Sunday, December 02, 2007

"Cork Collection"

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Oil on 1/4" Board. Approx. 6" x 4.75" SOLD

I'm not sure what the obsession is with saving wine corks. I think I envision doing something with them one day. I don't know what, though. I do know they're fun to paint. When I started this painting I set the goal of keeping the brushstrokes short and choppy using a larger variety of color variations. I really like the end result.


Anonymous said...

Hi Michael, I saw that Karen Appleton tagged you, so I came to see your blog. Amazingly good work!

If I may suggest something with the corks. I have a grocery bag full myself. The plan is to make a bulletin board. Hot glue the corks in a tight and pleasing pattern on a piece of masonite. Put a nice black frame on it. Pick up some pins and voila!

Douglas said...

I have hundreds, if not thousands, of corks saved. Didn't know why I was saving them, then a friend went out and bought a xmas wreath....made of corks! So, I'm going to buy a styrofoam wreath form and hot-glue the corks to it. Attach a bow, and instant xmas wreath....well, certainly not instant, considering all the gluing, but you get my point!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what your obsession with corks is either - just happy it's there! Love your work.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I learned this from some of the old school painters who used this method to travel wet paintings home from trips. You can slice pieces off the cork, say an eighth to a quarter inch, then cut that into quarters and place a piece on each corner of a wet painting then place another wet work facing it on top and wrap the two with masking tape. I've done it and it works. Now all my pochades have a cork in them just in case.
Also, that's why artists drink wine :D
Wonderful nuances in this painting!

Debra D. said...

Hi Michael,

Congratulations on your exceptional talent & your soon to be fatherhood.

As far as the corks, my husband & I have a LOT of them and have been using them as mulch for about 5 years. We just keep adding to the flower beds. He teaches "wine & spirits" at UW-Stout, and also abroad, so drink wine and get MANY corks. They work great for mulch and don't break down too fast, but yet they are bio-degradable.

Anonymous said...

I'm in a Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans....we're the Krewe of Cork. The website has pictures of our past parades -- -- some very creative uses of corks for the costumes!