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
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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
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
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
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.
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!
A piece with a horse and a piece with a human have been on my list for a while. I didn't want to just make a horse and rider, I needed some kind of story for them to be acting out, something interesting to be happening, some sort of situation the characters would be reacting to. That's basically how I see my sculptures, as characters reacting to or acting in situations.
I had spent a few hours with a friend and her horse, DaVinci, a while back to get some reference images. While perusing the hundreds of photos I took, I found a few shots that caught my interest. One of the things most surprising to me about my visit with DaVinci was how nuts he went after being set free in a corral. He is normally a jumper, trained to run a course jumping hurdles. Very disciplined. But in the corral, he was free of the confines of the stable, free of the saddle, free of any requirements. He jumped and bucked and raced around the corral in utter joy and freedom. Soon his owner started to run with him just outside the railing of the corral, a huge grin on her face. It was wonderful to watch the two of them running together, free of the confines of life, running free together.
So that is the inspiration for this sculpture. Of course I had to make the image more dramatic, turning the woman into a dancer with a flowing dress, dancing and almost flying along with the prancing horse. My work has to have some fun in it, after all. I also wanted to highlight the connection between the woman and horse, because that is as important as the freedom. They are running together, experiencing the freedom together. I think that is much what happens when a rider takes their horse out for a fun ride, having a shared experience.
In the design she is reaching out to to touch the horse, and they look into each others eyes with exhilarated expressions. That’s one thing I really want to stand out here, the facial expressions. I don’t want bland or neutral expressions. The view should be able to easily read the character’s emotions from their faces. It is as much a part of the sculpture as the poses of the bodies, and that should give the sculpture life.
Let me know what you see in the sculpture, what excites you or makes you smile!
My next sculpture will probably be a horse, or maybe a pair of horses. I have sketched several possible ideas, and in my August newsletter I asked for help in deciding which ideas to pursue. This was the result of my visit with a horse with a lot of character named DaVinici. That's him below, rolling in the dirt.
Please check out the newsletter for the full scoop on DaVinci and my ideas for a horse sculpture!
The California Art League is currently running an exhibition called "Summers Past" in Pasadena, CA. The collection, from a large group of California artists, includes my sculpture Play Bow. It's located at the historic Blinn House, a beautiful home, a very nice place to view some wonderful art. The show will be going on for a couple of months, from June 27 to Setpember 26, so I hope you find some time to visit. They have an online gallery as well for those unable to make it to the house.
There will be an reception on Saturday, July 11 from 2pm-5pm
The Calabasas Fine Art Festival was the first day in the sun for my newest bronze, Play Bow. I sculpted it as a memorial of our cocker spaniel Sonny, and I am very pleased how well it turned out. Everytime my wife and I see it, sitting in our sunroom on a little doggy bed, it makes us smile.
We decided to place it in front of our booth at Calabasas, on a doggy bed, to help attract show attendees to our booth. But it ended up attracting the four-legged attendees as much as the two-legged variety.
We finally have the bronze of Play Bow. I am so excited about how beautifully it turned out! It really looks like our late cocker spaniel Sonny.