World Circus Day is Saturday!

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Every year an announcement is sent world wide in celebration of World Circus Day. In  2013 in was my honor to be selected to create the announcement card for this very special event.

If you happen to be in Sarasota this Saturday April 15, 2017 Showfolks is celebrating the day by opening their place  on Lockwood Ridge Road to the public.  It is a fascinating, fantastic home of circus memorabilia that should not be missed.

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HAPPY WORLD CIRCUS DAY!

A Tale of Two Rabbits ……

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I began creating a series of seriously whimsical rabbits a number of years ago.  The first rabbit was hand cut the day Walter Cronkite passed away. “Walter” as he is fondly called appears and reappears. “Walter – Going down”  was the very first.

This August I installed two in Sarasota in amazing gardens………..

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“Walter -Going Down”  has a tropical residence alongside a lap pool. While “Walter – Who? What?” is paired with another sculpture in a slightly more formal setting and in a different material.

I’m insistent installation is done properly.  Thankfully Sarasota has an extremely experienced art installer – Jon Dowd.  We shared one hot, humid afternoon placing and installing the rabbits.

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“Walter -Who? What?” is the first in the series to be cut from metal other than aluminum.  I chose mild steel to be sensitive to the sculpture he was to be paired with.  The steel plate selected was already aging but I took a few steps to achieve a more aged finish.

Before degreasing, rust acceleration and rust inhibition the rabbit looked like this……

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Installed he looks like this………

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A happy ending for two tails!

Once a Year

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December is upon us ……………Gotta say I’m thankful to have finished my last custom illustration order last week.  Now it’s time to finish a few overdue paintings and enjoy the spirit of the season!

If you are looking for a unique card to send this year….I created a few new ones that I’m especially fond of.  To view these and more go to mangroves and mangoes and d.a.grodon dart at Zazzle.

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Remember, you can customize the cards with your own message inside.  You can even add a photo and a year-end catch up letter! It is quite amazing what you can do with the cards or, short on time? Just order the cards as they are.