Greener than green

Tadaa! Commissioned Green Man finished!
My client requested a different color scheme for her Green Man, shades of olive green, no emphasis on the face and brown eyes, voila, no problem at all!
I have to say I really like these colors and might paint a few this way for my shop too. When I sculpted this Green Man I had an ivory colored face in mind so that's what I did but this green overall look is very appealing too!
The client is happy, I am happy, so this friendly character will be sent on his way to the United States asap!
Let's make the world a greener place!

Naar Buiten! Going Outside!

Etsy featured two of my doggie sculptures on their curated theme list 'Going Outside' (Naar Buiten) today! Wohoo! Thank you Etsy! :-)


Custom paint job

No, this is not a repost or a Déjà vu but a request for a custom paint job on one of my Green Men! Yes, we do those too!

If you like a Green Man but would like a different color there's the option in my shop on Etsy to request a custom order.
This Green Man will travel to Penssylvania later this week. :-)

Quick trunk project finished!

All finished in less than two days!
I'm quite happy with this quick project . Folk art in the true sense!

Quick trunk project

I needed a short break from my sculptures and paintings while some new ideas are brewing in my head but I wanted to keep busy so I started a new quick project this week.
This trunk was sitting on our landing for years filled with junk and we've decided to give it a new life in our hallway (storing shoes). Didn't want to make a big deal out of it so I painted it with left over paints in folk art Hindelooper style (like my floral boxes). Fun to do something on a larger scale!

The blank wooden trunk as it was sitting on our upstairs landing for the longest time.

Foppe's Acre Originals at the Skûstjemarkt on August 6, 2014

It was quite a busy day at the fair, lots of locals and tourists but for some reason people weren't in a shopping mood. Even though there was a lot of interest in my sculptures and linos I've only sold cards. While talking to the other stallholders we learned that they didn't sell much either. One of those days I suppose.
It was fun though, sunny and warm and lots of activity on the water (arrival of the sail boats for the regatta ('Skûtsjesilen) we've met some nice new people and talked to old friends.
The artist himself surrouned by his work at the fair.

Little Paul the Farting Elephant

Also made some Little Paul the Farting Elephant magnets for the fair! Complete with googly eyes!
These will be added in the shop later too.


Two photos courtecy of Pieter Musterd (the proud owner of Flapje's portrait). First one taken after the delivery and the second one after Pieter had the portrait framed and hung it on the wall in his livingroom. I think Pieter chose the perfect frame for Flapje, I like the craquelé effect and color a lot.
Thanks once again for this wonderful commission Pieter!

Ready set Go!

All packed and ready to go to the fair tomorrow! Phew.
Spent the day making inventory, pricing, wrapping, packing, do some last minute shopping and make sure I've got everything ready.
The fair will start around one in the afternoon, we'll be there at 11 am to dress the booth, so there are still a few hours in the morning to check everything again and make myself presentable
Looking forward to a busy day, hope it will stay dry as it's an outdoor event (but I'm prepared).
Wish me luck! (full report will follow, so stay tuned!)

Last but not least!

Saved the best till last!
Finished the last Green Man in this series today, wohoo!
This one was the most work to paint as I wanted to isolate the face from the foliage and emphasize his friendly expression, I think it worked out beautifully.
I painted him in many semi transparent washes to create depth and shading and kept the overall look light and breezy.
I've been working almost non-stop on these Green Men and I'm relieved I got them all finished for the fair next Wednesday.
Now I'm looking forward to start a new project, back to animals I think! 

Keeping an eye on things

The first (bigger) Green Man is now finshed.
I sculpted him in air dray clay, made a silicone mold and cast him in Duracast (ground marble-resin), finally painted him in acryllic and is varnished for extra durability.
He measures 6 inches in diameter and even though he's made for indoor use he can live in your garden too but needs a spot protected from the elements (sun and rain).
After the fair next week I'll list all my Green Men in my shop at Etsy.

Going Green 3

'The Third Man', no not the Orson Welles one, but my third Green Man magnet! It's been a lot of work from sculpting to casting to painting but I'm very happy with my three new friends! 

Going Green 2

Second one of the three Green Man magnets finished!
The picture shows him actually bigger than life size so you can imagine how delicate and cute he in real life is.

Getting ready for the fair

Working hard to get a few green man finished for the fair in town next week. Making production, while the painted magnets are drying casting new sculptures and preparing a mold for the next one.
Casted the bigger green man last night and he came out perfectly, held him in my hands all evening, so happy, can't wait to paint him too.
Even though I reproduce these sculptures each one will be handpainted so every one is unique. This way I can make more people happy with my artwork, good deal, right? 

