Upcoming 2009 Classes:
Port Angeles, WA July 13-17
Port Angeles, WA July 20-24
Loveland, CO September 21-25
Signal Hill, Tennessee October 19-23
Contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Well, it looks like spring has finally arrived in the Rockies.
I have been busy with commissions all winter and still have a couple
to finish up. Here are links to the photos of some of them.
"Just a Glimpse",
Out of the Midst", and
"Subtle Approach" (all shown right).
Teaching this year has not been without traveling. January found me
at the beautiful facilities of Farrell Eaves in Signal Hill,
Tennessee. I will be teaching there again sometime in October. In
March I hosted a small class here in my studio in Loveland. I just
returned from Ocean City, Maryland where I taught a three day class
on movement and flow, and competed in the 2009 World Champion Ward
Wildfowl Carving Competition. I am pleased to say I won first in the
World Class Interpretive, for "Family
Circle" (shown left).
It is a real honor, for which I am very thankful.
I had a great wood hunting trip Texas in March, but admittedly did a
lot of fun father son activities with my son Brent, who leaves for
the Air Force Academy in June. We managed to kill a few wild hogs,
catch a couple of rattlesnakes and rappel down into a Golden Eagles
nest. The eagle chick was about a week old, solid white downy
feathers and an attitude already. Covering a lot of new ground
allowed me to find some spectacular pieces of wood, some of which we
will go back for in May. We just have to figure out how to get them
from point "A" to the truck. Point "A" is kind of hard to get to,
much less out of with a log on the back, but I love challenges.
Speaking of challenges, I had a major one in the form of a
commission which I worked on all winter. The sculpture, entitled
"Rough Beginnings" (shown left),
depicts a young roughneck tossing chain on a drilling rig. What
started out as a wood sculpture turned out to be a tremendous
learning experience. After the third attempt in wood, I finally
contacted the person who had commissioned it and asked if she would
rather have a bronze wood meld. She agreed that would be fine, so
that is what she received. In addition to getting a good lesson in
human anatomy, patience and perseverance, I learned God is able to
do incredible things through our mistakes and inadequacies. What's
more He delights to help us and, as His word says, "He makes all
things beautiful in His time." The photos of this sculpture are
linked here (shown left) and the poem explains and amplifies
what I learned. I do have a mold of the bronze portion of this
sculpture and another "failed" wooden figure that I will be
redeeming, if anyone is interested.
Thank you for your continued interest in my work. I hope to see many
of you at Sculpture in the Park August 10-11
May God continue to reveal Himself as both faithful and mighty to
each of you.
J. Christopher White
Out of the Midst