Posts Tagged ‘loveland sculpture show’

The Art of Creativity

June 29, 2015

CREATIVITY. Some are born with it, some work very hard to try and achieve it. Scott was blessed with a very creative mind and works hard to constantly improve his skills and keep the creativity flowing. Being creative and thinking of new designs and ideas seems to come easy for some, like Scott. That is why he enjoys carving the sculptures. He is always thinking and talking sculpture. It definitely consumes our lives. But we are glad we chose this lifestyle for a living. Not many can do it. It is definitely not easy. But nothing worthwhile in life is easy. You have to work hard for it. Mold it. Feed it. Sacrifice for it. That is what it’s like being an artist.

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So how does Scott’s creative process start? From a LOG. He can look at a log and have an idea in mind of what that log will soon become. He very rarely sketches his ideas. He just thinks of it and starts working. He then picks up a chainsaw and sets out creating that design. When the rough process is done, he switches over to grinders. The above picture is a 6ft tall sculpture that is currently in the carving stage. It was a very large mesquite log that Scott picked up from a woodturner friend in Scottsdale. The log was so large and heavy, he had to rough carve it there, before loading it on the trailer and transporting it back home. The sculpture will have several tunnels with large wavy openings carved into it and will stand on a cement base. It will be completed in time for the Sculpture in the Park show, in Loveland CO, August 8-9. It is sure to be a real spectacular piece.

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Even though some artists are born with the creative bug, it doesn’t mean they don’t have to work hard for it from time to time. It does take practice, patience and discipline to keep those creative juices going. That is why we have so many logs on hand, that range in the type of wood and size. Sometimes the design jumps out at you like when Scott saw the Ironwood log that would soon become “Vision” (Pictured above), he knew instantly what he wanted to do with it. He carved down the branches that were coming out to create tunnels and carefully incorporated the yellow sap wood to make it wrap around the tunnels. It turned out spectacular. But there are other times when he can stare at a log and not have any idea what he wants to do with it. So it sits till one day that vision finally forms. And we have quite a few of those waiting logs. Yet other times he has an idea in mind and sets out hunting for that perfect log to create that idea.

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“NESTLED” above is one of those, “I have an idea, let me find the right logs”. It consisted of several pieces that are specially carved to nestle into each other. The main pieces are made from mesquite. Then there is a small juniper and ironwood piece that snuggle in small openings. Multi stones were inlayed to add a lot of color and two gold leaf balls add some whimsy. Scott has plans to do several of these out of different woods and in various sizes. He also wants to do wall sculptures that are similar in design. We are always striving to improve and stay one step ahead.

So being creative does take work and constant practice to perfect your skills. Even if you are born with the creative bug. It can also be very satisfying and rewarding and we wouldn’t trade the life for anything.

New Babies and Chair Delivery

July 25, 2013

It’s been a busy few months. We just completed a large chair order and delivered it to Midland. It consisted of 12 Greek God chairs and 2 Shangrila II Rockers. All made from Oregon Black Walnut. The delivery went smoothly, even though it rained my whole drive there. The rain stopped just long enough to unload and then it started right up. Couldn’t have timed it better. We are now getting ready for our three summer shows. The first takes place in Park City UT August 3-4. Then the next weekend is the Sculpture Show in Loveland CO August 10-11. The last show will be Sausalito Art Fest in Sausalito CA over Labor Day weekend. We are scrambling to create more unique and new pieces for these shows.

Not only are we busy with all this, but we just got two 9 week old Merle great dane puppies. The brothers names are Apollo and Perseus. They are a handful, but so much fun as well. Their training is underway and they are catching on real quick. Now if I can just get them to quit chewing on any piece of wood they can find. Lord knows we have a lot of that around here. Hopefully once the teething stage is done. Traveling will be more of a challenge. So Scott will have to go to some shows by himself. But hopefully as they get older we can take them to more places with us and get them used to it. Below are some pictures of them.

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The boys sleeping on the car ride home. They were so good and slept most of the way.

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Here they are sleeping at home. They already have quite a few toys. Perseus is suckling on a squeakie toy.

Apollo sleeping

This is Apollo sleeping. He is a lighter grey with black markings.

Perseus sleeping

This is Perseus sleeping. He’s dark grey with black markings.

Seems like they do nothing but sleep, eat and poop right now. There is some rough housing in between. They are going to grow like weeds though. It’s quite amazing. Lukly their parents are not real big danes, so these guys won’t be giants. We are so enjoying them and glad we got them. They make us laugh all the time.

Here is the chair delivery to Midland TX. Their house isn’t quite finished, but when it is I will post more pictures. I can’t wait to see everything in their place and how beautiful the house is.

