I finished the Sweet Adelines automaton and is now up on the site with a video link. They are complete with color matching flowers in their hair and pearl necklaces. Please have a look and tell me what you think.
Also new to the site is an automaton I call Puppy Love. It is a kissing automaton based again on the great mechanism from Peter Markey. My interpretation is of a man/boy and man's best friend. We've had dogs for for 25 years, although we are dogless now, and there is nothing like the exuberant affection of a dog. Check out the video and other photos on the automata page.
I am pleased to say that the Kissers automaton has been sold to a very nice couple as an anniversary present. A new one is in the works and should be ready soon. I decided to try a different hair-do. What do you think?
Last night was the artist's reception for the "Art in Our City" exhibition. It was a very nice event and I'm pleased to say that my piece received an honorable mention. My thanks to the 2 judges, Tamara Fox and Stephanie Wooster. It was good to hear that Muskegon hopes to develop more events focusing on art and local artists. Be sure to check out the 2 exhibition sites, Bettye Clarke-Cannon Gallery at the Frauenthal Center and the new Red Lotus Art Gallery located in the basement of the Century Club building just down from the Unruly Brewing Co.
Here are some pictures of the piece "Ever Been to Stonehenge" in the "Art In Our City" exhibition. Two Easter Island guys having a very short conversation. Head on the crank side "speaks" and the other "answers." You know the question....can you guess the answer?
I have a piece in an exhibition entitled, "Art In Our City" and is at the Century building at 356 W Western Ave. The piece I have is called "Ever Been to Stonehenge." Unfortunately I don't have a picture of it to post but hope to get down to the show this week and get a few pictures. The exhibition runs from June 1 to August 20.
On August 3 I will have my work displayed in Grand Haven at their Sunday Art Market located at Chinook Pier next to The train. This will be the first time I will have multiple pieces on display. I'm looking forward to showing people my art and getting some feedback.
Well this is my first post. This week I've been busy working on this web site trying to get it up and running. Next is a Facebook page. Besides the computer work I've been trying to finish up my Sweet Adeline automaton. Basically the same idea as the Barbershoppers but with the addition of a music box.. Below you can see the progress.
I'm not that crazy about the helmet hair but I hope that when they are painted and maybe a bow or 2 they might look a bit more attractive.
Here's a look from behind. The music box is connected to the smaller 10 tooth gear that drives the larger 20 tooth gear. This is the first time I made 2 gears that mesh at right angles. It worked well. You can see the cam "hills" that will drive the push rods to activate the mouths. The music box plays, "You are my sunshine."