Friday, March 22, 2013

3D challenges March onward

"Copper Owl" 12"x7" paint on copper
   This is a prototype for an owl mask sculptural project made from 36 gauge copper sheet metal. Unlike my metalsmith days in Alaska, I no longer have access to the studio containing proper hammers, shaping anvils, stakes nor the heat to soften the metal for more shaping so the process of making this piece differs greatly from any metalsmithing I have ever done. While some of this was coaxed by hammering into submission with a common house hammer or rubber mallet, much of it was hand formed and refined with wooden sticks. In challenging myself further with this new material I tried painting the metal to define the owl's markings. The finished metal mask sculpture for this project will be available for purchase during Two Waters Art Alliance "Spring Fling" auction on Saturday April 6th at 7pm in the Key Peninsula Civic Center. Go to for more information.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

An Affair to Remember

"Retro Rocker" 45 Lable

   Greetings art enthusiasts! I invite you to attend the 2013 Chair Affair Friday, April 12th at Northwest Furniture Bank in Tacoma for the unveiling of my newest creation, "the Retro Rocker". It will be an evening of fun and folly starting at 6 pm to view 30 artfully transformed chairs from local artists to auction off throughout the evening. Tickets are on sale for which you can go to for more information. G.A.- rocker from way back.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Exhibition Opens March 4th

Inkwell #1- 9.75 x 13.5" graphite/charcoal/ink
    Previously I had done 4 studies of a plaster ear in varying mediums in a sketchbook on one page. I wanted to try this idea again but instead of doing the same exact view of one object, I tried using the same 3 objects in a still life just being rearranged and re-lit for the each medium. Today I was able to finish the last study on the lower right in pen. From top left: pencil/ charcoal/ ink wash with dip pen (from still life)/ micron pen. 
   The original idea was to frame the four as one but there was some damage to the surface when removing the tape separating the images. Come to the Fox Island Artists Group Exhibition at the Kimball (show opens March 4th) and see which one is chosen. In addition to a new painting I'm only exhibiting once, I will be joined by half a dozen other talented artists I work with on a weekly basis.- G.A.  really enjoying the drawing after doing sculptural work (this month and last) for upcoming engagements.