Buildings, angry chickens and more

What a weird year. What a weird couple of years.

Life sort of is getting back to normal(ish), as we all learn to live within the current restrictions or modified version of our lives that existed only 20 months ago. We don’t know yet what is in store for us, but it does look at least more positive than it has been.

For the Wainwright Art Show, the plan is to move ahead with the show in February like it always has been, Feb. 25-26, 2022 unless… well, we’ll cross that bridge when it comes. Building restrictions now may be different then, so we’re planning for the show to be like it was, and adjust accordingly.

Since this usually is where I talk about my artwork, and such, I’ve done a few things over the last 20 months, made some stuff from scratch, kept some, sold some, but I certainly have not been as prolific as some years past. Some of my work was for sale in the Iron Raven here in Wainwright, but unfortunately the store is closing due to health reasons of the owner. I did sell one piece there, which was cool. When one door closes, another opens. I do have a number of pieces in Christine Hasenhundl’s new framing and gifts store in Beaumont, Hako-Oja Studio. It’s part two to the store she has here in Wainwright. Thanks, Christine! I’ve even sold a couple pieces already, and they just opened a few months ago. So, that’s good news.

I’ve had the opportunity to submit images to put some work in the Upper Level Gallery in Vermilion, but I don’t have much work available to put in there at the moment, so I haven’t made that leap yet. I will, just not quite yet.

If you follow my work much you see that I’ve mostly been doing sculpting, with some 2D stuff thrown in when the moment strikes me. Well, a few months back it struck me pretty hard. Angry chickens hard. What does that even mean, you’re probably wondering. Well, I’ve been thinking about how much I love images of angry chickens and so, I’ve now entered my angry chicken phase. As Picasso went through a blue period, I have entered my angry chicken period. It might be short lived, but I’ve finished three 18×24″ paintings of different angry chickens. I might have a few more in me, or, I might be finished and go back to sculpting (which I have actually been doing all along). I’m not sure what it was about them, but it had to happen. It was inevitable.

If you listen to my dad, he’ll probably tell you it was because I got chased by a banty rooster when I was like 5 years old. We were at a friend’s farm, and I thought I’d shoot at this rooster with my cap guy. Apparently, it didn’t like it, and it didn’t like me. So, with the fury of something that has no clue how small it is, it flew at me, all buffeting wings and razor talons and… pecker. It didn’t really hurt me, I screamed like I was being murdered and my dad came running, thinking I was being stomped by an aggressive stud horse nearby. Nope, just that little bastard chicken. And that effing cap gun was ineffective in warding off said angry chicken. Alas, my angry chickens are here for your amusement, while I work out some childhood trauma.

I also had a bit of a phase back in 2020 where I wanted to build a medieval looking building out of foam core, foam insulation and cereal cardboard. So, I did that. I’m still working on a second one, an Inn. They are built to scale for 28 mm miniatures, and it took FOREVER to finish. I learned how to do it by watching some YouTube videos and trial-by-error. It’s actually pretty amazing, but it took longer than nearly any art piece I’ve ever made, except perhaps the dagger I made in art school with the jade handle and the dragon sculpted hilt and pommel. See the pics of the building below. I’m also nearly finished that Inn, and I’ll post those when it’s done. It’s multi-leveled, and it comes apart, so you can actually use it for D&D.

I have enjoyed building, creating and painting, and it definitely takes your mind off things, especially with how weird the world is. Not just weird, it’s been pretty awful. I really hope that we can have a show in February of next year, I think it will be a great way for our communities to feel just a bit more normal. Sports is back, weddings and funerals are back, so why not an art show, right? I look forward to seeing you all in February.

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