Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lubbock

This was my first time to pack, travel and show by myself and it was not that bad thanks to being an inside venue and also thanks to my ProPanel pedestals I could stuff everything in my Subaru Forrester.

I traveled around thirteen hundred miles and gone five days and considering the back surgery I had recently I was proud of myself.  Another big help with setting up was a newly purchased wagon which with wheels off fit just fine also.

The weather was overcast and there were tornado warnings all around but the eleven and a half hours included breaks every two hours in an antique shop or local eatery. Speaking of, if you are ever through Dumas, Texas be sure to stop for a meal at Alberts, had best homemade burger (they list them separate on the menus rather than the frozen patty burger. Also homemade pies, I had coconut cream pie that was delicious.

Always if you are an artist keep your travels an adventure and if you are a patron enjoy those shows, artist have worked hard to be there, we even had an artist from Michigan.
One of the joys of traveling is meeting other artist, thanks Jim Clements fantastic oil painter of western scenes and animals, Katy and Don Scroggins, amazing jewelry, and the funniest guy that kept me laughing Terrell Powell with his three-d type of comical art.

Must get back to work, see you on down the road.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Year 2016 Schedule

So far shows are taking their time as usual in letting you know for sure whether or not you are accepted.

Until April 15th I will be in the Old West Museum Show in Cheyenne, Wy.
Then the 14th of April I will leave for Lubbock, Tx for the Lubbock Civic Center Arts Festival through  the 17th
Then I will journey to Jackson Hole, Wy for the July Arts Festival
Those afterward have not been confirmed but I assume that I will be in Golden again this summer, also the Denver Arts Festival out at Stapleton and
then the Loveland Fine Art Invitational Show and Sale in August

Appreciate you keeping up with me....

Friday, March 18, 2016

Artist Friend Information

Not too long ago I had another artist friend (Thanks Doug Moomey) let me in on a conversation that he had with artist Burneta Venosdel .

They were discussing the difference in animal anatomy considering what part of the country they were from. The discussion being about buffalo but it pertained to all animals. They adapt to the area that they developed in whether it be in the heat of the desert or the cold of Antarctica .

The discussion brought up the point that you had better know the environment from which you are depicting whatever animal you are doing in something as little noticed as the ears.

Think of the Elephant and those large sweeping ears or the water buffalo then think of the pika or tiny white arctic fox (those two are probably the exception because of the intensity of their hearing necessary for hunting in those extreme areas or the fact that they have to rely on their hearing for predators. Another thing to consider, what has developed in order to survive predators or provide food.

The entire subject was concerning the modern day buffalo and the fact that they were almost completed destroyed but thanks to people like the Goodnight family they survived. The southern herd developed around the Fort Sill area and the northern herd that survived and the buffalo you see in the Yellow Stone area were imported in from the Alberta area. Therefore you are looking at adaptation  of the same animal in different ways due to the cold or heat. The southern herd having larger ears and the northern having smaller ears in order that the body heat not escape.

So not only do you have to make sure your animal is a particular age or sex you have to take into consideration the area that you are depicting that animal in...for instance the moose are fairly small below the 65th parallel but above they can stand almost 8 feet at the shoulder.

Thanks for dropping in...........

Friday, February 12, 2016

"Feisty Visitor"

This was a fun quick piece also because of not only the size but of the nature of this cute little wren. I really want people to feel the energy that this little guy puts forth in all his daily struggles.

This is not to say that I did not have trials with this tiny piece but it did have its challenges. In the beginning I was pre-fabing the branches and the foundry was cutting them exactly where the bird had to be welded therefore re-welding in exactly the same area that was already weakened by the heat. So after several hours of "holding, welding, falling apart" this became foolish.

In the end I molded the three branches so that they could stay in tact so then it was just a matter of holding the three branches while the wren was balanced correctly with the attitude that I was trying to capture while it was welded.
Feisty Visitor

When the branches were created and molded I went ahead and placed the feet onto the limbs so that created a problem in getting the feet to line up with the body each and every time. So basically this is a sweet piece that has already sold Ed. 1,2, and 3 but in other ways it has been the piece from H*ll because of not anticipating all the problems created in the welding process.

