Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New Beginnings

Yesterday was a big adventure for me. I was invited to talk to 150 third graders at one of our local elementary schools.What I had intended to do was talk for a few minutes about animals and the endangered species and then move on to my artwork. The time flew by and I ended up speaking much more about the animals than intended. I don't think the kids minded too much and they had a ton of questions afterward which was great because it meant that they were listening and interested. Afterwards I got to work with a small group of young artists on a painting of the endangered Black Footed Ferret. I think they all enjoyed themselves, plus they got to have lunch in the art room so there was an extra bonus! I'll have photos to post of all that fun soon.

On the personal art side of things I've been pretty busy. I've been doing more sculpture and have really found my groove with painting in cold wax and oils. I didn't know about this medium until a few months ago but I am really loving it. Working in wax feels natural, I suppose that's partly due to my years as a wax tech in a couple of bronze foundries. Plus it's more tactile and physical which I enjoy immensely. Here are a few of the wax paintings and a couple pics of recent sculptures too.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Great Horned Owl

I've been doing more sculpting lately and just finished up with my latest piece. It's a Great Horned Owl bust which stands about 8 inches tall and is probably about 6 inches in diameter. It's a pretty hefty sculpt and I'm really pleased with the results. I'm feeling out my style of sculpting which appears to be more angular in nature. I do like clean lines.