Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Octopi Pendants

I tried a combination of materials to come up with some Octopi looking pendants. This first one is Murano glass that was a twisted wine stopper top that broke off. I melted it flat in the kiln and attached two sandblasted fork ends to it. One of them I used a little bit of the handle to curl over as the bail. I added a heavy chain to it and sold it the first night of the show.

That inspired me to create more.

The lighting is not so great in this photo, but the colors in the glass are just what I wanted for this piece.

The Year of the Octopus

I really enjoyed making the paintings I did for this show. I wanted to go with the title of The Year of the Octopus, but not everyone did Octopus pieces. You can see that I stuck to the theme though - at least with the paintings.

"Last Battle for the Red Nebula" - one of my favorite from this show.

"Fetch" - the story is that the little girl mermaid is playing fetch with her pet octopus.

"Cephalopod Menace" - This 28" x 36" canvas looks so much more vibrant in real life. I might add to it though after the show if it doesn't sell.

This is a fun study on three canvases 8x10. It is a mixture of stenciling with spray paint and acrylics. Each one turned out a little different.

This is one of my favorite pieces. The movement created by connecting the three canvases drew the interest of a lot of people at the show.

"Se Calma Mi Pulpo" - "Be calm my octopus" seemed like a good title for this tender piece. It appealed most to a pregnant woman who wanted to put it in her nursery.

I will add more later.

2011 CHAC Show photos

Here are some photos from opening night. Everyone did a great job filling the space. There was a variety of pieces to choose from. Our preview party on Thursday night did really well with our previous patrons coming out and purchasing more work from us.

This is Suzanne and I. The shirt is the rocket silkscreen of mine that I added a little red octopus leaning out the window right before the opening.

Toby and his pieces. Some fantastic automata pieces. He also did etching in metal with the theme of UFOs obducting cows, etc.Steve did a range of flowers in color and size.

Ann and her works. She did a variety of clay pieces but the Octopi sculptures were my favorite.