Today was a rainy day -- the kind of day that makes me want to DO art stuff. What I wanted to do the most was to go out to the garage and disassemble the old wooden gate that came from my side yard but I am really scared of electricity and I didn't think it was a good idea for me to use a regular extension cord on my electric drill...I will wait for a dryer day.
At one point there were so many ideas flooding me that I had to make myself sit still and write as many down as I could. I needed to focus on a few and only work on those. I will admit that when I look at my notes tonight some of them don't make a whole lot of sense, but others do.
I chose three projects from my list to work on this afternoon.
I tidied up this drawing in my sketchbook. It was one of those automatic drawings that I did a while back.
While I was watching television today I saw some masks on the wall in the background of a room that was being talked about. I took a photo of the screen and then I tried to put together the beginning of a couple of masks of my own. I have been saving up plastic trays and lids and egg cartons -- this is the perfect project for them.
|I especially liked the larger mask in this picture.|
|And the dark mask in this picture is my very favorite.|
|part of my stash|
|This guy will have very tall ears.|
|I wanted the second mask to have very long horns...I cut a paper towel tube in half, deliberately making them uneven.|
|I put holes in the plastic tray and inserted the rolled up tube horns, then anchored them with some masking tape.|
|They are coming together more in my head...I may go back in tonight before I go to bed and put on a layer or two of plaster cloth.|
intermission -- not really a project
I was about to get up and leave the room to take a break when I decided to pop the croco-creature's taxidermy eyes off. I have been wanting to do it for a long time and today I felt like I could do it and not break them. And hey...after I wet the area around them -- these things snapped right off!
|He is a little creepy looking with no eyes.|
|Ha -- I covered up the empty sockets with two of the cardboard punch outs that Leann gave us.|
|I will just set these aside -- they are not my favorite taxidermy eyes.|
I thought I had some balloons somewhere around here...I went "shopping" in the deep closet in my studio and I found them! I have been wanting to try putting strips of plaster cloth over a balloon in a sort of lattice style. I have put a big ol' rolled out slab o' clay over a heavy duty punching balloon in a ceramics class...I have put solid plaster cloth over play balls...but I have never tried open spaced strips of plaster cloth on a balloon. My expectations are very low...I am not sure I will even complete the creature...but I am going to give it a try.
|Ready to start -- I noticed that the bag says "the choice of professionals worldwide" -- what the what? I suppose that is a good thing.|
|What I had in mind.|
|ta-daaaaaa -- what a mess!|
|Hanging to dry.|
|About an hour and a half later I couldn't stand it anymore...an area of the plaster cloth had pulled away just a teensy bit so I thought it would be safe to pop the balloon.|
|must. leave. it. alone.|
I had every intention of not going back into the wet plaster cloth studio again tonight -- but I had to check on it. Oh my gosh -- the inner surface was as smooth as marble...incredible! I fought myself to leave it hanging to dry some more.
The more I thought about it -- and the more I thought about those taxidermy eyes -- I figured what the heck...
|I wish you could FEEL how smooth and silky this surface is -- I cannot believe it is plaster cloth.|
|"Normal" plaster cloth surface.|
|Trying out a position for the eyes...that opening is NOT his mouth.|
|Securing the eyes.|
|Building up around the eyes a bit.|
|Enough for tonight...LOL|