Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
House No. 174: Little Found Object House
found plastic game pieces and repurposed card stock on found wood scrap
2 in. x 2 in. x 2.5 in.
I found this block of scrap wood in the street in front of my office building and the plastic game pieces in a closet that I was cleaning out in my parents’ old house. The card stock is another piece from my paper samples collection.
If anyone knows what game these pieces belong to, please let me know. I am very curious. I suspect it is some type of triangular dominoes.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
House No. 173: Neoclassical Mansion
pencil, colored pencil, ink, and paper on found object
5 in. x 4.5 in. x 1.25 in.
Today's house started with a dollhouse fireplace that the WerePanda and I bought at Replacements during a trip through North Carolina.
And some paper samples from my endless supply.
Add some illustration, and voilà, a neoclassical mansion fit for the American Southeast.
By the way, if you like the decorative arts, you must go to Replacements to see their private collection. It is amazing.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
My dear friend and fellow 365er Heather Addley is a Richmond-based photographer who is taking daily self portraits and posting them at her blog, 365 Days of Me.
I love the way Heather captures images. They are always beautifully composed and illuminate details that might otherwise be overlooked. Every photo, whether a landscape or a detail shot, is a portrait. I love Heather’s eye.
I really enjoy seeing Heather’s examination of portraiture, of the self and other, of masterpiece of art, of herself, of the female form, and of her body.
Heather and I worked together for one of my houses back in January, and she is amazing to work with.
House No. 11 Home in My Skin
Sunday, June 19, 2011
House No. 170: Wedgwood House
acrylic on repurposed heavy cardstock
6 in. x 7 in. x 8 in.
I found this heavy blue card stock in recycling, and the color immediately brought Wedgwood Jasperware to mind. I am a fan of Wedgwood, particularly the black Jasperware. I love the contrast of it. The blue Jasperware is so ubiquitous that its shade of blue is frequently called Wedgwood Blue.
For today’s house, I studied details of the Hellenic-style ornamentation used to decorate the porcelain, and then worked from my sketches to paint the house that I fabricated from the cardstock. I based the shape of the house on the Greek Revival style, with a low-pitched roof and gable-facing facade, to coordinate with the neoclassic style of ornamentation.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
House No. 169: Grey Tree House
collage, pencil, and ink on matboard
7 in. x 6 in.
Today’s house is an homage to Misha at 365 Trees. (What up, Misha? Shout out to a fellow 365er!) I have made a couple other tree houses already, and I am certain this is not my last of the year.
I started with a photo of a tree that I had clipped aeons ago and glued it to yet another piece of scavenged stock. (Again saved from my classroom’s trash.) This one was a thick piece of mat board with a lovely creamy texture. There is some vellum collaged on there as well. There are a few types of graphite and inks on the surface.
Friday, June 17, 2011
House No. 168: Bavarian Castle
ink and paint on paper
11 in. x 5.5 in.
Today's house is a drawing based on Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, which was built by King Ludwig II in the late nineteenth century. While working on more houses based in fairy tales, I have been studying more fantasy architecture and like to sketch these structures to learn about them and get ideas.
I was first introduced to Castle Neuschwanstein by the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I recently bought that movie on DVD, and I have to confess that I still love it. I'm a sucker for musicals and Dick Van Dyke, what can I say.
The paper that I drew on here was a scrap scavenged from my classroom before it was thrown away. It came with the paint on it, and I liked fitting the castle into the paint. I used the blue streaks for the rock cliffs and the clouds.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
House No. 167: Number 7 Eccles Street, Dublin
pencil on paper
12 in. x 9 in.
In honor of Bloomsday, I offer a portrait of Leopold Bloom’s house, Number Seven Eccles Street, in front of a rough map of Dublin with a sketch of the front door to Number Seven, now preserved in the James Joyce Centre, and a portrait of Mr. Bloom himself.