Friday, November 3, 2017

for a change - "fings"

I have been trying to tidy my life a little of late so have to make use of a lot of bits of wood and things I have been saving or else throw them away. But after saving something for many years how can you just tip it out? So I've had a little detour from my artist book and drawing activities to make some little sculptures for my grandchildren. 
This little "teacup of exploding bean juice" is Hannah's description of one she has chosen as her own. What a gorgeous word picture! It's made from a piece of Macadamia branch from a tree in my garden which I've been saving for 15 years in case I needed it . The beautiful Madagascar beans are from last years crop in my garden and the bright coloured plastic cord from my whipper-snipper. I've added a small piece of dull grey lead flashing to contrast with the bright colours and striking grain of the timber.
This next one was for my other granddaughter but she hasn't had a chance to name or describe it yet.
My grandson Thomas chose this one. A happy little spiral shell head with a belt holding in a split split tummy. He also needs to give me his ideas of what name/description or personality his little sculpture suggests.

The smaller ones are only 7-8cms tall and the tallest (a piano key) about 20cms. The other tall ones are also parts of an old piano I found years ago. The lead and felt provide a great contrast with the other materials and add to the whimsical character of these tiny maquettes.


Jenny said...

These are just majical Jack and your grandchildren's description, right on:)

Jack Oudyn said...

Thanks Jenny - it's no wonder so many artists try to recapture the honesty and simplicity of when they were children.

Miss Iowa said...

Great assemblages! I love the contrast of the bright colors with the natural elements. Lucky grandkids!

Jack Oudyn said...

Thanks Miss Iowa, The grain of the macadamia timber is particularly beautiful close up in real life.

Carole Reid said...

Your lucky grandchildren!
I hope they have inherited your creative way of seeing life.

Jack Oudyn said...

Thanks Carol for visiting. I think the little grandies pretty much take their creativity for granted as do most children I think.Somehow, the adult world tends to teach them that imagination and creativity are not very important. How sad!