I like cool stuff and a lot of it I make myself. Have a look:
Original artwork I've created over the years in a variety of media.
All rights reserved.
This is the first of pair of scratchboard pieces. It would probably help if I explained what scratchboard is. They come in sheets of stiff posterboard or masonite that was coated on one surface with a type of white clay. Then the board is coated with black India ink and dried. You create your work by scratching through the black ink to reveal the white clay underneath.
It's fantastic for detailed work and the high contrast is an eye-grabber. But it's also fussy to work with and unforgiving with mistakes.
Scratchboard with watercolor, second image of a diptych.
My first real digital painting done in the late 90's for a class. I used Photoshop to combine two scanned pencil drawings and for all the colors.
Watercolor on Clayboard textured panel I did in class at the community college.
This was my final project for my first watercolor painting course.
The Spectrum of Zen
Several years ago I had a neat bonsai tree that unfortunately got infected with spider mites. It was a long battle between me and the mites but I lost. I used an airbrush to paint the tree with light coats of gesso and painted it with watercolors. Then I got a big dish to make a little zen garden. I didn't make the salamander.
Mistress of the Void
Pointillist image on scratchboard, partially inspired by my first experience with sleep paralysis (aka "Night Terrors").
I devised a new tool to help do the pointillism: a small disk of rough sandpaper glued to the top of a pencil. It allowed me to do lots of small dots in a section at once.
I need to get a better resolution scan of this image though.
A long time ago in school I drew doodles on my homework papers and whatnot. Then one day I made one that looked a bit like this and really liked it. Gradually I refined the design and made it symmetrical. Finally several years ago I settled it into this final form in a sketchbook. Recently I took a picture of it, cleaned it up and set it on a black background in Photoshop.
There are tons of Celtic knot designs out there but to my knowledge this one is original to me. It works as a nice logo I think.
Let's Talk About Me
Yup, did my last name in scratchboard. Orignally the intention was for all the letters to be solid white, like the initial M, but while filling in the o, I made and interesting scratch pattern that I decided to continue through the rest of the letters. I think it turned out pretty neat.
I picked up knitting and crochet about ten years ago. It’s a great hobby you can take everywhere and fill in odd bits of time with something productive. I have enough yarn and projects to work on for the next 1000 years…
Pink Bear Ears
Blue Bear Ears
Pattern is called Bavarian Crochet, aka "Wooleater".
Family of Mushrooms
I've always liked mushrooms, both food-wise and as design elements. I adapted some mushroom patterns I found online with wire and heavy base concepts to make some neat home decor shrooms.
A hat for mom. The Cloche was popular in the 20's & 30's and making a bit of a comeback because of the show Downton Abbey. The yarn is Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere, the flower and leaf decorations are cotton thread crochet.
Cathedral Window Rose Afghan
At seven feet across this is easily the largest thing I've crochet or knitted. The yarn and pattern kit to make this was a Christmas present from my parents and it took about a year of off-and-on work to finally finish it.
Now it hangs in my bedroom across from the bed. It's so much nicer to look at than the TV that used to be there.
This is my first effort at the cathedral window afghan re-purposed as a wheel cover for my car.
Irish Lace Crochet Butterfly
This is easily the most complex piece I've done in crochet or knitting. Made with #30 cotton thread and a teeny, tiny little #11 steel hook.
The pattern for this was originally published in 1915. I bought a reprint of it on Ebay for five dollars but wasn't able to follow it. The way they wrote patterns a 100 years ago is different from modern ones in that they assume you already know a lot about what you're doing and don't spell out some of the steps. Fortunately Nancy Nehring was able to read it and re-cast the pattern in modern terms. It was published by Crochet Traditions, Fall 2012.
I framed it up in a nice shadowbox on a black velvety cloth background and gave it to a friend for her birthday.
I started to learn knitting while on a cruise of the Inside Passage of the Alaskan coast in the late summer of 2011. I kept at it for a while but had issues with my work being too tight. I switched to crochet for a couple years or so then came back to knitting recently and the problem was gone! It's handy to know both knitting and crochet as the skills seem to enhance each other.
All works and Images created by myself, though the designs and patterns are usually by someone else. All rights reserved.
Entrelac is a knitting style where the pattern looks like it's woven together. It's really nice and sure to impress. I made this for my mother. with a matching hat to go with it. Alas, it doesn't get very cold in Vegas so she doesn't get to wear it as often as she'd like.
Made with Dream In Color Classy with Cashmere, worsted weight yarn. I love this stuff and it's my go-to "house" yarn. With 70% merino wool, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon it's buttery soft and a real pleasure to work with.
The matching hat.
The front view. Yes, I bought a mannequin head for this kind of picture. Very handy.
Opus the Octopus!
This was a fun project and one that gets a lot of attention! I bought the pattern and materials as a kit from Infinite Twist. The pattern itself is free on Ralvelry and Knitty.com.
I didn't like the plastic eyes that came with the kit and didn't use them. Instead, I found a set of glass taxidermy eyes from Tohickon and used those. MUCH better! Opus gets a lot of comments about his eyes.
In the early aughties I'd take ceramic classes after work and I made some cool stuff. One thing about ceramics is that it teaches you not to get too attached to your work before it comes out of the final firing. Even then failure is still always a possibility; I had a plate break years later.
All works are my own. All rights reserved.
The Big Pot
This is the final project for my first ceramics class made in 2000. It's a combination of coil and slab construction and it's easily one of my favorite pieces.
Slab form plate. I sprayed a flat black glaze onto the partially dried form and scratched out the design using a scratchboard knife. After the the design was done the plate was dried completely, then fired. A clear glaze was sprayed on and then fired again so it's nice and glossy. One of my favorites for several years until I broke it. :,-(
Same process used to make the Orchid Plate.
Some day I'm going to do an extensive series of these.
Inspired by an interesting pattern in the wood grain of a TV stand I used to own that looked like a mask. Raku fired. A dude in another class tried to steal it by making a crap copy and pretending that they got "mixed up". Jerk.
Learning to throw on the wheel is difficult. You'll a make a LOT of useless blobs of wet clay before you'll finally make something halfway decent. Then there's all sorts of things that can and will go wrong afterwards. Stick to it though and eventually you will get some nice pieces. This is a fantastic bowl for soup and I use it all the time.
I Got A Mug On My Mug
Same mug, three views. I made this in 2009. Yes, partially inspired by the Easter Island heads, you're very clever to notice that. Also inspired by being lazy and not wanting to do the eye bits. It's kinda heavy so I don't actually use it much. Looks cool though.
Here's an idea, take pictures and post them on the internet! I like to travel, sometimes. Every once in a while I'll even get a nice photograph or two out of a trip.
Images by Mitch Morgan All rights reserved.
We were driving through early morning, to get the best light. Alas, there were lots of clouds in the way so it wasn't a great day for photography. Fortunately the clouds broke just for a minute for me to get this shot. Best one of the trip.
Monument Valley is a really pretty place where they shoot lots of movies because of the interesting mountains around here. Most of the REALLY cool stuff is off road and the whole place is on an Native American reservation.
It was really cloudy this morning and it was tough to get any good pictures. Here's one not too bad.
This was taken while on a cruise of the Alaskan Inside Passage, up one of the arms to see a glacier. Glacier melt-water has such an unusual color.