• My online store is live

    My online store is live

    My goal was to have my work listed for sale on my website by midsummer. I reached my goal, but with a few hiccups. I worked an entire day photographing, editing, and creating product listings for each piece that’s finished. I launched the store plugin on my website yesterday, July 21st, and then got into bed. Shortly there after my good friend sent me a text saying that he tried to buy one of my pieces, but was unable to get to the shopping cart. I said the F-word, got out of bed, and worked until midnight, but finally figured it out. The next morning, My friend had purchased the piece that he wanted. He’s local and I was concerned about shipping charges. I sent a text asking about the shipping. He said there were no shipping options offered. My heart sunk. I had no choice but to mark all items as sold until the issue was sorted out. I worked half the day with support to fix the issue, and now it works. This is the second website that I’ve built for a business that I’ve owned. I prefer…

  • Experimental YouTube video and storytime

    My first YouTube video I’ve intended to make YouTube videos since I discovered this new process for my art, so I recently procured a smartphone camera stand with a LED ring light. My first video is just me working with music added. Since I make several pieces all at once, it’ll be difficult to film a single piece throughout each stage of creation. I’ll be selecting a couple of pieces to do that with from my next production run. It’ll take a while to make one video since each piece takes several weeks to complete. Storytime It was 1986. My friend Edie and I along with two male skater companions, mike and Dan, drive to Atlanta from Huntsville Alabama to see a PIL show live. If you’re not familiar, PIL, Public Image Limited, was a punk band fronted by Johnny Rotten, John Lydon, from the 1980 punk band Sex Pistols. Mike was tall and thin and oh so cool. He’s driving with his left foot hanging out the driver-side window, going 80 miles an hour while Oingo Boingo’s “Just Another Day” is blaring on the stereo. I remember feeling nervous…

  • The evolution of my process and of works in progress

    “Number One” I start each piece with a vague idea of what I want to make. I put certain shapes of paper down with the intent of creating a bump, ridge, or texture. As I go along, however, the piece takes me in directions that I hadn’t thought of initially. This was certainly the case with my very first attempt at using the recycled paper package inserts on a board substrate. The exception being that I had no idea what to do with this experimental medium. I was dissatisfied with the final green finish, second paint with embellishment image below, so I took it a bit further. I painted the whole thing with gesso and started over with the painting process. First, I started with a black wash, then dry-brushed with off-white that I mixed. I liked the white stripes that I used on “Number Six”, so I used it again here. I later added the cadmium orange center inside of a black circle, inside of the metal embellishment. This works for me, and I like the finished piece. “Number Six” This piece started out with two windows cut into…