Wednesday, 16 June 2021

#769 "Midnight at the Oasis"





"Midnight at the Oasis"
Dimensions  7"H 11"W 5"D
Medium:  Bronze on granite
Edition 30
2100.


Covid 19 has had me studio-bound and I’ve taken advantage of no travel deadlines to put forth a plethora of new work.  My subject matter has been diverse and much of it reflects recent travel before covid as well as  2020 travel plan that were put on hold. 

“Midnight at the Oasis” was inspired by a 2019 trip to Morocco and while there, Trish was determined to ride a camel. The bus stopped outside Marrakesh where men with a group of camels were giving rides to the tourists.  As Trish bounced along across the sand, I took pictures and took it all in.  I found myself humming Maria Muldaur’s old 1973 tune, “Midnight at the Oasis” all the way to Fez and planned my sculpture of the gaily tacked camels in a recumbent pose. . . every camel stop resulted in more pictures.

Back home in the studio, true to my self-imposed rule of never modeling an animal unless I’ve experienced it afield, the inspiration remained safely in my mind and digital reference.


Sunday, 13 June 2021

#768 "Remembering Puerto Vallarta"





"Remembering Puerto Vallarta"
11"H 13"W 5"D
ED. 50
2100.

During the 1990s through 2008 Trish and I spent the first two weeks of December in Puerto Vallarta. The holiday season is lively and colorful in Mexico and one of the biggest celebrations is the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the days leading up to December 12.  Nightly parades through cobbled streets, mariachi music, food,  daytime off-shore fishing in a beautiful tropical setting . . . joyful days that defined our Christmas for many years. 

I’m always on the lookout for animals indigenous to any area I visit and the green iguana is a common species seen in Puerto Vallarta. Men in white clothes would walk the beaches with the large captive lizard offering tourists a chance to have their picture taken with the creature wrapped around their neck. We preferred being at sea, fishing from an open panga with a captain, his mate, and an iced cooler for refreshments and the delictable fish that was cooked for us nightly at our favorite beach cantina.


Saturday, 12 June 2021

#767 "Pacer"






"Pacer"
11H 13W 5D
ED. 50
2,100

A trotter moves its legs forward in diagonal pairs whereas a pacer moves its legs laterally – right front and hind together, then left front and left hind.  The pace is a faster gait than the trot and a majority of horses that compete in harness racing are pacers.

 

The pace is performed by the Standardbred horse and although it is an artificial gait, it is natural to the breed.  There are five natural gaits of the horse:  walk, trot, canter, gallop, and back.  Additional artificial gaits include the flashy rack, performed by the American Saddlebred and the running walk, characteristic of the Tennessee Walking Horse.




Thursday, 15 April 2021

#765 "Wooded Water"


 

"Wooded Water"

21"H 18"W 13"D

Edition 25

4,200

 At daybreak, a female mallard banks sharply, lowers her feet, tilts her body to brake and zeros in for splashdown in the flooded timber.   There, she dabbles for food with a small flock in the shallows and loudly quacks her resentment at any intrusion.  The female is the mouthy one; the male drake makes a soft, raspy sound and lets the hen do all the quacking. 

 

Many mallards winter in the lower Mississippi valley and when spring arrives, they wing their way north to prairie potholes and small inland lakes to nest and breed. Typically, when they arrive the ground and ponds are still frozen and they feed on grain leftover in the fields until the thaw; often with Canada geese.  The large duck is truly universal and can be found in all of the northern hemisphere as well as Africa, Asia, and Europe. 

 




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Sunday, 21 February 2021

#764 "Earitated"

 

"Earitated"

6"H 10"W 7"D
Edition 50
1,500 


This little rabbit has an irritating itch that must be tended to.  The gesture is typical of the long-legged creature and body contortion is not needed to reach the spot. Rabbits continue to be a very popular subject.  


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Saturday, 20 February 2021

#763 "Owl Knocker"





"Owl Knocker
16"H 8"W 3"
1,800

Over the years I've created many functional sculptures including door knockers.
The molds no longer exist for these early works and I'm in the process of remodeling and remolding several popular designs.  I've started with the owl knocker and next is the rooster, fox, horse, bear, trout, pig, and much more!

