August 26, 2011

The Pulse of Mixed Media


Seth Apter, whose fabulous blog The Altered Page I have been following for some time now, has been hard at work on his first book about the mixed media community. While there was some sense as to what might be in the book, by in large he wasn't allowed to say much about it. Those of us who had submitted art pieces and written comments for the Q & A section of the book were also asked to keep what we knew to ourselves.

This past Wednesday, Seth sent everyone an email update on his project. He is now able to give out more info about his book! The title will be The Pulse of Mixed Media and will be released by North Light Books on March 2, 2012. To say the least, he is very excited about how his book is turning out.

I too am very excited as I will be one of the 100 artists "revealed" in his book! While my artwork didn't make the cut, many of my written responses to the Q & A section did!!! I don't know which ones will be included...guess I'll just to wait until the book comes out!!

My congrats to Seth for a job well done...and as he does his final editing my thoughts are with him! (Being a former language arts teacher I know how hard editing can be!!!)

August 25, 2011

A Day in Milford, OH!


Main St., Milford!

The weather was absolutely beautiful this past Tuesday...perfect for a day of treasure hunting in Milford, OH! This is a small village near where I live that is chock full of antique and other "treasure" stores...always something great to be found!
Lunch at the 20 Brix
We (my wife, my youngest daughter, and myself) started our adventure by having lunch at the 20 Brix. This is a great restaurant/wine bar...and when we were there, we had the place to ourselves! (At least inside...the tables outside were full....)

Bins and bins of beads at Alley Beads!

Lunch finished, we headed over to Alley Beads, a fun little bead shop on Main St. I was looking for trinkets for a mixed-media project while my companions were just looking! I did find a few things but not what I was really looking for...but that's part of the adventure!!

Treasures!
Next up...was over to what I guess is like an antique mall! It does have a name...but I just don't remember what it is! The above pics are what I found...but didn't buy! (Unfortunately, they wanted "retail prices" for this!!)



But...I did buy this great cabinet for only $10!! With a little work...this will become my next "Cabinet of Curiosities"!



At the shop next to this mall...Gayle's Vintage Clothing...my wife and daughter spent a lot of time going through all the clothes and such while I went through the stacks and stacks of "stuff"! This is the type of shop where you have to climb over things to get at something...and you're encouraged to do so! I left so much behind...but I did pick up a couple of these V-Mail Christmas greetings and a small set of old rubber stamps. (Nothing special about these...just fun!)


A fun day indeed...I do love treasure hunts!!

August 19, 2011

"Hot" a Wired Terrier...He's Made the Big Time!!!



I went out to pick up the mail this afternoon...found the Sept/Oct. issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors in amongst the bills and stuff....flipped through it on the way back to my house...and there it was!! "Hot" had made it into the magazine!!! How exciting!!!!!



Here's the cover.....



"Hot" is the good looking red-hotdog in the background! I don't like the looks he's giving Seth's piece...I hope he doesn't decide it's a play toy!!! 

My wife and I were on our way out to run some errands when I picked up the mail. So after we were done, we stopped by the local creamy-whip and celebrated with large waffle cones!!! Life is good!!!

August 18, 2011

What I've Been Up To!

50,000 Feet, David Hayes, 2011
Let's see....what have I been up to! Well over the past couple of weeks....

1. Had out of town visitors...
2. Celebrated my 58th birthday....
3. Had both of our daughters at home...at the same time....talk about dramas 24/7! (The oldest has gone back to her new "home" and the other has left for a long week-end with friends...so it's quiet again...)
4. Bought an iPad...talk about way too much fun!! (And of course I've been picking up new apps for it left and right! Now I need to take some time to learn how to use these!!)
5. Had coffee and lunch with old friends...nice to catch up!!
6. Had lengthy discussions with my wife about life after our children finally do leave home! Looks like we might just go ahead and move to Michigan!
7. And....and....I've been busy trying to finish up my submission pieces for Cloth, Paper, Scissors's Artisan 2012 competition. I was a finalist in last year's competition in the Book Arts category...and this year I'm going to try to win the Collage/Assemblage category!!!

I have completed four pieces, which I want to share now...and a fifth is rounding third and heading for home...so I'll share that one when it is done. Now...I can only submit three pieces so there are decisions to be made! If you care to give me your feedback on which of these four I should pick...please do so!

