Saturday, February 14, 2009

Something different

I just finished painting a sink for my new bathroom. My friend and gallery partner Janis Childs helped me with glazes, painting techniques and firing in her big kiln. The sink is filled with fanciful sea creatures of all kinds and will be in my new cat bathroom. The old cat bathroom was a dingy dark cave with litter boxes, washer, dryer and assorted junk. The new cat bathroom will feature paintings of my cats, a glass jellyfish lamp, cabinets to hide the junk and of course, the new sink.
It's good as an artist to occasionally get out of your comfort zone. For me, that means doing something completely different. It's fun do do new things and I have painted on oars, birdhouses, scraps of metal, walls and more for special projects. I did some ceramic teapots, again with Janis' help for a wedding, but this sink was a lot harder than expected. I have a renewed appreciation for all ceramics artists out there.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Art Festivals

February is Art Festival time. Last week I was at the Pigeon Key Art Festival in Marathon. Sales were slower than past years, but you'd have to live in a cave not to know the economy is not what it used to be. Still, I had fun, as I lived in Marathon for 17 years and saw tons of old friends. High school bud Debbie and her son Arthur drove all the way from Boca to see me, what a treat!
I'll be at the Old Island Days Art Festival in Key West on Whitehead Street February 21 and 22. Come by and see some exciting new paintings that aren't even on the website yet.