In-office mosaic – backsplash for sink – in progress picture. I drew the design out and coworkers helped lay the glass.

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Illustration on wood panel

Desktop Wallpaper

I made an illustration to use as wallpaper on my laptop. You can download both versions for free in the flash widget to the right (900×1440). (Must click into this day’s blog entry first to see widget.)

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Pumpkin Party Decorating

For my office pumpkin carving party.

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Some Past Sculptures

Sculptures I completed back in the day:

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“Aria For Peter Paul” 3 ft. tall (lifesize), Mixed Media

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“The Problem With Thinking” 6 ft. tall – Mixed Media – Best in Show OSU Student Exhibit 2005

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“The Problem With Thinking” 6 ft. tall – Mixed Media – Best in Show OSU Student Exhibit 2005

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“Pigeon Shifter” 6 ft. tall (lifesize) – Mixed Media

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“Male Cadaver” 5 ft. tall (lifesize) – Stoneware clay, birch, alabaster – Best in Show OSU Student Exhibit 2004 (Oklahoma State University Permanent Collection)

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“Archetype” 3 ft. tall (lifesize), Mixed Media

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September NYC UXPA (User Experience Professionals Association) presentation by Sachs Insights CEO at Thomson Reuters. I designed the presentation for the talk.

Gettin’ Dirty Again

Here is a funny little story:
(actually, it’s one of those serendipitous stories that’s really pretty cool)

I’m sitting at my desk at work one day about five or six months ago. My phone rings. It’s my coworker Ilya who was working down the hall in another part of our office at the time. He’s talking about some project we were working on and at the end of the conversation he says “Oh, by the way…there’s an artist moving in down here right next door. Her sculptures are pretty cool. You’d like them. Go take a look.” “Oh? What’s her name?”, I asked. “Judy Fox.”, he replied.

“Judy Fox?! I know her!” I said.

Now, in the art world Judy is pretty famous, but the serendipity of it is (other than I, too, sculpt life size figures out of clay) that years ago in college I was having to give a presentation about some artists we found inspiring and whose work we admired. Among names like Doug Jeck and Miroslav Paral (am I art geeking out yet?) — I had included Judy Fox! (I also included her in a previous blog post from April 2009 here.). I had probably seen her work in Ceramics Monthly or Sculpture Magazine at the time and was drawn to her hyper realism and ability to create some pretty amazing poses out of an extremely difficult medium. (If you’re not familiar with everything that goes into working with clay, it can be pretty arduous. It’s a very picky, unforgiving medium at times with drying, firing, keeping air bubbles out of the clay, etc.)

Anyways, fast forward — I immediately get up from my desk and went to say hello. Somewhere in the conversation I mentioned to her that I was leisurely keeping my eye out for a space to create some artwork in and get back into sculpting. And then somehow I said something about working out a work-trade deal. Maybe if she needed something done, we could trade for me to work in her studio. She took my info and weeks later she contacts me to update her website.

HTML? Sure, I can do that.

Last month Judy was teaching a sculpture course in Italy and allowed me to use her studio for the whole month. While I didn’t make it into the studio as much as I would have liked, it was great to get back into clay and getting my hands dirty. I made some pretty silly things, but it was nice. Thanks Judy!

(see Judy’s work here: http://judyfox.net/)

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Chronicles of Working in JF’s Studio

Fernando Botero

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8×10″ – Pen & Ink

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Truman Capote

Truman Capote

14″x17″, Sumi ink on paper

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