In this Christmas season, spread kindness passionately. Forget New Year's resolutions, start now! Say a kind word to a stranger you meet in a store, a checkout line. Have patience when someone is moving slowly, either walking or in a car.Read More
Have you every picked up an old penny off of the street that was green? The older ones will "rust" green, at any rate, those made before 1982. The later ones are mostly zinc. This is a patina, the same one that gives the Statue of Liberty and every other bronze it's color.Read More
When we were kids, we played naturally, all of the time (even when our parents wished we would do our chores and go to bed). We encourage children to play, while they still can. But is that the only time that we should play?Read More
If you want to see the kind of feature film work that I create, then take a peak at the newest trailer for our movie, Storks.Read More
Someone once wrote something like "A rose by any other name smells just as sweet".
At any rate, it's still sculpture, just using a different set of tools.
The artistic process provides a great metaphor for business and life. All things are created twice: once in our minds and then physically. With Terry’s, once he experiences ...Read More
It's always hard to let go of a piece of art and call it finished. That wonderful terrible time when you have reached the goal, but still aren't quite there. Everyone loves ...Read More
I have been working on sculptures for a while now, the latest part of a long journey in my life. I decided that I need to get back to 2D art, drawing and now painting. This will ...Read More
Everyone makes puns when talking about otters, right? Oh well, I just had to do it. Otters are very playful creatures, so they would be a perfect subject for a sculpture. My wife and I enjoy kayaking ...Read More
We had a fabulous time down in Laguna Beach, CA on New Year’s Day. The Wyland Gallery graciously gave me a wonderful spread in their front lobby, a perfect way to display my sculpture and photography. On that beautiful glass table ...Read More
Both the horse and dancer in the Running Free sculpture are ready for their big debut. While they are not finished, just in the early stages of clay, they will be the center piece of my solo show. They are the most ambitious ...Read More
Right now the goal was to get the pose right, and block in the major forms and masses, to make sure the proportions are correct. From here I will work on refining ...Read More
The temperature was cool, so the clay was a bit stiff, but I was able to carve some detail in to the tail and face. In this photo ...Read More
The horse is coming along nicely, just working out the muscle definition now that ...Read More
I woke up this morning to an incredible new view. We live on a hill top, theoretically overlooking the surrounding mountains. But a row of tall pine trees behind our house always blocked our view. Because the trees were all dying or had already died, the neighbors down the hill cut them down. Now we will have spectacular views of the sunrises and sunsets on the mountains.
My sculpture and photography are going to be displayed at the Wyland Gallery in Laguna Beach! What an awesome opportunity!
We just got back from a nice visit with the gallery manager, he was very complimentary of my work. It is really nice to have my work affirmed by someone who sees a lot of high-quality sculpture.
Wyland, a world famous marine sculptor, got his start in Laguna Beach. He gives back by showing emerging artists' work in his gallery once a month, since it is very hard for a new artist to get work shown in a good venue. They are going to give me the entire front lobby of the gallery for a day, New Years Day, which is also during the Laguna Beach Art Walk. So a lot of people will see my work in a very high-end gallery. Thank the Lord!
The first clay for the Running Free sculpture is on the armature! It's good to be sculpting again, it's been a while. Here I have bulked out the general shape of the horse. The goal is to define the mass of the major muscle groups, as well as the chest and belly. This will make sure I have the proportions correct. This needs to be done before any detail work so I don't have to rework things over and over. I can also make changes to the pose at this stage without too much trouble. Posing the armature is one thing, but it looks completely different when the skin and muscle are there to show a real silhouette. I have already changed which front leg is leading to make it more accurate.
When I was young, I loved to draw fantasy characters. I spent many a day (and a lot of time in class at school) doodling and drawing strange characters. Recently I decided that I needed to get back to that. I am hoping to free up my mind and regain some of that wild imagination I had in childhood, and give me many new ideas for sculpture.
The other day when I was waiting for my wife at the salon, I pulled out my Surface Pro 3 and just started sketching. I guess I had wings on my mind, since I will be working on a big winged character soon for the animated film Hotel Transylvania 2. We had also been chatting about our dog. So somehow my hand started sketching a gargoyle, with a dog's face and bat wings.
I also wanted to get back to painting, so I thought I would fill in some color. It's pretty fun! I am definitely going to be doing more of this.
I have the armatures posed for the Running Free sculpture. This is essentially two sculptures, each with their own armature. They will be sculpted and cast separately, but will be joined together in the final bronze. This is where I had to make the pose more real, since you can't really cheat things in the real world. On a concept drawing, anything can be cheated. But when something can be seen from any angle, it needs to look good from any angle. I am sure I will make more changes when I get the clay on there, but this is a good start.
We had a great time showing our artwork and meeting lots of great people at the Thousand Oaks Art Festival. As usual, Play Bow is a hit with the dogs and little children.
We always have fun watching the little children as well as the dogs stop by to play with my bronze sculpture Play Bow. It is the perfect size for them, and he always looks ready to play.
We are in the process of identifying a "tot-park" in the Los Angeles area where we can donate one of these sculptures, where the children can play with him.
My wife, Karen, is involved in the First5LA's Tot Parks and Trails program. It's mission is to develop play spaces and playgrounds in under-served areas around L.A. county for children under 5 years of age. One of her personal goals is to use these parks to help develop toddler's senses of touch, smell, sight and hearing, as well as be fun to play in. Play Bow's fur is a perfect tactile stimulation for little hands!