Posts Tagged ‘contemporary art’

Buying Art during trying times

March 12, 2020

With all the virus scare, the thought of going out in public weighs on all our minds. But that shouldn’t stop you from buying art. As a matter of fact, this is a great time to buy art. Art not only enhances the look of the space you place it in, but it enriches your life. It uplifts you when your spirits are low and adds beauty to your life. Not matter what style of art inspires you, you can find it.

With big events cancelling along with some art shows, you can still find some shows that are still going on. Like this weekends Scottsdale Fine Art Festival, that takes place in downtown Scottsdale in a beautiful park setting. The show has taken steps to ensure that the artists and patrons health is watched out for. They have placed hand washing and sanitizer stations throughout the show. And artists and patrons have taken to fist bumping, versus hand shaking. So don’t let the virus scare stop you from attending, if you had plans to attend before. And if you can’t make it, but still want to buy some art, contact your favorite artist and add some beauty to your life.

We have a great inventory at this show, including two great floor sculptures and some gorgeous Redwood Burl pieces.

Secret Passages

5ft tall Redwood burl turns on a bark beetle kill pinyon pine pedestal

Scott carved out see thru passages and cup shapes in the burl to show off it’s incredible figure.

Fantasia-redwood burl on a manzanita burl base

This whimsical sculpture stands a little over 2ft tall. It has several cup shapes carved out to show the beautiful grain.

Red October-Redwood Burl

Fortitude-3ft wide Mesquite Burl

Inside look at Fortitude

Moon Flower-Large Sumac about 36″ long and 32″ wide

Angle shot of Moon Flower

This large wavy bowl sculpture has wax applied on it to keep the white color and make the grain pop.

Incredible Figure

February 20, 2020

 

These four new sculptures feature some incredible wood grain and the unique carvings really show it off. Scott’s brain has been working overtime to come up with some unique and creative designs for our upcoming shows. The first piece “Flowing River” is a 6ft tall sculpture. It’s been a while since we created a tall sculpture, so this one had to be extra special. Carved from an approximately 800 year old Alligator Juniper tree from our area, this unique carving flows all around the piece, showing off not only the beauty in this wood but Scott’s carving ability. Stippling was added for a different touch. The base is Bark Beetle Kill Pinyon Pine and there is a large pin that allows the entire sculpture to turn, allowing you to see all the details in this grand sculpture.

The second piece “Ancient One” was also carved from an approximately 800 year old Alligator Juniper. This large canyon is about 3 ft wide and tall (making it one of our larger canyons) and the carving shows the rich color that this Juniper has. Slight waves were carved into the sculpture to show off the figure and it turns on a pin on the stone base.

Third is “Milky Way” carved from gorgeous Black Walnut (one of my favorite woods). This vase shaped sculpture, with its waves and folds, shows the grain flowing all around the piece and the beautiful color variations in the walnut. Scott was able to keep the bark in tact, which is no easy feet. It turns on a pin in order to view all the sides. It stands about 2 1/2 ft tall and is about 2ft diameter. It got it’s name because it reminded us of the actual flowing patterns of the Milky Way and the yummy candy bar.

Lastly is “Diez”, named for the Spanish word for 10 because it has 10 pods carved out of it.  It was carved from Birds Eye Redwood Burl. And boy is it gorgeous. The close up photo really shows the figure in this wood. Scott carefully carved out 10 pods from this log to reveal all the figure and shaped it down into a vase at the bottom. It also turns on a pin on the Ambrosia Maple base.

These are just a few of the new pieces we’ve been working feverishly on over the past few weeks. Even with the bad wet weather we’ve had, we’ve accomplished a lot. To see what shows we have coming up, visit our website. www.shangrilawoodworks.com

 

Carving a Masterpiece

June 30, 2018

Creating a Masterpiece such as this can be a challenge. However, some pieces turn out so beautifully you forget about all the challenges that occur during the creation process. This sculpture started out as a very large Box Elder Burl from the Ruidoso area. We dragged several of these beasts with us when we moved here to Candy Kitchen back in 2009. At the time we asked ourselves why are we lugging these all that way and what are we going to do with them. Well they sat and sat for years out in our wood pile area, till finally one day Scott decided to tackle one. It was no small feat and during the whole process we asked ourselves why we were even working with this wood. It’s very hard, has tons and tons of holes, cracks, voids and narly pointy things and the beautiful white doesn’t stay that way once the finish was applied. But as we continued to work with it and found a finish that makes the burl and grain really pop out better, we began to appreciate it more. Of course that was after it was all finished and we saw the final product that the appreciation happened. Our customers that add one of these to their art collection really appreciate them and everyone raves about how beautiful they are. They are definitely big attractions at the shows. So now that we are down to are last remaining burls of this, we are going to really miss it and wishing we could get more. Below are photos of the process of one of the biggest sculptures we have carved out of this Box Elder Burl. We hope you enjoy seeing it morph into the Masterpiece that it truly is and perhaps even want to add it to your art collection.


The start of the carving with the chainsaw

Now it’s up to the grinders to do their hard work. Or should I say Scott do the hard work.

Lastly it’s my turn to take over the sanding and finishing. Talk about going through sand paper. Between how hard it is and how all the holes and voids tear up the sand paper it takes quite some time.

And now for the grand finale. Introducing “KINGS CROWN”.
Look at this beauty all finished up.


Close up of the grain showing how incredible it is.

 

 

If you appreciate seeing the carving process of this piece, watch our video where we take “Fantasy Flight” through the whole process.  Click on YouTube link below