Thursday, July 31, 2014

Studio Guests and Drawing

"Can we come over and draw your birds?"

I felt a funny mix of pride and relief.  Kibu, a Yellow Naped Amazon, and Beauty Bird, a Blue and Gold Macaw, could spend the day out of their cages on their play stations. Ellie, Mimi, and Kay French could draw them and be in the room (just in case!) while I worked on the carving.

Here's the results, first Beauty Bird, then Kibu.

Three sets of drawings by Kay French

 Kibu by Elionor Segal.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sculpture and Our Solar System

How's that for a grandiose title?

What I like about this video, as it relates to sculpture, is how it shows both the incredible movement and depth of what we usually think of as a flat graphic, if we're thinking about the solar system at all.

Remember that Mass (sculpture) needs Space and Movement and Time to be appreciated.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sculpture and Siting

How you site sculpture determines how you experience it. 
It's that important.

Here's the St Francis relief in its new location in front of the studio.
The fountain I've wanted for three years is finally up and running. 
It's so satisfying to hear the sounds of water.

This video isn't great, but it hints at the experience.
 Sitting on the stone bench under the shade of the plum tree, you feel the
 movement and sounds of water, notice the changing light and shadows.
You become aware of reflections, both visual and mental.

Three different kinds of wasps and all the honeybees in the neighborhood stop by to drink.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sculpture and To Grandmother's House

Right now, there are all sorts of houses being made for the Grandmother.

A shade house to protect her and me from the sun. If you look closely at the background structure you can see that a trampoline cover doubles as shade cloth with about 85% screening.

A crate to protect her while we shape the back and sides so that they are square to each other and fit snugly into the metal house...

David Bales takes the lead on squaring up the log so that the sides are parallel and square to the back.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sculpture and To Grandmother's House

Heat, cluster migraines and a final installation date are all factors in the lack of recent posts on the big carving.
Did I mention fatigue?

She has two eyes now. If I'm working, the changes are big every day. That's encouraging.
Here's what she looks like this week.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sculpture and Paul Stankard

Honeybees swarming a floral hive by Paul Stankard Photo by Ron Farina
It's one thing to see and appreciate beautiful work on its own merits. But hearing Paul Stankard talk about his glass sculpture, his influences and his goals makes his art so much richer.

"I am interested in integrating mysticism with botanical realism giving the glass organic credibility. Through the work, I reference the continuum of nature, by portraying and exploring the mysteries of seeds, fertility and decay. 
The work celebrates the primal beauty of nature on an intimate level.  It is influenced by the poetry of Walt Whitman."  

Tea Rose Bouquet with Mask by Paul Stankard. Photo by Ron Farina
Here's a short video on the artist. Interesting man at a sweet spot in his life.

His pieces now appear in over 60 museums around the world including the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Louvre.
See his work on his website, and in his book, Homage to Nature.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sculpture and Ann Hamilton

MacArthur Fellow, artist Ann Hamilton has been commissioned to create a large public artwork in Seattle. She joins architects and city planners to create an interactive space on a new waterfront piers.