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

#762 "Orchard Porker"

 




"Orchard Porker"
14"H 21"W 10"D
Edition 50
4,200


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#761 "Hard Turn to Starboard"

 


"Hard Turn to Starboard

"Hard Turn to Starboard"
8"H 11"W 5"D
Ed. Size 50
1,800

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Thursday, 6 August 2020

#760 "The Strut"

"The Strut"  -   clay model in progress  -   40" highThe current covid quarantine has caused an unplanned and productive block of creative studio time.   Typically, I'm traveling to shows, enjoying my seasonal cabin on Lake of the Woods in Ontario and spending museum time in Europe . . . this year, planned trips to Spain and France had to be canceled.  Many of these works are workshop demos and startups that were abandoned for one reason or another. Lots of time has resulted in a return to the sculpture stand to pursue their worthiness for casting. Among over twenty new sculptures in progress is "The Strut".
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Thursday, 2 July 2020

#759 "Lunch"




"Lunch"
Wall Mount
17"H 12"W 3"D
Edition 35
1,500


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# 758 "Bird of Peace"



"Bird of Peace"
8"H 12"W 7"D
Edition 35
1,900


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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

#757 "Secretary Bird"



"Secretary Bird"
7"H 9"W 5"D
Edition 50
1,800



  

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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

#756 "Flightless Tondo"




"Flightless Tondo" (Wall Mount)
17" Dia 3"H
Ed. Size 25
2,700

The Italian word rontondo (round) coined the term tondo and was used during the 
Renaissance for religious and mythological imagery.  The circular shape has 
challenged sculptors and painters since Greek antiquity.

I have been influenced by classical sculpture since my student years 
at the Kansas City Art Institute and the time-honored tondo seemed 
like the perfect format for my new creation – “Flightless Tondo”.  
The inspiration for the bas relief was provoked by the discovery of 
a dead bird in snow under my studio window.

  
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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

#755 Work in progress - Pair of Doves




I hear them every day outside my studio window:
Here's this mornings effort . . . a clay sketch of a pair of doves - the bird of peace.


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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

#754 "Guinea Fowl"



Original etching "Guinea Fowl"





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Thursday, 14 May 2020

#753 "Secretary Bird" con't . . .



Head study drawing of Secretary Bird from my sketchbook.
Tanzania, 2013





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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

#752 "Secretary Bird"


      During the Covid-19 virus shut down I find myself studio bound and 
      incarcerated like never before. I'm taking advantage of this time 
        by revisiting startups and works that were set aside for one reason or 
         another in years past and among the many is a head study of one of the 
                 most interesting birds I have ever encountered afield: 
                  The Secretary Bird.


"Secretary Bird"
10"H 10"W 6"D
 Edition Size 50

This head study is a nightmare for a mold maker and foundry to cast.  
                                                   We spent many hours consulting the foundry and relying 
                                                             on their assistance in the production process. 

This study is the result of an unforgettable trip to Tanzania several years ago with a group of artist friends:  Jan Martin McGuire, James Gary Hines,  John Agnew, Julie Askew, Robert Caldwell, Paul Dixon, Tony Pridham, and Dale Weiler. Trish and I were given our own guide and Land Rover,  spent time consuming hours at water holes in search of closeups and details of various species and returned home with over 15,000 digital images.  The Secretary Bird is famous for its long black head plumes, is a raptor closely related to the osprey and can be found stomping snakes in sub-Saharan African grasslands.  Please type in Secretary Bird in the white blog search box for more info on this subject.   


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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

# 751 "Night Owl"





Loose is how it looks . . . not how it's done.



"Night Owl"
11"H 9"W 7"D
Ed Size 35
1,500


This sketch is a workshop demo created from life at the Brookgreen Gardens zoo aviary.
While I do many clay sketches in the field, in the studio, and during workshops, I deem 
only a handful worthy of casting in bronze.  I modeled "Night Owl" in approximately 
25 minutes on a very warm, sunny day which caused the clay to be very soft and juicy.

For more information regarding loose modeling, type in "loose" in the white blog search box.



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Monday, 16 March 2020

#750 "Hen with a Little Treasure"



I created this new wall mount for my kitchen.  While the rooster gets all the glory - the hen 
does all the work.   I have had poultry for many years and know the value of fresh laid eggs.

"Hen With a Little Treasure"
Bas Relief Wall Mount
15"H 12"W 2"D
Ed Size 35
1,500

To see a bas-relief Wall Mount of a rooster go to blog post
#384 or type"Crowing Rooster" in the search box.





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Thursday, 27 February 2020

#749 "Trout Pool"


My studio is located on a premier trout stream in Wyoming that is loaded with brown trout.
I often walk the river and know the deep trout pools by heart.