I originally created this piece with my sister who lives in Georgia in mind, she and I were chatting and she mentioned that she had a wren off her deck that had an attitude, so therefore I just had to create this little guy.

Remember the popularity of the angry baby robin pictures well the wren is a great example of memorable attitudes.
Thanks for dropping in.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Chicken Taxi" and armatures

I know we have discussed armatures before but I thought I would include a few pictures of them anyway.
This is showing one that you can purchase at an Art Supply Store (notice it has a jointed main post)

This is one of the ways you can build your own of the above using a flange, pipe, T pipe and aluminum sculpture wire.

You want it to be tight so wrap a fourth wire tightly around bundle

 



This would be a basic armature for an animal leaving a wire for each leg, the head and neck and tail to crop as needed
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This piece was actually one of my favorites because it was fun, quick and showed a sense of humor.
The title actually came first and then the development of the work which will happen sometimes.


This would have worked for Chicken Taxi especially since he has such a beautiful long flowing tail, you don't cut these until you are sure of what you do not need.





The chicken is of wax because it was so small it was easy to do, notice the texture in the hair of the fox, remember it is done with an old scratchy washcloth against warmed clay (use the hairdryer). I especially love to give it the little wisps around the ears as they normally have and the Chavant holds up perfect for the molding process even in little details like this.


You will notice I gave it deep enough base to not overflow every time you pour that hot wax and also deep enough to accommodate the nuts and bolts placed underneath to hold it onto the base.

Note:  When doing this much texture make sure that you not only check each side to make sure your texture matches equally on each side but also call the attention to your foundry as to the amount of texturing so that the welder or chaser is aware.

This was a fun piece and has already sold its first edition just from being seen in the clay, thanks to patrons that watch me demo and love animals as much as I do. Will add photo of finished piece as soon as I get one back from the photographer. This is also a very small edition of only 10.

Thanks as always for dropping into my studio. Let me hear from you.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hero in Dr. Jeffrey Donner

Well it is three weeks since my spine surgery during which Dr. Jeffrey Donner of Loveland, Colorado went in and instead of fusing my ruptured disc he used a Coflex system where he removed the ruptured part of the disc and then placed the coflex which was a titanium H shaped piece in between my discs so that he did not disturb the muscles in my back and the surgery lasted one and a half hours and I was home eating broth for lunch within four hours afterwards.

Now not to say that I enjoyed this but this has to be the best way of treating a ruptured disc even though I do not know if everyone would qualify for this type of procedure. I do know two people that had the fusion done and within a short time had to have another fusion.

 I was in so much pain prior to surgery that I was unable to use the entire right leg and buttocks area (now you try to do without those). I am not trying to be personal about this but just trying to let everyone know that fusions are not always the direction to go and often have repercussions afterwards.

I am still restricted for the next three months as to lifting etc. but slowly and surely I will be back to my old self which I intend to take better care of from here on out. Hope this information helps someone or at least lets them know there are options out there.

Hopefully this will help someone that is possibly considering surgery or having back problems, ask questions and stay positive. Have two shows already scheduled, one in the Old Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming and the other Lubbock in April at the Civic Center.

Happy trails and take care of your bodies we don't have spares

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ending year on a bitter note

I know that some of you are wondering since I usually post twice a month what is going on but this post comes with a warning to all my fellow artist as well as patrons that do not recognize when enough is enough and you can not keep lifting weights you should not be.

Had an MRI this week and I have ruptured a disc. Will go in for surgery in the next few days so will be cleaning up loose ends on work still in progress. I have a fox carrying a chicken called "Chicken Tax" and a whitetail named "The Chase" that should be finished and out of the foundry by end of January.  For twenty years now I have probably carried way to heavy pieces for too far a distance and now I am learning that I must not do that.

Hope you all have a great holiday season and we all come back stronger in 2016, take care of your body He only gave us one.