Let's talk about a Cleveland entrepreneur and artist I met a few weeks ago - Joey A.
This enthusiastic middle-schooler makes hand-crafted wands. Light as a feather, perfect to "swish and flick". Hand turned, carved, stained and packaged. Each with gorgeous little curves and knobby bumps as if they came straight out of a wand shop. But he is much more than just a wand creator and carver. Joey also has that one skill that eludes most artists and creatives - a business mind.
In addition to creating custom wands, he and his business partner designed a logo (Twin Beasts) and started a YouTube channel to help launch their brand. To order your own Twin Beasts Custom Wand email Joey.
"A Bird of a Different Color" - mixed media (including pigments made from pollution) on 300 lb watercolor paper, 15" x 22". Available at Artfinder.
Back in the studio, playing with new pigments made from toxic waste. That's right - paint from pollution thanks to a Kickstarter project which I was thrilled to help fund. This piece began as an experiment with the pigments, which are fun to mix with paint, water or gesso. I walked away from it overnight, and in the morning there was this bird.