I am working on this green man getting my inspiration from my favorite carver Alec Lacasse. I have never done leaves. I’m taking my time. I feel I have done better on the eyes. I used a pic by Alec and the book by Jeff Phares on eyes. I just got Ron Adamson’s DVD “The Eyes Have It” in the mail today so I am pretty happy about that.
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.
So I love vacation, like everyone. Woodcarving is a part of my vacation. I have committed to studying woodcarving as well as doing it. Reading in detail, Ivan Willock’s book, “Caring Eyes, Features, and Expressions,” and also “Carving Eyes” by Jeff Phares. I am also doing some sketching of these things for great understanding and memorization of the eye and nose structures. My kids got me some sketching things for my birthday. So I did this Sunday night, after services, between packing and taking care of my dad.
Love the “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Who doesn’t love Groot? I have been chipping away at him on and off for a few months, but I put some time in him this weekend. I keep my eyes on the pic like Alec Lacasse taught me. Studying the pic as much as carving the wood. Thanks Alec, Check out my favorite carver at aleclacasse.com .
Finally finished this guy’s V-neck and put some Deft on Him. Who’s he remind you of?
I added some more to this sculpture from my last post. Added the feather, hat, and the breastplate. The great thing about woodcarving is not just the end result. But the peace, joy, and creativity as one is carving.
I had some time the last couple nights to get in the studio to do some carving. I did the eyes differently than I usually do using Jeff Phare’s teaching in his “Carving Eyes” book. It think I prefer his way. I know I made them a little to wide and not exactly centered, but had fun just the same.
Enjoying myself, and the art of wood sculpting are more important the the finished product. Not that I don’t want to improve, I do. But I also want to enjoy the peace this artistic expression brings me.
I took an hour last night and started this one. Cottonwood bark, my favorite. I hope to finish it this weekend. I haven’t had much time to carve. The church, family, and keeping on top of the house things, keeps one busy, but I sure enjoy when I get some time to carve.
I finished this Native American in Cotton wood bark yesterday and posted it on this facebook site. I was pleasantly surprised to be featured as the “Artist of the Day” on the
Wood Carvers & Whittlers (The art found within the wood) Face book Group.
Here’s what the moderator wrote:
Nate Elarton, is our Facebook Page Photo Artist of the Day.Nate, shares with us this wonderfully done carving of a Native American. The carving alone would make this a great piece of art, but if you love the use of wood grain within a piece and feel that it add to the beauty then this piece is for you. What wonderful grain is working together with the talent of this carver to create this magnificent piece. Thank you Nate for your sharing of this piece with us and we hope you continue to post here on our page. Greg+