Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Michael de Meng Treat

Well, I finally treated myself to a gift I thought I'd never get.... a class with artist extraordinaire, Michael de Meng! Michael de Meng website   You know him from his book Secrets of Rusty Things and from the wildly amazing and slightly devious assemblages de Rust that he creates. What a cool guy, what a generous teacher, what a great day I had! It was absolute heaven for me just to spend the entire day doing art, but being taught by someone I admire so much was so great.
 The class was held at Zinnia in south Pasadena, another huge treat! I've been wanting to go there for so long and it proved to be every bit as wonderful as I thought it would be. 
Anyway, these are the photos of the piece I created.  I started right off with an original cab card (daring for me right off the bat because normally I would use a copy). The significant pieces of this are the little clock in the upper corner because it was made by a favorite cousin long ago. 

 I made the polymer clay head, and have saved the tiny soldiers that guard "Little One" since my days in the Berkshires. The dominoes are really, really old, maybe bakelite, And I'm sorry that you can't peer thru the big round metal finding to see the transparency of a face in side. 
The whole piece was overpainted with Michael's secret ingredient called "uszhh"---you'll have to take the class to find out what that consists of! ha . But it does magical things!
I had so much fun creating this piece. And even though I was a bit slow to get going in class, once I got going I knew just where I was headed and finished it quickly at home. I love it not only for the accomplishment of doing it but for the memory of a wonderful day. 


Mixed Media Martyr said...

Brilliant Gina!! Glad you did the class and glad you enjoyed it! Hope it gave you that shot of creative juice that you were hoping for. Love your piece.

freebird said...

Everyone should get to take a class with a teacher they admire at least once in a liftime! Good for you. And you've got something to look at and remember the day forever too.

Kathy said...

Man..your blog ROCKS!! So glad I'm going to be visiting it again. Everything about this piece is terrific. From the background of how it was made (a class with Michael) to the composition and things you used to create it! Way to go Gina!

Gina said...

Thank you so much, folks! Yes I'm creating with new energy now. That was just a great boost! Thanks so much for the wonderful compliments. You have made my day!