I just returned from a ten-day work/family visit trip to Grinnell, Iowa. My parents asked me to make some large carved pieces for an end wall in their living room, and they are now finished and in place. I wish I had better photography skills, but here’s my best attempt:
These three panels are all relief carved basswood with acrylic color added before a Varathane finish. The smaller two measure about 4′ at the longest point; the one below is about 5.5′.
In addition to these pieces I also continued work on a set of prairie themed mosaics that will eventually go on the outside of the house. A progress report:
And, a re-purposed bedframe bison by the junkyard artist Russell Tabbert that sits in a patch of native prairie plants in the front yard:
Questions on gender, anyone?
I came home to a snow-free yard and our little creek with a big name (Big Eldorado) is running with its tannin rich spring color. I just watched a documentary on Andy Goldsworthy and the color reminds me of his alteration of streams by grinding up iron-rich rocks and adding the powder to the water.
Now my focus turns to the next deadline, my show at Alaska House in July. Time to spring clean the studio and get down to business.