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Registration Poster Series, November 2015

Remember the background.  Don’t leave it alone.  Don’t leave it as an afterthought.  I was tasked with creating posters for spring registration.  I wanted to start with the background patterns.  Theme was based on arcs, circles and lines with rounded caps.  I do have my favorites color combinations, but I can’t help myself when it comes to adding texture in Photoshop.  I am a sucker for Blending Modes.  With a simple brown paper bag and a camera you can get some really interesting things.  Some of the posters glow and I love it.  If you haven’t played around with Blending Modes in Photoshop yet.  Do it!  You don’t know what you are missing.  It make the most flat work have depth and dynamism.

More importantly though is that they are working.  I teach 2 of the classes here and I have already recruited students for next semester.

Look how far I’ve come.  When I got to Tarrant County College in 2010, this was the poster I designed for registration.  I remember thinking that the artwork should play center stage and nothing should distract from it.  I was also new here, scared to take risks.  Scared to offend.  Even now I do still think some of that is still present, but I have to consider my audience.  Most want it legible and thats it.  Short and to the point.  And so, I went with white.  It seemed safe.  In hindsight, it seems sterile and clinical.  I can’t believe seeing these side by side.  What a leap!

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I’ve been making panels for the 2D prints I’m doing in the gizmo(logy) series. I purchased the smaller sizes from Cheap Joe’s to save some time building, and was impressed with both the cost and the quality. But once I got the process down, I ended up making a variety of panels at home.

Here’s a quick how-to:

I’m building the frames with Select Pine 1×2’s for the edges, and 1/4″ sanded pine plywood boards for the tops.  The sides and top are held together with wood glue and clamped down to dry for at least an hour. I tacked the corners of larger frames with a brad nailer for added strength.1 framing tools

Here’s a look at 4 6×6″ frames glued together and dry.2 panels

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Last fall I created two digital pieces for a faculty show at TCC, that I tentatively termed part of a “gizmo(logy)” series.  I had so much fun with those images, and I’ve been expanding that collection with both 2D and 3D works.

Next month FWADA is hosting it’s annual spring gallery night, and I’m so fortunate to be able to have my first solo show as a part of that event.  I’ll be showing new work from the Gizmo(logy) series, as well as some of my favorites from Clay, Light and Time, and Liquid Clay Drawings, hopefully presented in an interesting new way.  The show will be at Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, TX.

 

 

The Mrs. and I loved how some tiles turned out so much for a project, that we decided to make our own.  Finished tiles are on their way.  Terracotta with a white slip and clear glaze.  Will post updates.

Yellow Lidded Jar with Ferguson Black Decoration, Stoneware, 6×6″, 2012.

I remember that my prof once told a younger (and wiser Christian) that be sure and NOT make your lids too tight.  Fast forward 10 or for years and it seems I am still trying to learn this.  This lidded jar turned out great.  There is only one thing wrong with it. Can you guess?  Sad.