Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Mackie and I were in Lafayette last weekend and had a blast! This is a great town in east bay California. This was our third year and each year we have a better time than the previous one.
Mackie is in Reno this week waiting for me to join her tomorrow and then we're off to the Candy Dance in Genoa, Nevada. I can talk about Genoa all day, but I'm going to wait until next week to talk about that. Well, here's a teaser. Genoa is a small village southwest of Carson City on the way to South Lake Tahoe. It sits next to the mountains and doesn't have a stop light. They block off the streets and about 40,000 people - that's correct people - descend on the community for three fun-filled days. Last year was our first year here and it was lots of fun. There is a link on our show schedule to the city's website.
We're down to the last seven art shows of this year, and even though we are running two hundred miles an hour, we couldn't be having more fun...Life is good!
This photo is of some new pieces that I've been working on. The shark on the left is for a San Jose Sharks fan. He was blown away when he picked it up at the show! That's a Tilly bird on the right. I have no idea why it's a Tilly bird; Mackie came up with the name and it stuck with us.
We'll be coming up with more fun art and displaying it soon. Check the show schedule on our website at www.cliftonmetalworks.com for where we are going to be at next!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Fall is starting to come to the Pacific Northwest and people seem to be doing a bit more remodeling instead of upgrading to another house. We were able to salvage a bunch of these steel balls that were made as part of fence decorations. It dawned on us that these looked like heads. Here's one of these balls that I turned into a face.
This is Billy Biker. His body is created from a crankshaft from a Toro lawn tractor from a local golf course. I sculpted his motorcycle from pieces of rebar, round steel, and custom wheels that I cut pirate symbols in from sheet metal. He will be at a show soon!