My amazing daughter came for a visit and took some pics while I worked. Her photography is amazing. (Here’s the link to her website). I love her and her work and she always encourages me in my art.
I tried to make a guy kind of smirky. I don’t think its very realistic even though it is ok. I want to get into more expressions.
The first couple pics are a Native American I am working on. I will do a head dress and hair tie and/or feather. This was a great piece of Cotton Wood bark from BC Canada.
Looking forward to more time in the shop.
This guy has been a blast to carve. I, again, tried to slightly turn the head. I have worked on the nose more since the last pic. I cut down the bridge. It was looking a little bulky. I still have to figure out adding the feathers, without enough room for the whole feather, thus completing the headdress. I might enter this one in the Bedford Arts Contest in September. I entered last year and my Green man won the Purchase Award. The Bedford arts council bought the carving.
So, just speaking sentamentally, When Marty Eddinger, introduced me to woodcarving I had no idea the gift it would be to my life. Why has it made such a healthy impact in me. Let me
- I have made new and strong relationships with other men who woodcarve.
- Woodcarving alone, bring me peace, I sense the Lord, and my spirit and emotions are recalibrated.
- It relieves stress and gets my mind off stressful things.
- I never considered myself an artist or even “artistic” but creating something from a piece of wood give me an inner satisfaction of fun accomplishment.
- I have time to think about things I don’t think about when I don’t have time.
- I love my shop and my space. Tools are fun, and wood smells great.
- I love challenges and dreaming.
I will always be grateful to my late friend Marty, who introduced me to woodcarving, taught me so much (eyes!), and encouraged me, and gifted me many things. I miss this guy daily.
Worked on this one this week. Loved every moment.
I started this before going up north on vacation and worked on him tonight a couple hours. I am carving the Legend, Geronimo. I wish i would have tilted his head, like the picture. That’s harder than it looks. I am trying to concentrate on the details of the face. I’ll do the eyes tomorrow. I don’t like doing the eyes late when I am tired. They have to be as good as I am able to do them and being tired increases the chances for a mistake.