Sunday, August 31, 2014

Owensboro RiverArtes and Cloverport Sacajawea Festival

Saturday, August 23 was the opening for the
Owensboro RiverArtes Public Sculpture Show. 
 They had 75 entries from all across the U.S. for hopeful inclusion in the 2 year lease of works to be displayed around Owensboro.  You can see Meg's baby elephant "Ely" and my stone head of "Father Time" in this picture. 
 Here's a picture of 2 pictures...Meg's Alabama Marble sculpture "Nyx Lifting the Veil" and my life-size "Testing the Waters".
 This Saturday, we went down to Cloverport for their 50th annual Sacajawea festival.  A friend of ours, Abby Peterson, was making and selling his wood creations.
 He had help from Derick Ford who is sanding the letters that Abby had just carved.
 It had started to drizzle and the crowds had basically left, so I asked Abby if Meg could try her hand at it - she had never used a chainsaw before.
 I liked this picture with the barge in the background going down the Ohio River.
 She made this female head preform in Cedar in about half an hour - then, it started to rain fairly hard; time to leave.
 I made a wood over life-sized Sacajawea for the Town of Cloverport and their festival in 1986 (I was aged 25).  This is the ONLY surviving picture of it when I'd just begun work on it - I never took a picture of the finished piece.  The Town of Cloverport had installed it down on their riverfront and it floated away during a flood.
 Now... for the Weird of the Week...What is this?  One hint, You might have it for breakfast.
(photo Meg White)
...and this creature hanging onto my "Sail" sculpture.
(photo Meg White)

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Seraph" Installed

Last week, the Outdoor Sculpture Show at Yew Dell Gardens ended.  We headed for Crestwood, Kentucky to deliver a sculpture that we had sold in the show (one of the very rare pieces that Meg and I have worked on together) and to bring back unsold pieces.
 On the way up, Meg's crane truck developed a serious leak in a brake line.  Normally, we don't post to the world when things go wrong; everything is "a bowl of cherries" and "a bed of roses" here at Lawler-White Sculpture Studios.  However, I'm wanting to give a 'plug' for Gomer's Automotive near Brandenburg, KY who fixed the truck on the spot and got us back on the road. 
Great service for a fair price! 
 We loaded up the stone "Seraph" and fastened her down with this cargo net before heading to her destination.
(kind of a strange image...)
 This is the fully installed sculpture at a private residence near Lagrange, KY.
 This is an alternate view.
 We had some new "wildlife" show up at the studio: 2 potbelly pigs.  When it looked like they were moving in to stay, I called the folks at Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary to see if they could help us relocate them.  The pigs took off before anyone showed up and I haven't seen them since.
 One of the men from Broadbent who came out in response to my call was Abby Peterson.  I gave him a hand full of plasticene when he mentioned that he had an interest in creating sculpture.  He made this model for an eagle sculpture.
Then, he made this wood sculpture, using the clay as a pattern.  Wood sculpting is something that he's been doing for a while.  He has a booth over at Peddler's Mall in Elizabethtown, KY where he is successfully selling his wood creations.  We plan to check it out next time we're over in E-town.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Monk Installed at Monte Casino Winery

I sold a stone monk to the owner of Monte Casino Winery, which  is on the site of the old Monte Casino Monastery.  The monks at the monastery created the first winery west of the Appalachians at this site in the late 1700's 
 This week, it was time to move the monk from my studio to his new home in Newport, Kentucky.
 Davy brought out a 23 ton crane from JBB Inc. in Hardinsburg. 
The first thing we did was to lay him down.
 Then, we loaded him onto the 24' flat bed truck that I rented from Penske.
 Early the next morning, I made the 3-1/2 hour trip to the site. 
A 14 ton crane met me there for the installation.
 No, I'm not "stringing up" the monk. 
He has successfully landed in his new home, reverently overlooking the site where the stone monastery used to stand.  I plan to go back in the future and check on the progress of the Winery, as Mark Schmidt, the owner, has great plans.
 When I took the exit for Bardstown Road to refuel the truck, and was about to turn south to go under Watterson Expressway, I noticed a mural in progress.  This is something that I'll have to check back with, as well.  Looks Great! 
 Now...for the Weird of the Week...
Ginger Ale, on the Bears.
(photo and concept Meg White)
A luminescent contrail, beautifully backlit by the setting sun.
(photo Meg White)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Craggy Bird Feeder in a Polar Vortex

