Category Archives: Finished pieces

A Somewhat Larger Critter


Somewhat Larger Critter in Motion

Detail of Somewhat Larger Critter

Continuing on the theme of small creatures created from scraps and detritus, here’s a slightly larger creature. It’s currently on display at One Life Church in Evansville as part of an exhibit of artwork inspired by Places.

This piece is 2″ wide and deep but about 6″ tall. Like the previous piece, it has a little propeller that spins. I’ve had fun exhibiting these creatures within glass display cases that add to the appearance that they are collected specimens.

Little Critter

Little Critter

Little Critter in motion

The local arts council is having a show that challenges artists to make art that is no more than 2″ in any dimension. Here’s what I created.  The little whirligig on the top spins when you blow on it.

The base is made of the official 2″ square canvas I was given by the arts council and part of a suction cup. The sculpture itself is made of corrugated cardboard, beads, a pin, a security envelope, googly eyes, gold paint, and microbead glitter.

The Grand Canyon Project Banner

Other interesting projects that I’ve done in my career:

Patchwork Central's Permanent Art Collections

Grand Canyon Project Banner

Title: Grand Canyon Project Banner

Artist: Arts & Smarts Program Participants

Date: 2000

This is the giant banner that was made in Patchwork Central’s after school art program in 2000. The children created large self portraits which were cut out and pasted onto a cloth that they had painted to represent the Grand Canyon.  At the bottom of the banner is a “strata study” detailing significant events in the children’s lives for each year of their life, much in the way the layers of rock at the Grand Canyon (and elsewhere) have recorded their own chronological record.

The Banner was created to accompany Amy Rich and Jane Vickers on their epic travels to the Grand Canyon during the summer of 2000. Amy and Jane documented their travels on a website (back when websites were new and blogging was unknown). The trip took three weeks and during that time Amy & Jane collected found objects to…

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My “Honeybee” photograph is part of the Ohio Valley Art League’s Nature Photography exhibit that’s on display in the Rotunda Gallery of the Henderson County Public Library in Henderson, Kentucky from now through January 3, 2014.

I went to the opening last night and received the Third Place Award!

I’ve got so many photographs I’ve taken at Patchwork and for my garden blog. I’m glad I decided it’s time to do something more with them.

This photo was taken in the garden at Patchwork. I took a bunch of photos of sunflowers this summer and was intrigued by the way that the florets at the center of the sunflowers open a ring at a time. Then the bee came along at just the right moment.

The Cicadas’ Dance is Music to My Eyes

Cicadas' Dance

A couple weeks ago, the sound of the cicadas was deafening. For a piece earlier this summer, I’d felt lucky to have found a single cicada shell, but I decided to look again after having my ears assaulted. This time, I came up with quite a collection.

I’d wanted to make a piece for a local recycled art show, so I used the cicadas as an inspiration, building a kind of mandala from them and some crazy lenticular eyes I’d picked up at the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Throw in some old buttons, wedding confetti I picked off the ground in Germany, old doilies, beads, pins, sequins, and thread, and it’s a writhing dance of empty shells and eyeballs.