First up there's "50,000 Feet" that's pictured above. This assemblage is created on gessoed board that I then painted, fastened old computer parts, corroded pieces of copper (that was fun doing!!)...and then "distressed" with green paint. It measures 9x12 inches.

Untitled, David Hayes, 2011
Next...."Untitled" which is a mixed-media collage using such things has papyrus, molding paste, papers and the like. Not quite sure what it's message is...you decide. It measures 8x8 inches.

Memories, David Hayes, 2011
"Memories" started with the image of the woman in the top left corner. I made her by using a packing tape transfer from a magazine picture...then I had put it aside 'cause I wasn't sure how to use her. After a trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio...where I shot the image of the bomber tail that's in the right hand corner...the ideas started coming. This is created on board that I first put down molding paste then painted parchment. I then glued the woman down...the bomber tail image...which is a product of Hipstamatic...is a gel transfer to an aluminum plate...that I then glued down. The images of the building and post card where added to tie everything together. This piece also measures 9x12 inches.


Be Careful What You Fish For, David Hayes, 2011

"Be Careful What You Fish For" is my favorite...it definitely will be submitted! This is the newest in my Dada doll line...and I had a blast created this!! I first created the wire structure...then, using Fimo I created the creature at the top...which turned out to be two sided! I just love when my creations take on a life of their own. The mermaid was altered to change her skin tones a bit...and to give her nipples back! (Who has ever heard of a mermaid without them!!!) The base was created from a tube that I distressed and painted...and then added the gears and clock. The entire pieces sits about 14 inches tall and is about 5 inches in diameter.

Here's more views:





So there you have it...that's what I've been up to lately.....





August 10, 2011

Reflections Upon A Pending Birthday....

Sorry...Miss Piggy, David Hayes, 2011

In two days time I will be 58 years old. It's hard to believe...why I was just a three year old running around the backyard naked just yesterday. (Try that now and I wouldn't be spending my birthday at home!) I'm not sure how I feel about this birthday. It's not my 50th nor is it my 60th. My grandmother will turn 100 this September...that makes me feel younger...and older...

While I was teaching, my birthday always made me sad...not because I was a year older...and my new students would still be 9 or 10...but my birthday always seem to fall a week before the start of a new school year. So I'd try to be of cheer that day...knowing that the next day I needed to start opening my classroom for the new year. Not this year!! I'm retired! In fact I might just have another beer Friday night to honor that thought...

Every summer I go through the usual annual checkups. Just went through this last week. Nothing terribly wrong...just a year older...but my doctor wants me to cut way back on my carbs & sugars...and lose some weight. So much for the metabolism I used to have! And we noticed that my eye sight is getting "older" as well. I'm sure this will be confirmed when I go see my optometrist at the end of this month. I've been wearing glasses for years and each year...a little more goes...

I renewed my driver's license on Monday...quick and painless except the picture taking. I looked at my new picture and wondered who that old guy was. The young lady behind the counter kept calling me "sir"...no flirt in it. Maybe she was just having a bad day...

My daughters are young adults now, both wanting the comfort and security of home....but not my advice. I suppose I was the same way when I was their age...it's a good thing they're this way....but still...

I was at the local mall on Tuesday picking up an early birthday present to myself...an iPad! A boy with a new toy...that's me!!! As I was walking down the mall after picking this up at the Apple store, I noticed a very attractive young woman look at me and then break into a big smile. At first I thought she was giving that smile to someone behind me...but then she made her way over to me and greeted me with a big hello! It turns out she was a former student of mine from when I first started teaching. She is now a econ/polysci major doing a summer internship with UBS.  We stood there and chatted for a long time...and as we parted she gave me a quick hug...telling me how pleased she was to see me again! Now...for someone who was in my sixth grade class room some 10 years or so ago to feel that way about a former teacher...let me tell you I floated out of the mall!!

Yes...life is good! I have just started really enjoying my retirement, no longer feeling guilty about spending so much time "becoming an artist" and now just do "Art". My health is good and my wife and I are busily planning new adventures. So...I'm actually looking forward to my birthday...

A final note....a bit about the photograph. This is all done with and in my iPhone. I took the base shot at a local flea market using Instagram...then used an app called Half Tone to crop, filter, and add the text blocks to finish it up. Who said you couldn't have fun making art!!