We saw a moose in the distance a few days ago. The weather took a turn for the worse overnight so this morning I started a block-in study of a bull moose.
I remember a discussion with Bob Kuhn about recognizing an animal the way bird watchers do in the field: by shape. The animal I saw in the distance was unmistakably a moose: not a deer, not a bear - but a moose. I didn't need to see detail or get out binoculars to recognize the critter - just the basic, overall shape shouted moose!
Modeling from Kuhn's moose painting,
Return of Autumn
on and so beautifully understood;
the structured shapes and
silhouette so accurate, that a
sculptor with a basic knowledge
of quadruped anatomy and a
magazine clipping of one of his
moose paintings can muster the
courage to model after the master.
North-wind howling, birch fire
roaring: I know I'm under the spell
of my subject when it's noon and
I'm at the sculpture stand and still
in my bathrobe.
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