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Thursday, August 30, 2012

PPF and APR - New Wood Art

For today's installment of Paint Party Friday, I will also be connecting to Artists Play Room at 'just add water'. It is also showing some of the artistic/creative work I am undertaking & seeking to market under the banner of "Marshall Arts". This is work I do in collaboration with Jim, my husband - we have lots of fun with it, attend art fairs, etc, and have even sold! What's infinitely blessed and inspiring are both letting natural shapes speak for themselves, as well as collaborating with loved ones. It inspired me to take art to a whole new level, and to make it a sustainable economic activity from which others may benefit.

We have tons of these! He is the Wood Man & the Word Man - for as long as he's lived, practically, he has gathered these precious wood jewels from the surrounding countryside - and  even when we lived in Atlanta we'd come up here to WNC to pick some up - and randomly last year, we began turning them into art.

He began by burning messages into them - the wood speaks to him - and I followed by drawing random illustrations with the wood burning tool. At times these are elaborate illustrations, or at times only curly cues & random things to give the thing structure. He then goes in & paints in the colours - varnishes them at times, etc. Some of them have turned into earrings, pendants, walking sticks... or random wonderful acts of sculpture such as this one which fits into the hand.

The text begins with "The cosmic pipeline always looms a single misstep away... feathering even a modest nest brings plenty... every portal has own mysterious allure" and to me the cosmic egg shape, the mysterious animals, and the warning message bespeaks great wonder - not to mention the amazing shape of the wood. It is so darling! But it has teeth - just like life & death & nature -- "too big a bite augurs indigestion or worse." I have been so excited working on this collaborative art project - it seems a blessing indeed.

I have been busy promoting it - we have been visiting different art vendor events - all which we detail in this blog. Would like to find a way to integrate the Marshall Arts blogging with what I do here on my personal blog, but that's soon coming.

Have also spent time putting up a Marshall Arts facebook page!! Would appreciate any likes, and will return the favour.

This page shows both work I do on my own artistically, as well as the bulk of mine & Jim's collaborations.

I also have decided to migrate from Etsy to Zibbet. For anyone sick of Etsy fees, this is an excellent solution - only minorly less usability with the free version - but the minute I begin selling, I will upgrade. One of the perks of migration is an initial promotion of $5 for 50 excellent business cards from Moo. I am incredibly excited about these cards - double sided, with text, extra heavy 100% recycled paper --- sounds almost too good to be true - we'll see how they turn out when they arrive around the 11th.

There! Sorry about the novel - hope all have a great weekend!!!

26 comments:

Faye said...

Alicia, these are beautiful. You are so talented.

Christine said...

Beautiful and creative collaboration Alicia! Will check out Zibbet. I've seen some people doing Fine Art America which also looks interesting for serious artists.

Netty said...

Loving your art on wood Alicia. Happy PPF, Annette x

Jennifer McLean said...

thanks for joining up with APR and showing your lovely organic work. These are so unique.
Best,
Jenn

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely collaborative work ~ very creative ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Carolyn Dube said...

Stunning and so unique! Happy PPF!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Fun collaborative work!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Victoria said...

So wonderful,fabulous work.. beautifully unique pieces! Shine on!Painting on wood is such a different experience, I love painting on driftwood! Best wishes with all your new adventures!
Victoria

Tracey Fletcher King said...

Lovely work and I quite like the novel.... good to catch up... I am going to head over and have a look at Zibbet... hadn't heard of it before so thanks for the heads up...xx

denthe said...

Your wood art looks wonderful! what a great idea! Thanks for the tip about Zibbet! And you will LOVE your Moo-cards, they're fantastic.

Gloria said...

Love the sayings with the carved and painted enhancements. Best of luck with your new endeavors. I also just canceled my Etsy account.

Gloria said...

Wood is fun to work on, whether it be with a hot iron or paints. Love what you've done. Happy PPF!

Fallingladies said...

These are really cool! Also great to be able to work together!

Natasha said...

Love these wood pieces! So uniques and just wonderful. Great collaborative work. :)

DɪᴅᴍᴏKɪᴛᴛᴇɴ said...

Hiya, Interesting arts!
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Serena Lewis said...

Amazing artwork and so interesting, Alicia! Well done to you and your hubby ~ :)

carlarey said...

These are fascinating...I would never have thought of taking a simple piece of wood in that direction. They are little meditations.

Nora Clemens said...

Están hermosos e innovadores. ¡Me encantan!
¡Qué tengas un fabuloso día!
Nora

Tracy said...

These are gorgeous! How fun to collaborate with the Hubs too. :) wish you many many customers! Warmly, Tracy APR #13

VonnyK said...

Beautiful work and so lovely that you can do it with your husband.
Really inspiring.
Von.

Ginny said...

These are beautiful. What could be better than creating with your husband?

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

How intriguing! I often pick up little bits of things here and there when I walk. Only rarely do I turn them into art. Kudos to you and your husband for your fascinating art.

Daniele Valois said...

This looks very cool!

Neesie said...

They are stunning and so unique Alicia, I've never seen anything like them before.
A brilliant idea...you clever bunny!
;D
Have a wonderful week!

Terrie Purkey said...

Thanks so much for visiting and appreciating my little missive about inspiration. I can see from your blog, you have plenty of inspiration. I love your many projects and sketches.....you're very talented.

see you there! said...

This piece looks so organic and sensual. I can see why people need to see them at a fair, touch, hold, admire.

Darla