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KeBlogJournal for August 2006

August 12, 2006

It has been one hell of a roller coaster month since last update, but between a 900 mile journey to see Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, a blooming love-something, a garden overgrowing with ragweed and goat-heads,  I managed to get this far with a new painting, called  "Belly Dance Circus".

August 15, 2006

It is Tuesday therefore Belly Dance Night at the Mine Shaft, which means in the next couple of days I will get photos of the exhibit of Belly Dance Circus at the circus. But until then here is a work in progress... Cowboy and Belly Dancer Ride Into The Sunset.

INTO THE SUNSET

work in progress

August 16, 2006

I didn't get the photos I was planning, but here--just a short group and the finish of Belly Dance Circus.

Belly Dance Circus

Completed work, 4X6 feet acrylic on plywood, $5000.

August 17, 2006

I am in a quandary, which is always a good oblivious thing to say, because first of all, what is a quandary? For me, it is forcing myself to be what I have always been, an artist. That is the quandary. Why force myself to be what I already am? The truth is these days I enjoy laying in bed with my sweet dream, or lay out in the yard pulling weeds, or just putter at house control as much as I enjoy trying to pull three- dimensional magic out of a two-dimensional nothing. The little painting moves very slowly. Here it is.

Into the Sunset

work in progress 10X10 inches

August 19, 2006

It is raining and has been almost every day for last two months, so New Mexico's draught is over...in the meantime I have sold one of my large "animal" sculptures and commissioned to do another. Below is the the "Gazelle" sold to a lovely woman from San Francisco, and the stack of wood in the truck is the beginnings of a "baby gazelle" commissioned also by another woman from San Francisco. In the next ten days it will become another stick animal, then to put it on a wagon and head out west...

The Path to River

flooded

The Galesteo River

flooding

The Gazelle

soon in San Francisco

The Baby Gazelle

just a pile of sticks

August 24, 2006

I have begun the process of building a new sculpture, or as one person said several years ago..."You call that sculpture? Looks more like well organized firewood."

As always, beauty (or art) lies in the eye of the beholder.

The actual assembly of my sculpture is a long process that involves the random organics of natural tree branches into a three-D line drawing. It also requires the imagination of the spectator to give that "organized firewood"  the breath of life.

The following photos are the first phase of finding the power of line which becomes a creature such as a gazelle, horse or elk.

STUDIO 3115

Gate to my home and studio

THE GAZELLE

Gazelle going to California

THE HORSE

staying home

THE ELK

staying home

THE TRUCK

beginning of process

THE WOOD LINE

selection process

THE BEGINNING

trimming lines

TRIMMING

line correction

SCULPTURE SHED

where it takes place

TOOLS

operating bench

LINE COLLECTING

how it begins

LINES ADDED

slow gathering of lines

MORE LINES

and on

MORE LINES AGAIN

sometimes they stay sometimes not

LINE CREATION

at this point it looks more like a crustacean than an animal. The human fetus has many creature like phases...

August 26, 2006

As the baby is today...

BABY GAZELLE

this is the form and now to refine

August 27,06

Today was the meeting of baby and Momma

August 29,06

Today was taking apart baby and buzzing him  a new skin.

August 31,06

Today the baby is near completion, just "curling" the heavy gauge wire that binds it together and the next point will be coloration finish to bring it closer to "Momma's" look.