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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.

New Flower Blooming

New Flower Blooming

I made a lot of progress in the studio today on a new Flower sculpture.  This piece has been on my mind for some time, it just took a while to tweak the proportions and figure out the proper scale.  It’s turning out wonderfully, though.  I envision an entire series of these pieces -  a(…)

Nick Wroblewski Woodcuts

Nick Wroblewski Woodcuts

I just got a head’s up from my printmaker friend Nick Wroblewski that he was recently featured in a beautiful photo essay by Ray + Kelly.  This really is a stunning series of images.  The intimate and graceful quality of these pictures perfectly compliments the beautiful immediacy of Nick’s work, his new studio and growing(…)

The Trees Are All In!

The Trees Are All In!

This strange weather did its best to hold me back, but I finally got all the trees in the ground.  I still need to mulch around 250 of them, but the important part is done.  Already I have a lot of buds breaking… very exciting! A friend of mine just asked how I could possibly(…)

Helios Rising At New Home

Helios Rising At New Home

During my recent trip to North Carolina, I installed Helios Rising at its new permanent home with a wonderful collector of mine.  The sculpture is nestled beautifully in a forested landscape just in front of the house… really, the image doesn’t do it justice. The rain (mostly) held off, giving us time to fine-tune the(…)

Sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer

Sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer

I’m still under the weather here, but in the meantime check out the great work by Matthew Gray Palmer.  I met Matthew years ago when we were doing a show together and was immediately impressed by the quality and spontaneity in his work.  Those two things don’t usually work well together for most people.  In(…)