Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Pieces

Here are a few new pieces that I will be displaying and hopefully selling at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar.  If you click on the pictures they open up a lot larger.

The first is an Uncle Sam whirligig.  I will have around ten or so of this design finished for the bazaar.  Each will be a little different from the last.  He stands around 21" including the arms.

This piece was intentionally done in a primitive style.  Actually I really had no choice as it's made from 150 year old long leaf pine which was like carving concrete.  After painting and distressing, I hit him with a propane torch which left burn marks on the left side of him.  He's approximately 16".

Another whirligig that I'm making for the bazaar.  I'll have around ten or so available there.  He stands around 20" and is based on a design I made around ten years ago.

Blind Lemon Jefferson was an influential Texas blue artist who was murdered in Chicago in 1929.  The figure stands around 15" and comes with his own detachable guitar.  I'm not too crazy about the way the face came out.  Here's a photograph of him and a Youtube video if you're not familiar with his music.

This is a one-off like the Blind Lemon Jefferson.  It's Hank Williams Sr.  He stands around 16" and comes with his own guitar (which I haven't finished so Blind Lemon Jefferson's will do).  The suit he is wearing is based on a Nudie suit.  Nudie was a famous country music and rodeo tailor who made suits for everyone including Elvis Presley, Ronald Reagan, and John Lennon.  Here's a side view to show the music bars that ran down the jacket and pants legs.
Finally, here's the original Nudie suit to compare.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Blue Genie 2010 Art Bazaar

I've just found out this week that I've been accepted to the 10th Anniversary holiday 2010 Blue Genie Art Bazaar in Austin. 

The show runs for 24 days and is staffed by Blue Genie and volunteers so I just have to keep up stock on my "folk art action figures" and not have to man a booth for hours on end.

I've been attending the show on-and-off for years and I always wanted to see my work displayed at the bazaar.  The artists and workmanship tends to be far more unique and imaginative than most of the other Christmas/holiday bazaars in central Texas (esp. the extremely dull and waste-of-time Armadillo Christmas Bazaar).

It will be the first time I've shown my figures outside of friends and family so I'm looking forward on feedback from potential buyers and collectors.  The problem now is getting enough stock together by the Dec. 1st opening.