Monthly Archives: November 2010

Tourist life

Not getting much sculpting done lately. I was in Madison WI. for Thanksgiving . Made a point to see again something I really like at the Chazen Museum. But someone should bother to dust it off once in a while. It is furry on the shoulders with dust. Shame.

Leonard Baskin (American, 1922-2000) Laureate Standing, 1957 Cherrywood, 36 x 10 x 10 in.

Saw some good David Smith, Barbra Hepworth, and Deborah Butterfield, which reminded me that abstraction is not chaos, rather, it is rational. People sometimes confuse expressionism of a melodramatic type with abstraction.

Also stopped in Chicago and saw Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor. It is bogglingly great. It works on so many levels. People can engage with it depending on whatever they are prepared for. It could be a funhouse piece for some, and be an Op Art illusionism for others, just depends.

Refining form

I’m refining the form of the figure around the areas where I’m marked and cut before, the arms, the legs, creating more relief and contour, shaping and smoothing the lines. Still using power tools and carefully referring back to the plans.

Working on this is becoming more expressive, as the figurative form is more clearly dominating over the log form finally. Pleasant time now, chewing gum, burning incense. Sour Bubble and Sandalwood, the flavors of the airs that surround me.

If I can get the head rounded off and the face defined, then I’ll maybe take a few weeks off. Come back and be working with hand tools only. Wood fire in the stove, cats nearby.