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Here Is Matt carrying in one of the Greek God chairs

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This is all 12 chairs

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The 2 Rockers

Matt Johnson sitting in rocker

Matt trying out a rocker

This was a big order and we have to admit took a little longer than we had planned. But seeing them all complete is well worth it. And it is especially satisfying to know the customer is happy.

“Entangled” 6ft tall Sculpture and other new pieces

August 24, 2012

“ENTANGLED” was made from a 7ft Elm Log that Scott picked up in Ruidoso. The diameter was about 22″ round and it was quite a piece to work on. It was still green and that enabled Scott to be able to leave the bark on. He had to be very careful carving it to make sure the bark was left intact and to not go through the piece. Lots of super glue was used on the bark to secure it as well. The sculpture resembles two entities that are entangled or entwined together. You can see the two round parts that are at either end and the bodies encircle the piece. The color contrast that goes between the bark, the blonde sap wood and the brown tones of the inner log are a beautiful combination. The base was made from apple.

This picture shows how the bodies curve around the piece. This truly is a magnificent piece and would look great in a front entry of an office or home. It definately gets the attention.

“IRON DANCER” is made from Ironwood. This wood definately earns its name. It’s very hard to work with. We go through chains, grinder wheels and sandpaper like crazy when we work with this wood. But it is magnificent. The color variations are just incredible. This piece was carved from a root section and Scott incorporated that into the design. Since it had so many voids and cracks, I just loaded it with large chunks of turquoise all over it. This sculpture has a very dramatic appearance and would make a statement no matter where it is placed.

This side shows a large portion of turquoise that was inlayed.

This is the inside of “Iron Dancer”.  Lots of turquoise there as well.

“CANYON ARCHES” is my favorite. Scott carved three tunnels into this Juniper log and got this interesting design. Every side has a different view into the middle. It was quite hard to sand and apply finish because of this design, but WOW did it turn out beautiful. The old growth juniper really took on a deep orange color and is so rich.

This pictures shows another view inside the piece and a bit more turquoise inlay.

“VAN GOUGHS EAR”. Ok the name is funny, but it realy does look like an ear. Now if I had a little Jack Russel to place next to it, looking inside, I’d have a whole different look. This whimsical sculpture is made from mesquite. The log was odd shaped and Scott was unsure what to do with it. So, whala, it’s now an ear.  It perches on a tiger maple base and has turquoise inlay.

“FLAMINGO DANCER” is made from Alligator Juniper Burl. I love the dramatic effect of the skirt part that flows down. I was able to load that area with turquoise, and it really pops against the burl. There are three feet carved into this sculpture and the carved ruffles of the skirt are quite striking.

This photo shows off all the turquoise and carving in what I call “the skirt”. Look at the beautiful burl.

“SATIN SHEETS” is a wall piece made from gorgeous Maple Burl and well, it looks like satin sheets. Scott carved gentle waves and folds on this piece to show off the burl. It’s really incredible to see up close and would look great on a wall.

This wall piece was also made from a Maple Burl. Scott carved slight ridges into the piece and we then inlayed some petrified wood and turquoise into it. The picture doesn’t show how pretty this piece is. The petrified wood is a nice touch and adds more character to the wall sculpture.

Last but not least for this blog is this incredible giant platter made from old growth black walnut burl. The figure in this platter is so beautiful and is set off even more with the turquoise that was inlayed in about ever crack and crevice I could find. This is the last part of a large walnut burl that we had and I wish we had more. The figure is just like not other. I just might have to talk Scott into keeping this one, since we can’t get more.

Curly Maple Rocker

July 17, 2012

I promised that I’d post the professional photos of the Curly Maple with Ebony rocker and here they are. I normally go for the darker woods, but this is just gorgeous and one of our favorites. It just might be a keeper.

We just found out that we were accepted into the Celebration of Fine Art Scottsdale. This is the original 10 week show, being it’s 23rd year, that takes place Jan-March each year. This show is very hard to get into, so we feel very privileged to be a part of the Celebration family. We will miss some of our new friends that will be at the other show, but we can visit them when we all have time over the 10 week period. We are looking forward to the show and are already making plans for some spectacular pieces. We will also be having a gallery showing at Mystique Gallery in downtown Scottsdale while we are there and this should be very exciting.

Currently we are gearing up for two upcoming shows in Park City UT and Loveland CO. Scott leaves in two weeks and we’ve been busy creating new sculptures. While he is gone, I will post some of these pieces on the blog for all to see.

This photo shows how pretty the grain is.

Here you can see the contrast between the black of the Ebony and the light of the Maple.

We also had the Bentwood rocker that was made from Cherry and Ash photographed. This picture is much better than ours and really shows off this rocker.