Pablo 10/31

This styrofoam carving thing is getting to be a lot of fun.This is my submission for the Halloween season. Styrofoam, chalk paint, and 20 amp Romex wire. The entire creation is roughly 4ft. high by 3ft. wide. Enjoy!

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Mrs. Picasso

I’ve discovered that making larger-than-life faces is a real hoot. In keeping with earlier pieces, this is carved from 2 inch styrofoam and festooned with acrylic chalk paint (and some pastels and crayons). The hair is fashioned from PEX plumbing, and the entire creation is roughly 4ft. high by 3ft. wide. Enjoy!

Carved styrofoam and acrylic chalk paint, with a spackle base. 4x3 ft. Picasso
Mrs. Picasso, if there is such a thing.
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Pablo in the House

In the short tradition of large masks staring at passers by from our living room wall, I present my latest creation – a Picasso-esque tribute to the famous Spaniard. Carved 2-inch styrofoam with latex and acrylic chalk paint, roughly 4ft. x 2ft. Enjoy!

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African Tribal Mask

Every so often I feel compelled to put down the mouse, turn off the Mac, and do something much more tangible and hands-on. I found some clip art, tweaked it a bit, and used the pattern to craft this African tribal mask from styrofoam (2-inch) and latex paint. It’s about 4 ft. x 2 ft., and really has a presence on the living room wall. Think I’ll do another… if it’s okay with the wife. Enjoy!

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Bunny Goodman

I honor famous clarinetist and band leader Benny Goodman in this sixth in a series of Semi-Famous Barnyard Animals. Not too many people can state that reading the dictionary is fun, but I’m not like many people. Enjoy!

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Moby Duck

Moby Dick is a foundation of modern literature, so I co-opted the name. This image is the fifth in a series of Semi-Famous Barnyard Animals. Enjoy!

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Gregory Peck

I love playing with words, especially names. This image is the third in a series of Semi-Famous Barnyard Animals. My favorite movie of all time is To Kill A Mockingbird, so the character of Atticus Finch (and the actor) is never far from my mind. Enjoy!

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Pigasus

Sometimes I come across an old dictionary or book that has been damaged or simply has several pages missing, and see that object as something that still contains a lot of information, AND, useful paper. I’d earlier crafted something similar to Pigasus that dealt with the theme “When pigs fly,” but wanted to step it up a notch. This will be the first in a series of Semi-Famous Barnyard Animals. Enjoy!

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Making Cheese

One of my favorite things to draw are processes, as in How Cheese is Made. This is from an upcoming Grade 2 issue of Kids Discover on Why People Work. Design by Brobel Design. Click image for a larger version. Enjoy!

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Anansi the Spider

Anansi

Anansi is an African folktale character. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories. He is also one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore.
He is also known as Ananse, Kwaku Ananse, and Anancy; and in the southern United States he has evolved into Aunt Nancy. He is a spider, but often acts and appears as a man.
The Anansi tales originated from the Ashanti people of present-day Ghana. The word Ananse is Akan and means “spider”. They later spread to other Akan groups and then to the West Indies, Suriname, Sierra Leone (where they were introduced by Jamaican Maroons) and the Netherlands Antilles. On Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire, he is known as Kompa Nanzi, and his wife as Shi Maria.
Anansi is depicted in many different ways. Sometimes he looks like an ordinary spider, sometimes he is a spider wearing clothes or with a human face and sometimes he looks much more like a human with spider elements, such as eight legs.

(Excerpts above from the Wikipedia article.)

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