The Painted Chair part 1

chair 1 full view

The Northville Art House is having a fundraising auction called The Painted Chair.  I’m proud to say I will have two chairs in the auction.  This is the first, I call it My Hoppy Chair.

chair 1 bottle cap detail

I am a big fan of beer, and that has left me with a plethora of bottle caps.  I decided to use them to cover an old chair.

chair 1 back detail

I painted hop vines on the back and around the bottle caps.

chair 1 goat detail

The goats hanging from the back of the chair are from Celebrator Doppelbock, each bottle comes with a little plastic goat tied around the neck.

chair 1 seatThe seat is painted with hops and wheat.  I’m quite pleased with the results.  Next time I’ll show you chair #2.

Where I stood, bowling for soup!

 

Bowling?

Hmm, bowls?  Yes, Jane, mom and I went to the Village Potter’s Guild a couple of weeks ago to take part in a soup bowl fundraiser, where we got to paint glaze on bowls that the Potter’s Guild members had thrown and fired.  It was for the Salvation Army, and we had such fun!

Jane's bowlThis is the bowl Jane painted.

mom's bowlThis is the bowl mom painted.

my first bowlThis is the first bowl I painted.

my second bowlThis is the second bowl I painted.  We had a great time, and the Potter’s Guild was wonderful.  They had such beautiful bowls to chose from and great suggestions.  What a great time!

a chest of drawers for Katie

Katie got herself a chest of drawers for her office, and asked if I would paint it for her.  Of course, what fun.  The chest is 40″ tall, 19″wide, and 12″ deep, a nice place to keep things.  Obviously made by a home handyman, the drawers get smaller as you go down, not bigger.  Strange, but truly quite wonderful.  I used chalkboard paint on the black areas, that way Katie can divide music into two categories (i.e. good and bad, country and western, loud and louder), and change her mind every day.  She can also leave notes on the black piano keys on the sides and on the spaces under the drawers.Katie's chest of drawers front view Katie's chest of drawers side view Katie's chest of drawers top view Katie's chest of drawers top and front Katie's chest of drawers bottom drawer

The box

boxHmmmm…What’s in the box?  Shall we have a look?

inside boxLet’s start pulling things out and see.

beware boxThis one says “beware”, I think we’ll leave it alone for now.

artist's infoThere’s some info on the artist.

printsThere are various prints.

book of printsThere’s even a book of prints.

deck of cardsAnyone for a game of gin?

postcardsHere’s some postcards.

voodoo dollsOf course we have voodoo dolls.

beware boxIt’s time to get back to this box, what could be inside?

bee wearOh, how silly!

A new game

When visiting some friends, we played Life, you know, the old board game.  We wondered what to do after life.  I got to thinking about it, and I decided we should play Afterlife.  I made them the game and sent it to them.

Afterlife game boardI painted the board with different places to spend your afterlife.

Afterlife starsI made stars to use in place of money.  You collect stars throughout the game.

Afterlife cardsThese are the cards that let you know if you get stars or not.

Afterlife ghostsAnd these are the playing pieces, little ghosts made from electronic tubes.

 

 

The Lord of La Mancha

picasso and bike badge

I have a friend who wanted a likeness of Picasso’s Don Quixote painted on his bike badge.  Fortunately, he didn’t want Sancho on the badge, the badge is really small.  I hand painted Don, his horse Rocinante, and a larger windmill on it.  Now Scott can tilt at windmills.

DonQuixote

 

Now that I’ve given it to him, perhaps the song will quit running through my head.

 

A trip to Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

If you’re ever in the neighborhood of 14 mile and Orchard Lake, check out Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum.  It’s a blast.  MMMM0

Here are just a few photos of the wonderful stuff inside.

MMMM1Put in a quarter or two, and you can watch such things as bodies descending into Hell.

MMMM3MMMM2

Once in Hell, the devils are eating and playing pool.

MMMM4You can watch victims being tortured during the Spanish Inquisition.

MMMM5

Skeletons being chased by a dog.

MMMM6MMMM7

Even if you don’t put quarters in the marvelous mechanical machines, just looking at all the stuff on the walls will keep you busy for a very long time.  Truly an amazing place!

A trip to Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum

If you’re ever in the neighborhood of 14 mile and Orchard Lake, check out Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum.  It’s a blast.  MMMM0

Here are just a few photos of the wonderful stuff inside.

MMMM1Put in a quarter or two, and you can watch such things as bodies descending into Hell.

MMMM3MMMM2

Once in Hell, the devils are eating and playing pool.

MMMM4You can watch victims being tortured during the Spanish Inquisition.

MMMM5

Skeletons being chased by a dog.

MMMM6MMMM7

Even if you don’t put quarters in the marvelous mechanical machines, just looking at all the stuff on the walls will keep you busy for a very long time.  Truly an amazing place!