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This Year’s Christmas Design

The 2017 Christmas decoration came out like this.

I was not very excited about it this time. The design usually comes from the forms of recent artwork projects.

This year more time was spent packing and moving art than making it.

So, it makes sense that this is an old shape with a little holiday add on.

The good part is no one hated it and a few thought it was the best yet!

 

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Lisbon Roosters

Finished prototype of kinetic wire sculpture of rooster

Roosters seem to be everywhere.

Recent trips abroad have proven the popularity of the rooster motif as seen in homes, shops, advertisements, graffiti, glassware, jewelry, sculpture, painting…..

Yes, even ChristopherPollockArt has made and sold a few rooster pieces.

During this trip to Lisbon, Portugal, there is time to do some artwork while my wife meets with some coworkers (The main reason for the trip).

Tools and materials are limited basically to wire and pliers. So why not ad a new spin on the rooster design?

There was this rooster design.

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There were a few incorporated into mobiles like this. (Notice the rooster on the wall paper in the background of the home the mobile is installed in.)

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There were some others in mixed farm scene mobiles as well.

The inspiration to make a kinetic rooster design came from seeing this large moving sculpture in Lisbon.

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These hands have bent many kinetic birds that stand and move like that rooster.

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Mixing the rooster and bird designs seemed like it would be a good project for Lisbon.

So it began.

Some of you kind readers have asked to see more of the process, so here goes.

It starts with an coming up with an idea, as just described.

Then there is usually some doodling.

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Then the prototype is started.

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The prototype stages are where you really learn the most. This one has not gone well from the start. First of all it should have been larger. Small is very nice, but it is much harder to do, so it is a bad idea for a prototype.

Step by step you go. (I forgot to mention the use of image searches like you see on the computer.)

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Just keep bending, bending,bending….

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At this stage it was clear that the wings were too small to counterbalance the design intended for the head and eye part.

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There was to be a slightly different beak and a “waddle” hanging below the balancing loop of the head and eye piece. Larger wings should add enough weight for that to work in following attempts. You see the rejected part in the foreground.

There you have it!

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7/14 Years of Christmas Gift Art

8/12 Years of Christmas Gift Art Jingle Bells Ornament

Year eight was this mobile ornament made from brass wire and jingle bells. 

I made 40-50 of these and one larger piece as well as some earrings using this design. 

The middle wire (I call the wires of mobiles armatures) shape has since become an often used design element in my wire sculptures and Christmas gift artwork.

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9/14 Years of Christmas Gift Making

Thanks for the penguin likes. You probably (hopefully) will notice that the gifts get better as the years go by. May that continue. Hopefully we all improve over time. We really hope my blogging does too!

So here is the painted sheet metal and wire snowman (with a piece of plastic weed whip string for a “carrot” nose). This was the sixth year’s gift. 40-50 of these were made.

 

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12/14 Years of Christmas Gift Art

The third year of making Christmas gift art was this brass wire ornament. It is a spiral tree shape with a star on top inside another spiral representing a traditional “ball” ornament.

It is shaped from a single piece of wire plus a second to make a hook for hanging. There were 30-40 of these made that year.

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Fourteen years of Christmas Gift Art

Weathered copper frog mobile on lily pad

Christmas shopping in the boondocks had its limitations. My budget did too.(still does!)

I was just starting to produce sculpture.

Why not make a few gifts? So it began. Fourteen years ago. The Pollock Christmas collection.

Funny thing though, the artwork that was being made at that time really didn’t have a Christmas theme. (frogs? really?)That has changed over the years.

Frog mobiles were first because thats what I was working on at that point. They were well received so I kept making artistic gifts as well as other sculptures.

The posts from now thru Christmas will be of the Christmas  gifts I made for friends and family instead of shopping.

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