new work: repair of broken sculpture

I recently repaired a broken sculpture for a client.  The sculpture was a life-sized head of a man with a unique stand, made out of clay.  According to a small plaque on the base of the sculpture, the artist who originally made the sculpture was a Jim Strecker.  When the sculpture was brought to me, it had been broken in two places:  the right ear and part of the nose (as seen below).

alex-conrad-amistad-ear-detailalex-conrad-amistad-nose-detailalex-conrad-amistad-detail-shotAfter sculpting some new clay to fit into place where the broken bits of the sculpture were, I carefully peeled it off and baked it in the oven.  Once that was done and the clay had cooled, I affixed the new pieces of clay to the sculpture with some adhesive.  Once this was dry, the only thing left to do was to match the finish (make the new clay parts look seamlessly like the rest of the sculpture).  This took a couple of tries, but was eventually achieved (I think).  See bel0w for the results:

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The sculpture bears the title “The Story of Amistad”.  I am guessing that the scenes that are sculpted into the base (see below) are from that story.

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OSU T-shirt design

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When I was a kid, my dad took me to all of the Ohio State football games that were played at home (in Columbus).  I have some great memories of us watching the games.  In light of the big match-up this weekend (the Buckeyes vs. that team up north), I’ve made a prototype of a T-shirt (which I sometimes do).  It is a replica based on a memory I have of some T-shirts I saw back when my dad and I were going to the games.  This was during late Earle Bruce / early John Cooper days.  I remember everything during rivalry week was more intense- the game, the fans, the noise, and the T-shirts.  Somehow this design has clung to the inside of my brain since those days.

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paint sketch for landscape commission

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10″ x 34″, acrylic and gouache on canvas and wood panel.  I was recently commissioned to paint a landscape on a large canvas.  The above picture is a sketch of what it will look like.  The final painting will be 8 feet long by 2-1/2 feet high and will be in greater detail.  The picture comes from a stretch of Deer Creek in Pickaway County, Ohio.

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a “coffee portrait”

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This is a painting on a 30″ x 22″ canvas.  Instead of using watercolor, which this kind of looks like, I painted this picture with brewed coffee.  It is a portrait of my friend Mike, who is a coffee shop owner and roaster.  The different values of color in the picture were achieved by using different types of coffee (and brewed at different strengths).  For instance, the hair and beard were painted with espresso.

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new painting – Gummy Bear

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This is a little painting of a yellow Gummy Bear that is sitting on a light box.  The painting is 14″ x 10″ and is a combination of spray paint, gouache and acrylic on board.

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new painting – Self Portrait

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Self-portrait.  Oil on canvas, mounted on board.  27″ x 14″.

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painting in progress – sunflowers

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20-1/2″ x 14-1/4″.  Spray paint, acrylic and gouache on canvas.  Still needs some work.

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