Friday, November 19, 2010

Finished Two-Headed Boy Whirligig

Here's a couple of pictures of the finished Two-Headed Boy Whirligig.  The pictures are a little blurry and do not do the piece justice.... I really need to practice a bit with my camera.  The clothes pin attached to the flag is to keep the arms even with the body as they aren't completely weighted properly to stand straight up.  This piece along with a similar brother or two will be available at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar in December.  (the tattoo on his arm is an anchor with Mom underneath it)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New piece (unfinished)

My lovely girlfriend made a comment about a two headed whirligig after I showed her heads I was carving for two Uncle Sam figures.  This and the Neutral Milk Hotel song "Two Headed Boy" lead to this latest unfinished whirligig.

Not the best photograph.  The flash makes the piece look flat.  It's about 16" tall and will be available at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar in December.

Here's the Neutral Milk Hotel song if you're not familiar with them:

Daniel Johnston watercolors from 1982

Daniel Johnston used to come into the record store I worked at in the mid-90s and trade his drawings for credit to buy albums (he'd purchase multiple copies of Beatles LPs that he already had).  I used to have around twenty of his drawings but stupidly lent them to someone who then moved away to a far off land (NYC) and I lost touch with him.  However I held on to four of them.  All of them are watercolors and date from 1982 and some are on the backs of menus to an unknown restaurant.   All are dated on the back and have titles.  One even has his address in New Cumberland, West Virginia written on it which means it was done just after he graduated from high school.  I have no idea what these are worth although his present day watercolors tend to sell for just over $1000.

I Save Ciggerette Butts For A Poor Girl Across Town, May 1982
Hey Soldier Boy, Sept. 1982
I Turned And I Looked And I Saw Myself In The Mirror And I Said "Who Is That Guy?", May 1982
Now I Know Why Ma-Ma Taught Me To Be True, May 1982

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Horse in a Hoop Toy

This is a prototype piece I finished today.  It's based on an old rare tin horse in a hoop toy seen below.
As the hoop is rolled on the ground the horse stays upright and gallops.  Unfortunately my piece doesn't gallop as the head is too heavy and the center hole is off but you get the idea (notice the nail supporting the back legs so it doesn't flop over).

The piece is approximately 10 inches in diameter and is carved from pine and basswood.  If I can get a few of these done I'll put them in the Blue Genie Art Bazaar.