Our FIRST 2D Workshop!

This is the 4th year Simon has come to share his wisdom with us, lots of wine, food ideas and ink flowed over the course of the weekend. We worked hard to make ugly drawings in ink and pencil, and were all wildly successful. If we were too good, you would get this treatment:  your brush, attached to a 3 ft pole taped to your arm, Mary was the only one who suffered this invaluable lesson, the rest of us were in no danger of making anything too pretty!

 On Saturday, before the class started, we went to the Murakami Exhibit, it was my 4th time, but seeing it with Simon was like seeing it for the first time, he made me understand in a whole different way, as he often does.  When he comes through town next year, we will organize a group tour of the Art Institute with Simon asour docent.

Mary using a lengthy brush to improve her skills!  You go girl!

Mary using a lengthy brush to improve her skills!  You go girl!

Thank you Simon, we can't wait for you to return!

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So... this happened

I broke my left wrist - and I'm a lefty... d'oh😣   I was swinging on a money bar and let go and slipped on my very ungraceful dismount, I broke the tip of my ulna off and laterally cracked the head of my radius. Here on my cast, I illustrated the damage!:

 

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Good art never stops revealing itself

Static images deliver the information they contain instantly. But they also have the capacity to reveal the whole process of their making, as well as the depth of their narrative, over an extended period of investigation, meditation, and  analysis. Paintings are especially unique in this quality. Good art never stops revealing itself. And though that I can take in an image in its totalityn an instant, great images reveal their secrets slowly. The more complex and image, the slower the revelation.

Kit White 101 Things to Learn in Art School

In my opinion the same thing, goes for sculpture and it is the reason why I strive to get beyond representional art. When you have a lovely model in front of you, the tendency is to try and capture every nuance of that model, and that's fun and very difficult to do and an excellent exercise, but in the end, it doesn't feed my soul, and there's only so much to reveal. When I (or my students) make things from imagination or reinterpret the model, it becomes something more, and takes longer to reveal itself, that's when I get the feedback that I love to hear, which starts with 'it reminds me of....' and ends with things I've never even thought of- which means I've sparked the viewers imagination and made them look, score! 

The Flame

The Flame

Aesthetics matter- do the work!

As an artist and a teacher of art, I always want to encourage anyone's efforts because making art is sometimes hard and is definitely a hard way to make a living.  Who I do begrudge though, is those that eschew aesthetics altogether create a pile of trash and slap an incohesive string of artspeak next to it and call it art. I don't understand it and I don't understand why people buy into it- for six figures and more sometimes, that annoys me to no end, it started with Duchamp in the 60s under the title Dada and sadly continues to this day. This article by Roger Kimball hits that nail on the head:

http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Wrong-turns-2067

here is an excerpt :

The spirit of Duchamp is such an abiding influence in the art world that we are tempted to forget that Duchamp did not attempt to revolutionize art, he attempted to destroy it. No one was more surprised by the absorption of Dada into the canon of art than Duchamp himself. “I threw the bottle rack and the urinal into their faces as a challenge,” he noted contemptuously, “and now they admire them for their aesthetic beauty.” 

RSVP!

So, my work is being featured at this lovely event, the home is stunning, it was designed by Charles Adler(of Adler Planetarium fame for you non Chicagoans!) we are bringing my horses, along with several of the bronze pieces, would love to see you guys there! And if you can't make it don't worry -I'll take pics;)

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I'm a Cover Girl......

Well, my sculpture is a cover girl, which is way better! Thanks to the Palette & Chisel, for putting my work on this years catalog- I can't believe it's been 10 years I've been teaching there, I never imagined how much I would love teaching. I'm quite certain I've learned more from my students than I've taught them- so a million thank yous to you all! 

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I Wonder

I wonder.... That was the theme of the weekend, the thought very special guest, Craig Campbell (ala The Hobbit and Monument Guys)posed to a very enthusiastic and uber talented group of my favorite peoples last weekend. From the same beginning, everyone came away with a spectacular array of diverse sculptures. Monsters and angels, gladiators and superheroes baseball players and even a portrait of Craig were just a few of the works born amongst some spectacular sculls just in time for Halloween. Check out just a few of the photos below, and we can't wait to see you again in June Craig. What do you have in store for us next, I wonder?

Breaking the Pose

Breaking the Pose

Yikes a snake! 

Yikes a snake! 

What're you looking at?! 

What're you looking at?! 

Playing Ball! 

Playing Ball! 

What a beauty, and nice sculpture too! 

What a beauty, and nice sculpture too! 

Happy Halloween! 

Happy Halloween! 

Thank you all for taking a risk and being wonderful!  

Sold!

These are a few of the pieces I sold last week at the Loveland Show— to old friends & new friends! 

Free She is now where she belongs! 

Free She is now where she belongs! 

My Colorado models back in Colorado where they belong! 

My Colorado models back in Colorado where they belong! 

RiverGod now lives in Nebraska  

RiverGod now lives in Nebraska  

Sojourner Still a little piece of her in Boulder

Sojourner Still a little piece of her in Boulder

One set off to Oregon & one to Lincoln Nebraska

One set off to Oregon & one to Lincoln Nebraska

Florence is in Colorado Springs hoping to become life-sized one day! 

Florence is in Colorado Springs hoping to become life-sized one day! 

Loveland 2015

What a fun and productive show. It was so great to see so many old friends and make new ones.
Yay! I sold some pieces Here are a few shots from the show...

Honore & I — my favorite piece!

Honore & I — my favorite piece!