Paul & Babe

I am from Michigan, more specifically Bay City, Michigan. Our history is rich, some of our citizens are rich, our beer tastes rich, its just a pretty rich city overall. I however, am not rich, except in love, but I am not sure that counts in this discussion. Moving along… as an artist I like taking advantage of fun art related contests/activities. I was hooked up with this one by my friend Mark Piotrowski. Basically, you are provided a bare metal hood, and it is up to you to bring the hotness, paint style.

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Bare Naked

Raise the Hood, was the name. The event was offered by the Greater Flint Art Council, it cost me 50 bones to get down on it. I picked up my bare metal, hood from the GFAC and took it home. My first concept was to just do what I do all over it, but it started to feel a bit un-inspired. I polled my constituents for ideas, my eldest son suggested Paul Bunyan. Finally, a concept that really spoke of Bay City and Michigan’s lumbering history of lumbering giants lumbering through the lumber…. After doing some concept sketches, production could finally begin en masse.

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Sculpey Faux Wood

I basically began with a horrible sketch, then painted in some equally horrible burn victims. Over the next week I just kept refining and tweaking, until I finally got where I wanted to go. I filled in the hood ornament area with a sweet log slice belt buckle adornment, and polished it all off with some poly-acrylic and some glossy car wax. I then proceeded to get a massage to work my arms back into shape after all that waxing.

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Dr. Wernecke to the Burn Unit, Dr. Wernecke to the Burn Unit

 

Currently the hood sits on display at the Flint Farmers Market along with 20+ other hoods, where it is to be judged and then voted on for peoples choice. The winners will be announced mid August!

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Shown with model; Pepper-Sue

 

If you wish to vote for my hood: Text the word “HOOD” with no quotes, to (810) 250-4570. When prompted reply with the number “20” again, no quotes. That’s all it takes.

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