Thursday, October 28, 2010

Untitled Male Indian Bust - From Head to Blanket Today

I fine tuned his face today and then moved to the upper torso.. I decided halfway through working on him that I'd add a trade blanket to this piece.

Final photographs today.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Untitled Male Indian Bust - Face Starts to Appear

Started the day, going through my reference photos and picking a face to base my warrior's face on. Then I started to shape the head of this Young Warrior.

Final Photos

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Untitled Male Indian Bust - First Day

This bust of a young male Indian is the companion to "Worth Many Horses". I first had to make the armature, using copper tubing. I matched the height by locating the height of the shoulders above the wood base. Then it was just a matter of getting the head measurements the same. I then added foam and finally clay to the armature.

Photograph at the end of the day.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday October 25th - Out of the Studio

Drove to Bozeman today to meet with a gallery over there. Got back to late in the afternoon to do anything in the studio. I will be in the studio tomorrow.

Friday, October 22, 2010

2010 Ennis Montana Hunter's Feed Today

Every year, the Friday before the opening weekend of the annual hunting season, Ennis Montana puts on a Hunter's Feed. Locals from all over the valley cook up their best dishes, using only game meat as the main ingredient.
I've eaten in the past, Mountain Lion Stew, Buffalo, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Snake, Black Bear, and who knows what else.. It's a fun time and it's all free. If your ever in this area around this time of year, you should try to make it to this annual event.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Worth Many Horses - Detailing, Detailing, Detailing

It was nothing more than a day of detailing. I appolagize for the boring video.. Ok.. boring to me.. maybe not to you.

Final Photographs

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Worth Many Horses - Dress Finalized, Hair Change

I finished up the dress today and then turned my attention to her face, adjusting her forehead and then in turn the hair on the left side of her head. Not sure I like the hair the way it ended up today. I'll see what I feel like tomorrow.

Final Photographs.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Peace Talker - Clay Delivered to the Foundry

Got in the studio this morning and finished up the clay of PEACE TALKER, by getting ride of blemishes in the clay and filling deep undercuts. Then in the early afternoon I delivered the clay to Northwest Art casting in Bozeman Montana. The first bronze of this piece should be out by December, before Christmas.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Worth Many Horses - Final Beadwork and Brass Disks

Did the final beadwork on the woman's dress today and then decided to add some eye candy.. brass disks just along the rows of beads.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Worth Many Horses - Rows of Lazy Stitch Beads

Last night while watching Hell's Kitchen on my TV, I rolled out strings of clay that I made into, strings of clay beads. I used a fine tooth comb to accomplish this. This morning I used up all that I made last night on the row of beads under her neck and down her left arm.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Female Bust Gains A Name - WORTH MANY HORSES

Got to the studio late today but put a full day in on my clay of the Indian woman.
Finally came up with a name. "WORTH MANY HORSES" Refers to the price the father will demand for this young ladies hand.
I spent the day working on her right hand and then her hair. Also added the seam of the upper yoke of her deer hide dress. She is almost done.

Final Photographs today.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Female Bust - Major Surgery On Her Face Today

I had to cut out a lot of video.. long day... lots of video, and only 9 minutes and 40 seconds for Youtube.
I started the day, thinking I'd do the bead work, but then decided to work on her face instead. I found a problem with the position of the eyes. The right eye was further foreword than the left eye was. So had to do a bit of drastic surgery.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Female Bust - Adding Foam, and Clay

I needed to back fill the sleeves I made on Saturday. I decided to use foam to fill under the sleeves. Then I added clay to the sleeves, cutting out areas to add fold detail to it.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Saturday at the Studio - The Dress Gets the Sleeves

Today I start working 6 days a week to get new clays out.
I worked on the Indian woman's right arm and then added sleeves, made of, burlap dipped in melted wax. This save massive amounts of clay.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Female Bust - Beginning the Arm and Dress Today

Spent today forming the upper and forearm of her left arm. I then started to form her chest area and then add the beginnings of her dress.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Female Bust - Just the Face Today

I've had more people stopping in lately and visiting me at me studio.. So much of my time today was spent visiting. It happens..
I took photographs of a friend of mine last night to get the anatomy of arms and hands right for my clay. I decided to change the face a bit today. Tomorrow I will work on it some more.. still not where I want it.

Final Photographs

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Female Bust - Armature, Foam and Arms

Had camera problems towards the end of the day.. I forgot to format the memory card before videoing, so it filled up quickly. All I missed was like 10 minutes of sculpting and my end message.. So no fouls.
I worked on the ladies arms today. Creating a copper tubing armature and added foam to that. I broke off early to photograph a female friend of mines arms and hands in position so that my clay will have credibility.

Final Photographs.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Female Bust - Adding First Clay

The armature made and just waiting for me to add clay.. so I did... I started with the head, just to set the mood of the total piece.

Final Photographs

Monday, October 4, 2010

To Butte Montana out the side Window

Had business in Butte Montana this afternoon.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, Butte experienced every stage of development of a mining town, from camp to boomtown to mature city to center for historic preservation and environmental cleanup. Unlike most such towns, Butte's urban landscape includes mining operations set within residential areas, making the environmental consequences of the extraction economy all the more apparent. Despite the dominance of the Anaconda Company, Butte was never a company town.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Starting A Bust Of An Indian Woman - Armature and Foam Today

I'm going to be doing two busts. One of an Indian woman and one of a young warrior.

Final photographs of the foam structure