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).