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.