"Trout Pool"
Bas-relief Wall Mount
9"H 17"W 1.5"D
Ed. Size 35
1,500



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Sunday, 5 January 2020

#748 "The One That Got Away"





"The One That Got Away"
6"H 12"W 4"D
Ed Size 35
1,500

Above is the one that got away.


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Saturday, 4 January 2020

#747 "Hooked"


With the Wyoming winter upon me,
 I'm dreaming of spring and Rocky Mountain streams.


 "Hooked"
6"H 11"W 5"D
Ed. Size 35
1,500



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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

#746 "Ecorche"





Ecorche - the French word for "flayed" - is a term that refers to the
anatomical study of animal or human form without skin.  When the
 skin is removed the artist can study the underlying musculature.

When I was a student at Kansas City Art Institute in the early 1960's we made drawings of
the classic plaster cast  - "L'Ecorche" - created by Jean-Antoine Houdon in 1767.
Like most artists I have a replica of the Houdon plaster in my studio.

Pictured below are two models I created several years ago for my workshop students.
The top image is a model cast in bronze of the equine skeleton and the lower image
is an ecorche clay model that was created many years ago but was never cast.
While my workshops focus on bird anatomy, it's important to introduce comparative
anatomy of all vertebrates - especially mammals which includes humans and quadrupeds.

For more information on the subject in this blog search for
nature's one pattern in the white search box. Also, look at the website of sculptor Rod Zullo. His recent
work depicting ecorche is beautifully presented in an extensive and artistic manner.      

rodzullo.com



"Ecorche 1"
9 1/2"H  11 1/2W
Bronze casting



"Ecorche 2"
15 1/2" H  12 1/2"W
Clay model


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Monday, 2 December 2019

#745 "Tortuga Bay"








"Tortuga Bay"
10"H 13"W 14"D
Ed. 35
3,300


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#744 "Little Blue on A Branch"










"Little Blue on a Branch
18"H 10"W 10"D
Ed. 35
3,600


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#743 "Bobwhite Quail Bookends"




"Bobwhite Quail Bookends"
8"H 15:W 6"D
Ed. 50
2,400


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Monday, 25 November 2019

#742 "Scottie Study"


Sandy's new sculpture for Scottie lovers is a
high-relief mantlepiece mounted on post and plate.







"Scottie Study"
14"H 7"W 6"D
Edition 50
1,800


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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

#741 "Briscoe Bison"



Sandy's "Briscoe Bison" architectural panel was created in 2014 for the
Briscoe Museum in SanAntonio, Texas.   Additional information about the
creation of the 10 foot long bronze sculpture can be found in earlier blog
posts by typing in Briscoe Bison in the blog search bar.

The smaller maquette is available for purchase upon request.

Thank you to Cathy Ferrell for the recent photo. 

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Saturday, 5 October 2019

#740 "Heart Dog"





"Heart Dog"
9"H 8"W 8"D
Edition 35
1,800



"Heart Dog"
9"H 8"W 8"D
Edition 35
1,800



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#739 "Branching Out", "Simple Pleasure"




"Branching Out"
5"H 10"W 6"D
Edition 100
1200


"Simple Pleasure"
9"H 12"W 7"D
Edition 100
1,200



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#738 "Spring Pride", "Carolina Wren"





"Spring Pride
6"H 11"W 8"D
Edition 100
1,200



 "Carolina Wren"
4"H 6"W 4"D
Edition 100
550

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#737 "Sunny Day"



"Sunny Day"
9"H 13"W 6"D
Edition 50
2,100


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#736 "Looking Out for Each Other", "Nipper Study", "Don't Bug Me"



"Looking Out for Each Other"
8"H 10"W 4"D
Edition 100
1,500

 "Nipper Study"
7"H 7"W 4"D
Edition 100
900


"Don't Bug Me"
6"H 13"W 5"D
Edition 50
1,500




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Saturday, 28 September 2019

#735 "The Rise", "The Hatch"



"The Rise"
9"H 15"W 6"D
Edition 35
1,800


"The Hatch"
8"H  12"W 7"D
Edition 35
1,800

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#734 "Hot to Trot", "Stepping Out", "Breezy"




"Hot To Trot"
9"H 9"W 3"D
Edition 100
960



"Stepping Out"
9"H 10"w 5"D
Edition 100
960


"Breezy
10"H 8"W 3"D
Edition 100
960


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