Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Painting with Fire

Episode 23, in which we explore the properties of copper.

This was our last class day before our exhibit, so we were choosing which of our finished pieces to show.

But Joe Willie couldn't resist giving another materials lesson when he saw Emily attaching copper wire to her work. Watch Emily experiment with coloring copper by heating it with a propane torch.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Last Work Day

Episode 22, in which Cheryl creates the Osama Bin Laden Peekaboo Metronome.

This is our last full work day. Next Tuesday, we will show our finished pieces and make selections for what goes in the First Friday art show at PC Downtown.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Making a Flag

Episode 21 of What We Found, in which Cheryl discovers the scent of spent shotgun shells. Be glad "scratch and sniff" hasn't come to the web.

This is a U.S. flag made of items found at Table Mesa Road, where people go for target practice without the inconvenience of supervision and clean-up. The background is quarter-inch plywood, bullet-ridden. The red strips are spent shells. I made the blue field by applying cyanotype solution to some targets I found, and the stars are shotgun shell primers I removed. All the items used were found within a 25 foot radius, and there's miles of this junk.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Studio Works in Progress

Episode 20, in which we all make progress on our projects.

I was trying to make a large oval "button" out of a piece of oak salvaged from the railroad tracks, but ended up dropping and breaking my piece. Not to worry though, that's just wood telling me it wants to be a different shape. I salvaged the busted pieces and they will likely become some nice jewelry.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Cave Creek

Episode 19, in which Cheryl photographs bugs, er, doing it.

And we see a Gila monster! We visited a riparian area northeast of Phoenix. Since many desert plants are protected, I took only photographs. They're available on Flickr.