Thursday, January 31, 2008

Just Getting Started

First of all, I would like to thank Tom and Esther for allowing me to be a part of this new adventure in the expansion of wood lathart. To me, Tom and Esther are two of the pioneers of this art form, along side of of Theodore Degroot. I have been visually studying their work since 1996, when I first came across it in Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine.
The intriguing force behind all of this kind of goes back to my childhood. My father loved to fish, and instilled this within me. He used to call himself the "Old Man Of The Sea". Now I didn't grow up along the coastal areas of any ocean, and either did he, but I believe that he was facinated with the the old fishing villages, and the old men that gave their lives to this trade.
There were a few seafood restaurants back in Wisconsin, where I grew up, that we would go to, and as it is in many seafood restaurants, the artwork on the walls depicted the enviroment of these old fishing villages; boats, the ocean, lighthouses, lobster traps, and all kinds of other fishing equiptment. I was especially captivated by what the sun, and salty ocean air did to the raw and colored wood materials that were exposed to this enviroment. From what I've read about Ben Ploughman, this is also the captivating force behind his work; a lifestyle that he grew up around. Also, a large majority of Tom's work originated from these nautical themes, and as a matter of fact, it was his piece( "The Five Boats" ) that inspired me, and this can be viewed in the lathart picures section of this blog.
It's going to take me some time to accumulate a potfolio of my own work, but I will chart and share the progression of this process here in this section of the blog. Again, my thanks to Tom and Esther for allowing me to do this.


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Invitation to Christopher Hildebrand

We are so impressed with the work of Christopher Hildebrand of North Carolina that we have invited him to post to this blog, which I hope he accepts.

Chris has created some very nice original designs, is very active in LathArt and is considering selling some of these as LathArt patterns. We think that would be great, and would like him to let our readers know how to reach him, where he and his art will be appearing, and how to buy his patterns.

Hopefully soon, Chris will be here speaking for himself.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Original Lath Art by Christopher Hildebrand of North Carolina

This is his original design and creation. Great job and great idea.

When some people first see LathArt, they know right away if they have a LathArt painting in them. Providing the how-to to people like Christopher is why I set up the main site.

Christopher started with a kit (not my site) I think, but quickly progressed to creating his own designs. This is his second design.

I hope he will continue to share. I've seen his first, and it is wonderful as well.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Make Extra Money with Lathart

Lath Art is so unique, it sells well at local arts and craft fairs and craft malls. In addition if you are a creator of patterns, you can sell them at wood shows. But be careful, the costs of these venues can easily eat up your profits.

Certain locations are more LathArt friendly than others. (The east coast and the great lakes come to mind), and location specific themes are usually more popular than general themes.

The easiest way to get started is to put some in local craft malls or consignment shops to see if you have something that people want. Yes, they take a lot of commission, but you get to try out the market without any investment, and it will give you a good idea of how to price your work in your area.