Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Catalyst to Using Color - Akins' Bird House

Akins' Bird House

Akins Birdhouse
The Akins' Birdhouse pushed me into using paint for the first time in my life other than finger paints in my early years.  I procrastinate due to fearing rejection and success. 

Steve pushed me in a new direction in my work.
When Steve picked up the piece, he loved it.
After thatI started to make wall sculptures and used the left over paint.  In January Steve stopped in to share how the birdhouse was received.  The recipients loved it.

I showed Steve my wall sculptures, he was enthralled by them.  At this time he suggested I make vases.  I started on the vases and created some rustic pieces from pallet wood.  I painted the vases a multitude of colors with different textures.  At this point I started to use paint more often to add color and dimension to my work.  I am not a painter by any means and have great respect for those who can paint.

How My Vases Came to Be

Fire Red Vase - not a great picture
 My vases started with my friend Steve Akins recommendation to build vases and use the colors found in my wall sculptures.
 
After short consideration I started creating a few boxes with scraps with the same finish as the wall sculptures.  There was something cathartic about the vases.

Initially the vases were square and painted with solid colors of acrylic paint.  Adding black to the finish added a dimension to the box vases.  But the vases looked like funky and square boxes -  kind of like the old Volvos - Boxy but good.

When I was sanding the corners and eliminating the remnants of the fastening pegs, I decided to use my 3"x36" bench grinder in place of my palm sander.  The grinder worked great squaring edges and sanding the boxes smooth.

The real excitement started when I decided to use the grinder to "wonkitize" the sides of the vases.  Wonkitizing is the work I use to describe the curvy and sensual lines created with grinding the vases into shape.

In less than a week of heavy use I burned up my fifty dollar grinder.  While I was wonkitizing a vase, thick white smoke poured from the under belly of the grinder.  A sad day to say the least.

Being broke most of the time lead me to CraigsList where I found a 1970 something 6x48 inch cast iron Craftsmen grinder.  I bought this beast for fifty bucks (the same price as my cheapy grinder).  I was back in business until I burned Craftsmen motor up wonkitizing vases and boxes.

I was shocked when I found the cost for a new grinder motor was two hundred bucks.  A small electric shop in Henderson, KY was very good to me and sold me a new closed body motor for a hundred bucks.  I was back to grinding and carving.

Below are a few vases that I have created recently.

Additional Vases and Pencil Boxes

haddad art vases, primitive vases, wood vases
Modernist Rustic Vases

Wood Vase, Grinder Vase, haddad vase
Purple Grinder Vase

sculpted wood pencil boxes, haddad art pencil boxes, pencil boxes
Sculpted Pencil Boxes