Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mosaic / Sculpture Crayola Artist

An artist creates sculptures using up to 250,000 colouring crayons
Picture credit: HERB WILLIAMS / SOLENT

Artist, Herb Williams, 36, uses so many crayons he has a personal account with manufacturer Crayola and has the company on speed dial.

His works include animals, household items, and celebrities, such as this sculpture of Johnny Cash, the Man in Black

The smaller works sell for around £650, while the larger pieces have a price tag of £40,000

His most iconic portraits include Barack Obama...

...and a naked Marilyn Monroe, made primarily of peach-coloured crayons

He lists artists such as Damien Hirst, Banksy and Duchamp among his influences and describes his work as "post-post-post-pop"

The married father-of-two from Tennessee said: "I'm one of the only individuals in the world with an account with Crayola and have more cases of crayons in my studio than anyone should have a right to own"

The crayons are delivered in single-colour boxes of 3,000 sticks and fill his studio from floor to ceiling.

His work may be purchased online at: Herb Williams Art

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Become the Change You Seek

John and I were recent guests in the home of our good friend, artist Arlene Elizabeth, and her partner, Ruth, for the unveiling of Arlene's new origami mosaic in the likeness of President-elect Obama. We were each invited to write something on the piece which will, eventually, be sent to the White House. I wrote, "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." (not my words) John wrote an Abraham Lincoln quote.

After we left, Arlene emailed me to say, "...we reviewed the writings and realized a pattern involving quoting or paraphrasing significant words that reflect ideals. We unanimously agreed to call the piece "Be the Change[You Seek]"...another quote, another ideal, another inspiration."

This particular Arlene Elizabeth mosaic was made from 1,000 origami paper cranes and contains hundreds of different colors representing every skin color imaginable.

This participation was a very touching experience for all.

For the locals: Arlene and family will carry this piece to the Berkeley Farmer's Market this weekend and will be there from 10-3 on Saturday. Please stop by and sign it with your own messages of peace and change for our country. Become a part of history! Become a part of the change!

Berkeley Farmer's Market
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Center Street @ M. L. King, Jr. Way


This is Arlene and Ruth's son, Ian:

The artist's neighbors also participated in the event:

Dave, writing his message.

Valerie and John

Yes we can ALL help effect change in this country!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Jim Bachor -Ancient Art Meets Contemporary Urbana

Jim Bachor - thinking awfully hard in Sicily

Jim Bachor is an artist pal who I know from Facebook. His sophistocated and captivating work defines an ironic juxtaposition between ancient and contemporary art. Using centuries-old mosaic techniques, Jim constructs what appear to be classical compositions that, upon closer inspection, reveal signature urban castoffs such as discarded MacDonald's containers and crumpled candy wrappers.


A graduate of the Center for Creative Studies in downtown Detroit, former Michigander Jim Bachor has lived in Chicago now for more than 20 years.
St. Me

Jim’s passion for mosaic art was born in 1998 when he first traveled to Europe and immersed himself in the historically artistic cultures of London, Rome and Paris.

Brand Loyalty

For two months in 1999, Jim rented a house in Rome and, with a phrase book in one hand and a shovel in the other, explored the ancient sites of the city and surrounding countryside.
B.C. in 3D

Inspired to learn more about his newfound infatuation, Jim went back to Italy later that same year and took classes in Ravenna on the demanding and meticulous mosaic art form. During subsequent archaeology-based trips to Greece, Turkey and even a dig in Pompeii, he was amazed by the stunning examples of 2,000 year-old art buried deep underground.
Fruit Party

One fact about mosaics intrigued Jim more than any other. Marble and glass don’t fade. And, as a result, unlike oil paintings or frescoes, ancient mosaics found today appear exactly as the artist intended them to look centuries ago.
God This Coffes Good!

Jim has adapted this ancient art form to contemporary American life, capturing everyday scenes in a way that, many lifetimes from now, will open a window onto life in the early 21st century.

To see his more of his works please visit his web site by clicking HERE.

