New Found Object Portraits

More fun with the tiny objects. This group includes two larger pieces that don’t have frame sample frames on them. Judy is my favorite – her smile is that of Judy Garland by way of a cookie tin. Pulling back, she is more of a Judy Jetson character. Happy-go-lucky fashion-forward space girl with time to kill. And so on.

Spinner Garland no.1

A new form for kinetic garden art. Spinner Garland is composed of 9 circles cut from a Michigan license plate and other printed metal. Each is suspended from a 5-foot black chain with a ball bearing swivel.

After trying many types of wind sculpture I found that this had the most movement. A light breeze will cause spin. Hooks at each end of the chain make hanging easy. Place between posts or trees, under the overhang of a deck or garage – anywhere outdoors or in semi-covered area that gets a breeze.

Available on Etsy

Warrior no.4

Continuing to explore the smaller figurative painting series. Holding the work during the process changes the experience a lot, as does the brevity. A little stenciling. With wood lattice frame, size is 8.25″ square.

~8″ sqr, acrylic on mdf




Curiously Strong Fireplace DIY

A fun seasonal project that may not require you to go out and buy a thing. Below is a video going through the process of making one of my favorite DIY Christmas gifts – the Mini Crank Fireplace. I’ve made lots of variations of this through the years, but the fireplace or camp fire is always a favorite. Careful if trying it for yourself – lots of sharp edges and points when cutting tin.

Some non-holiday themes have been burning hearts with found object collage on the top and recycling a greeting card of a huge cat over a city-scape to make “Kitty vs. City: Tin of Destruction”, even a refrigerator and giggling green jello salad! For the fireplace, I’ve used cards, vinyl “stone” floor tile, color prints and even celluclay (photo below) to make the hearth. In this video I choose to use a recycled greeting card and a campfire.

If a photo or print of some kind are used, you can make detachable items for the fireplace like stockings, a tree or garland with felt and attach a magnet strip. A little over-the-top, but so is Christmas. Enjoy!



Small Paintings

Holding the work in-hand while painting changes everything. The interaction is more intimate and allows for the movement of paint across the surface to be manipulated. I also tend to finish smaller paintings more quickly, so they don’t become labored and overworked. These were each given a simple wood lattice frame. Sizes are about 8 inches square and 10 inches square.