.Hi everybody ,I am still here ,just been delayed a while . I had successful major back surgery in September , followed by 3 months of doing nothing !!!!I am finally back at work and looking forward to the coming year ,able to walk without pain .I have a new watercolor on the easel and will try and finish the sculpture I had started before the surgery . Hope to be able to post some new things soon .
Bill and I are planning to have our Open Studio in June when the flowers are pretty ,since we had to cancel December's open studio bash .Watch for the dates !
THE CREATIVE TIME IN THE STUDIO HAS BEEN CUT SHORT FOR A WHILE . AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF LIFTING CLAY ,SCULPTURES AND LOADS OF ROCKS ,MY BACK DECIDED ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH !TWO WEEKS AGO ,MY ORTHOPEDIC DOC SAID ,"LET;S GET THIS DONE' ,SO I NOW HAVE A FEW SCREWS AND SPACERS IN SAID BACK. I' M PROGRESSING NICELY AND HOPE TO GET THE NEW SCULPTURE DONE,AT LEAST IN THE CLAY,BY NOVEMBER . An update on my progress so far.It has been 5 weeks today since my surgery.After a couple of set-backs ,( a raging infection ),the docs description ,and some minor problems,I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.So far I haven't been able to spend any time in the studio ,but am hoping after my 6 week check-up I can at least go in and look at things. I am getting quite a bit of walking done (The only exercise allowed by the doc). Patience ,patience ,patience.
How sad that scammers have decided to focus on artists,or is that they have all along and I have just come in contact with one ?
The scammer in question e-mailed me and wanted to buy ,not one,but two paintings.Yay,great news for an artist !
After a couple of letters (e-mail) back and forth,I began to feel uneasy,so I googled up the adress.Lo and behold ,it came up with over 200 names and adresses of known scammers,and guess what?My sweet lady buyer was on the list.I promptly called my son (a police officer ) and he advised me to call the local cops.Thay were so great.When this great check came ,the cop came and opened it .Well,goody goody ,it was for 1800.00 more than the price of the paintings.He promptly took the letter and proceeded to follow up on it . Boo hoo , scammer , sorry I messed up your quota for the day , or week , or whatever . So my advice to you other artists out there , if it sounds too good to be true , it probably is . And to you art scammers out there , I may be old , but I'm not stupid . Don't try again . I have the police officers number !!!!
Summer is here and finally time for work in the studio.
I finished up a graphite piece that had been on the drawing bosrd for a while.Look for it in the Pencil category.
Now I am excited about a new sculpture I am working on ,to be cast in bronze.I am posting the beginning ,so you can see the stages a piece goes through .I start with a "dream" .Usuly from a story told to me by some of the old cowboy's I have known ,or sometimes from my own experiences .
This piece will have a rider,and other animals . Lots of action ,that is what you all look for in my work,and I hope I don't disapoint . This next posting shows the "cowpony"as he starts to develope.The feet and legs will be last as they get damaged so easily.
Kinda looks like a dinosaur at this stage .
As you can see,the clay begins to talk to me and sometimes it undergoes a lot of changes before it reaches the final stage.