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.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Keisuke Saka - Paper Sculptures

Cheers for Denmark
I'm a paper freak who is always on the prowl for new and exciting art work made from or on paper. I was pleased to hear back from Chinese artist, Keisuke Saka, this morning because he creates some of the most incredible paper sculptures I've seen.

About the beautiful piece shown above, the artist states, "Four characters on the background mean "Cheers for Denmark". I tried to incarnate the typical Oriental image in the Western head and I seemed to succeeded. In reality, this is very Chinese style .... this is the way commercial artist goes."

The piece above is on display in the Praesto Fire Engine Museum.

This lobster sculpture was created from metallic paper.

This bento box is also 100% paper as is the spinning wheel below it.

These paper beetles are called, "maimai".

The dragonfly is called "Tonbo".

Keisuke has also created a number of paper animations that are hilarious. In particular a penguin that flaps its wings and moves about. You can see this and similar creations from other artists here.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Some 3D Fun with Stereograms

Stereograms are some of the coolest optical illusions around, however you have to stare at them a certain way before you will see the 3-D effect. Once it happens, you won't be able to take your eyes away! It involves trying to unfocus your eyes. So hard to explain, but once it happens, everything will be so clear.

A stereogram is an optical illusion of depth created from flat, two-dimensional image or images. Originally, stereogram referred to a pair of stereo images which could be viewed using stereoscope.

They were re-popularized by the creation of autostereogram on computers, where a 3D image is hidden in a single 2D image, until the viewer focuses the eyes correctly.

Autostereograms produce an illusion of depth using only a single image. The image is usually generated by computer by repeating a narrow pattern from left to right. By decoupling eye convergence from focusing operations, a viewer is able to trick the brain into seeing a 3D scene.

If a stereogram is viewed with the wrong method, the depth information is seen ‘backwards’; points intended to be in the background appear in the foreground and vice versa.

For some non-fail techniques on how to look at stereograms and some very interesting information about them, please click here.

Blog Archive

Stacy Alexander