Here is a little one from last week of one of our barn/shop cats when he was just a kitten. He and his brother were just fuzzballs with eyes and a tail when we got them. they would hide in the feed room and have nothing to do with us but now you cant get rid of them when you are outside and they will just drive you crazy with their attention. 5x7 watercolor on 140lb Fabriano paper.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Here is a pendant I cut in nickel silver yesterday. I enjoy a variety of work as this blog shows and I hope it inspires others to try various forms of art in their lives. I like to believe a little art is everywhere in our lives and we just have to reach out and find it. I got his idea from another engraver and mixed some different elements he was using into a new combination. A lot of engraving in the traditional style like this is built on the work of others that engrave before you, sometimes centuries before you. I like to find good designs and then work with them to fit my own style. This particular flower shows up in many places including the grip cap on early black powder pistols from the 1700's. The pendant is about 1&1/2 inches in diameter and is available for purchase at Etsy. Thanks for looking and I hope the variety of my work inspires you to create!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Years ago I dabbled in metal engraving and recently found myself drawn back to this wonderful art form. I have been doing several commercial pocket knives and lately and this is the latest one shown here. It is a Buck 120 lock back folder. I laid out the design with a .03mm mechanical pencil directly onto the knife and then cut the design onto the metal using a graver. This is all done under some pretty strong magnification as my eyes do not seem to be getting any younger! I will try and post some more shots os a piece in progress to better show what I am doing for those not familiar with the process. You can purchase this knife from me on Etsy by going here Etsy