My grandfather loved to go for walks in this new world.
He was an immigrant from Ukraine.
Always in a nice suit no matter how hot it was he would take long walks
in the neighborhood or downtown Chicago or at the lakefront.
He would take me along ofen. I had to always look my best too.
He would make sure I was dressed as snappy as he was.
This left a lasting impression on me. People in the streets of Chicago,
walking , sitting , stading , waiting, looking.
These are some ideas I have for Surface Design.
Paintings of people’s faces.
Paintings for Kids
Fun stuff for kids.
Linoleum prints for kids .
One day I was walking down a street and saw a pile of stones.
To me they looked like people's heads. So I thought ,
"Those stones need faces."
You can use rocks to build, you can use rocks to destroy.
We are like rocks. Rock steady, rock solid.
A stone's throw away from being dumb as a rock.
Rocks are here to stay, we are not.
Monuments and statues are made of stone.
We are opposite of stones; alive, soft and malleable.
We are like stones; stubborn, immovable, inflexible.
These are rocks I find while walking around.
I take them home, clean them and gesso them white.
Then I use acrylic gouache to paint a face on them.
These are faces I find while walking around.
Stare into my eyes for a few moments.
I had this idea for a plastic vase.
So I drew out a way of making one with circles.
Then I drew out some patterns of how I’d paint it.
Made a mockup on the computer.
Decided which pattern would look good and printed out a reference.
Then I painted the vase carefully matching my print out reference with acrylic paint.
This was a prototype, next time I will make the vase out of wood.
Colour Noise Boxes
I made wooden boxes that make a noise when you shake them.
First I sketched up some plans on paper.
Then I made some small prototype boxes out of balsa wood and paper. Seeds and BBs went inside for the noise part.
The wood was measured twice and cut once, sanded and primed.
Inside I put heavy nuts and bolts, seeds and BBs, nails and dead mice, just kidding about the mice.
I painted the boxes with acrylics, carefully matching all the colors I made for the prototypes.
These are toys meant to be handled. When friends visit I encourage them to arrange the boxes any way they like. I want to see how they wear down and become old and used by much love. (The boxes, and my friends.)