Sunday, December 6, 2009

Room Without a View Dec. 6 2009

Another composite photo from my studio window which is made up of 30 images. The temperature was 12 degrees F. when I took these photos. Almost one year ago that they started digging up the parking lot where this new building now stands. I was told by a friend of mine who is working on this building that the pillars at the top (which are wrapped up because they were poured a few days ago) will support the next layer of concrete which will be the roof. So the building is now as high as it will be.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Room Without a View

At the left is a series of photos I have taken of the construction that is happening outside my studio window. I wrote on each photo, but after I uploaded it I realized that the writing was too small to read, so I just wanted to add that the top photo was from a few years back in September, and all the rest have been taken during 2009 to present.

I moved into my present art studio in 1996. I share it with 10 other artists and the core of our group has been together for almost 25 years now. Our first studio was located at 2139 Blake Street and we were displaced to our present location when Coors Field was built in 1992. The main windows, the ones that let in the sunlight in the winter are all facing 20th Street and for years we have all enjoyed an unobstructed view of downtown Denver because of a tree filled parking lot that has been across the street. Last January (2009), construction was started on residential complex that will tower above our building when it is finished. We are all hoping that our building will stay here even with so much construction going on all around us. I have taken some photos at various times from my studio window. And as the building has grown, I have gone from single shots. to panoramas, to large multiple image composites. they are as follows:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Rabbit Tile
I am back to having a bit of time to do some much needed work in water clay. Over the past few years I have come to enjoy doing bas-relief sculpture. It is a unique sculptural expression that is a blend of drawing and 3D sculpture.

The rabbit is an animal I have always wanted to use as a subject matter so here is the first one to enter my work. It was inspired because of a book a came across a few days ago the that use to be my older brother Peter's, which is entitled "The Big Book of Animals Every Child Should Know" by Dena Humphreys and drawings by Rudolf Freund. It was given to my brother for his birthday in 1952. I discovered the book last fall which had been stored away for years and upon looking at it again, I was amazed at the detail that I still remembered in its it beautiful illustrations and the memories of looking at them 57 years ago.

I have alway had a great love, admiration and respect of animals and it is interesting to me to see this book again that most certainly had an influence on me at a very early age.

As with my other bas-relief tiles, I make a plaster mold of my original, from which I can do a series of others by pressing clay into the mold. Reproducing several tiles is a great experiment in trying different glazes and fine tuning what works best.
The photo above is of my original which I pulled out of the plaster mold this morning. Sometimes I loose the original when I remove it from the mold. This one came out with just minor damage. I will post the finished piece after it comes out of my kiln.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Beltane and the Emergence of Pan

Beltane seems an appropriate day to begin my blog. Some plants in the garden are waking up and others are back in full force. It is a day of new beginnings. It is interesting to think that today, the sun is halfway between the spring equinox and the comming summer solstice. It is a day that I am also happy to say that Pan is here! I arrived at my studio and opened an e-mail with the title "I LOVE YOU" from the man that had commissioned me to create a sculpture of Pan. The e-mail message read, "Yes Yes Yes. He has arrived. Thankyou Soooo much. You have created a masterpiece. Look for more love letters soon. Terry" The finished bronze of Pan had arrived at his house yesterday after a journey of over two years of process starting at the point when Terry and I had sat down together and exchanged our ideas about the creation of this sculpture.Without Terry's vision, support and patience, I am sure that this piece would not be a reality today. I will be posting more of how this sculpture came into being.