A polar vortex has brought unseasonably cool weather to our region this week.
 This made great working conditions. 
I was able to finish this bird feeder.
 It's made from Indiana Limestone. 
It measures 66" high x 20" x 20".
 
 This is a side-by-side comparison of the view on June 25 of  my 8' tall sculpture, "Harmony", and what it looks like today.
 I also moved out 4 "personal" sculptures. 
This one is called "Almost Undamaged"
(named after a Ronald Jenkees song).
It is made from Alabama Marble, IN Limestone and NC Granite.
 This is "Needle"
(...and no damage done).
 This is the "Non Bench".
It is made from a craggy Stylolite seam.
Howlin' Wolf may have been built for comfort,
but this was not.
 ...and the "Royal Flower Birdbath".
 Tuesday, Paul and Maggie Breslin brought out their daughter Sarah for an overnight campout.
 Everyone was bringing out their kids this week. 
This is the first fawn of the year to venture up our way.
Mother and Child.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th of July

I'm still getting up at first light and making the most of working in the shade on the 8' tall sculpture "Harmony"
 This is a side-by-side comparison of the progress from the last posting on June 25. 
It's coming right along - if I do say so myself.
The 4th of July fell on this last Friday. 
We had a visit from a new friend, Isaac.
 (shown here eye-to-eye with Oberon).
He brought along his Dad and Mom (Ben and Jessica), his aunt Josie and his younger sister, Grace.

All smiles when he discovered that the granite hand rocks.

No visit to our studio is complete without checking out the caboose.

This is the extent of my gardening skills - volunteers.
"Catrina, your hair is so soft.  What do you use?"
"Take a wild guess".

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First Days of Summer

I have a big project started with a 30,000 lb. stone, but it's out in the direct sunlight.  I've started another project that is in the shade for the first half of the day.  That has me getting up at first light to make the most of things.
 This is the stone - 8' high x 3'-8" wide x 2'-4" thick and 10,000 lbs.  I used a railroad jack to level the stone which will help me keep some of the design elements plumb and level.
 This is the progress so far. 
It is called Harmony and it deals with the balance between Mankind and Nature. 
 This is the view of the raw block from the other side while I was still jacking around getting started.
 ...and this is how that side looks today.  The top left corner is what I'll address tomorrow morning.
 On my birthday, we found a bunch of fossils on a walk in the woods.  Meg wanted to go out and look for some more.  We crossed the bridge at Cannelton and checked out the new road cuts on highway 37.  It was the first day of summer and the heat index was a solid 100 degrees - but that didn't stop the fun.
 We found some Lepidodendrons, which are extinct tall fern-like trees from the Carboniferous time period.  We have these coming out of the soil and sandstone at the studio - nothing new to us.
 These were different - they are fossils of tree-sized giant horsetails called Calamites.
 This is a close-up of a piece of sulfur that was associated with a seam of coal at the first road cut that we checked out.
The last stop was at a popular hunting spot at the intersection of I-64 and 237.  I've seen these kind of things before: starting at the bottom, a piece of turtle shell, 4 blastoids, 11 segments of spiraling Archimedes Bryozoa, crinoids, horn coral and 3 brachiopods. 
 
Check out when Meg posts the picture of a well-preserved Copperhead skeleton that she found (complete with fangs).  The snake is not a fossil - so anyone deciding to climb those rock ledges, like we did, should be forewarned.  I'm sure it was not alone.