It has been freaking HOT here. It is finally summer and it is half gone, and yes-- I'm whining about the heat. But seriously-- I feel like I'm training for some kind of survival thing sometimes when I'm out there sweating and working my butt off. It's been pretty physical lately. The *fun* creative part of the deer construction is over (the framing-- the creation), and I'm into the ~just keep slogging away~ phase of endlessly hammering the covering into shape and welding it on. The next vid will show some of how I do that.
For today though, I have another video about making wall art. I just got another gallery check, so a couple of these are already sold, not sure which, but, lucky for me, the go fast. You can see the latest vid HERE.
I really love working with the steel in this way-- using color and keeping it kind of 2D. Right now I have a lot of ideas for new pieces, and am going to have to force myself to take some time and begin a few so I have some in the hopper being processed. That is a weird thing about doing art for a living; you never know when or how much you'll be paid. Only one thing is certain; if you don't have work out there for sale, you'll for sure make zero, and that can't really happen if you want to keep doing it.
I've been working like a SLAVE on the deer, and when I had to wait for parts at one point I knocked out a heron (also for this commission).
I got hired for another commission last week I'm pretty stoked about; making the sign for a new bike park being built in the Twin Cities (Cottage Grove Bike Park). This isn't a trail like mine, but a park with a lot of bmx style jumps and features. Should be a fun job, and the riding community is one I'm very interested in doing business with.
This is starting to feel like the summer that wasn't. I have to remind myself I've had a bit of fun: (This is my other bike, "Hula". Be jealous, America.)
I need to get back there soon. And other locales. On my bike.
Feel free to share the videos/blog with anyone you think may be into them. thanks for all your support out there. Helps keep me going! :)