Posts Tagged ‘pierced carved vessel’

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.

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“Holy Grail” A Pierced Sculpture made from Mesquite

July 12, 2012

“Holy Grail” is a great name for this piece. Originally we named it “Pierced”. Kind of blaw, but naming things isn’t our strong suit. So an artist friend saw this at it’s first appearance in Santa Monica CA and said this is the Holy Grail. And it’s because of him that we changed the name on this piece. It is made from Mesquite and stands 33″ tall and has a diamter of 14″. The mesquite log it was made from had a little rotted area that we filled in with black epoxy and some beautiful yellow sap wood that you can see in this picture. In an older post I had some construction photos of Scott working on this piece. Boy did it take a lot longer than expected to create this. Drilling and then shaping all those holes was very time consuming. I started calling him the Holy Man, because that is all he did, was make holes all day. This piece came out spectacular. Being our first sculpture to pierce (Scott just had to do something large the first time), I have to admit I’m going to have a hard time parting with this one. Every time I look at it, I’m amazed. It got a lot of attention at the show in CA and many praises. I don’t expect we’ll have it much longer.

“Clam It Up”

This vessel was created a few months ago, but we wanted professional photos of it. It looks much better in this photo and shows off the clam shape that Scott created, along with the inlayed Abalone shell. He was careful to leave the bark on, which is very hard. This is a great piece and isn’t to large at only 18x12x9.

We are in the process of creating several new pieces right now for upcoming shows. So stay tuned for what Scott comes up with next. There are some really cools designs in the works.