“Base Ball” in the mold room!

“Base Ball” is finally in the ‘mold room’ at the foundry. T’will be August 2015 when the first castings come out. 

18 1/2″ high c 32″ wide x 11″ deep

Edition of #50

  


Miles to go before I sleep

I’ve decided to make it a Native American and add a quartered moose as cargo in the canoe. several people suggested I put antlers in the piece.

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‘m still looking for a title that would do the piece justice. If anybody has a suggestion I’m all ears.

   

 

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Native American or Mountain Man?

Cleaning off my shelves with another idea that has lingered too long. For me, it’s actually common to rough in a piece and get the jest of an idea down and look at it for years….as a clay sculpture. Don’t judge the piece too harshly, I’ve only sculpted on it about five days over the past three years. 

The special part about creating this piece is it’s an idea given to me five or six years ago by a client, who has become a dear friend. In his own right, he has the soul of an artist. On numerous occasions I have heard him talk about his love of the arts and weep while doing so. 

If you have a suggestion please send it my way. I’m trying to decide if I should make the person in the canoe a Native American or Mountain Man?



The reason I like it being an Indian is I get to show the human anatomy and not cover it with clothing. That’s straight out of my mentor (Fritz White’s) playbook. 


My “White House” piece

Long before I began sculpting, I noticed that the Oval Office had sculptures in it. Remington’s “Bronco Buster”, a bust of Abraham Lincoln, until a few years ago, a bust of Churchill. 

Once I became a sculptor, I thought, “One day I want to create a piece that would fit the aura of the office of the President of United States.”

In 25 years of sculpting, this may be as close as I’ve ever come. 

I call it: “American Cowboy”. 



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Head in Hands

Almost every time I create a sculpture I  cut the clay head off and sculpt it in my hands. It allows me to turn it and look at it from every angle. It assists me to be able to turn the head at will and see it from all perspectives. 

If you look at the sculpture below, with the man on a horse, you’ll see the head ‘blocked in’. That’s the first draft. This morning, 

I cut the head off and spent about 15 minutes creating this second draft. 

I know I will have a minimum of five drafts on this head. 





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New Sculpture “From out of the storage unit”

Ok sculpture fans…….and those who can identify with procrastination. 

Here’s a piece I’ve had in the clay for seven years. Probably, six of those years I haven’t touched it. It’s just been taking up space in storage units or at my studio. About a month ago my wife said, “Why don’t you finish ‘Not even a whisper’?” I thought, “heck why not!”

I really am considering the title, “Wisdom lives to fight another day”

15″ high x 29″ wide



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Delivered to Foundry – The Wrangler

It’s taken a year….but finally got this bad boy to the foundry.

I’ve learned something about how I work. I do my finest sculpting when a piece is allowed to sit for a year and have me come with a fresh eye 8-10 times during that period.

“The Wrangler”

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Sculpture in Nature

About 15 years ago I was visiting an artist friend in a remote location. The closest city of 1000 people was 10 miles away. Being completely surrounded by nature it was easy to pick out things that were man-made. Tin cans on the side of the road or stray pieces of paper / wrappers were easily identified.

At that time a thought occurred to me. Do my sculptures blend in with nature? I thought I would try an experiment. Having with me two or three sculptures in the back of my pick up, I went and got one out of the back of my pick up and set it amongst the sage brush and cedars. I was curious to see if it would fit in or stick out as something that didn’t belong.

From that time forward my goal has been to sculpt works of art that fit in with a natural landscape.

This is a new piece just delivered to a gallery for pre-cast sales.

Not firm on a title:
“War Horse” or “Big Medicine”

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Whispers….do you hear them?

Does anyone both hear and act on “whispers” like I do? I find that when I listen to the faintest glimpse of an idea……I often find genius.

I’m driving to Santa Fe New Mexico and on my way I’m passing through Price, Utah. Out of the blue I get the idea to photograph a sculpture “now”. This is a piece that I don’t have a good photograph of the finished bronze. It’s inconvenient, I’d rather wait, perhaps find a better location, it’s freezing outside. But then I get the prompting a second time. And from past experience, I know that the prompting won’t be repeated again.

I set up my tripod and used my 35mm camera and took a dozen pictures.

I will take these photos home, upload to my computer and Photoshop the best one with the background of my choice.

THE PONY EXPRESS

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Another 20+ hours in three days

Since my last post…….I bet I’ve spent another 20 hrs on this piece during the past three days. Finally getting close. “I think”.

My mentor once told me, “You spend 10% of the time roughing in 90% of the piece….and 90% of the time on the last 10% of the piece.” Truth.

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“Being a sculptor is not for sissies”

To quote my mentor, Fritz White, “Being a sculptor is not for sissies”.

It’s been a long time since I’ve struggled with a piece as much as I have with this one. I’ve built it up and torn it down at least six different times.

Yesterday, the words echoed through my mind “nobility of concept”. They were the words of an artist, Garland Weeks, who I took a workshop from 18 years ago. That one phrase assisted me to make a few adjustments for the better.

I’ve learned that a huge part of what I do is “listening to the whispers”.

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The Booth Museum / Cartersville, Geogia

This weekend, Janette and I are visiting The Booth Museum, in Cartersville, Georgia. We are their guest on a panel to discuss “Artists and their business partner’s (spouse) working relationships”

The museum has on display a show entitled, “Below the Sweet Tea Line”. It’s an exhibition of regional collectors who’ve temporary loaned works of art to the museum.

During our walk through of the show, we had a fun surprise. We turned a corner and saw an old friend, “Watcher of the Plains” (1997). This was the fastest sold out piece of my career. I believe we sold the edition of 30 castings in 45 days.

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An amazing show!

Check out their website:
http://boothmuseum.org

At the museum was a casting of Fritz White (my mentor). It’s called,
“In search of the Snow Goose”. It warms my heart to see his work.

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National Sculpture Society

Today, in New York City, I was graciously accepted as a member of the National Sculpture Society. The organization was founded in 1893.

Michel Langlais (President of the NSS) welcomes me as a new member.

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Fellow new member….John Balsamo.

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One Hour “Quick Draw” Sculpture

Up in Cody, Wyoming, at the Buffalo Bill Art Show (this past weekend), they hold what’s called a “Quick Draw” for artists to participate in. Artists are given one hour to complete a sculpture or painting. They are then auctioned off on the spot. It’s one of the most insane things I’ve ever participated in.

Here is my effort:

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Sculpting in the Gallery

I’ll be in Santa Fe, sculpting at Sage Creek Gallery (421 Canyon Road) Santa Fe, New Mexico, until August 26th.

Putting final touches on:
“The Wrangler”. 65″ tall.

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