Friday, 30 September 2011

#42 Remarque: "Bison II Fragment"

The American bison has been a historical symbol of this country's great expansion westward beginning in the late 18th century.  I admire this rugged animal for its determination, stamina and amazing strength while facing exploitation and near extinction by humans starting with the introduction of the railroad in the 1860s'.

This large panel can be used as a wall hanging or mantelpiece.



Bison Fragment II
26"H 35 "W 6"D


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Thursday, 29 September 2011

#41 Remarque: "Cat Fragment"

Some fragments are the result of accident - some are deliberate breakage.
The decision to mold and cast the design is made by the artist.


Cat Fragment cupric patina
13"H 7"W 4"D



Cat Fragment   ferric patina
13"H 7"W 4"D



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Monday, 26 September 2011

#40 Remarque: "Equus Found Fragment IV"

By removing part of the logic, a new visual experience is created.


Equus Found IV
20"H 22"W 6"D

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

#39 In the Field - Cody, Wyoming con't . . .



Senator and Mrs. Alan Simpson (R - WY)

Yesterday, after the brunch, quick draw and auction, Trish and I toured the Cody art galleries.   We met Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson and his lovely wife Ann at the Simpson Gallagher Art Gallery which is owned by their daughter Sue.  We are both fond of this great man and were pleasantly surprised to learn they own a piece of my work.



Afterwords we were invited to the studio of the late sculptor Harry Jackson (1924 - 2011).  We had sat at the same table with his son Matthew during the previous nights' banquet and art auction festivities and jumped at the special invitation.

The three of us spent the afternoon visiting in the solitude of his father's studio: a coveted and profound experience!  As a student at the Kansas City Art Institute in the early 60's modernism was being taught.  I had learned of Jackson and his friendship with Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock and over the years have been fascinated by his career as an Abstract Expressionist painter in New York who evolved into a powerful sculptor of western bronzes.

I left feeling that I had actually met him - his work and his life were coming into focus.  I will research and read about him in the coming months and cherish the small sculpture I bought in his studio.

Art must express some force, some emotion, some movement - I felt it all.


Matthew Jackson and Sandy
in Harry Jackson's Cody, WY studio


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Saturday, 24 September 2011

#38 In the Field: Art Show and Sale, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming




Sandy and artist
Carrie Ballantyne
I attend several museum sponsored juried invitational art shows a year.
They are an opportunity to meet collectors, museum, gallery and media folks and
sell art in a gala museum setting.

I particularly enjoy seeing old friends among the artists and meeting new ones.  I consider the shows an "in the field" experience for several reasons, namely:
- To sell art.
- To extract the most from art that was created by past masters in the
  museum collections.
- To see new works created by fellow artists




Trish and gallery owners and artist
Narda and Jim Wilcox
       Although I'm influenced by the antique and 19th century
       animaliers in France and America, I continue to be impressed by
       various living artists' style.  They, like me, are enjoying a
       resurgent interest in representational and figurative art.

       An artist's style emerges on its own unless there is an attempt to
       copy others.  Style is individual and personal.




     
    "Get out there and see what everyone else is doing - then do something different"
                                                                                                                                   Bob Kuhn



Sandy at the Phimister Proctor exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
during the 30th anniversary Art Show and Sale - September 23-24, 2011

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Friday, 23 September 2011

#37 Remarque: "Country Morning"

Over the years we've had several different breeds of roosters.  The current king of the coop is a Cochin Bantam.  This little bird has feathers that cover his tarsus (leg/foot area) and he definitely has the small fowl syndrome.  The hens are huge in size compared to him but he's oblivious and rules the roost.

Country Morning is a study from life.

Country Morning
9"H 11"W 7"D


Country Morning
9"H 11"W 7"D



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Thursday, 22 September 2011

#36 Remarque: "Trail Creek Elk Bookends"

I travel between studios in Lander, Wyoming and the mountains of northern Colorado and there's one place I almost always see elk in the fall: On the dirt road leading to the Colorado cabin sanctuary, in a high meadow fringed with evergreens and aspen.

I need this intangible tonic that can only be found in the wild.

Trail Creek Elk Bookends
15"H 14"W 8"D



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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

#35 In the Field:



Yesterday at daybreak, Trish and I loaded the old Trooper and took off on our annual Wyoming antelope hunt.  This year we drew doe tags but not a problem - our priority is meat for the freezer not heads for the wall.

