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No Guts No Glory, Grasshoppa Man and Michael deMeng

January 15, 2010

I’m starting a new adventure; well actually it started last summer when I went to Art Unraveled, a great artist’s retreat in Phoenix. I had a blast, learned a boatload and met a lot of amazing people, like I knew I would.

I took 5 classes and true to Emily nature, I barely finished anything. But right before the Made In Clarkdale show this last December I finished my pieces I started in Michael deMeng’s class – ‘What a Relief’. What an amazing class. I went to learn how to properly attach items to a relief and learned so much more. The biggest surprise was in learning how to paint again. I realize this statement would make my teachers in college spit. Yes, I learned how to paint traditionally, but it never was my thing, so I didn’t do it very much. Now, don’t get excited, I’m not going to start painting canvas; it’s still not my thing. But Michael said, “you’re just painting things, not painting”, and so I ended up painting my backgrounds for most of the class! We used acrylics, which have always been my favorite, but what I didn’t know was that there are transparent and opaque acrylics. I may seem a little naive in admitting this, but hey, it’s a great discovery anyway.

So here are my finished pieces. When I showed them to my husband he said, “You’re not one of those kinds of artists are you?” To which I didn’t reply to, I mean, we’ve been together for 21 years now…he’s well aware of the answer to that question. Anyway at Made In Clarkdale they were hung next to each other. Several times it was observed that a viewer would stare at them for a bit, run off and bring someone back to point at them together. I didn’t get to watch this myself, I’m always busy working the show, but my husband told me of these events, with some pride I might add. So overall, a resounding success!

Feel free to point and stare.

No Guts No Glory“No Guts, No Glory”

No Guts No Glory 'Heart'

Grasshoppa Man“Grasshoppa Man”

Grasshoppa Man Side View

Thank you Michael for a great class. If any of you ever have the chance to take a class, any class, from this man, do! And as for the new adventure? We’ll talk about that next time. Enjoy!  -emm

4 Comments leave one →
  1. vicki permalink
    January 19, 2010 9:40 am

    Em, we used to point and stare at you all the time! I really liked these, they were cool. Being a bug lover and a bone lover how could I not love them?

    • January 19, 2010 8:40 pm

      Thank you Vicki, yes, I am used to the pointing and staring. I’ll have to show you the piece I made with Cicada wings, you’ll love it!

  2. January 29, 2010 10:14 am

    Great stuff Emily. Love how the Ken doll (or whatever he was) blends right into the frame. Glad you enjoyed the class.
    cheers and good work

    • January 29, 2010 8:34 pm

      Thanks Michael, he’s a GI Joe, hence the ‘No Glory’ reference. The kids love seeing their toys in my art! Thanks for visiting.

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