Wednesday, 23 July 2014

#550 In the field: Birthday week . . . fishing


Today,  the sun enters Leo - the fifth sign of the zodiac - and tomorrow is my birthday.
This blogpost has been preposted and as you read it, I will be where I always am during my birthday week: Fishing.
This year,  the dogs, Trish and I are in the Colorado high-country, trout fishing.
We're staying in a little rustic housekeeping cabin near our favorite fishing area.

Most years, we are at the island studio on Lake of the Woods in Ontario, Canada in July but this year, due to
a belated departure to the north country which happens next month, we returned to a place a couple
of hours from our Colorado cabin where I've celebrated July 24th a few times in the past.
One thing is certain . . . when late July comes around, I'll have a rod in my hand!

Below, countless unforgettable outdoor experiences have occurred while on the water and
I yearn for and covet the time spent in wild places . . . it is the source of my creativity.
Happiness is heading out to a favorite fishing spot!



Below, is a photo taken a few years ago while trout fishing in a freezing cold rain at our favorite lake in
northern Colorado on my birthday.  The place is just below timberline and is heavily populated with moose.
These critters sauntered out to feed on the lush grass in the shallows.



One year, a yearling calf became enamored with our little motorhome and every morning while the coffee brewed,
she licked the windshield.  She may have been after the glue on the inspection stickers.  Photos are below.







Another year, we saw this beautiful bull in velvet in the meadow next to camp.



Below, gilled and gutted Brown Trout ready for the frying pan!



Below, is a watercolor painting of a Rainbow Trout.





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Sunday, 20 July 2014

#549 In the studio: "Moose Junction"


This September, I'm introducing a new work entitled, "Moose Junction" at 
The National Museum of Wildlife Art's annual Western Visions Exhibition in Jackson, Wyoming.
http://www.westernvisions.org/

The sculpture was started almost three years ago at the Lake of the Woods studio in Ontario, Canada.
When we closed the island studio in the fall of 2011, the unfinished clay model was taken 
to the Wyoming studio and has since been tweaked and refined to completion for the upcoming show. 

My typical working method is to keep many pieces in progress at once and rarely is a studio work
session spent on a single sculpture. I move between several models and adjust them them as I see fit. 
  Occasionally, I create a one-sitting clay sketch that is deemed worthy of molding and casting. 

Below, are images of the clay model start-up of "Moose Junction" after a few hours of modeling at the 
cabin/studio in Canada in 2011 and another of the work in progress in Wyoming.








Below, the clay model has been backlit to show a strong silhouette revealing sculptural drawing,
positive and negative shapes, proportion, and important masses.  This method is used routinely in the studio.
When in the field, I typically see and identify an animal by observing large shapes and the silhouette.
The viewer must immediately perceive clarity and understand the species they are looking at.



Below, is an image of sandblasting the bronze casting before it goes to patina.



Below, are images of the patina process.  A traditional patina using liver of sulfur, 
ferric nitrate, cupric nitrate, and hot wax was chosen for the new sculpture.


 Above and below, liver of sulfur is applied to the unheated bronze.



Below, the bronze is heated, then cupric nitrate is stippled on.



Next, the bronze continues to be heated with a propane torch and ferric nitrate is stippled on.



The patina technician applies Johnson's Paste Wax while the bronze is still too hot to the touch.



Below, is an image of "Moose Junction".

Moose Junction
16"H 17"W 8"





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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

#548 Classic Salmon Flies


Since the mid-18th century the art of tying trout and salmon flies has developed into a sublime and celebrated art form.  Years ago a fishing buddy and friend from Maine gave me six classic double-hooked salmon flies and I was
captivated by their delicate beauty.  I refer to the six patterns I was given as "classic" because they
define the traditional and authoritative designs of all time. 

 The year was 1980 and my medium of choice was original intaglio printmaking using the bitten plate with occasional watercolor tint.  I created an etching of the classic salmon flies as well as individual etchings of each of the six classic patterns.  If ever the use of watercolor enhancement was appropriate for an etching,  the use of color told the story with the salmon flies.  Also, I used an exquisite French Rives buff rag paper and sepia ink which had become an identifiable trademark for my printmaking by 1980.  The sepia ink and plate tone presented an earth tone which blended well
with the transparent watercolor application - much like an underpainting.
The flies were drawn onto the plate actual size and the etchings are shown below.





