Thursday, June 30, 2011

Toothpicks and Foil!

Just a thought, I was driving in Denver traffic the other day on I25 at quite a clip (along with the other 2 million cars) and saw three different accidents.

These were normal size cars to small cars (because everyone is trying to buy cars that get a great mileage) and there was not one of them that a driver looked as though they had survived in the crash.  I wish that manufacturers would go back to producing automobiles that were made of something other than aluminum foil and toothpicks....I know, I know because of the price of steel and etc. we will never see sturdy bumpers that would take anything less than ten miles an hour and just leave a tiny scratch. My daughter and I were in a wreck when she was one and it was in an older vehicle made of real metal and we survived and the policeman said it was because of that very fact.

I also realize that now days with the price of gas and oil, tires, cars and loss of jobs that someone has got to pay attention to the little guy that is just barely hanging on here and come up with a economical transportation that will heal the earth's pollution, hang the oil guys in foreign countries out to dry (in their own desert) and the only reason I am in a bad mood today is the fact that it is getting where good artist are having to fall along the wayside because of the terrible economy, to any artist reading this please hang on to your passion, your wits, tweak your game and maybe take the time to learn your skill  even better.

But for pete's sake do not let the quality of your work fall short, always be known for the quality of your trademark. A good artist is revered and collected and the time they took to research, refine and define their work will earn respect among collectors.  Just because the world is going cheaper by the dozen does not mean we can cut corners and let our art fall by the wayside or become pieces of throwaway junk.

Art will always be in our culture and our culture will always be judged by the quality of the art left behind in each and every generation.  Creativity  is how we define ourselves whether it be in design of our buildings, tech, clothing, pastel, oil or stone.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Gallery

Just signed on with a new gallery, Creations, Art and Gifts in Louisville, Colorado so looking forward to adding Vickey and Tom to my family and working with them. If you are nearby and want to check us out it is on Main Street but with the renovations going on there are sure to be a lot of other interesting shops  to browse.

Might I invite you to our reception starting at 6:00pm on July 1st, 2011. Come enjoy art, good company and music as we visit.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Commission Work

Just what is a commission piece? For instance, you have a favorite animal, pet or subject that you want done a particular way. On a commissioned piece of art you have control of everything that appears on that piece from creating the clay, the position (a running horse), (a pair of fighting elk) or a nativity scene that I am currently working.

Your input is very meaningful to the artist in that it is your idea completely from start to finish and you not only get to view its every development but also to change anything if you are not completely satisfied.

You pick out the subject, size, the position or stance and watch it develop onto the armature one step at a time (even if you are long distance I share pictures either sent through the mail or sent via email).

Some commission ideas in the past have been representations of an industry, desktop art showing a sculpture for your personal office, for instance I have done several for the beef industry and lamb industry. You have a favorite horse that you want to remember  as a colt and all you have are pictures but you want something more tangible. College mascots are a favorite item for a desktop. Want a favorite memory of a last hunt with a favorite pointer or a brand new puppy.  These are just a few of the ideas that have come across my desk and I have loved every minute of it.

What memory do you have that you would love to see in bronze?