Howdy, Pilgrims! Put down that thar glass of Milk, and listen to what the Duke has to say: “Tomorrow is hoping we learned something from Yesterday.” That is a profound statement, indeed! So, did I manage to learn ANYTHING from Yesterday? Well, mostly what I discovered is, just like when a Songwriter has an awesome beat going through his head, and MUST write it down, before it “goes away” forever, I too need to “Run with an Idea” for an Art Boomerang when the “griddle is hot!” When Sir Gary Broadbent suggested the other day that I might try to make an Art boomerang based on The Duke, I KNEW RIGHT AWAY it was an AWESOME idea….I immediately thought of “True Grit,” and below, is the result…..I didn’t allow my mind to wander on this idea, NO WAY, NO HOW, NO SIR, PILGRIM!
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything to this blog. This is chiefly because I didn’t know it still existed! When the bill came to renew the domain in my own name for it, I neglected to pay it, and thought the blog had completely shut down. Well, I was wrong! That was way back in March of this year. Now, a lot has happened since then, including my winning of two World Titles and One new National Title in Boomerang Decoration, but I have no plans of doing any kind of “catch up” or “Recap” about any part of that. Instead, let us all simply take a deep breath, and keep gyrating forward, eh?
Under normal circumstances, I won’t do too much artwork on my boomerangs that has existing copyrights, such as Looney Tune characters. I don’t like it when others copy me, and I totally respect other artists in the same light. That being said, should I get nudged, (and nudged HARD!), I can occasionally be talked into doing a few famous, copyrighted images. I don’t promote of list these anywhere for sale, but if someone should contact me privately (My email is: PAPA1963@SBCGLOBAL.NET) I am usually more than happy to strike a deal to sell them…..Here’s some Looney Tunes booms I made recently, all in the very same day:
This year’s WBC in Perth, Australia (which runs from April 12th through the 23rd), will also have an Aesthetics Contest element to it, along with the boomerang throwing events. Being that it’s 8,000 miles away, and I am NOT attending, I needed to request the help of two USA attendees to transport my entries to the Aesthetics Contest. These great guys, (whom I can’t thank enough!), are David Hirsch of Texas, and Dan Bower of Washington state. With the airline restrictions on luggage size and weight, my entries had to be limited to 4 boomerangs, but that seems like plenty already I think. Here are pics of what I’m sending…..WISH ME LUCK!
Often times,in order to put myself in the “right” state of mind to create a new Art boomerang, I “need” some kind of outside stimuli. No, I DON’T mean hallucinatory drugs! I actually mean something like a movie, poster or other visual stimuli. One movie “The Underworld,” that I watched recently, resulted in a very nice hook style Art boomerang. The premise of the flick was an on-going war between werewolves and vampires, a rather novel idea, but how would it become a boomerang? Well, the lead character, a leather-clad, gun-toting female vampire, (I don’t even recall her silly name…it isn’t important anyway!), was just what my mind’s eye needed to get the creative “Art boomeranging Juices” going! Pictured here, is the resulting hook, now on its way to a customer in France:
As you can see, it’s actually rather simplistic, art-wise….I just did a nice silhouette profile of her, with an “A Rang” type cut-out to make it more interesting to the thrower. The cut-out actually helps the boomerang reduce drag that would normally been caused, had I left the triangular piece in the elbow. This reduces the boomerang’s tendency to hover, and keeps the flight very low. I’m sure my French customer will be thrilled at how low this Werewolf hunting chic can fly!
Now, of course, not every idea I get comes from a movie. Sometimes, an idea can just seem to rise up out of nowhere! This next boomerang idea, believe it or not, occurred to me during a church service at First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor. My family and I were there, just like any other normal Sunday, and I was sitting in the pew, kind of daydreaming during the sermon. Thinking of how the last boomerang dealt with the realm of Darkness, I flipped my thinking to envision what the heavenly counterpart boomerang might look like. I then arrived at the simplistic subject of doing an Angel. Of course, I can’t just do any o’ simple angel, it would require something extra….Like two daggers! This is what resulted from that daydream, and I’m calling this one, “My Guardian Angel:”
Of course, this boomerang, as well as many other Art boomerangs, can be found for sale on my website at the following link:
Tis the Season, the Christmas Season! That almost always directly coincides with a high number of people purchasing boomerangs for that :”unique gift idea” to place under their Christmas trees. As far as there being a specific “boomerang season,” however, there’s really no such thing…IT IS ALWAYS BOOMERANG SEASON!….people make and throw boomerangs everyday of the year, every year, everywhere around the world. I’ve NEVER been halted from production just because of little cold weather, regardless of how cold or nasty it may get…Then again, I’m not some kind of wimpy, whining sissy-man either…..Anybody that says it’s “too cold” to make boomerangs just doesn’t want to make them very much. Either that, or they may want to consider checking their testosterone level……Here are some pics of what I made just last week, all done is sub-freezing temperatures: