Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Pumpkin Pull Toy

This fall I had a show where I now work as an artist in new intellectual property and visual development. Below are a few wood carvings that I did for the show that were based on a Halloween theme (excluding the flying bear). As I mentioned below, I'm a fan of early American folk art. The pull toy was very common back in the day. This is my modern day version of a pull toy, obviously more of a collectible piece of art than a functioning toy. Jack is getting ready for Halloween, so he is holding onto two hand dipped candles that are attached by a wick, and he has a match in the other hand.
Acrylic on Bass wood.


Alina Chau said...

Love your art works!! beautiful styles!

John T. Quinn 3rd said...

love the design and execution. you're pretty good.

Dan Thompson said...

looks great. nice colors too.

John T. Quinn 3rd said...

adorable as always. when are you going to get a booth at licensing show? my neighbor keeps creating what she calls "yard art." she buys templates of christmas scenes, transfers to plywood, her husband scroll saws them out and she paints them. their craftsmanship is quite good but, the "kits" are pretty lame so, you can't expect too much. they do it for halloween, thanksgiving, christmas and maybe easter. now they're after me to do it too. i told lori i'll do it but it's gonna be totally different.

anyway, harter country kits for yard art at the local craft shop. c'mon man.

your work is great. i'm going to post this on my blog and link it to your site ok?

Jeff Harter said...

Thanks, good to hear those comments.

Yeah, a person that I worked with at the CalArts book store, Valeeta (I know I spelled that wrong) said the same thing. Make templates for those craft books. I suppose I could do that, but I think it would be cool to have these things mass produced, sort of what Dan DiPablo/August Moon does. We talked about that. I'm going to pursue someday when I have more time, but I've been busy as heck lately. The booth at Licensing show... need more info on that. Where do I even start? And if someone wants ten, 100, or a million, need to figure out who to have mass produce. I suppose I could hire some Amish folks to sit in a barn and whittle a million of them off.

O.k., maybe not.

By the way, your comment did make it on the above Christmas 2005 blog.