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Bird Mountain Road

The 24hr Drive By Gallery in Chico is putting on a community participation art fundraiser. The gallery created large wall size puzzles of interlocking wooden puzzle pieces and the public was invited to pay $10 for a puzzle piece and decorate it any way they want. The pieces are due back tomorrow and will be re-assembled for a one week showing beginning Saturday, May 27 and running through June 2, 2006, on which day there will be a silent auction for the pieces.

dietcokehed and I are both participating in this show. I just finished up my piece today.

Bird Mountain Road
approx. 19" x 16"

Mixed Media: Earth, sandpaper, oil pastels, wax and dried flowers on wood

Here's a close-up detail:

Photos from Puzzle Shows from the last two years can be seen here: Clicky-Click.



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May. 21st, 2006 08:37 am (UTC)
That's really an amazing piece. I wish I could see it in person. The way the colors came out it looks like metallic patina and rust, as though the whole thing had happened naturally over a long time.
May. 21st, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
Well, this is just so totally cool, I can't even think of the right word to express the appropriate level of coolness.
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May. 24th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
If you're ever in Chico I'd love to meet you!
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May. 25th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
Wow, you're right! Thank you so much.
Ms. Tuttle!
May. 21st, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
that's pretty much fantastic.
May. 21st, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
I so wish I could see it in person. Amazing.
May. 22nd, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
That's way cool. I love the colors! Earthy.
May. 22nd, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
May. 22nd, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
That. Is. GORGEOUS :)
May. 24th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
May. 22nd, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
Bird Mountain Road
Wow! That is awesome, Babe! We are very proud of you! I, too, feel like I have been on that road. Good job!
May. 22nd, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
great idea!
May. 24th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! :)
May. 24th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 24th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
amazing images
oh my god (if you don't mind the expletive)!!!! How amazing and all the other words the other people who commented used. I'm amazed that it is on wood. I spend my photographing hours searching for natural things that look like this, and usually they are metal when I find them, although there is some old paint. And the one person was right, I feel like I've been on the road. I'm a photographer because I can't come up with images like this, but I'm pretty good at finding them. Maybe sometime I could scan a photo to show you - if you want.
May. 24th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
Re: amazing images
Thank you. I also love burnt and rusted stuff, peeling paint, etc. and I look for these colors too when I'm out with my camera.

I've been trying for a while to create these colors and acheive a "rusted" looking effect. I've had some orange dirt from one of my favorite mountain roads that I've been experimenting with artisically for several years.

Basically, how I did this piece was I ground up the dirt very finely and then sifted it and mixed it with some collage glue and painted it onto the wooden puzzle piece. After the dirt dried I tore some strips of sand paper and glued that down. Then I "colored" the whole piece with oil pastels, melted a favorite candle of mine and poured the wax onto the piece and spread the wax around while it was hot with a palete knife. The hot wax kind-of melted and blended the oil pastels and created a unique textured effect immediately as the wax dried. This is the first time I've ever used wax in a piece and I'm happy with the effect it created.

I'd love to see some of your photography. I'm 110% sure that anyone can come up this images like this regardless of their perceived lack of ability. I've only taken one art class in my life (basic drawing) and I sucked at it, which is why I stick to abstracts.
May. 30th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)
Re: amazing images
do you know how i can post a photograph on this web site beside as an icon? perhaps i need to have a paid account?
May. 30th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
Re: amazing images
You can make a free account on Flickr, upload pictures there and link to them in your LJ posts.


Jun. 5th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
Re: amazing images
THANKS! I knew about flickr, but hadn't thought about the link type thing. I'm adding photos now (though only my dinky digital camera type for now - I'll scan my "real" photos later after I see this all works).
May. 26th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
I stopped by the gallery today and...
It looks even better in person!
May. 26th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
Re: I stopped by the gallery today and...
Really? I didn't know it was up yet. Now I'm curious. I checked out your lj and liked what I read so I added you. Hope you don't mind...
May. 31st, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
That's really effin' cool!! You so rock :) I have yet to get by there...tomorrow fo' sho' dammit. I also didn't get a pic of mine, think they'd care if I took a pic at the gallery? Is that kosher? (NOT literally "kosher" for all you smart asses out here waiting to make fun of me)

Paranoid? Maybe.
May. 31st, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
My piece ended up right next to a multi-colored, feathered abomination. I kind-of disappointed about that, but oh well.

I'm pretty sure they'll let you take a picture since it's not a standard showing.
May. 31st, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
I may know of this feathered abomination...when I dropped mine off they were having a problem with one of the pieces someone clearly didn't follow the rules on...feathers flying upward, something hanging down, and it looked kinda like a bird...
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