My friend Eric texted me from Baker City,Oregon where lots of people were waiting in excited anticipation.I waited for something significant, but it just seemed to get a little colder and a slight bit darker.Gradually, I left this spot to head back down the mountain. Before proceeding down I left a little commemoration of the event wedged between the rocks for someone to find before the next Total eclipse occurs in this area.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
I have continued to paint rocks using a tried and true method of rendering a more traditional, figurative image... in this case, a wave off the coast of an island at sunset.As an afterthought, I further finessed this rock by painting a small surfer tucked in the curl of the wave.He doesnt appear in this image, however.
This rock has allowed me to experiment with the qualities of both reactive (florescent), and phosphorescent paint. The image takes on a more brilliant appearance under a blacklight,which showcases the sunset as well as the foam cascading over the breaking wave.More of these types of rocks will be showing up as I move away from just the mandala or concentric type of motifs.This is the type of work I used to do in college, which has a much more illustrative style, that I had put on the "Back burner" for awhile.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Focusing on the center is the the challenge here.It is so easy to lose the symmetry of the overall design.
Usually, I place a hologram sticker in the center, and carefully place dots around the outside. Then with a sharp point, each dot is drawn towards the center.
When the paint is dry, I will add small dots on top of the droplets already in place, and voila. There you have it!
Monday, July 31, 2017
Admittedly, I don't always have a clue what will appear on the face of a rock when I sit down to paint and decorate it.When adding the dots I have to keep the nozzle of the bottle clear because it can gum up pretty quickly.Keeping a sewing needle close by is important in this process.
The other thing is to watch out for air bubbles, because they will cause the paint to spit.The paint has the consistency of Elmer's glue and has to be "guided" more than "painted". Using tools like toothpicks, q-tips and rubber-tipped brushes are not uncommon to excel at this craft.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
This weeks rock features a motif representing a colorful sea urhin with a glass bobble in the center. I have done many rocks like this one in the past, yet they are still intriquing how easy it is to return to a centered focal point and to build around it.
Initially, painting mandalas on rocks with dots was something that got me started in the beginning. The build is challenging, especially when trying to keep the dots seperate from one another before drying.
How easy it is to accidentally bump into wet puff paint when you are not paying attention.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The rock you see here is an odd shaped stone found on the beach at Russian Gulch. The smooth yet triangular shape lent itself to a different sort of treatment than other stones it's size.The percieved center point of the design was placed off to one side which compliments the fan splay emanating to the outer edge. Many colors were added using felt markers along with the glow paint for luminosity.
The aqua background proved to be the best color to contrast the many colors you see here. This rock had been scanned and brought into Photoshop™ to bump up the colors and enhance the luminous quality.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
It is always best to clear-coat the finished piece with either a Krylon™ spray or some other high-gloss or medium varnish like the Golden™ or Liquitex™ brand coating.
This design was my own sinewy strand motif that is supposed to portray an underwater or plant like symbolism.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The 3D images have to be viewed using these special glasses called "Chromadepth".A friend, Martha Casselman has offered me her home to show off all the posters when completed.She is a local patron who has been a contributor to the art scene here for some time. So far, I have four completed pieces.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
I wanted to take this one step further than just painting them in such a way as to have them glow in the dark or burst in color (like the one below) under a black light.These shells could also be functional. Aha! glue a night light to the back of the shell !
This idea was exciting to say the least, but then I thought about replacing the regular night light bulb with a black light bulb.Unfortunately, Christmas tree lights and outdoor lights did not come in that pure purple color that illuminates the florescent paint so nicely.Perhaps they will in the future, but not now.
When the night light shell is turned on, it becomes translucent from the back, thereby reducing the brightness of your traditional night light.These lights are not motion activated, they must be turned on and off with the little switch at the bottom. Like anything that is in development, these items hopefully will continue be something that "Your Spirit Rocks!" will be able to offer.Please keep in mind that the image below is being showcased by having a separate black light shining on the shell from the FRONT. Yes, we have to have truth in advertising, even if this is just a blog
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Whether you are a meditator or not, viewing a spiral can have a mesmerizing effect. Comic books used to sell and item that was called a "Hypno-coin".This playful come-on had many a youngster sending their entire allowance to get a hold of one of these devices. My rock design is just a spiral made to look dimensional.Under a blacklight it takes on a beautiful color and can be quite stunning.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I have learned a few things since then. First, I have learned not to be in a big rush to get a show up. Secondly, this is a whole different direction for me so easy does it. The process includes taking rocks, sketches and other images.All of this involves painting, scanning images, composition and modification in Photoshop, sending the prepared file to the printer, and then picking up the print.
A little further down the road it involves getting a suitable frame and eventually showing the final piece. Below is something I call,"The Space between Worlds".I sent the file off today to the printer in Santa Rosa.
Click on the image to see a larger view
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
This is wonderful how kids and families enjoy this sort of activity and local groups are forming to support this effort. One of these groups started in the city of Napa and now has several thousand members on their Facebook page Naparocks The Facebook page for Calistoga Rocks is still growing and welcomes new members.
Anyway, this weeks Rock is an Owl rock, painted for a dear friend who left it as a memorial for their loved one at a sacred place in Hawaii. I was so happy to paint this rock and have it brought for this person to see before their passing (see the last image in the series below )
Friday, April 7, 2017
The rocks on the right and left are what I call "Diamond Daisies" as both are in the shape of a diamond (Baseball Diamonds for Spring?) as well having as a daisy in the middle to symbolize a common Spring flower.
Springtime has been a little slow arriving, with a few stops and starts (i.e. The frequent storms that have been revisiting us) but the anticipation of new life bursting forth is what was intended to be communicated with these stones.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Next Monday I am having my humble abode painted. This has presented a bit of a stall with the contractor who has other apartments to complete before he gets to mine.
We are still expecting rain here in the northbay and this has put a damper on projects like sprucing up an apartment that has acquired 20+ years of rugged use.
February has been the wettest month on record said the reporter on the car radio this morning.Today however,is beautiful and sunny.It is the beginning of March,and somehow this past winter not been the most joyous season for a lot of people.Several wish that they could go hibernate in a cave somewhere,sometime after Halloween; Happily re-emerging around St. Patrick's Day! Spring and Fall are favored because of the usually moderate temperatures and longer days.
Visiting the beach has been hampered by large waves and severe weather.Russian Gulch is blocked by a river (which is usually a creek) because of the accumulated rainfall.It will probably be the middle May before it will be safe to wade across a lower level stream to get to the beach.Once there,the crashing waves and abundance of vitality makes this a sacred place to visit.Try this for a way of rejuvenating your drooping spirit.
If you so choose... a landscaping company on River Road sells smooth Mexican Pebbles to use for rock painting upon returning home after a cold and wet winter day at the beach.Pictured above is the inlet from the Ocean to the creek that has been mentioned in this post.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Walking through Bothe State Park is one of my favorite activities, most any time of the year, but during this time hiking may seem a bit foreboding.Grey days and seemingly barren trees only fool us into thinking that winter is going to last forever.Hold on though, because Spring will burst forth gloriously! Do the right thing and get your butt outside in NATURE, I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
I like February also because of Valentine's Day.That day is such a wonderful gift for all of us to be reminded that Love is the Divine force of the universe.Love is the operative word here,because on some level it is available to all, if we have the desire to share it.So, get with it!
It is my hope that whoever is reading this will be motivated to Love, and not just hope that it will happen sometime soon. The time is now, and like hope, Love also springs eternal.Now go for what you know!
Below is the rock of the week (or in this instance, the rock of the month)