Silver Doctor
Green Highlander


Jock Scott

Dusty Miller







Black Dose
Durham Ranger















Below, is an image of an etching depicting a hooked salmon. . . appropriately titled,  "Hooked!"



Below, is a photo of Trish with a Pink Salmon - also known as a "Humpy" -  caught on a spoon while casting in
salt water off Morris Reef in Southeast Alaska.  Although I've caught lots of salmon in Alaska over the
years - my favorites are kings and silvers - I've never caught one with a fly . . . there's still time!
By the way, fishing for salmon in the Pacific is MUCH different than fishing for them in the
Atlantic and fishing for salmon in saltwater is different than fishing in brackish or freshwater.




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Sunday, 13 July 2014

#547 Beyond my studio window: Super Moon - Buck Moon


Last night the full moon was incredibly bright and appeared larger than normal.
The scientific term for the phenomenon is "perigree moon" because it is the point
at which the moon is nearest earth.  The dramatic moon appeared to be 30% brighter
and 16% bigger than normal.  Interestingly, we will experience three
Super Moons this summer:  July 12th,  August 10th,  and September 9th.

Below, is an image of last night's Super Buck Moon.



July is the month of the Full Buck Moon . . . the name denotes the time of the year when
bucks begin to grow new antlers.  Names for full moons date back to Native Americans and some
of the names are haunting beautiful:  Full Wolf Moon is in January . . . so named because the
wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages.  Full Harvest Moon is in September,
Full Hunter's Moon is in October,  and Full Rutting Moon is in November.
More information can be found on The Old Farmer's Almanac link  -
http://farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/
  

Below are photos taken beyond my studio window at the Wyoming studio and a few sketches of deer.



Below, this little Mule Deer buck hangs out in the loafing shed  . . . he has not yet lost his winter coat and is in velvet.











Below, is a pen and ink study created as a precursor to working on an etching plate with a needle.  Pen and ink and line drawing is helpful when developing an etching plate . . .  shading and half-tones are achieved by hatching lines.




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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

#546 Beyond my studio window: geese


We had two pair of Canada Geese nest and raise their broods on our pond this spring.
The pond outlet flows into the Popo Agie River which surrounds the property and the wild
geese have taken the maturing juveniles downstream to prepare them for flight and migration.
Below, are photos taken this spring of the wild geese.





Below, is a working drawing of an idea for future consideration in the design studio.
Contemplating, experiencing, and observing birds in nature is the best . . .  and for me the only way to create sculpture.



Below, is a drawing of a big Canada stretching it's wings.



We have 4 enormous domestic French geese who hatched goslings over the 4th of July week-end.
We not only enjoy their majestic beauty as they glide on our pond but they also serve as an effective alert
system - similar to watchdogs - with their raucous honking when anything out of the ordinary invades their territory.
Below, are recent photos of the geese and their goslings.




Below, the brood's first outing on the pond.



The domestic goslings are a daily delight and this is only the second time in six years that they've had their eggs hatch . . . so many predators in our remote and untamed area!  The pond, with it's little island sanctuary provided safety
for both the wild and the domestic geese and the birds were able to protect their clutch.
Domestic geese are built different than wild geese and because their weight and center of gravity
is set so far back compared to wild geese,  the domestics are flightless.

Below, is a painting of a gosling with one of my sculptures.  It was painted by Adele Earnshaw,
one of my all-time favorite artists whose work I collect and whose friendship I enjoy.
adeleearnshaw.blogspot.com/





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Sunday, 6 July 2014

#545 In the studio: hummingbirds


I don't sculpt many small birds but the hummingbird is an exception.  I spent the morning of July 4th creating a little high-releif modeled wall hanging of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird drinking dewdrops from a rose petal.  Low-releif, bas-relief, and high-releif presentation is tricky.  The sculptor must "trick" the viewer's eye into perceiving reality by making use of sculptural drawing, form, and composition.   The design must come forward yet also recede . . . design is paramount.
I'll live with it for awhile, then a mold will be made, and it will be taken to the foundry to be cast in bronze.

Below is an image of the clay model.



Below, is a drawing of hummingbirds.



Below. are images of hummers at our feeder.





Below, is a photo of an early sculpture entitled, "Hummingbird and Roses".

Hummer and Rose
10"H

Below, is an image of a watercolor- tinted, original etching of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.



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