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Belatedly, Baby Trees

Belatedly, Baby Trees

Last fall I stumbled onto a bunch of black and white walnuts (isn’t Craigslist great?) and quickly cleaned them up and planted them in.  I simply walked along my existing rows of trees with a hoe and a bucket of seeds, scraped a small hole, dropped in a nut, and covered it back up. I’d(…)

Bending a Rod ’round and ’round

Bending a Rod ’round and ’round

I’m making some excellent progress on the sculpture I shared in the Evolution of a Sketch post earlier this week.  It’s funny how surprised I often am in the execution of a piece… I have a design on hand and in mind, yet when it actually comes to making it, an unexpected world opens up.(…)

Evolution of a Sketch

Evolution of a Sketch

After the completion of Standing Knife Edge, I found myself spending time on a new sketch.  I had a really rough idea that I thought had some potential, but was not yet sufficiently developed.  You can see it here… It was poorly thought out and lacked “cohesion” for lack of a better word. When looking(…)

New Sculpture – Standing Knife Edge

New Sculpture – Standing Knife Edge

Taking a bit longer than expected, I finally completed this new piece I’m calling Standing Knife Edge.   It has a really great presence to it… the way it transitions from thin edge to expanding, space-encompassing form just sings.   I’m very proud of this piece. The name references a sculpture that I love by Henry Moore(…)

The Ruminant/Harvest Park Project

The Ruminant/Harvest Park Project

My good friend and fellow rural artist Karl Unnasch has a kickstarter going right now for his Ruminant project, a beautiful stained-glass combine which will be permanently installed in Reedsburg, WI.  Check out the link, the video below and kick in a few bucks for this great campaign.

20th Annual Sculpture Invitational

20th Annual Sculpture Invitational

The big Two-Oh, the 20th year of putting on this wonderful event is coming up next weekend.  I’ve attended many years now, and it’s something I look forward to every year.  It marks the end of winter, the dawn of summer, and the time to unveil the work done within the fire-warmed cavern of the(…)

The Courage to be Irrelevant

The Courage to be Irrelevant

As artists we are not immune to the sickness of our broader culture.  We can be infected just as easily as any other.  Perhaps more easily, because of our deep seated desire to be “relevant.”  Even those who fancy themselves opposed to popular culture define themselves at least in part by that opposition, and therefore(…)

Open Studio Show This Weekend

Open Studio Show This Weekend

I’m very excited to be a guest artist at the annual Open Studios of Judy Bergerson and Peder Hegland this weekend.  So much great work to see… I kept getting distracted myself while setting up.  I know it’s going to be a cold one this weekend, but if you’re in the area, stop on by(…)

A Poem of Beginning

A Poem of Beginning

The difficulty does not lie in the rigidity or weight of the steel. I do not fear the labor of bending it to my skill. The pain does not lie in the vibration of the grinder or the impact of the hammer. Soreness is common now, and I suspect it will grow in time. The(…)

Orion Evolution in One Image

Orion Evolution in One Image

Continuing with the process-of-creation theme, I think this image captures it in a snapshot.  The sculpture here is Orion, but it could be any of my pieces.  You can see the idea proceed from literally “sketch on a napkin,” to fabrication in progress, to finished work in a gallery setting.

Photo Tour of Commission Process

Photo Tour of Commission Process

Here’s a quick photo tour of the commission process, from sketch… to mockup… to fabrication… to finished sculpture… to final installation.

Sketch vs. Reality

Sketch vs. Reality

In the past couple weeks, I’ve found myself working up a number of sketches for possible commissions.  More so than in the past.  Since most of the “actuality” of a sculpture, for me, is worked out as a combination of the fabrication process and my mental envisioning, conveying this to others ahead of time poses(…)

Permaculture Playing Cards on Kickstarter

Permaculture Playing Cards on Kickstarter

There are still a few days to get in on backing these Permaculture Playing Cards on Kickstarter.  I don’t even play cards, and I’m in for a couple.  They’re beautiful and informative, what more could you want?!

100 Artists of the Midwest

100 Artists of the Midwest

I finally got my hands on a copy of 100 Artists of the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin… and I’m happy to report that it really is a beautiful book!  I discovered some fine artists I didn’t previously know and the image quality is very nice.  A couple of the captions in(…)

Crescendo in Sioux Falls

Crescendo in Sioux Falls

I’m finally getting around to posting an image of Crescendo, which I installed earlier this year in Sioux Falls as part of their SculptureWalk exhbition.  I’ve been part of the show for years now – it’s a wonderful urban celebration of sculpture.  If you’re in the area, stop by and wander around.