Art Where you Least Expect It

I have been preparing for a show at the Wayne County Arts Council and was airbrushing some butterflies…when I saw this.  The cardboard I was working on had caught all the overspray and impressions of the work in a way that I thought was amazing.

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As I looked it over I noted the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.  Now I just wish I had put a beautiful piece of handmade parchment paper under there.  I would have framed it.   But you know, if I had done that, the results would have been totally different.

Keep your eyes open, art is everywhere!

Even behind what you think is art.

 

Your thoughts are always enjoyed.

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Why Don’t We Do This Anymore?

I am always looking for art wherever it is in the world.  Most of the times I find it in unusual places.  And that is the fun of it!

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So, why don’t we make power poles with artistic flare anymore…our cities would be a lot more interesting if we had a bunch of these around….

This one comes from lower Manhattan… just down from Kats’s Delicatessen…

oh my gosh… that sandwich was a piece of art too!

keep those photos coming of art where you find it.  I love sharing your views with you.

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Alpaca Art

A good friend of mine has an alpaca farm!

Yes, an alpaca farm.

He has been raising them for several years and has a number of award winning animals. It is a fun place to visit.

When he asked me to create something to decorate the front porch of the farm, I jumped at the chance.

He wanted to add a small herd of alpacas being watched over by the “guard llama”. Yes, the llamas guard the alpacas… like watchdogs.

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I found photos of the animals on line and drew silhouettes of the different animals. The plan was to attach the silhouettes to the railing on the front porch.

And the porch was about 30 feet long.

So we needed a good size herd.

I showed the drawings to Gary (the alpaca rancher) and he pointed out I had several llamas in the group….

I thought they were all the same….nope.

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We cut them from steel with a plasma cutter and mounted them on the porch. The effect was a lot of fun. The llama watches over the littler alpacas from one end and the barn cat is on top of the rail, watching the other.

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But a fun thing happened when we mounted one of the groups.

From the front the look like we planned them. But from the back, they seem to be peeping out from around the pickets.

It is an interesting effect that just happened on its own.

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I would have liked to say I planned it that way… but it was just fate.

 

I’d love to hear what you think,

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The Idle Minds of Metalworkers

I seem to have an eye for the unnoticed.  I always seem to see things that others miss.   I am also always looking for the backstory.  You know, the reason something happened, or why things are the way they are.

Well I have an interesting one. I call it “The Idle Minds of Metalworkers”

Long ago everything was made by hand.  Metalworkers were out there making all kinds of things. Some of it would have been very boring, repetitive work.   But I think they were still interested in trying to create artistic pieces…

Enter the lowly boot scraper.

The metalworkers could have made it a simple steel bar…but NOOO!

I looked around and noticed something much more interesting had been made.

OBSERVE…  the lowly Boot Scraper:scraper set 2

You could be the only guy in the neighborhood

with the Sphinx on his porch?

These guys felt there was a need to save the space on the porch…so they put the boot scraper close to the wall and carved a “cave” for your toe to go into so the scraper worked.  Imagine the pre planning involved in thinking this through before the base stone was mortared in place.

This one was one is from the Cotswold area in England  (as you notice the stone is different from the rest).  The mud there must have been so bad they redesigned the scraper to have a raised section to get the rough stuff off .

Here are a collection of scrapers, mostly from Bath, and created around the early 1700.  All the scrapers I saw in Bath were cast iron, so they got a little more ornate.  The town has fine paved streets now…but if every door had one of these next to it… evidence that it may have been a little different back then.  We did see some repeats but most were unique to their specific house.

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This is one of my favorites.

It is cast iron, and we found it in Bath also. boot 3

But it’s the little things…. the extra blade at the top… the overall ornate design… the one leg, which was set in the stone with molten lead. (very old school).

It just seemed to speak to me.

How about you?

Are you out there looking for the little pieces of art all around us?

Too many people walk by without noticing them.

Not me…. I am looking for them evey day!

Life is too short and there is too many fascinating things in the world not to slow down and take notice.

As always, I  love getting your comments. Or see the pieces of art you notice.

Send them to me at:

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Quality Art is Smart and Beautiful

I was recently at the Lenior NC sculpture festival. There were about 50 sculptors presenting about 140 sculptures.

The show has been going for 39 years, and they say next year will be even greater.

I had one piece entered in the show. It didn’t win, but it was purchased…and I kinda think that’s a win.

But I love celebrating quality work wherever I see it, and I saw a number of great pieces that weekend.   I also love art which shows ingenuity and craftsmanship…I call it smart and beautiful.

I met artist, Eric Isbanioly, a North Carolina artist, and was fascinated that he had created a coffee table.  It was very well crafted and very interesting.

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You may not know without being told, the base of the table is a model of the coffee molecule. (It is a coffee table isn’t it?)

Eric named it “Elemental Joe”. There is even a little chemistry information on the website for those interested.

You can see more if his work at sTableMolecule.com, or email him at ericisbaniolydesigns@gmail.com

Making Leaves

I don’t know what it is about making leaves….but I really enjoy it!

I had to make about 10 oak leaves for a new lantern.  They were to be the accent over the stained glass side panels.

There is something about cutting them out with the plasma torch and blacksmithing them into a more natural form.  Each needs to be slightly different and yet still be the same.

I just enjoy the process.

Here is a photo of the half finished pieces.

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I would love to hear of your attempts/ successes on something someone else says is “kinda dumb” to enjoy that much.

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PS.  I thought I should add the photo of the finished piece also…

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