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Artisan expo in Florence

Sounds like a lot of fun. I love going to things like that.

 

Bagni di Lucca and Beyond

I attended the Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato at the amazing Fortezza da Basso. It was worth going just to see this wonderful collection of buildings in Florence. The ancient fort has been put to good use as an exhibition centre.

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At the entrance there were some delightful old photos of previous exhibitions in the centre. The Mostra has been going since 1931.

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There were hand made products from all over the world, but we concentrated on the Italian things. Ceramics were well represented.

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There was furniture.

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Some lovely doors.

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A kitchen I would love.

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There were cute animals in ceramic and wood.

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Some pretty umbrellas.

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And lots of things that didn’t look hand made at all, but I am not going to show you those.

Our favourite find was a delightful man from Sardinia who makes knives. He happily showed us his beautiful knives…and we had to buy…

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Coral Octopus Garden

Art by Ken

Mixed media 9×12 acrylic, enamel paint, pen, marker, and ink. This is a little more complex than it looks…the kelp has slits cut following their profile and the octopus (which was drawn on a different sheet and cut out) is then woven into the drawing. The coral is multiple layers of paint and has a nice texture to it.  So far I have done three in this series Octopus/ocean-floor. A fellow artist has the first and we traded pieces, I would like to say I got ahead in that deal. (a very inside joke…check out David Pound )

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5 Finger Blues

Art by Ken

A 9×12 mixed media.  Taking a break from my Fall series I did several pieces using watercolor paper and as this piece shows, my subject matter jumped all over the place. Sometimes just letting your mind and hand wander can be very enjoyable, since your destination isn’t planned and results aren’t as important as the journey. This is but one of a very eclectic group of pieces I did to refresh my creativity.  Yes that is finger nail polish,  it just seemed right for what I needed at the time…funny how that happen.

PS I can’t play a lick or sing anything but a misplaced note.

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Hide N Seek

Art by Ken

Mixed media 9×12 in.  My first in a series of octopus and ocean series, not as much factual as, colorful with a bit of whimsey. This was the piece I traded with a fellow artist at the ” Picasso Doesn’t Live Here art fair.”  The octopus has almost a pearly finished skin with multiple colors.  To contrast against it I used paint-sticks for the coral and the goofy fish (my version of a type of parrot fish).  Not sure if there is treasure around or not but we do have a shipwreck, anchor and oil.   Don’t ask about the magenta flow to the right it’s either a crack in the mantle or the remains of a missing tanker full of silly putty… or it might be just the right color to offset the octopus’s brite eyes. Regardless a very fun piece.

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How Many Trees Make A Forest

Art by Ken

Mixed media 9×12 in. This is a piece that I came back to many times before I felt it was finished. I liked the division of the work and the way the squares formed up, but I kept struggling with the ovals … until I started shading the lighter one. That was when it started to fall into place for me. As to the title…it seemed very obvious to me once I stared at it for 10 days or better.

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The Badlands

Art by Ken

12×25 in. mixed media. In my younger days I tried my hand at commercial art working for the city of Topeka Parks and Recreation part-time, while working full-time at a Pet Food plant. The assignments were fun and I got a taste of working with a client and what they wanted and what you could deliver at minimum wages. The real nice thing was after doing this for about 2 years I realized if i was doing art like this for 40+ hours a week I would have gotten to a point of losing the zest of creativity. A great job and I met some very interesting people but my dream of being a commercial artist took a big hit plus I was good at making dog food 😉

At any rate this piece was an idea I had for a science fiction book cover long ago and finally did it recently…

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Fear or Boredom

I love this one, with the Pen and Ink

Art by Ken

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8.5x11in. pen and ink.
For those in my neck of the woods Sweet Sally’s in Cookeville,Tennessee has 16 of my pieces on display. Stop by have a coffee and sandwich or a nice pastry and see my work. Should be around thru June.
When one has a show in a local art prowl, and not in one area, people coming thru can be feast or famine at times. I am not much of a book reader so I start drawing, mushing stuff together, trying to make it fit. During this past art prowl I did three pieces, two I will share…the other, let’s just say it was good exercise.
One of my early visitors started talking about taking pictures of bears in Alaska…needless to say my imagination started going from there. As for any wording my piece didn’t come with a spell checker :-). Can’t say I had any conversations…

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