Thursday, May 18, 2017

Buffalo Trace Commission - 3 month Anniversary

The original quarry block was delivered to the studio on February 15.
 This is what the sculpture looked like after 2 months...
 ... and how it looks like a month later, May 15, 2017.
 ...and walking around the piece...
 ... front view...
 ... and around...
 ... to the left side...
I am getting within an inch of the final form over the majority of the sculpture.  I'm doing a lot of looking and re-looking at this point.  I have to be cautious from here onward as, once it's carved off, you can't put it back on.

Sculptures... In and Out

This week, I've been busy tidying up 'old business'.
 Monday, Meg and I made the long trek up to Elk Creek Winery that is located south of Owenton, Kentucky.  We used her crane truck to retrieve a sculpture that had been on loan there for about 7 years.
 On the way back, I bought this BEAUTIFUL 4 lb. tray of smoked beef brisket from Bully Barbecue in Buckner, KY.  ( ...it smells and tastes even better than it looks...)
 Wednesday, Meg used her crane truck to take my "Newborn Crescent" back to Bernheim Forest near Clermont, KY.  Bernheim supplied the skid loader and operator to help me unload and set the piece.
 I had added a base that had my signature intertwining forms; in this case, they represent rolling clouds.
 I'll go back and get better pictures when the sun isn't so glaring and the plants mature around it.
...and ending this post with the obligatory wildlife picture: Diversity.... country style.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Kentuckiana Outdoor Sculptor's Guild 1st Annual Invitational at Hidden Hill Nursery

Last night, May 12, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. was the opening for the Kyana Guild's 1st sculpture show. 
 16 area artists placed 50 sculptures in the back lawn of Hidden Hill Nursery in Utica, Indiana.  The show runs through August 11.
In the foreground is a sculpture by Mike McCarthy.  He put the whole thing together; deciding who, what, when and where.
 All of the photos on this post are credit Meg White... here's a view through a piece by Bill Kolok...
 ... and this view of Caren Cunningham's sculpture through a sculpture by Matt Weir.
 This piece by Mary Dennis Kannapell was 1 of 3 sculptures that sold during the opening.
 This Chimp by Meg White is my personal favorite of the show.
 This grouping by David Caudill added some color to the show.  He just returned from Bolivia  (13,000 feet elevation!) where he was creating a giant maze based on a thumb print.
I also liked this birdbath by Al Nelson.  (That moth stayed there throughout the entire opening...)
 
I'm thinking about creating a blog exclusively for the Guild Show, so that there is something on the web that shows all 50 pieces (...just need some extra time and energy... and more and better pictures...)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Buffalo Commission - Month Two

 This is the block as it looked on February 15, when it arrived at the studio.
 This is how it looked 1 month later...
 ...and here's how it looked on April 15 - exactly 2 months into the project.
 ...and walking around the piece...
 ...further around...
 ...the left side...
...and the back side.   It's coming along better than I expected.  I've posted videos on YouTube that show a weeks worth of work compressed into about 3 to 4 minutes in a time lapse. Here's the latest one: https://youtu.be/cGMe_kWsMiM

Monday, March 6, 2017

Progress on the Buffalo Commission

It seems that spring is trying to come early...
 This was the last image that I posted - the block when it first came to the studio on Wednesday, February 15.
 This is that same view today.
 This is the block as seen from the other side when it came in...
 ... and this is how the left side looks today.
 On rainy days, I worked inside on a 1/2 scale clay model of the head.
 It's not finished, but I'm making great progress on finding improvements to make over the small 1/8 scale plaster model.
... and I'll finish today's post with a wildlife picture that I snapped while working on the clay head.  To the lower right of the marble column is a rare, white turkey.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Great White Buffalo Commission for Buffalo Trace Distillery

It's been a very long time since my last blog post.  But, here's the latest news...
 I received a commission from Buffalo Trace Distilleries in Frankfort, KY.  Approximately 28 artist from around the world submitted designs to the open call for submissions through callforentry.org.
 My plaster model was picked by the employees of Buffalo Trace as the favorite.
 I found a 32,000 lb. block at Victor Quarry near Bloomington that was big enough.  The Buffalo needed to be 7-1/2' long x 5' high x 3' wide.  The block was 8-1/2' x 5'-2" x 4'-11", so I was happy that the quarry agreed to make a cut lengthwise to the 3' width - to save me a LOT of time.
 On February 15, Padgett Crane of New Albany, IN sent out a 50 ton crane to unload the stone that was delivered by Stone Belt Trucking of Bloomington.
 With the extra width cut off, the Buffalo stone now only weighed 22,000 lbs.  That's a good start....
 Here is the other 10,000 lbs. that they cut off.  It will likely become a functional sculpture (bench) someday.
Here is the block ready to be carved.  Tabula Rasa - the clean saw cut down the side is like a blank canvas ready to receive the first mark. The block is actually about 39" wide, so I can make the whole thing a little bigger - and make good use of the whole block.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

October and November

October and November had unusually great weather for working outside.  I worked as much as I could... because I know that winter is coming...
 Whenever possible, I worked full days trying to finish my monumental sculpture "Now".
 I'm showing alternate views as I walk around the piece...
 ... and further around...
It's pretty much finished; 9' high by 6' wide by 4' thick and 20,000 lbs.  It took day...after day... after day....  These big sculptures demand such persistence - I thought I'd never finish...
 During the last 2 weeks of November, I made some small pieces - I guess to 'clear my palate' after such a large block of time spent on the big hands.  This "Hummingbird Vessel" is featured on a YouTube video https://youtu.be/PowY88hDstA
 It is Indiana Limestone, 16-1/2" in diameter and 5-1/2" high and I've featured it for sale on www.etsy.com under DonLawlerSculpture.
 Then, I made this 2 leafed vessel which has a YouTube video https://youtu.be/9ecDVmYiYp8  It is also on www.etsy.com for sale.
 I made this "Seed Top" garden sculpture which has a YouTube video https://youtu.be/iLLD3idmxbM  It is on www.etsy.com under DonLawlerSculpture, too
 ... and the last piece - on Etsy, but no video.
 Here's the back view.
 I didn't go anywhere except to work at the studio for most of October and November.  But, I went over to check out the chainsaw carvers event that Abbie Peterson put together on October 1.  This Bald Eagle was one of my favorite pieces that I saw.  (photo Meg White)
left to right: wood bear, real dog, wood owl   - (similar eyes)
(photo Meg White)