Monday, February 14, 2011

"Up To Your Ass"

"Up To Your Ass"
One thing I remember about a former boss of mine was that he would always use parables when he was trying to explain a process or a procedure.  This was one of his favorites: 

"When you are up to your ass in alligators, 
it is difficult to remember that your
initial objective was to drain the swamp.

I took a very narrow cabinet door, found at Habitat for Humanities - RESTORE Store, and filled it with scrabble tiles to spell out the saying.  I used vintage yard sticks to frame the door. (PS: the misspelled word has been corrected - can you find it?)  (click on image to enlarge)


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Work in Progress

this is a 'work in progress' but wanted to get some feedback . . .
the top image is the original magazine image i found in Vanity Fair magazine a couple of years ago.

the second is a mannequin head, originally covered in music and today i took a duplicate of the vanity fair image and applied the face to the FACE.

pretty interesting effect, from 2-D to 3-D . . . but not sure where i am going with this

PS i promise it is exactly the same image, but the bottom one looks like the face has a slight smirk doesn't it?

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Ever have one of those days, when no matter how much you try to do the right thing, nothing turns out the way you planned? The look in lil' Devil's eye got me thinking he had a lot of explaining to do and it had better be good!

Wooden cigar box stained in bright yellow on the outside, and covered in hand made paper on the inside, contains a little red devil, suspended in pearls and wearing what appear to be wings.  He is ascending slightly above the wildlife, and looking a little worried.  The deer and the horse stand on a glass platform,  marbles and other bits float underneath. The box has a glass lid, held in place with wooden chop sticks. (click on image to enlarge)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Wine Tasting"

"Wine Tasting"
I live in "Sonoma County California, better known as "Wine Country".  Some of us call it "God's Country".  An interesting idea, right? This may be one way to encourage more audience participation!

This piece is constructed in a 6" x 5" x 1" wooden box, covered in art tissue on the outside, and collaged on the inside with text from a wine-making book. The 'folks' at the table, besides welcoming everyone, also glow in the dark! (click on image to enlarge)