Not sure why the fall inspires me creatively so much. Maybe it’s because I started carving in the fall? Worked on these guys. I need to finish the American Indian with some beads. the Genghis Khan dude was just fun and trying to carve outside the box.
I have two projects going right now. One is in red cedar, which I love, and wish we had more this far south in Michigan. The other is cottonwood bark from Canada. Only had a couple hours this week to carve. Need to carve more to continue to get better. Tried a different way to do the nose. Also cut the eyes on the cedar with a V and a knife, which is new I usually have just used a knife.
I had fun doing these two guys. One older, one younger. Tried to do some extras with both of them.
In this guy I tried to put what I have learned into practice. Taking my time and studying the pic more than I carve. It was a fun one to do. I love this bark from Canada. I started working on this in the middle of September. I am a pastor of a larger and active multi-site church (Compelled Church), so I have little windows of time to carve. I do love carving. I am not sure if I am going to put any finish on this or not.
I had an amazing time Monday taking a 5 hour woodcarving lesson with woodcarving prodigy and master, Alec Lacasse . An amazing 22 year old, talented and hard working artist. I went to his studio in Leonard, MI. This was the 2nd time I have been able to carve with him. Man, I feel like I hit another level. We carved a face together and he just opened
my eyes to so many new things in face carving. I love his approach as an artist, more than a woodcarver. His positive, and self-confident dynamic is impressive. He has a great balance of encouragement and critique. Check it his website and gallery at the link on his name. You will be amazed at his art. I wanted to take more time on the nose and mouth, and beard and I learned a whole lot more. My dad paid for the lesson for my birthday. It was great to see Alec, and to hang out with him. I consider him a great friend, as well as a teacher.
This was a fun guy to do. My July 2016 project I guess. Shop has been so hot, I have not carved out there much. I left the eyes without pupils. Alec Lacasse does that and I think its a nice touch artistically. You should check out his stuff for sure. Here is his link. I took a lesson off him last year and will be scheduling another one. He is pretty amazing. Click Alec Lacasse Artist and Sculptor.