Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Steampunk Artwork

I stumbled on an art form called Steampunk (see wikipedia definition below) that I realized I have had a fascination for quite a while. I just didn't know the name for the culture or subculture.

Who hasn't heard or read H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds" or one of my childhood favorite "Wild Wild West." It probably explains my addiction to various gadgets and love of romance fiction or cyperpunk stories by William Gibson.
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Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne
Steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk and shares a similar fanbase and theme of rebellion, but developed as a separate movement (though both have considerable influence on each other).

Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

a flat screen monitor of unusual riveted edging with a keyboard containing raised keys as found on mechanic typewriters. The pair accompanied by a Victorian gas lamp.
An assortment of flying machines using all manner of balloons, sails and wings the craft themselves range from a ship to a man strapped to a balloon.
black and white drawing of small house of complex design raised above the surrounding buildings on a turntable
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Love Defeat Evil - New Assemblage

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Originally uploaded by rehuxley

This bit of artwork was an experiment for an activity I plan to use at a children's art camp coming up after Easter. I didn't conciously intend to highlight the words Love Defeat Evil. It just worked out that way!

The frames are only 3 x 4 inches found at a thrift store. I took out the glass and covered the back board with a torn out sheet from a thesaurus. Then I glued the glass marbles on the sheet, highlighting one word each with a blue marble. I choose the word by what would fit from a design point of view.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Join the Flickr "Ephemera Group"

Ephemera: "A short-lived thing. Printed matter of passing interest."

I started a group on Flickr a couple of years ago to allow lovers of paper ephemera to post their collections. Today there are over 1300 members with over 42,000 posts!

You can view a slide show of the group below or join us at

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Guardian Angel

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Originally uploaded by rehuxley

I have been working on a new series of paintings called Guardian Angels. This photo above was recently entered into a local gallery exhibit called "A Wing and a Prayer." Perfect theme for my angels. Interestingly though, there was only a couple of angel theme paintings in the entire exhibit. I guess not everyone has a fondness for angelic things.

The good news is that this painting was sold on the first night. Very happy about that! Watch for more angels coming this way...