Soapstone

Traditionally my material of choice for carving had been wood, more often than not, tupelo from the Southern US. The characteristics of tupelo are the following: being light in weight, cuts and sands very well, and has a very strong, but not hard grain that holds detail nicely. This allows you to do things with tupelo which other species of wood will not. This also supports my goal of creating highly detailed sculptures which are realistic, accurate and present the “essence” of the subject species. Many hours, sometimes hundreds, can be spent researching the subject species and creating the sculpture. This approach also allows me to try to capture in wood some of the fantastic creatures one sees in our environment. Without a doubt working in this manner is my first choice.

 

There does come a time, however, where I believe if one is to develop artistically, that you must experiment and try something new to challenge yourself. Soapstone has recently provided me that opportunity. It is a medium that begs one to work in a much loser or abstract interpretive style, particularly if you have randomly shaped pieces of stone. The work done by our First Nations artists are examples of fantastic works of this nature. Working in this manner is something I am not currently familiar or comfortable with, but I am starting to “play” with the medium and learn from it.

 

Reaching the stage of seeing a subject in the stone and releasing it through material removal is my goal, but for now it is interesting and fun to explore a looser style than I am used to working in. 

"Sculpture Table" is home to "Early Morning Rise"

Sometimes things happen in an unplanned way, and such was the case with this union.

 

The idea for a table to hold an original painting for those who had exhausted their available wall space resulted in bringing together both uniqueness and functional aspects of art. The rosewood dye, sculpted legs and glass display top seemed to be an item that just might fill a customer's need. Having sold it's mate, this table was waiting to be welcomed into a new home.

 

Without realizing it George had created a perfect piece of furniture with which to display a carving. Upon seeing the finished table with a clear glass top, it became immediately apparent that the carving should be aquatic in nature, a rising trout seemed natural. A rainbow was chosen as the colors of a rainbow and those of George’s table seem to go well together.

 

And the last little detail, immediately under the glass sits a small suspended fly, in this case belonging to a hopeful angler anticipating that EARLY MORNING RISE and the thrill of the catch.

 Rainbow Trout & Table  Rainbow Trout & Table -2