I’m taking an art class. It is enriching my world beyond measure. But, more than anything, it is showing me the power of suggestion in carvings and how we make up things that aren’t even there. During the first still life drawing class I officially had my mind blown by adding just one line to […]
Mastering a new technique takes patience and tenacity. With this current project, even clarifying the vision has become an exercise in shifting my mindset from carving to cut out. I’m not only changing style, I’m changing mediums. And my first draft drawing is glaring evidence that I’m only half way there with the shift.
I do a lot of tracing as I create carving patterns. There’s a peacefulness to the process that requires keeping the integrity of a mood. And, there’s a little time travel involved, and a little music too. See what I mean. Pattern Formation I start my patterns from an idea of the overall shape and […]
Four years! It’s hard to believe that’s how long it’s been since my last post here. I’m back, and taking my carvings and this site in a new direction. The focus is still trees, but going 3D in a different way. See what I’ve been up to for the last four years and what’s in […]
Most of my creative endeavors, including composing music and writing books, are considered additive art forms. Painting would also be included in this class because each of them builds one thing on another to create a whole. Carving is the only truly subtractive art form I practice. It has taught me how to be a […]
The other night I watched a repeat of one of my favorite shows on NPT. It’s titled Tree Safari: A Sculptural Journey and it tells the story of a trip that world renowned woodcarver Brad Sells made to Africa. He was in search of some special wood called pink ivory. The massive trees from which […]