Quirky Garden Art Planters
I’m working on some new, quirky planters for outside in the garden or an inside table top. Here is the first one. This a hollow cast concrete baby head planter that I have named, Baby Snooks. Yes, I’ll admit he’s a bit creepy looking, but who doesn’t like babies? Perfect for anyone who is tired of the same ole run of the mill planter pots. I planted a succulent in this one, but I will be offering them soon on my Shop page without the succulent so you can plant whatever suits your fancy. This concrete planter is hollow, very light wight, and has is a small drainage hole in the bottom. Feedback is welcome!
Dimensions:4.25” H x 3.75” W x 4.5” D
I just finished a new concrete wall sculpture that I am calling “Moonlight Rendezvous”. The narrative of the piece is meant to evoke feelings of forbidden desire, clandestine meetings, and star-crossed lovers. Its basically, Animal Planet meets Romeo and Juliet, detailed in vibrantly hand colored concrete.
I enjoy playing with contrasting elements in my sculpture work. If you’re familiar with cats or crows, they both have reputations for being somewhat moody and opinionated. Its hard to imagine that the relationship depicted here will progress much past the courtship phase.
You can find this piece available for purchase on my Shop page,
Here Lies Fred ~
Concrete sculptural wall hanging.
You can find this and other quirky objets d’art at the
Thirteen for Halloween annual art event in Berkeley Ca.
Fri. and Sat., Oct. 23rd and 24th.
Reception: Oct. 23rd, 6-9 pm.
Saturday, Oct. 24th, 10-5
Textile Dream Studio
2525 8th St #13C, Berkeley Ca
I am one of 13 participating artists in the annual art show, Thirteen for Halloween, happening on October 23 & 24. Reception is Friday, Oct 23, 6-9 pm. The event is hosted by California textile artist, Alexandra Von Burg, along with 12 other unique artists with a flair for the macabre.
Alexandra is known for her quilts, dolls, and a true love of the Halloween season. Thirteen for Halloween celebrates the spirit of All Hallows Eve with fun and spooky original art you won’t find anywhere else.
Hope to see you there!
Textile Dream Studio,
2525 8th St., #13C, Berkeley, CA .
My latest garden sculpture project is inspired by Romanesque architectural ornament, a Grotesque Corbel.
Corbels are, basically, fancy brackets that extend out from a wall and may support weight. The function of a corbel may also be purely decorative. I am creating this as a decorative piece for a garden setting, but it could be used as a small shelf or shelf bracket as well.
The scale of this corbel is on the small side; 7″ tall, 4″ wide, 4″ deep. The final material will be cast concrete, perfect for any outdoor environment. The image shown here is the clay model in progress. When I’m finished with the sculpting, I will make a rubber mold for casting. I plan to post images and details of the molding process for folks that may be interested in how molds are made.
Below is a front view of the corbel.
I haven’t talked about the word, grotesque here yet. In the simplest terms, a grotesque is similar to a gargoyle, but without a water spout. They are meant to be somewhat ugly caricatures, silly or comic renditions of humans, animals or other mythological beasties. In addition, a grotesque (or a gargoyle) sculpture may include some decorative accents such as flowers, fruit, curly cue designs, etc. Living in San Francisco for many years contributed to my interest, and appreciation for this type of ornate design. (or maybe I’m just a bit off kilter…
Who doesn’t like Chameleons?! My new garden art piece is a high relief, cast concrete wall hanging, created from my own original clay sculpture. I developed the surface color using a variety of concrete stains to create a rich, and uniquely one of a kind patina.
“Mr Chameleon” seems to be experiencing a moment of…Anticipation. The leaf bug (upper right) he is watching probably has other thoughts. Leaf bugs probably taste a lot like chicken!
Indoor or outdoor appropriate He measures 11 x14 inches,and has a hanger on the back.
Anticipation is available for purchase on my Shop page.
Well, it took me a bit of time to finally get this guy finished, but I’m happy with the results! Acid staining concrete can be a tricky process. It doesn’t doesn’t always cooperate the way I expect it to, but when it does, its a wonderful thing.
The color is rich brings out the intricate detail beautifully. Hard to believe this is the same gray concrete piece I started with, but it is one and the same.
Last weekend, there were some serious monster-animals gone wild movies on the Syfy channel. I, of course, didn’t watch any of them…(well, maybe just a wee bit of Piranha, (the remake where Jerry O’connell gets a seriously over the top pedicure and leg wax), but I digress. I did manage to work on a project that just might qualify a Mega Syfy movie weekend as a research driven tax right off! Let me just say right up front, if anyone yells out, CrocNado!!!!, I will not be amused. I may chuckle quietly, and show my best Mona Lisa smile, but there will be no amusement! Garden Art is serious business, and I aim to remain focused.
My purpose here is to show a piece of sculpture that is in progress. This Croc(k) sculpture is a fresh concrete casting of my original sculpture. It is meant to sit upright, and will be perfect as an indoor object d’art, (yes, sometimes I describe my artwork using the beautiful French language), or as a lovely garden accent (American / English). I do realize Crocodile art won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but I happen to think the beasts are très beau!
My next step is to apply layers of acid stains to the surface, which will react chemically with the minerals in the concrete to produce a one-of-a-kind color finish. Acid staining is an art in itself. The results become more predictable with experience. Once you apply the stain, it does not come off! As I always say…or at least once in while I say it, or whenever I say it ~ a card laid is a card played! (I’ll say it from now on). I have lost more than one piece due to bad staining results, and this is a perfect casting that I don’t want to lose.
I will post more photos as I go. (unless I screw it up, then I’ll never mention it again!)
What a Croc(k)!
An update on the Pacific Ocean Park Commemorative Tiles I’ve been working on with artist, Dave Doherty. I have several finished and available in my Studio Store. They are cast in Tuf-Stone, Gypsum Cement, and have a lustrous wax finish. (Tuf-Stone is made to be very durable and chip resistant) At this point, I have two color styles, one is a Natural Sand color, and the other is a darker Medium Oak color. Tuf-Stone is more of an indoor material, meaning it doesn’t like constant exposure to water. The tiles have been treated with a penetrating sealer with a protective wax finish, so they do have some protection. If there is an interest, I will make them in concrete, which will hold up great outdoors.
I’ve been working on a project with a good friend of mine, Dave Doherty, on a relief tile that commemorates the now deceased, Pacific Ocean Park (POP), an amusement and theme park that once existed in Santa Monica, CA.
I’m posting a picture of the sculpture I just finished here. I’m working on the first casting of the tile, and will be offering it as a concrete tile, which can be purchased on my Studio Store link. Stay tuned, I will post as soon as I have images to see.
To get you really interested, Dave has provided a bit of the history of Pacific Ocean Park below, and his Web site, RIPPOP.COM, has a ton of pictures, pre, and post-mortem. Daves’ Web site is very cool, so check it out if you love old California theme park history.
“Pacific Ocean Park” or “POP” was a 28 acre space age, nautical theme park pier that operated in Santa Monica from 1958- 1967. It was created by the owners of Santa Anita Racetrack, (the LA Turf Club) and CBS television with a variety of attractions including the “Sea Serpent” Roller Coaster, the “Banana Train Ride” as well as live television broadcasts of shows like “Wink’s Dance Party.” This beautiful tile is a view of the three iconic Seahorse sculptures and “POP” bubble that stood above the Starfish entrance to the park. From 1968 – 1974 the remains of the pier became the home – base of the “Dogtown and Z-Boys” surfing phenomenon.