Sunday, April 24, 2011

Painted Oomoo Sculpture Green

I painted another Oomoo today. I feel like I am starting to get a feel for how they want to be painted, purely my own opinion, not like the truth or any thing. I looked in my notebook drawings and saw a lot of little characters with stripes on their arms and legs and swirling patterns on their backs.  Well it seems only natural that the sculpture that came out of my drawings should be painted in the same way. He just looks like he's from the same universe.


Friday, April 22, 2011

Painting Oomoos

Well I finally got into some painting. The advantage of having a never ending supply of sculptures allows me the freedom to try different color combinations and designs. I like working out a color pallet first and then I can sort of put it out of mind so I can just get into the design of it. Anyway it feels good to be painting again.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Design

I'm working on a new design idea. Here's a look at the painted model. It's an egg shape. sort of a little home for some little creature. I little woo, maybe. They're fun to paint and I hope to be able to offer them on my etsy shop soon.



Collaborative Art Project Update

Just checked in on some of the artists from the "Etsy Ugly Cute " team who are participating in our collaborative project painting the Oomoo sculptures. The first artist to complete her painting is Brienna Pruce. You can see her blog post here ... , but here are a few pictures of her fabulous finished piece.

Congratualtions to Brienna! This piece has already sold in her Etsy shop!

The next artist who has a piece in progress is Amber Leilani who has posted about it here  I am very intrigued and can't wait to see what she is going to do with it.

There are three other artists involved and I will keep you posted on their progress as the information rolls in. In the meantime, here are links to their etsy shops:

Neacol and Stanley Miller from BlingSquared - Etsy shop
Valerie Gudell of vmgceramics - Etsy Shop

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mom, Doing what she Loves

Moms , you gotta love em! Mines well into her 80's and she's still at it. She just brought over these pen and ink drawings for me to photograph for her Etsy site "jodidoodles". You can check her artwork out here...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Limited Edition "Illumination" Print

I'm still working out the size (right now it's around 3.75 by 6.75 inches) but heres a look at a print I will have available soon on the "Etsy" site. It will be a limited edition run and I have several images along this line that I hope to turn into a series. I kind of like the rounded corners it makes it look sort of like a Tarot card.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

painting an Oomoo

Heres an early teaser post of a painting in progress .

floatingwoo etsy artist Chris Davies Time lapse Drawing #3

Collaborative Art Project

After deniseannett, I started thinking about other ways to collaborate with artists in a way that would get those involved more exposure to a wider audience. I started a thread on the "Etsy Ugly Cute" team forum with the intention of creating a collaborative project and lots of ideas were shared. One in particular was an idea inspired by designer custom toys. As you are probably aware, there is a huge community of artists taking the DIY Munny and Dunny's and painting or altering these toys to make them their own unique works of art. Since I have been creating my own small sculptures along this line, I suggested that I could make some of these available to team members so that they could paint them and offer them up for sale. It's an exciting prospect for us because of the overlap of art style, form and exposure to a new audience. They get to offer their clients a new object painted in their style while my collectors get to see a new artist's painting on a familiar sculpture.

Another thing that I am excited about is the fact that my sculptures are a more environmentally friendly alternative to the mainstream custom toys. Yea! After doing some research, I was put off by the materials that are commonly used- vinyl and resins. In order to paint that stuff you have to cover the resin with urethane based primers and frankly there's already enough plastic and vinyl filling up our landfills. So I did a lot of experimenting and eventually found a gypsum casting formulation that has been modified with acrylic fortifiers and yields a cast that is very durable, feels like porcelain and best of all it takes paint beautifully without a primer. (Using acrylic fortifiers is still not the ideal environmental solution, but is better than a solid plastic product.)

Just shipped out some pieces to team members today, so we are on our way. Hooray! Can't wait to see the results and will be sharing those images with you here ... soon - I hope!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Collaboration with Other Artist

Collaboration with others in artistic ways is always cool. I think this time it turned out well. Lampwork bead and fellow "Etsy" artist, "deniseannet", has photographed one of my Oomoo sculpture pieces with her bead work for posting on her "Etsy" shop. 
Great shots Denise!

Check out her shop here...

floatingwoo Time lapse Drawing #2 by etsy artist Chris Davies