Flapje Finished!

'Flapje' portrait in acryllic on 20x20 cm (8x8 inch) stretched gallery canvas, in commission of Pieter Musterd.

Yesterday I delivered Flapje's portrait and Pieter loves it! Pieter had already followed the process of the painting here on Foppe's pages and liked every step on the way but of course hadn't seen the painting in real life. He was very touched with the perfect resemblance of his old friend whom he lost some twenty years ago. It felt like a new homecoming.
Pieter will have it framed and will give Flapje a prominent place in his livingroom.
I loved working on Flapje's portrait. I'm very pleased how she turned out and that I was able to make another client happy with my work.

(For anyone interested in owning a unique, handpainted portrait of your beloved pet, I do take commissions. Here's some information.
A portrait on this size 7x7 inch (20x20 cm) costs 170 dollar (125 euro), 12x12 inch (30x30 cm) 235 dollar (175 euro) and so on.
Painted on gallery stretched canvas with acryllic paint, varnished, excluding frame and shipping.
Duration of painting will be about 4 weeks, I like to work on it in phases, sometimes it may take shorter sometimes a bit longer.
If you are interested please send me a message.)


Made my largest silicone mold to date today and it worked out perfectly! Wohoo! Uptill now I've made two small molds for fridge magnets but this green man is a wall hanging and quite a bit larger.
I made a wooden frame for this one, didn't dare to built a wall from play dough as the weight of the silicone might have pushed it away.
The frame worked well. I placed the original on a slab of play dough to keep it in place but some silicone still seeped under the sculpture which left the edges quite messy but the imprint is sharp and no air bubbles! I'm quite excited and can't wait to make a cast with the ground marble.
I'm getting the hang of it, mixing of the two components went well and preparing the frame was successful.
On to the next one, even bigger!

Ready for painting!

I think I've got the hang of it now!

Mission Accomplished!

First cast of the new mold! I'm impressed, original (left) and exact copy.
The original is made from air dry clay, the copy is cast with Duracast (ground marble), rock hard and weather proof.

First self made silicone mold

After Corine showed me how to make a silicone mold for my green man I tried it myself today. I used a slightly different method, instead of a wooden frame I made a wall from play-dough so I didn't have to use as much silicone. In perparation I varnished the clay sculpture to prevent it from dissolving while the silicone cures, put some sticky tape on a plastic cutting board to adhere the sculpture, then built the wall and sprayed silicon spray on it to help removing the cured silicone.
Finally mixed the two silicone components (hopefully in the right proportions) and poared it into the mold.

Varnished the green man, placed it on sticky tape on a plastic cutting board, sprayed with silicone spray.

Built a wall around the sculpture with play-dough, put in the fridge for an hour to somewhat harden the clay. Ready for the silicone!

Mixed the two silicone compounds and poared into the mold. Needs curing for ten hours before the mold is set.

I could release the original green man in one piece, not a chip missing and no air bubbles, a perfect negative image of my little green man, wohoo!
Today I'm going to make a second one and than a third, and the fourth.... Getting the hang of it for sure!

First Green Man magnet finished!

I'm very happy with the results of our molding and casting adventure, I took great care modeling and carving this little friend and I'm grateful for Corine's help, but now he's painted he really comes to life.
Working on the rest of this series of four. Stay tuned!

Making a silicone mold

To be a ble to reproduce the Green Men sculptures my sculptor friend Corine Ton-Rekers showed how to make a silicone mold.
Follow the process step by step; from making the mold to casting the first Green Man. First six photos are taken in Corine's studio, folowing series of photos are taken at home in my studio the following day.

Corine prepared the frame in which the silicone will be poared by adding a layer of clay to adhere the original to the bottom (preventing it might float by while poaring the silicone.


Bigger isn't always better!

Had some time and a small piece of clay left so I decided to make a few miniature Green Men. 
I think they could become a fridge magnets!

Green Man in the making!

Process of sculpting a green man from start to finish.

Something New!

I'm making Green Men which is a lot of fun and because they are friendly fantasy creatures I think they could be a nice addition to my critters.
I've read that beside (human) Green Men there are also Green Cats so I think that will be my next project! Should be fun! 

Today's progress.
I think I'm done for today, added all the leaves I think he needs and now he's drying to firm up before I refine the details and smooth out everything. Then I'll add an extra sheet of clay on the back to protect the outer ring of leaves.
My friend Corine is a sculptor and runs a bronze foundry not far from us and offered to help making a mold (thanks Corine!) so I can cast him in resin (or another waterproof material). He will finally get painted like my first Green Man. Moor updates soon!