By the end of the day, and after several lengthy stalks, we both had our animals down within 50 feet of each other!  While Trish started field dressing, I hiked back to get the Trooper.  The old buggy (which also serves as my foundry vehicle) is great for hunting and off-road driving.  It sets high off the ground, is 4 - wheel drive and rumbles over the sagebrush slow and steady.

Feeling pretty randy we were home after dark with our meat iced down, ready to go to the processor this morning.  After all, girls just want to have fun!

Our tradition and ritual is to prepare the tenderloin on the night of the hunt with a skillet of potatoes and onions and a nice red wine.  There are no words to describe the delicacy!

After the hunt tenderloin:
Lightly steam potato wedges while sautéing sliced onion using olive oil in a heavy skillet.
Add softened potatoes to onion.
Season with salt, paper, Montreal seasoning and garlic and lightly brown.
Remove onions and potatoes to warming plate.
Flatten tenderloin with side of large knife.
Add more olive oil and turn heat to medium high.
Saute' lightly 3 - 4 minuets per side depending on meat thickness
Salt and pepper to taste
Meat should be pink/red and juicy inside when done.

Serve with Caesar Salad, crusty French bread and a hearty red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Note:  One year we cooked the tenderloin over a campfire with a pointed hot dog stick.
           Now you're REALLY cooking!




In the Studio:
Early this morning I started a head study of a buck antelope in clay.  To say I'm inspired is an 
understatement.  However, the best way to honor the animal is to eat the meat.





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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

#34 Throw on another log . . . Artist's commentary


Over the past weekend, at a major museum art show, a collector asked "What do you think of this painting?" Adding, "You're an artist, is this considered good art?"  My reply was "What do YOU think of the painting?  That's what counts."

The artist who publicly critiques fellow artists' work - even when asked - may have good intentions such as "educating" the inquisitive buyer.  On the down side, his or her remarks can be perceived as self-serving or worse: They can sully the prospective collector's otherwise enjoyment of and confidence in their individual decision making.

Art is subjective and personal: If you connect with a painting or sculpture you will simply love living with it and will probably regret not buying it.  While understanding aesthetic and technical art principles can enhance enjoyment of art in general - no longer are there arbiters of taste.





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Monday, 19 September 2011

#33 Remarque: "Toro I & II"

These two works are re-adaptations of previously executed works.


Toro I and II

Toro I
16"H 11"W 4"D

Toro II
16"H 12"W 4"D


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Sunday, 18 September 2011

#32 Remarque: "Crowing Rooster II Wall Hanging"

This work - created life size in"alto"or high relief - is meant to be hung on a wall or flat surface.  My goal was to express clarity and delight with a simple narrative.


Crowing Rooster II Wall Hanging
16"H 15"W 3"D

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Saturday, 17 September 2011

#31 Remarque: "Coyote Clipper"

It's not enough that a piece of work be well executed from a technical standpoint.  There are times when the calipers and measuring devices should be secondary to exaggerated form.  A correct specimen can leave the viewer cold.

The sculpture should portray spirit, feeling and something of the subject's inner force or essence.


Coyote Clipper
9"H 17"W 6"D

Coyote Clipper
9"H 17"W 6"D


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Friday, 16 September 2011

#30 Remarque: "Buffalo Fragment II "

The buffalo is more than an animal to me - it is a symbol of the American West and represents my deep affinity for its history and beauty.

Buffalo Fragment II   (Ferric nitrate patina)
22"H 17"W 4"D



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Thursday, 15 September 2011

#29 Remarque: "Sleepy Fox Fragment I"

 This lively pose speaks for itself.

Sleepy Fox Fragment
15"H 8"W 6"D

Sleepy Fox Fragment
15"H 8"W 6"D

Sleepy Fox Fragment
15"H 8"W 6"D


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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

#28 Remarque: "Big Horn Sheep Bookends"

Over the years I've created more than 30 bookend designs and most of them present the subject emerging from mass. Big Horn Sheep Bookends are among the new works being introduced this week in Jackson, Wyoming at Wilcox Galleries' Wildlife and Wildlands in conjunction with Western Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the Jackson Hole Arts Festival.


Big Horn Sheep Bookends
9"H 14"W 6"D


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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

#27 In the Studio: "California Quail" - A preview of two clay models in progress




California Quail are closely related to the Gambel's Quail but have very little range overlap.  Disliked by vintners  -  they are fond of grapes  - the plump game bird is great table fare and is California's state bird.

The first sculpture depicts the cock bird perched atop a branch as a sentry - sounding the "all clear" for the flock to move in.  In the second piece, the hen is nestled against a branch - silent but alert.

