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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sculpture and Bruno Walpoth

"In our valley there is a 400-year-old tradition of wood-sculpting culture. Both my grandfather and my uncle were wood sculptors, and so I grew up with this medium." Bruno Walpoth

It shows. His work is amazing.

Walpoth's figures are very realistic, but also true to their media: wood and their process: direct carving. Look at the pants on the figure below. The direct chisel marks tell you about the wood and suggest denim fabric. The file and rasp marks, the built up layers of the white stain that's been sanded through tell you some of each sculpture's history.


There's beauty in his finishes. The white washed tones down the wood grain and unifies the sculpture. Allowing the grain to still be seen suggest an inner life, both of the figure and of its former life as a tree.






To see more of his sculpture and drawings, visit Bruno Walpoth's website 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sculpture and Procrastination/Obsession

When and How does procrastination turn into its opposite: Obsession?
After slogging through so many tedious hours on this carving wanting to do ANYthing else,
now I don't want to do ANYthing else but carve.

The work is coming alive, it has a presence. That's the best payback for all those working hours.
It's magic.

I was able to stay late at the studio and see it for the first time at night.....

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sculpture and Visitors and White Gloves

This week brought visitors to the studio, invited and also unexpected.

You think you know how an elbow looks until you have to carve one. It's impossible to use your own because you can't see them! So Wendy volunteered hers for the cause.

 One of the best things about this long project has been working outdoors throughout the seasons.
This lovely green katydid stopped by to smell the cedar.
 It gets really confusing when the wood is many different colors, graphite from my drawn corrections and darkened from the oils off my hands. Time for white cotton gloves!
It's a nice touch of formality in the heat.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Cutting a Rug- Drawing in Concrete

After this project is done, I'm working on short quick sculptures for a while! But why wait?

A friend helped me cut the outline of a rug, complete with fringe into the concrete in front of the studio.
From idea to reality in 45 minutes. A nice quick procrastination and back to carving.

 The result makes me laugh, it's about as conceptual as my art can be. What will the field pattern be?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sculpture and TriMet

The end is in sight, but I'm feeling like a marathoner with miles to go!

I've avoided working any more on her face to focus on her other end.

The legs and feet are hard to carve as the grain and the angle of attack changes with each inch.
Also reverted to power tools to shape her dress. The grinder is nasty but actually gives me better forms faster than chisels. Once the shapes are correct, I'll use the chisels for texture.

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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.