Monday, May 14, 2012

Buffalo Sandwich

Here's a 'sad' Buffalo that popped out of me an hour before i saw my mom on mother's day.  Which in my mom's case.... this year  fell on her birthday, so i'm doing a two-fer.

Thus the 'Buff sandwich': this top piece of Buffalo bread,  then in-between is some quirky 'stuff' lying around my studio i'll use in future paintings. Then the another buffalo at the end... for the bottom piece of bread.

Sorry - these sucker's were done WAY too fast to snap process pics, so i just grabbed a few quickie shots after i painted them. See? That's why he's sad, he missed out on the process pics. Poor guy. i think he'll get over it though.


Now...... here's a few wood and rocks lying around my studio i'll use someday.. I wonder if other artists out there do this too? I can't believe I'm alone.  You can spot 'sizzy' and the 'rubber jaws teeth' on the side, keeping the wood and rocks company.

I'd love to hear what the rest of you artists collect or have lying around your studios. Doesn't have to be odd or unusual... or literally used in the art piece. Might just be  a shape or textured object that inspire you.

No rules! Everything's fare game. Even some gold and orange paint i used seems like it could be worked into something else as i look at it here..

It's not just brushes, pens, pencils, paint, but also just a ton of garbage, wood, metal,various debris that might get swallowed up into a painting someday.

I notice i tend to group objects i stash away for potential paintings...

... mostly by texture.

Do you other artists do this... categorize by texture?

By now you'll notice this is, obviously, my fabric drawer.  mostly remnants, small cuts of cloth, some Subtle Prints and Florals, and some pretty Gaudy colors which are the opposite of 'subtle'.

Fabrics are grouped in my brain under " soft, fuzzy, furry, clothy, or plush toy-ish".


Here's something sticks that looks like bambo i found a while back. It was part of some screen so i took it apart.

These sticks already yellowish-ocher colored, but i added a few more of the speckled darker textures to make them more interesting.

Might be cool to paste them over a watercolor image, so the watercolor shows through between the wood pieces? sorta like your looking through slats? or some fence poles? We'll see.


Here's some Palm Tree bark i found in a park. These and Eucalyptus three bark have a TON of interesting textures if . The variety or textures is something you just can't find on Google, you have to hunt around. There's also some old fishing wire in there too.

This bark can be used a a couple of ways. One is to paint onto the surface itself. Only tricky part is they will eventually decay.  Might be possible to spray the bark with fixative though, course i could paint the hell out of them with some heavy duty fixative-glue, but that might lose a lot of the delicacy of the bark's texture.

Another thing i might try is to work them into some sculpture or 3D piece... like the boxes... or something else, not trying to paint of draw over them, just blend their texture into another created form?


Here's some polished rocks, you can get these tons of places. There's a lot of what's called Indian Crazy Rock in this drawer, which almost looks like hand painted shapes doesn't it?

I may take scans of these, print them out then by hand continue the same pattern the rock has past into a larger picture.

Not to pass of my art off as looking LIKE the rock,  (i frankly don't have that much skill, you'll tell the difference right away between my stuff and an organic shape like this), but more as a way to push my style into some OTHER direction.... i wouldn't normally draw outside my comfort zone.

Always looking for new ways to trick myself into thinking and painting differently.


This drawers Tree Bark is also is full of random crap at the bottom... a plastic tube that had some yellow object inside, i liked how the dirt obscured the yellow and let's it peak through.. also some bicycle chain? Maybe a chain-saw chain? Not sure.

Also some sewing machine parts. I have a ton of these, (as Nola's mother sows). For me it's sorta the same way Sienkiewicz seemed obsessed with Stray Toasters, i have a think for Sewing Machine parts.

This is part of the brown rusty-antique-mechincal-bones side of my imagination, which is the the polar opposite of fabrics-pipe cleaners and, colorful soft plushy things side. My pal Josh Hagler summed it up as  "everything from power tools to plus toys, you throws them into a car trunk, then they rattles around in there, when you open it, things that somehow usually don't belong together, somehow seems to fit."


Okay, so much for unusual art supplies.  Probably would have been better to post something being MADE instead, eh?  Maybe not.  Even if causes one other artist to pause the next time they look at a piece of bark or machine or fabric, then it's worth it.

Now for that bottom piece of the sandwich... pretty weird huh? even for me.

sorta looks more like a rat .... or maybe a porcupine rather than a buffalo. I tried for abstract, and instead i get a frantic looking little creature instead. with only two legs..

At least mom seemed to like it.

Okay, hit me up with some feedback... any stuff YOU have used, or thought might be cool to work into one of your own paintings or drawings?

Maybe you'll give me an idea of something i never thought of before.



russlan said...

Sometimes i use superkitchstuff, like flowerhangings. I don't know, but i like when it is too much. I could imagine this huge rat betwenn yellow flowers

the danman can said...

