I can't believe that in a year's time Randy has 400 pieces of art. Wow. While we use many of the same images, each frame is unique in it's own way. This is Revenant #400. It is an encaustic photograph mounted onto an old filing cabinet and framed using reclaimed wood. It measures 28" x 18 1/2". It is a really cool piece, and am sure it won't stick around for long.
Frame #250 Into the Wild
This might be my most favorite of all. Hard to tell from the picture but the image is covered with encaustic wax and set into the frame, almost creating a shadow box effect. Randy used old white picket fence wood and made metal corners. It is one of my favorite images and there isn't much I do not like about this piece. Almost thinking I should keep it for the house...
(Update 3/9- I did not keep it and am regretting it. It was one of the first to sell at ArtisGras in Green Bay.)
Art Show acceptance and denial season is upon us. Most come in the form of email with the following heading "Name of Show" Notification. The email is opened and the first words you see are either "Congratulations!" or "Thank you for applying....yada yada yada... you suck... blah blah blah...." (O.k. it doesn't actually say "you suck", but that is the general feeling we get.)
This year we decided to put our self-esteem to the test and apply for some larger more nationally recognized shows. So far, well, we didn't have high expectations but the rejections hurt none-the-less. We have been accepted however into our first show in Michigan, Art Birmingham takes place outside of Detroit in May. I seriously hope to catch the tulips blooming across the state! They do bloom in May right?
New this year is also ArtisGras in Green Bay in March. We had a good show last year back in August in Packer country and are happy to be back. We also plan to be back in Sturgeon Bay, Excelsior and Edina. You can see where and when we will be throughout the region on our EVENTS page. I will list them as they come in. There are 8 listed now, hoping to add more in the next few months.
With art show season creeping up and Mother Nature confused about what season it actually is, it has spurred Randy on to start creating new frames for the new season. And why start small? This guy weighs in at about 12 pounds and measures 30" x 30". Maybe not the piece you want hanging above your bed, but it is a stunner and will look great wherever you can locate a stud to hang it on ;) We believe this version of Rough Draft will be entered into the March Wood & Metal show, at ArtZ Gallery located in Amery, WI.
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Be well :)
Before Randy and I met we both had a love for old stuff. Each our own collection of rusty pails, old wash tubs, pop crates, oil cans and all kinds of fun stuff to put rocks or plants in. And although Randy did not have a thing for enamel covered urinals like I do, I still liked him anyway. So it shouldn't be a surprise that some of our favorite things to do are to scour antique shops, garage sales, vintage stores and auctions for unique and fun stuff. (It also turned into a side business, Tin Cat Collectibles, we have a booth in Osceola where we resell our treasures.)
Sometimes, we find stuff that we feel could be turned into a cool frame. We've most recently used a sled, baking pans, crates, drawers and copper shelving. Here are some of my favorites.
Randy once said this past early spring, "If I make 40 frames this year, I will be happy." Let's just say....goal met!!
So, so proud of that guy. And this frame is pretty awesome too. Perfect decoration for Christmas or a winter cabin or maybe condo at a ski resort. We picked the sled up this summer at a vintage sale outside of St. Croix Falls. This one I can take credit for, I saw it and thought it would be a cool idea. Yup, it was. Randy made the idea happen. Now, it just needs a home :)
"Mill City" is framed within an antique wooden crate. A cool little piece and worthy of being number 175!
When we started this crazy art journey this past spring we set some goals. Randy told me his goal for this year, 2016, was to build 40 frames. This past week he completed number 100. 100! Wowza! It is so exciting to have happen and I am so proud of him. It has been a big leap of faith and we are very fortunate to have had a successful art show season thus far. The nerves never stop, but we are looking forward to seeing what is in store for us.
Coming up June 16 and 17 we will be in Bayfield WI along Lake Superior. I have never been there, so I am very excited to finally see that part of Wisconsin.