Thursday, October 22, 2015

I've done it! Retired from my day job!

Yesterday was my last day at my day job. 
I've officially retired from Blueport Commerce, and now will be an artist full-time!  Woo Hoo!

While at work, I had a habit of making origami cranes (at meetings, on the train, whenever...). 
 I would give every new employee a crane, and sometimes gave them all around at holidays.  
Well, the whole company got together and repaid me in kind!  
Everyone folded some units and Rory put them all together into an amazing Phizz Torus!

 Here I am at the presentation trying to wear it (silly idea)...
and here it is at home on the table.  
It's about 26 inches in diameter, and (according to the instructions Josh sent) it has 360 units!  

Lots of people decorated their units, or signed their names, or even gave me sage advice! 
(don't worry Tania, getting messy is my favorite thing!)

Thank you everyone at Blueport!  You guys are amazing.

and now my challenge is to use my days well, and continue to work and grow as an artist.
Here goes nuthin'!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Busy show weekend!

I hope you can join me at one of these art events this coming weekend:
On Friday the 16th, from 5-9 pm, I'm at the reception for Connections at the brand new Gallery Blink, at 1963 Mass. Ave in Lexington. 
A new kind of gallery, showing a wide range of work in a beautiful home setting, Blink will be open for 4 days only (October15, 16, 17 & 18) - but the work will be shown by appointment until October 31.

On Saturday the 17th, from 7-9 pm I'll be at the reception for New England Wax at Gallery 7, Gallery Seven, 7 Nason St., Maynard, MA.  This beautiful show of encaustic paintings and sculpture will be up until November 14th.

If you can't come to the receptions try to stop by and see the shows.

Friday, October 9, 2015

October News (Shows, Origami and Castles)

As you may have seen here in May, or maybe on my website, I've been  making buildings/castles using origami boxes. 

For several years I have found myself doodling little city-castles like this one. 

So last winter I decided to build some.  I make origami boxes, while I'm in front of the TV, riding on the train, or sitting in meetings.  Here's a bunch.  As you can see I use maps, bits of magazines, newspapers, monotypes, and/or origami paper. 

Then I coat them all with a layer of encaustic wax medium and heat them with a heat gun so the medium soaks in....(see the dragon that wouldn't stay out of the picture?)

Then I start to attach them to a panel - this was my first step on my first one.  As you can see, I recycled an old panel for the background (do you see the little strip of one of my doodles in there?)

and this is how it ended up, with the background painted over.  

This one, Castle in the Orange Woods, and my most recently finished one, Tower of Babel, are both in the show Connections, October 15-18 at the unique Gallery Blink, 1953 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA.  (Reception Friday, October 16, 5-9 PM).

 This is Babel, which was all folded out of texts in as many languages as I could easily find.

And here are a few details.

(I also have some work, not castles, in the current show at Gallery 7, 7 Nason St., Maynard, MA.  Oct 6 - November 7.  Reception Saturday, Oct 17, 7-9pm.)