Jim writes:

"After helping to excavate an old factory in the lost city of Pompeii, I was dumbstruck by the contrast between what happened to the people that once lived there and what happened to their art. While the population was extinguished in a heartbeat by an angry Vesuvius, the mosaics which they created retained their beauty and vitality for millennia beneath the hardened volcanic ash. Their art survived to tell their story. And when you consider how, in a small way, man seeks immortality through art, it makes sense to choose a medium which is not only beautiful, but also indestructible. It’s a comforting thought that while my ideas may not stand the test of time, my work certainly will."

Holy Starbucks

About his technique, Jim states:

"I’ve studied mosaic art in Ravenna, Italy, known for their many mosaic-filled churches. I’ve taken what I learned there and, using these ancient techniques, began to apply modern “takes” to this timeless art. Various marbles and imported italian glass (smalti) are used in my mosaics. I break each piece of glass/marble by hand and set them into a temporary base of hydrated lime. When i consider the mosaic finished, i set the piece using cheesecloth and glue. After it dries for a few days i then lift and transfer the mosaic into a box filled with a permanent mortar binder. A day later I then scrub the piece with wire brushes to remove any glue and mortar residue. Finally I stain the mortar with watercolor washes to help “tighten” the visuals. Each piece takes from 60 to 140 hours to complete. My art tends to be smaller in size given the weight of the pieces and the time-consuming nature of the process."

Squirrel Thinking

Monday, September 29, 2008

Brent Sumner - Darjit!

Brent Sumner

We were invited out to see Brent's mom yesterday before she boarded a flight back to her home in New Zealand. It just so happened that Brent was holding one of his outdoor Darjit! workshops among the trees near Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz Mountains (where little green men dart about indiscriminately).

Darjit! , by the way, is the sculpturing and plaster finishing compound developed by Brent that is made from about 90% recycled materials. It sticks to just about anything and is very easy to work with. I've written about it (and Brent) on this blog previously, as some of you will recall.

Brent's personal project was this soon-to-be-completed sassy wolf in women's clothing. He smiled when I said it reminded me of someone I know...

As always, we had a delightful time. There is just something about being away from the harshness of the city..the grit and grime...that makes us feel so peaceful when we visit there. The weather couldn't have been more perfect...sunny, breezy, and Brent's students and friends were all occupied with applying Darjit! to their armatures. This is Barbara, who was working on a base for a bird bath.

Brent kept a steady supply of Darjit! mixed.

This student was working on a peace prayer goddess:

...and here, we have a Darjit! turtle in progress.

See how lush and green it is out there?

Brent made this hand-formed leaf to go into the secret garden that is beside the house where he is currently staying.

Rob and Santoshi, good friends of Brent, and owners of the property, were working away on some Darjit! sprinkler covers.

As we were leaving, Santoshi asked us to stop by the secret garden because they had made many changes made to it since our last visit there. As you can see, it is peaceful and serene there also, the perfect get-away!

Brent's Mom and Santoshi had been working on this Darjit! wall and water feature over the last few days. It includes the blue ceramic fish that you see here that came over from New Zealand.

We couldn't have asked for a better day! Thanks, Brent, Rob and Santoshi, for sharing your little slice of heaven with us.

If you are interested in learning more about Darjit!, please take a look at the information HERE.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Cecilia Farrell - Trajectory

Mosaic portrait artist, Cecilia Farrell was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. She has shown a special passion for artistic expression since she was a small child.


Her educational endeavors include a twelve year intensive in drawing with Professor Alberto Cienfuegos Centurion in the School of Fine Arts Institute of Santa Ana.


She simultaneously attended various workshops in sculpture and painting, classes that continued to develop until her admission to the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Buenos Aires in 1986.

Maternidad V

During her years of study, she began to experiment with different techniques and materials, with particular emphasis on the use of the mosaic as a means of expression.

Maternidad II

Once she graduated from architecture school, she developed a prolific body of work in mixed techniques and mosaic murals.

Maternidad I

Cecilia has participated in a number of exhibitions at the Ministry of Economy of the Nation and numerous cultural centers and art spaces where she has displayed her abstract pieces.

Last Stage

Pasión Emergente - Vidrio sobre madera

Visit her web site HERE.

Stacy Alexander