I don't have anything to add about the creative process, but I like the buff.

My mother's b-day is Thu, so it's always near Mother's Day as well.

lucasirineu said...

Awesome buffalo.

And, lots of cool shit you have lying around in your studio. Afraid I don't have anything like that over here... Except for this bullet. It's a huge bullet that according to my cousin (who was in the army and gave it to me back when he was still there, after bringing some of them home) is used to shoot planes down.

It's a very pretty bullet. Big, shiny and has a nice color (though I'll not tell you what color it is, because I'm colorblind and I'd probably be wrong. But it's pretty.)

Jeff Lafferty said...

Talk about mixed media! Super inspiring stuff Sam.

Marcus Collar said...

I have a lot of toys around the Maxx having it's way with a newer GI JOE version of Baroness, while staning on the ORIGINAL Optiums prime transformer which is shredded. But I thinkt he best is to have my childrens art around my art table here is my zone:

and you can see the cool random stuff my son (7) gives me my favorite is a color page that says
"have fun drawing"

says it all

love the Buffalo does anyone have any honey mustard? lol

oh and check out one my mixed media things tht is NOTHING liek my art but inspires it

Big up to Mom's!!

Byron Rempel said...

My studio space is far to tiny to have that much stuff lying around, but I really like the idea of it. I'm going to try to start a small collection of items to use in some of my future works.
Great stuff Sam ... thanks for sharing so much.

Rafael said...
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Rafael Only said...

Hi, Sam!

Yesterday I saved some wet pages from a little notepad I used to sketch; it was under my computer screen, and some rain drops fell on it... The result was great! The ink from the cartoons was all stained, rainbow like. I keep them inside my drawer now, got something planned for them.
I just love the way the hair of the Buffalo is drawn! The whole picture is amazing!
Keep it real!

ant said...

hey, i dig the those buffalo, and as far as junk... i used to keep a bunch of action figure accessories lying around, just random masks and machine looking stuff... wire, plaster casting stuff, rubber bands, dryed up paint... and i just bought this skull, i don't what animal it came from, but it's pretty sweet...

Christina Bryant said...

When I was walking dogs here in NYC I used to collect random objects from the street and Central Park all the time: broken sparkly jewelry, a dead wasp/cicada/butterflies, lots of feathers (my favorite was from a visiting great horned owl and I love the colors and texture of blue jay feathers), small mysterious bottles, a deep brown crack vial, an old red broken clock, a small hourglass with pink sand, free postcards for shows, B&W photo negatives, etc. I also have grabbed these great smooth/spiky black pods and birch bark sections when I've been in the country. Most I squirrel away in drawers/cabinets. At one point I assembled as curio in a typesetting drawer, some I used in specimen jars for Halloween, some I work into gift wrapping for friends, some I donate when they've sat unused for too long. The best part is finding these little things hidden around the city, little pieces of potential.

jennifer kraska said...

Cardboard and colored pencil shavings.

Was just thinking.....isn't it buffalo time? Like that fuzzy one, the one that looks like it exploded.

Aaron Desira said...

Great buffa's sam,
I bet they are roaming your moms outback.

I dunno if this is relevent because Im a novice artist for hours put in and i guess skills in seeing all the way into an idea, but atm im doing a model conversion, taking a resin model of conan out of context, he is yelling and carrying a dead amazon, but im getting my mum.. yeah I cant sew.. to make her into a sorta fifties roller skating icecream waitress, wearing a pinstripe corset and dress i designed, she is also going to have skates on, I bought a kids toy called a tech deck that is a tiny skateboard for your fingers, im using the wheels in a phemo shoe for that. im turing him into a cocktail barman, and makin the bar from scratch using bits of chair from an old outdoor pine setting and a dremel drill to carve it into a sorta tiki-ish style bar. You can get these little bottles of booze here, they are around 2 or 3 inches replicas of gin and kalua ect. ive got a heap of those for props, plus stuff that came with the model.Then im going to probably make a bunch of clay bits, an ogre skull holding the building up, shredded tea bags rapped around little clay faces for shrunken heads, plastic toy rhino and such cut in half and mounted on the walls, clay cats doing cat like things on the bar, you know all that normal stuff. boy oh boy. Sorry got carried away with this comment..

I hope I start to be able to see the things you see in the junk and organic matter that goes by us.

cody said...
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cody said...

Nice buffalo sandwich. I like to keep old clock work parts really like how cogs look, two old shower doors that are textured on one side not on the other thought it would be cool to paint on don't know what side though, i live by the beach so I have all sorts of that stuff. I don't know if you live by the coast but go down after a storm and it is crazy what washes up wood, old toys, shells, old bouyies , sea glass, from all over the world you definetley have to pace yourself or you will end having a ton of stuff. Going to micheals and getting wierd masks and wood boxes and etc animal models that I mix and match the pieces to make other wierd creatures.

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