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Thursday, September 11, 2014

MADE IN THE USA

Recently I began to look around me at everything we buy and use just in our daily lives. It is pretty discouraging to see the products that do not come from our country but foreign soil.

If you consider an artist work whether it be pastels, oils, pencils or watercolor (or sculpture) we all try to buy American and keep it as near to us as possible to continue to help the communities around us. Just try reading the "made in" labels in your purchases, then thank the artist you make your next purchase from for keeping it all at home.

My foundries are Berthoud (Madd Castings), Loveland (Art Castings), Denver (Josephs). I know the people that work in these foundries, they are friends that have to put bread on the table just like I do and that makes them personal in our relationship to achieve the end piece of work that I have produced in clay.

I am sure that I am not the only one that has been pursued by companies online to "just try us out" and see that our work is cheaper even though some have an email address that sounds like California if you keep checking it ends up being a foreign country.

We as artist should be proud that when we finish an item filled with all the inspiration, hope, talent (mixed in with a little fear) that it will not have a stamp on the bottom of it from a foreign country.

So if you are an artist, be proud of your work and consider a stamp on the bottom of your work to read, MADE IN THE USA.

Thanks for dropping in on my soapbox......

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 Class offered

Finally my life is settling down with only one more show to go so I can actually schedule my time to teach.

Those of you that know me know that I try to help younger artist that are just beginning...the reason being is one day a young man told me that it was so hard to ask artist questions about technique because they acted as though they wanted to keep it all a vague secret.

Well nothing I do is a secret and I consider it just part of life that you would want to pass along to someone else what you know or what you have learned the hard way just to keep someone from going through the same hard lesson. Anyone that has read this blog knows that I don't hold anything back.

This class is as always a class for the beginning sculptor and we cover research, armatures, subject matter developing with the bone structure and muscle underlying. The student will bring with them an idea of subject and also any research pictures or sketches they have to refer to (they also will be responsible for any purchase they have to make towards clay bought at the sculpture depot in Loveland) which would be our first day outing if they do not purchase this in advance. Also the pipe structure discussed will need to be either sculpture wire purchased at Sculpture Depot or fittings bought at Home Depot.

The class will begin Sept. 30 and continue through the 3rd of October, a four day class that will be intense from beginning at 8:30 until 4:30. (You will be asked to provide your own lunch). I am 10 minutes from hotels and food.

We will cover not only anatomy of the subject but support, balance, movement and space. You will end up with a piece that is almost finished or finished depending on the size you undertake.

Come have fun with me and learn about texture, using your eye, finding errors and enjoying the great Rocky Mountains afterwards if you want to explore the beautiful mountains or enjoy the wildlife on your own. I am an hours drive from the Rocky Mountain National Park and 50 minutes from Denver or the Denver International Airport.

The class is only $375.00 for four days and you can contact me at 1 970 396 1098 or pcampbellsculpt@yahoo.com I also have Square if any want to use credit cards. Here is wishing you a great day and may your desires to sculpt come true. It all begins with baby steps.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

unexpected fun

Recently as you know I was up in Jackson Hole participating in the Art Festival up there and during that time I met many really nice people.

Among those I met, a lady that is with the Teton Association and she studied my work closely and finally asked me if I had ever done a pika.

Now for those of you that live on the prairie and never have ever seen a pika, it is a very small animal kin to the rabbit that lives at a very high altitude and is endangered














because of the temperature change we are experiencing due to global warming (yes folks it is not a rumor, it is very real and changing faster than we imagine). These little critters are like the polar bear that drown looking for the missing ice bergs with the serving of seal on top. They continue to move higher and higher to find that cold altitude that they must live.

I had fun doing the research since we have them here as well as Wyoming does but they are way high up above Trailridge Road and Longs Peak trail along with the Ptarmigan.

I love doing fun little pieces and hopefully it will assist the Teton Association in their quest as a fund raiser. Here is my little guy...enjoy.

Not preaching just reminding, what you use and how you use it has an affect on every living little creature...think next time you make a purchase. It could be you on the endangered list next.

Thanks for dropping in.....

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Splatters happen and also wind (fun project)

I recently was on Etsy and came across a method for pouring tent weights and thought it was great...already have them poured and ready to go for the upcoming Estes Park Art Festival in September.

I took two pvc pipes 10 feet long and cut them in half, sealed them with caps on the end then lashed them to a fence post and filled the other end with cement and placed a long I hook screw (with nut on end for grips in cement) into the cement on the poured end before it hardened and I am now ready for whatever wind blows at me. They lay nicely close to the tent pole (better than the sand bags I have been using). Thanks to Etsy Metal and Kathryn Riechert.

So I thought I would return the favor, here is my solution to splashing, staining and steam while cooking when you have a wood cabinet that is catching it all from the side of the stove.


  This is simple tin purchased from Home Depot and placed in the vulnerable area where the heat and splashes occur.

