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Black and Orange Triangles

Maybe this should have been posted yesterday for Halloween.

The majority of my Halloween art is costumes and pumpkins.

I am not sure where/if any images exist of those works.

I will look for them for possible future posts.

So, it seems like an orange and black sculpture is the best I can do for this Halloween.

This piece is painted sheet metal and various size wire.

The thicker wire spins the top two orange triangle sections.

Orange Spinning Triangles Christopher Pollock Art
Orange Spinning Triangles Christopher Pollock Art
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My 1 Year WordPress Anniversary

Doing some commission work for a friend.

Needed a good straight cut for this mobile.

The red shear behind my computer did the trick well.

Love new tool/toys!

Just got a message from WordPress congratulating  me on one year of blogging and this website.

Time flies!

Learned a lot this year.

Getting much better and enjoying the process.

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Small S Shape Kinetic Art Sculpture

Very light. Very thin. Aluminum and wire.

Building this kind of sculpture has it’s challenges. Imagining a thing is first and usually the easy part.

There is the cutting and shaping. Then balancing and dropping (sometimes a lot).

They just sit on a balance point. A little air can move them.

A cat can send them flying to the floor in pieces!

There is often a loud noise when the metal hits the floor or table.

Scares the cat!

Good news is the art and cat are usually fine.

 

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Standing spinning brass S shapes

This piece of sculpture will not stand up unless the top pieces are counterbalancing it. Sort of like life, you better keep it together through all this spinning around or you’re going to come crashing down!

The art of living!

Balance and counterbalance!

I made many art pieces made from salvaged brass from kick plates that are meant to protect the bottom of doors.

Mostly mobiles and Christmas gifts.

This is the only one of this design  made so far.

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Balancing Copper “S” Sculpture

Finding the balance point to make a small indent is the tricky part. The kinds of material and embellishments keep the work from being too repetitious. Minimal and simple pieces that become something beyond their basic components are often my favorite art forms.

Like two sticks or some wire, or in this case three scraps of copper and a washer.

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My Father’s 70th Birthday Gift (Penny Mobile Art)

There is this mobile hanging in the back stairway of my mother’s house. It is a mobile made from pennies. The picture is the best I could do given the space and my poor photography skills.

My dad was a coin collector as was his father. They got me into it as a boy and I still enjoy it. His 70th birthday was coming up and it was a big deal. He was a good man and father, the best man at my wedding, and had put up with years of me being other than good, so maybe a unique gift was in order. I had recently realized that I was an artist so some sculpture seemed like a god idea.

I had been fooling around with mobiles made of circles and when the idea of doing one of pennies came to mind it seemed fitting. Seventy cents seemed like it fit my budget too! I started by gathering 1932-2002 pennies. The mobile is basically eight little mobiles balanced into one big one. Each decade of pennies is it’s own different shape. The bottom starts with a 1932 Lincoln cent and the top (last) is 2002.

On a visit to our house he came out to the studio while it was under construction. Fortunately it was flat on the bench and in pieces so he never had a clue. It was completed on time and I hung it where it now is. Boxing it up and gift wrapping it was not happening!

He liked it.

I planed to add more as he grew older. Dad lived to be 80 so maybe I should finish that piece of artwork, or just leave it like it is.

Penny Mobile Kinetic Art Sculpture
Penny Mobile Kinetic Art Sculpture
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My WordPress Art Blog Website Journey (so far)

What started out as a desire to keep better track my artwork has become much more than expected. The likes, comments and followers are up-lifting. Writing about the journey and reading about others stimulates inspiration and introspection. This community sharing of methods, ideas, experiences (and pretty much everything) prompts one’s imagination and actions to new levels. That is the view from my art-focused view of this blogosphere. There is so much more over every horizon of interest, it is incredible.

This blog is not only a new digital process for me. We have now been to five WordCamps and a number of meetups. If you have the opportunity to attend one of these events I highly recommend it. A full spectrum of people from beginner to expert in blogging, coding, developing  marketing and more are gathered to learn, share, help, promote and contribute in so many ways. The speakers (my wife Chrissie spoke this weekend in Montreal) are full of good information on many topics and there are usually multiple rooms with different subjects like blogging tips, coding, developing, marketing, and this time in French and English!

This journey is more than I expected for my sculpture record keeping and sharing idea. It’s becoming something more than I thought it was. Like the sculpting process itself. Like my favorite art. Like life!

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#9 of 9 Mobiles Made From the Old Copper Washing Machine Tub

The Last post of the winter mobile run. There are other pieces of sculpture done and coming from the smaller scraps of the washing machine tub but these nine used most of it up.

Still finishing a large (35-40) run of stick couples then on to an aluminum mobile commission job. Always collecting sticks and weathered metal or anything that looks like it may be inspiring material for whatever artwork comes after that!

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