I manipulate metals and minerals and bonding solutions in order to provoke emotional responses from people I will usually never meet. That which happens in the process some people call art. My talent for creating icons and illusions turned into a lifetime of manipulations... in various pigments, bronze and steel, some quite large, which loom in museums, schools, collections and public places all over Texas. Here on this blog you can watch my creative actions and insights unfold...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Diversification... the key to our times

Times are hard but miraculously,  I have stayed busy... all those various art skills acquired over a lifetime have paid off and kept me always (so far) with something to do... Here are the highlights  of the past few months... some of these projects are the results of many months of negotiations and meetings... it was pointless to even tell you about until now...

 The Riverside Nature Center commission...
 I have been negotiating and then executing my part of this project for way over a year... This was the original design... since morphed and modified to fit the situation... Long story... but upshot of it is that the Riverside Nature Center of Kerrville, Texas is installing a water feature with a mural... and I have been asked to help design it.
 Proposal using Photography, Photoshop

The Mize commission- actually last spring...  The Mizes of Washington County asked me to help create a manikin which would be a sort of monument to their beloved gardener, (still very much alive) named Benigno, who is of average height. They provided a six-foot manikin and I gave it Benigno's face... so I called him "Magnigno."
Manikin, epoxy putty, acrylic paint...

The Williams commissions... Tracy and Leesa Williams of Huntsville, Texas asked me to look over their ranch aned find some suitable scenes for landscapes to decorate their new home there.
 "Noname Falls" Oil on canvas

This was the property which I made a video about ... the fabulous waterfall there (after the spring rains) and then made two paintings... 
"Swan Lake," Oil on canvas.

The First Baptist Church (Navasota) design - We made coffee cups to give away to visitors of First Baptist Church...  This design was made to greet them and remind them of their visit.
Photography- Photoshop

The Swank commission: Ben Swank IV asked me to compose this scene to commemorate the toil and memories of the Swanks over four generations. It was a real pleasure to do this as I knew his grandparents, looking proudly on in the background.

  "Can't Thirty," Oil on canvas.

 The Tubie commission- Recently local recording artist Tubie Pushee contacted me about doing his next album cover for Tubie and the Touchtones. Needless to say, it took little coaxing, as I am a fan of theirs and instantly had a concept for his title song... which he loved- it will be released soon!
 Photography, Photoshop
The summer is over (whew!) and I look forward to some travel and finishing the project in Kerrville. Right now I am working on SIX new canvases in my studio... for the Christmas season... (eternal optimist) I guess if they don't sell I will just give them away!