even the adults become more light-hearted and find it easy to set work aside to marvel at the change of scenery.   Artistic types like myself start waxing poetic and try to capture the moment in memory, image, and words.   Above are just a few of the pictures I took Friday morning, as soon as there was enough light to shoot in.  The last is a picture of my 14 year old son Todd with his first ever snowman.  Sadly he was knocked down and half melted by the end of the day. (the snowman...not Todd).  

The only unfortunate side of the whole event was that we lost power sometime in the middle of the night on Thursday which didn't get restored until Sunday morning.  We spent a couple of nights sleeping next to the fireplace, but I finally broke down on Saturday and got us a hotel room.  Ahhh Adventure!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Illustration Friday - Muddy

2.5 x 3.5 inches ATC
The Potter

Life like art is messy.  Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Sculpture and ceramics was my emphasis in college.  I really love 3D work even though most of my art these days is 2D.  In ceramics I considered myself more of a hand builder.  I could throw a decent pot but I never felt I had a flair for refined form on the wheel.  The best thing about it was getting good and sloppy muddy.  I loved being in my paint stained and clay covered overalls.  I felt like a real artist.  I am a much cleaner artist now that I have to make art in more professional "teacher clothes", but a good dirty apron still helps me feel free and creative.