June 2014 Update

New installations……

Walter’s Frolics

On Sunday May 25, 2014 a new sculpture was unveiled to some very tough critics……

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“Walter’s Frolics” is a three part installation.  The medium is 3/8th inch powder coated aluminum.  This is the fourth installation in the series Walter.  Three installations are in Sarasota. The fourth is in Los Altos, California.

It was an honor to be commissioned to create this piece for a couple that has amassed over time a very impressive and fantastic collection of art.

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“Walter, Who, What?” is awaiting a home.  Measuring 3 feet out of the ground, this piece requires no professional installation and is easy to move and relocate.  It is powder coated 3/8″ aluminum plate.

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“Walter’s Covey” is ready for cutting.  Walter and his umbrella are six feet tall and truly magical!

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Coming soon….

Due to arrive any day to the Palm Avenue studio from the sculpture studio is “Lily”.  This is a tabletop / garden sized piece, measuring four foot in length.

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Exhibiting….

Onexhibit6-14Art Center Sarasota is open Monday through Saturday from 10 – 4

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In the shops….

 Last week I received samples of the drawstring backpacks from mangrovesandmangoes zazzle online shop

bp3x3I’m impressed with the quality and I especially like the lightweight cloth.

bp1-3x3If you have a favorite dart design that you would like to see on a drawstring bag, let us know and we’ll see if it can be produced.

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Summer is vacation time and your pets are often left in the care of others.  Two of our favorite cards for pet sitters are……….

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In appreciation of our Dads…..

 

5x7fathrs-dayHappy Father’s Day

 

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Gillespie

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What inspires me to create?

Elephant illustrations……….A very dear friend’s daughter’s first child is due in May and I wanted to create something quite special for her.  Her gift registry indicated a fondness for animals, and particularly elephants, so I began drawing.  If that was not enough motivation, at the same time I was offered an invitation to visit the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Central Florida.  What a spectacular research, reproduction, and retirement facility for Asian elephants.  Violet and Ellie, and many more big and small elephants, have joined my drawing pads and computer.  I’m sure you will see more of them!

 

Elephants_5-mugToday the illustrations are appearing on greeting cards and more are available through mangroves and mangoes Zazzle shop.

 

Historical paintings…… Sarasota’s Federal Building was dedicated twice, stood as a backdrop for rallies, and was the site for a memorable Vietnam War demonstration.  It’s architecture stands out in a city dominated by less formal Mediterranean Revival and Vernacular buildings.

federalbldgThe tug for me to finish executing this painting is the opportunity to set it in time by linking it to an event or events that took place there.

 

Giraffes………..A cousin of mine remarked how he has a special love of giraffes.  His affection for the animal surprised me and piqued my curiosity to look more closely at this creature which immediately led to doodling, then drawing the animal, and who knows what will evolve from my sketches……..

Giraffes-copyThank goodness inspiration comes often from so many directions offering me great fun and challenge every day.

 

Creating a Public Art Installation……

The Passengers

The sculpture was approved by the City of Sarasota’s Public Art Committee February 2012 and installed April 2012.

Re-imagining the feeling of arrival, the expectation and anticipation of coming to Sarasota in the 1920′s,  The Passengers sculpture becomes a visual reminder of the former use of the site as the Atlantic Seaboard Railway Depot.  The elements of the piece create a larger than life vignette that draws on the new building’s distinctive architectural features adding dimension and reality to the sculpture.

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Packing up “Rehearsal” for its trip to the ………….

Screen shot 2013-12-12 at 4.12.28 PM38th Annual Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo!

“Rehearsal,” as you may already have read in this blog, was commissioned by Princess Stephanie of Monaco, in celebration of World Circus Day 2013.

RehearsalF-FBIt is being very carefully packed for delivery to Monaco this January.
The artwork will be presented at the 38th Annual Festival
International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo, and the prize of the highest bidder!

The Festival was founded by Prince Rainier III in recognition of the
importance of circus arts as part of European and, indeed,
world culture.  I am so very honored to have been selected
by Princess Stephanie to create this piece.

“Rehearsal” has been reproduced in a small, limited-edition of 100 prints.  They measure 16×20 and are signed and numbered.   They are available through the studio and on Etsy. Unframed prints are $100 ea..

The artwork has also been licensed for reproduction on paper goods and some especially  nice gifts.  These can be purchased online anytime at zazzle.

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Lolita Tartine opens today across Central Avenue from the Community sculpture in the Ace Theatre Building on 5th.  The departure of Derek’s Restaurant left the sidewalk and the historic district quiet, but the long-awaited opening of this new cafe and gourmet food takeout is bound to add some excitement and more life to the district!  The restaurant is another venture for the owners of the lovely French bakery on Main Street – C’est La Vie!

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 Sometimes its hard for an artist to let go of a creation.  Walter the rabbit just keeps multiplying and I keep inventing roles to pose him in.  I’m rather fond of the “Jitterbug” and “Walter’s Frolics” pictured below.

"Jitterbug" - aluminum - 5'x 6.6.'

“Jitterbug” – aluminum

"Walter's Frolics" - aluminum

“Walter’s Frolics” – aluminum

I designed the rabbit in the summer of 2009.  The first piece was hand cut from aluminum plate and was being hand sanded, buffed and powder coated the week Walter Cronkite died.  Thus the name Walter.  In some odd way the name fit and it reminds me every time I am confronted with one of the sculptures, or when I go back to work on a new pose, of the impact an exceptional newsperson can have on your memories of events through a lifetime.