Flowerchild Paint Brush Man and a Bird

Sometimes I have no idea the source of my inspiration — not so this time.

In the way of the web (meaning I don’t remember how I got there), I ended up at artist Michael Demeng’s site, Assemblog. As I looked for more of Mr. Demeng’s work, I discovered an old listing for a workshop (by Demeng) on altered paint brushes. I was inspired.

Another thing that inspired me? Mr. Demeng uses a lot of motion in his pieces — crank and pulley fun. I had to give it a shot.

Demeng Inspired Paint Brush Man

The face and the hummingbird are both sculpted from polymer clay. For an idea on scale, the push-rod ends (the thingies that hold the wooden thingie (with the hummingbird on it) to the metal crank thingie) are the hands of a watch. The “tattoo” design is a combination of glass microbeads and screws from old watches.

Demeng Inspired Paint Brush Man

The whipping on the brush was an old piece of leather cord I had from… um, I have no idea where it came from. Wait. What? No, I meant it’s been in my stash for a long time. And that’s all I meant.

Demeng Inspired Paint Brush Man

And, this week, for a better idea of scale, you can watch the video of the movement. It may seem simple, but I’m actually quite proud of the movement. I went through a lot to get there, lol (more on that later).

3 comments for “Flowerchild Paint Brush Man and a Bird

  1. Carolyn
    September 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Ok, I am also a fan of DeMeng but he cannot hold a candle to you on this one. He rarely works in the scale you work in, and his assemblages/ subject matter are never this light and whimsical! Those nothing looking blobs turned out freakin’ A-MAZING! This should come as no suprise to me but you do it every time!

  2. September 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Wonderful fun creation; for years I have been fan of the artists of The Mechanical Theater in London and I don’t often see artists making automata.

  3. September 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Ahhhhh! I am so delighted by this!!! SO COOL! Wow!!! (Can you tell that I think this is awesome?!)

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