I had a blast creating this guy so I’ve decided I need to make a small run for Designer Con in November. Each different color body and metal ‘hair’.
I added the last four Rainbow Peanuts to the Etsy shop now. I won’t be painting any new Peanuts till closer to Christmas now. And then I’ll be retiring from them officially. So if you’re eyeballing one, better grab it now. Any that don’t sell will be coming to the next art market at the end of July.
I’ve had a couple 5inch Madl blanks for a while. And I finally decided to paint one up. I think he will come with me to Designer Con.
Late night in the studio putting together future Dragon sets when all of a sudden this happens….
And I love it lol
I tell ya, it reminds me of Timothy Olyphant in the movie Girl Next Door. When he comes up with a film idea and says, “How do I get these ideas? It’s like a gift, you know? It’s like I can’t control it.”
He’s not finished but man, I’m just loving the pieces I’m creating lately. Everything feels simple design wise but bursting at the seams with personality.
I got a few blank Rotty Rigos from Ghostfox Toys a while back and finally finished them today. They are in the shop. Only three I’ll ever do. I’m moving away from customizing other people’s designs and focusing on my original work.
I keep saying this but now it’s definitely true. Retiring from Dragons for a bit. I have a couple custom orders. And I plan to do some sets for Designer Con hopefully in November. But otherwise it’s time to take a break and focus on other projects.
I can’t tell you how great a morning it has been. Last night I had the most brilliant idea just strike me for an upcoming wild west piece I’m planning for Designer Con, to go along with my wooden Saloon Girl series. So I began the day piecing things together and creating this character I had floating around my mind.
And while a rough draft so to speak of that little guy was drying in the California sun, I got back to work on a horse sculpture that I started at least two years ago. Earlier this week I finished the painting and mounting of the horseshoe. But I wasn’t quite sure how to complete the piece. As if over flowing with creativity, the final touches hit me. And I completed all the wire work and flourishes to call the horse ‘done’.
It’s definitely a different direction than my recent work but reminds me of where I first started when I began the art toy adventure. More abstract and original than simply painting a resin figure colorfully. I’m very excited to be back creating from scratch. It doesn’t mean the elephants, giraffes and dragons are all retired. But I’m absolutely going to make sure I don’t venture too far from this new energy that has reinvigorated me as an artist.
Here is The Painted Wind. It is not in the shop. And I’m not sure when it will be.
Just finished up the second of six Rainbow Peanuts and added him to the shop. Not sure when I’ll get around to doing the others. I’m enjoying experimenting on other projects and paintings right now. And procrastinating on some boxer art work for upcoming fundraisers.
Getting back to my roots and creating from scratch….
It feels so good to have no idea what is going to happen with a piece. To just start from a block of wood and come up with it as I go. I’m loving the process again and not worried about what the finished piece will look like. Will people like it? Will it sell? Etc
The Deviant Diver has been in my studio awhile. His first incarnation in 2015 was in my early days of designer toy making, when all the figures just kinda held something like a child with a balloon. He was very popular but never sold.
In 2017 I gave him a re-touch.
Making some adjustments to the paint mostly as my skills had greatly improved. But still he sat in the studio awaiting his forever home.
One of the things that I always felt needed to be addressed in the design was just the sheer weight of the old divers helmet. No matter what adjustments I made in the wirework, the helmet always wanted to drag the figure down.
As I began packing up for the art market tomorrow, it felt time to sit down and do what needed to be done for me to feel proud of this piece. And to be quite honest, I was looking forward to getting back to my roots so to speak with more wood and resin abstract style work. At some point I got caught up painting elephants, giraffes etc and I lost that feeling of creating as an artist.
The Deviant Diver will be at my table tomorrow at the art market. If he doesn’t find a home then, I will add him to the shop Sunday evening.