My first art show

I entered the local art show here at the library submitting two carvings.  I did not know what to expect or how it even worked. It was a great experience for sure.

The highlight of the day was having my daughter surprise me and she drove from Flint to come to the art show.  She really blessed me more than the show for sure. Have my daughter and wife with me was the greatest.

The Green Man in Cottonewood bark won an Honorable mention and the “Purchase Award”. The Bedford Arts Council, gives 2 of those out. They buy the piece and display it at the library forever I guess.  I took the check and ordered more cottonwood bark from BC, Canada.  It was fun and I was honored.  The fisherman was also entered and will be displayed with all the other art the next 3 weeks.

Progressive pics on woodcarving Geronimo

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.

 

Vacation is here

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.

Some Finished Projects

I have been working on my studio. I wanted to make more room f when I host our carving group and to have other men over to carve. I did finish a few projects to get them off the bench and post.  I could have sanded the Green Man (from Chris Pye book) forever, so I stained it and will donate it and the cottonwood bark man to a silent auction at our church to help get our youth group to a Haiti Missions trip to HUT Outreach.

I did my first bowl. It’s in black walnut. I was pretty happy the way it turned out and my wife loved it. It was fun to do and a different genre of carving other than faces.

September Project Compeleted

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.