....."Perfection of beauty completion of his kind,
within the subsequent reunion,
humanity defined ".....
My 2007 classes here in Loveland were a lot of fun, several beautiful
sculptures came out of the classes, but more importantly, I am convinced that
the students went home much better equipped to incorporate movement into their
sculptures. I have been getting some really great progress reports from
students lately. These reports include lots of first place awards and even a
"Best of Show." Really, I don't want to take away from their well earned
accomplishments by calling them "my" students. Their hard work and diligent
application of simple principals of movement, mixed well with their other
skills and talents to produce some extraordinary sculptures. Although, I will
add, the fact that several students talked their way into my private stock of
wood, didn't hurt the quality of their pieces.
I have already had three students sign up for a 2008 class, I think it
is my beautiful wife's delicious healthy meals that keeps them coming back, or
it could be the gorgeous Colorado scenery and weather.
I just finished one of the biggest undertakings I have done in years,
the sculpture entitled "Completion" (shown
right). It depicts two life sized otters working together to catch a
fish. The piece stands over eight feet on its alabaster base, and originally
weighed close to three hundred pounds, it now weighs in at about fifty. I had
the wood for over twelve years, and was blessed this fall with a commission
that allowed me to spend the time to make something that big and complex. Most
of my other major pieces of 2007 are in my 2008
calendar, this one will be featured in my 2009 calendar.
My family and I will be going on a real vacation to Costa Rica this
winter. I am purposely not taking any tools, so I won't be tempted to cut down
any rain forests. I will be taking a couple of cameras and a lot of pictures.
Who knows, I might be carving a two toed sloth this spring, (let's hope not)
Actually, I do have lots of ideas and great wood to work with, and look
forward to a productive winter upon my return. I'll keep you posted on what's
Thank you for your continued interest in my work.
Have a blessed Christmas this year, and may you clearly focus, this
season, on the One that Christmas is all about, the Creator of all, Jesus