Sunday, February 27, 2011

Repeating history


Completed a new acrylic on wood yesterday, and I stuck it on the shelf in my studio. About an hour later was leafing through an (extremely) old sketchbook and found this goblin I had drawn in pen and ink back in 1994 or so.  Perfect example of "those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it". The nose is different, for sure, but still, it kind of kills me that these characters that swim around in my head manage to erupt over and over without my control.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Toothy Goblin, Pickle Goblin, Purple Goblin with Daffodil, Ring-Butt Goblin

These four little goblin sketches are a continuation of my exploration of new color combinations. I found the Toothy Goblin scheme on an old Italian medicine box label.  The Pickle Goblin scheme came from a book of 50's cartoons. The purple goblin's colors were in a dinosaur pic by William Stout that I love. The combination in the Ring-Butt Goblin also came from an old packaging label--women's face powder.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cabinet--really "bookshelves"--of Curiosities

Been looking everywhere for an affordable old cabinet without luck. But as luck would have it, remembered these couple of bookshelves (that I found back when thrift stores were cheap). Terribly greedy for "things", and need them out in my studio where I can pick them up anytime I want.
 Thus, I stacked up the shelves and put a selection on display.  Not a very good editor, so I keep adding, but I'm liking this--vast improvement on drawers full of random items on top of my watercolors, and bone chips sliding under my fingernails when I search for the tube of yellow ochre. I remain a Victorianophile despite the difficulty of maintenance. I'll dust this stuff any day over having to live in a sterile (but easily cleaned) house.
Many of these awesome bits I've had since childhood--the human skull is a model (glow-in-the-dark) I made when I was ten. The rabbit and bird skulls I found in the field; the deer skull discovered on a camping trip with my son. Anything mineral or geology-related was my father's. (Was fortunate, growing up, to have the paragon earth-science teacher.) I continue the hunt for more and more peculiarities. Newest want-list: Owl pellet, one bizarre tintype, old metal bird(s), the trilobites lost somewhere in my parents garage.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Three Ghost Letters

Mixed media on vintage letters.  Private collection.  

My Etsy store is up and running. Will be adding new pieces as the week progresses. www.etsy.com/shop/TomSarmo

Thursday, February 10, 2011

St. Dominic Leaflet

This is the Saint Dominic print of which I spoke in the previous post.
http://tomsarmo.blogspot.com/2011/01/three-st-francis-of-assisi-paintings.html
Not been able to find anything like it online--can only assume it was printed on a basic press and probably sold at the ports to folks emigrating to the U.S. way back then.

I like the little baroque flourishes at the corners--especially the way they are just slashed with unregistered color. St. Dominic is known as a special protector against snakes--hence the snakes in the background. The horse and baby? As yet can't find anything about them in St. Dominic lore.
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