The cock bird entitled Gambel's Sunset has been chosen to be the presentation piece at Autry Museum's Masters of American Western Fine Art Exhibition and Sale Feb. 3 and; 4, 2012.  The hen - entitled Gambel's Roost will be introduced as well.  The two can be displayed together as companion pieces.

Clay models of work in progress


Gambel's Sunset





Gambel's Roost


Gambel's Quail in progress - modeled life sized



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Monday, 12 September 2011

#26 Remarque: "Presidential Eagle"

This monumental sculpture was conceived as a celebration of nature and a tribute to our great nation.  

The eagle motif is one of the world's oldest symbols and one of the few birds that can be presented over life sized. Appropriate design and concept is called for if a sculpture is produced on a grand or heroic scale.  The subject must worthy!


Presidential Eagle was installed at the Clinton Presidential Library in 2004, Brookgreen Gardens in 2005 and will be placed at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming in the spring of 2012.

Presidential Eagle
98"H 130"W 84"D



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Sunday, 11 September 2011

#25 Remarque: "Reflection and Resolve"

Two works with the same theme are being presented on this day - the tenth anniversary of the attack on our country. The symbolism of the hawk heads conveys an underlying meaning.


Reflection and Resolve
8"H 8"W 6"D




Reflection and Resolve Bookends
8"H 14"W 6"D


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Saturday, 10 September 2011

#24 Remarque: "Wild Turkey Fragment I"

 Can a fresh discovery be made by stripping the figure of the unessential?



























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Friday, 9 September 2011

#23 Remarque: "Spa Series - Torso II"

I am a representational figurative artist and while birds and quadruped figures are of greatest interest to me, I'm fortunate to have an academic art background and a basic understanding of comparative anatomy.  Fundamentals of anatomy hold true regarding birds, mammals and the most highly evolved mammal of all  -  humans.


Modeling the female figure is a challenge . . . the delicate planes are almost imperceptible.  Like most artists I remain a perpetual student. 




Torso II
18"H 9"W


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Thursday, 8 September 2011

#22 Remarque: "Bison Fragment III"

This sculpture is a fragment from a larger sculpture in the round.  Many of my current and older works serve as "banks" from which I design variations on a theme.


Bison Fragment III
18"H 20"W 7"D



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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

#21 Lost Wax Bronze Casting

When my work is being cast I'm in the foundry everyday  -  checking waxes, metal, patina, etc.  My home and studio is less than 5 miles from the "foundry mother ship" and I'm tethered to it.

I never tire of seeing molten bronze being poured using the ancient lost wax casting process.  At a later date I will explain the foundry procedures in greater detail.


Bronze ingots melting
at 2000 degrees F


Pouring molten bronze


Hydraulics lifting the crucible 


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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

#20 Remarque: "Motivated"

Although I've never been to Africa I became as familiar as I could with this very recognizable creature through zoos, photos, video, books, field notes and my most important source - my clip file or "morgue".  I started accumulating and filing magazine tear sheets over 50 years ago about individual species and I use whatever I can find to make me live, think, dream, see, feel, understand and express the animal I'm working on.


Painters paint what they see . . . sculptors sculpt what they know.




Motivated
16"H 19"W 8"D


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Monday, 5 September 2011

#19 Remarque: "Kodiak Moment"

I've obtained an enormous quantity of field studies, photography and experience from  my 16 trips to Alaska and bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) go with the territory in this wild state.  Kodiak Moment is a stylized interpretation of the Alaskan brown bear, a subspecies of the grizzly bear. 


Where the bones protrude and come near the skin, fur and hair patterns break and reveal themselves thus showing how the skeleton is arranged.  


Kodiak Moment
11"H 12"W 9"D


Kodiak Moment
12"H 12"W 9"H


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Saturday, 3 September 2011

#18 Remarque: "West Wind Fragment II"

As magnifient as a horse is, the animal itself is not art.  The sculptor must select, arrange and simplify - transform the creature into a visual expression.  The animal is the design source, and the artist turns that source into art.


WestWind Fragment II
20"H 10"W 5"D


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Thursday, 1 September 2011

#17 Remarque: "Wind River Descent"

While hiking in the Wind River Range near my home in Lander, I glassed an enormous herd of elk in a meadow below me.  I watched them in the brilliant sun as they slowly descended  the valley and moved into the timber.  Lost in thoughts of the beautiful scene, my sculpture was before me. The style, sentiment and spirit were derived from the subject.


Wind River Descent
27"H 28"W 17"D


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