April 27, 2011
Allegra Villella's Portrait of Tim Timmerman
Let the portraits begin! As mentioned March 15 and 28, I am the subject matter that the intermediate photography students had to contend with for a project. To mix it up, I decided to shave my beard in the process, so you’ll see a variety of facial hair in these as each student got me in a different stage.
Allegra Viellella often works in diptychs. Here is a link to her site:
She is a delightful young woman who, when taking her photographs, asked what object represented me. I didn’t say a phone, but it does encapsulate the concept of what I was going for. She came up with a very fine substitution.
I’ll let you make your evaluations as to what it could possibly mean. Art is always up for interpretation isn’t it?
April 22, 2011
Community is a diverse thing indeed - it keeps life intersting!
Yet another illustration for Clella Jaffe’s Public Speaking: Concepts and Skills for a Diverse Society. I collected the most diverse bunch of characters I could locate and had them pose for a family picture. I love my kachina (which I recall is a shooting star kachina) so had to have him be my central patriarch in the image. The metal figure on the lower right I got many years ago when I was in the Philippines on a summer mission. How about the saint with a Canadian Mounty hat? Nothing like mixing a couple figures together…..
April 19, 2011
Here is what will be the cover to the new edition of "Public Speaking: Concepts and Skills for a Diverse Society." I actually drew several folks speaking at several lectures I attended, using them as the basis for the images. The author and I also spoke of showing a number of public speaking situations in the illustration, so I took advantage of the board behind the speaker, to show a variety of venues.
As I commented on Feb 21st of this year I’m working with a communications professor here at George Fox name Clella Jaffe on her public speaking book: Public Speaking: Concepts and Skills for a Diverse Society. I did the illustrations for the last edition, and she’s currently working on a new one. So, for the new edition I’m doing five new illustrations for her including the cover. Thought I’d show you what they look like here!
Here is a link to the book; not the new one- that’s in process here, but the old edition with my first set of illustrations:
Here is the illustration for the chapter on research. I of course had to throw in a character or two for the image!
April 14, 2011
I realized as of late that I neglected to ever post the fourth tornado painting/sculpture I created, that was included in the exhibit back in January at the University of Portland. So here it is:
"Covenant" oil on wooden panel, reclaimed wood, kiln worked glass, bronze, and toy soldiers, January 2011, 31"x21"x5
For this piece I used the traditional pelican image I have before, but made a three dimensional bronze sculpture of it (for more information about what it means see my post on the blog dated October 26, 2009). I had originally finished the bird with a patina that was very blue. That blue unfortunately didn’t match the coloring of the sky or anything in the rest of the work, so I stripped it down to the original bronze color, and liked how it looked.
Another tricky element of this piece was bending glass rods in the kiln that would then be connected as a unit to echo the shape of the tornado, as well as figuring out how to attach everything. I was pretty pleased with the results- hope you are too.
April 8, 2011
"Portrait of the Dog," colored pencil on paper, approximately 8"x8," 2001, private collection AZ
Continuing the self-reflective colored pencil self-portraits from some years ago. Here is number 6 of 7. At the time I drew these I was teaching a class called “Sonoran sketchbook” at a university in Arizona, with a herpetologist by the name of Tom Jones (no, not the singer- this Tom Jones was a wonderful colleague and scientist who could catch rattlesnakes bear handed). We had gone camping with the students in the Eagle Tale mountains and I had collected some items that I decided to construct this tromp l’oeil drawing out of. My objective was to represent the side of me that is a little difficult to pin down and closer to the ground. Blessings-