I based this idea on the old pie safe you used to find in antique shops. I decided on the design, two moose heads to compliment the decor in the rest of my house. Drew the design out on just plain paper then laid it on the tin in the area needed and viewable.

I took the raw tin and placed it on a board that did not matter and took a very large nail and just tapped around the design until the profile I desired. Try to keep your tapping the same strength because it makes your holes all the same depth.

Now it is wipeable (if that is a word) and keeps steam and stain from ruining my cabinet.  Have fun and let me know what you tried. Also we had aluminum stove etc. in room so they matched (I guess you could do the same with copper if that matched better).

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Friends

I have to tell you I am always so impressed with the quality of art I see at the shows I do. I met a man with turned wood, a lady with antique door knobs on hardware that were gorgeous, a very talented print lady (check her out at www.janvanderburgprintmaker.com)  and an egg tempura artist these all at the Chessman Art Festival in Denver.  Most artist can not afford to pay big bucks into these shows and not have quality work. Most of the people I met are so good at what medium they chose such as  at the Jackson Hole show I met Cathra-Anne Barker (check out her wonderful art at www.parker-meyer.com). Each time I have a show I meet phenomenal artist again such as www.melissahughston.vpweb.com and www.lorettayoung-gautier.com all sweet talented artist.
I enjoy so much meeting the other artist and I want to always mention them in reference to a quality show...it always is not about the money (even though it helps pay for your travel and show expenses and seed money) but also the relationships you form along the road. Not only the artist but you get to visit with a lot of remarkable people , the organizers that work their tails off to make the shows work, the patrons that walk all day through the tents patiently looking for that perfect work.
As usual we had various weather in Denver for the Chessman Park Art Fest, it burned us, it melted us, we ended up opening up the back of the tent to let in fresh air but yet had to keep an eye open for the dark clouds that would promise rain. I used two portable battery operated fans inside the tent that both myself and the patrons appreciated.
I had a nice surprise as the time arrived to pull down our tent and pack everything away...my daughter, her husband and my two grandchildren arrive to help and it really went a lot faster.
So thanks to all for a job well done.
One more show to go and I will complete my journey this year, it is Estes Park and I will hopefully be able to include some pictures with my entry in September. Happy trails.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jackson Hole, Wyoming Art Festival

We arrived on Wed. before the show in order to set up our own campsite which we found Gros Venture to be the perfect spot. Just outside Jackson Hole and far enough away that we had a young moose wonder through camp around 6:00 am the next morning. He had been kicked off his mom when she probably became pregnant again and knew that she would have a new little one again.

 The entire area is so beautiful that it was truly difficult to put my responsibilities aside and not run off into the wild to just take pictures.

Most of the drive was bleak the first few hours as it goes from flat and dry to valleys and pines. The entire trip up took us 8 and a half hours from Greeley to Jackson Hole.  There are beautiful ranches along the way though that have taken advantage of the beautiful rock formations to choose their locations...course the wind probably had a great deal to do with that decision.


This was a shot of the Tetons that I just could not resist using.




You can tell by the pictures of our tents set up that it was the beginning of the morning and this was just a small percentage of tents in my area...I think there were around 150 tents with over 800 entering the juroring.
This was my tent set up and we had a variety of weather, hot (86) and then wind and rain so we got to test our fortitude. Yes the sandbags are a distraction which we solved later but were required (100 lbs on each leg) in order to handle the gust or micro burst we experienced.

Like I said I could have stayed all week and just taken pictures. The flowers were the cream on the top of the mountain shots. Just gorgeous.
 
Small note, we had to put all our food items in a steel box called a bear box in the campground so that we did not intentionally attract a bear. That also included toothpaste, soap, deodorant etc.
 
This was a show that even though I did ok it will be debatable as to whether it would be one that I would drive 8 1/2 hours again to attend. The crowds were ok and the views tremendous and maybe you just have to think that, hey I had a great vacation and made sales also so what do I have to whine about.
 
As I have always said the greatest thing that I can say I enjoyed was meeting the patrons I met and the other creative people that were around my tent...that is what makes a trip enjoyable.
 
Back home again I begin the process all over again and prepare for the Chessman Art Festival in Denver...at least I can sleep in my own bed this time even though you can not beat the fact that I went to sleep one night watching the most beautiful full moon slip its way up through the trees over the Green River.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Packing up and Moving Forward

The big day has arrived and for the past few days I have been preparing the trailer and back of the truck to accomodate not only my work and pedestals but also all the things we will need camping in the Tetons.

All of work is wrapped in either bubble wrap and packing blanket or the foam you use under flooring and blanket and placed in Rubbermade tubs



Our trailer is just large enough to haul the 11 pedestals I carry with me and the ice chest and one tub if you notice I have "seal a meal" type plastic covering the pedestals to prevent damage or moisture and all is cinched down tight

The truck was a jumble of three tubs with pieces (trailer would be too rough) sleeping bags and tent