Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I want your opinion.

The Story Teller - Concho
Work in progress in my studio.

Work in progress in my studio.
 This is one of my Indian busts I have been working on. I know that many people say that art should tell a story. I decided to call this piece The Story Teller - Concho. In the past the Indians of the Southwest had an oral tradition of passing down their stories and history. They also left beautiful petroglyphs and pictographs on the walls of canyons, caves and rock formations. These also were a form of communication.
The front of the base.
   I was trying to decide what kind of structure to place my bust on that will attach to the granite when it is cast. I decided ( I think) to create kind of an organic rock like base covered with the designs taken from the rock art of the Southwest. So this is my question. What do you think? Does it work for you? As artists I would like to hear what you think.
Side view of base.

Back of the base with my signature.

Side view of the base.

The Stars and Stripes
   Happy Fourth of July today. I got up early and worked in my gardens, picked some fruits and vegetables, had a visit from some Jehovah's witnesses traveling through my neighborhood, and played with my dogs.
Today's Harvest
Squash, peppers, tomatoes, peaches, okra, a cucumber, and three miniature oranges
   Soon I'll be going out to lunch and then out to paint with my friend Kent Brewer. I hope you all have a Happy Fourth and see lots of beautiful fireworks.
Scout in the backyard.


  1. J'aime beaucoup vos sculptures et cette dernière est particulièrement réussie et mon avis est favorable en ce qui concerne le choix de votre support. Avec les pictogrammes il convient parfaitement. Bravo! c'est une très belle pièce.
    Je pense que votre ami Scout est d'accord également...
    Je suis certaine que vous avez eu un beau 4 juillet. En France nous allons faire la fête le 14 juillet.
    Merci de nous faire partager la photo de la récolte de votre jardin.

    Gros bisous.

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. i truly appreciate your feedback and value your opinion. Scout on the other hand likes everyone and everything, so she is a very poor art critic.

  3. I'm no expert on sculptures, but I think the petroglyphs add to it. They make for a great conversation piece anyway.

  4. The sculpture is filled with grace,wisdom and a pathos that really moves me when I look at him. It doesn't need anything else to support it, in my opinion.I would go with undecorated organic rock base, let the sculpture speak, not compete.

  5. Hi Douglas,

    I have been away from your blog for to long. You are an amazing artist. Love the sculpture and your paintings are brilliant. Thank you for sharing you talent.