Friday, December 26, 2008

it's finally over

christmas is my least favorite holiday. in fact i hate it. i could go on for hours as to why i hate christmas, but i won't. there's only one thing that i like about it, and that is the ornaments. especially vintage ones. here's some snowmen i made for earth angels this season.
sculpted and ready for paint
first coat
painting finished, and ready for antiquing
all done
see all 3 finished at earth angels toys

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

the only way to blog

is-apparently-with a small dog on your lap. he HAS to be on my lap when i'm on the computer. oh yeah, today he requested we listen to new order (the perfect kiss is the song of the moment).

black it is

Monday, November 10, 2008

doll cradle

i've been chipping away this little crib (part of Heather's piece) for a while. i'm finally happy with the shape. now it's time for a paint job. it's probably going to stay light and end up with a black mattress. right now the stripes are competing with the stripy stockings on the dolls.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

new space to work

a month after moving back into the city, i finally have some space to spread out. i'm subletting studio space from Sandra Tarantino (AWOL, C1 artspace) because there's absolutely no room for me to work at home. and most importantly i can make a mess and not have to clean it up. this month i'm hoping to finish Heather's commission, a piece i started in june, but because i'm being obsessive, it's taking a really, really long time. which always seem to be the case with commissions. i'm also working on pieces for my show at Bau-Xi Toronto next month. the title of the show is darkest corners, and there's gonna be a lot of black balloons involved.
america get out and vote.

Monday, October 20, 2008

working dog

today was Wally's first time on public transit. we got on the streetcar, subway and the bus, and no temper tantrums to speak of. we went to check out how the new shadowboxes are coming along at Day and Night Woodworking on Dupont. i'm  overhauling the way i've been framing my work to streamline the process, as the framing seems to be taking almost as long as the making of the actual artwork (and is a real pain in the ass). the new boxes are looking great and the really good  thing is that i will be able to eliminate the mat-board part of the process, as the boxes will be all wood and painted inside (in place of the paper box). this will also allow me to do more stuff with the background, like adding images, drawing, etc. something i've been thinking about for a while.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

apres TIAF 2008

on monday i managed to check out the toronto international art fair (even though we just moved on the weekend-more on that later). lots of cool stuff, see some highlights below. a couple of my pieces sold too. i can kinda make rent next month.
Polly Apfelbaum 'lovers leap'  47"x47"
i love these bold woodblocks.  when i have studio space, i'm really hoping to dig out my silk-screens and do some printing again.
'baby love 61'  25"x25"
'a merrick a'  12x12"  mixed media
Ryan Price. just awesome. he paints on pieces of drywall, 
light switch included.
ryan has a show at ingram gallery here in toronto 
opening oct 18th
chiwawa, 9.8x9.1x5.1" concrete and toy parts
Ross Bonfanti, the superstar. 
teddy tower 26.6x15.7x10.8"

Thursday, October 2, 2008

all hallows at c1 ARTSPACE

halloween themed show opening tomorrow - oct 3. really cool mixture of stuff, open late on saturday for nuit blanche (more details here)44 ossington ave, just north of queen. 416.538.7999. see you there.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

jennybird alcantara

during this brief visit to Petaluma, i had the pleasure of meeting a fabulous San Francisco artist, Jennybird Alcantarai stumbled upon her work about a year ago while doing an online search on the  LA art scene. i love her imagery, use of colour and attention to detail. see great images from her 2006 exhibition "Flies in Buttermilk" at Anno Domini here.
Shadowlair in Dreamland, oil on wood
Sleepwalker, oil on wood
Night Vision, oil on wood
sweet dreams dollie
maternal instinct malfunction bear

a blur of a trip

Halloween & Vine set-up day
Nicol Sayre's work. always an inspiration.
Mark B. Ledenbach's table. i bought his new halloween collectibles guide. 
found these great books at the Petaluma Antique Faire on Sunday.
to close off the trip we hit Daiso (THE Japanese dollar store) to fill up on mostly useless stuff.
for whatever reason most of my pics are blurry, so check out the Earth Angels Toys blogand Jen's entry about the trip.