MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

With another two feet of fresh white snow on the ground this week it’s hard not to be in the holiday spirit.   Although the roads have kept me from checking out a new foundry in California,  I’ll just have to wait.  Lucky for me, the backyard looks like a Grandma Moses story book with bright white trees, crystal blue skies and little critters seeking food for the winter.   Life is good.

I’ll be looking forward to seeing how my lastest sculpture “Friend or Fowl” turns out at the foundry and will be posting photos on my blog soon.

In the mean time, here’s to a safe and healthy 2011 and beyond.  June

FRIEND OR FOWL?

What’s at the foundry now?  “Friend or Fowl”. This is a special relationship between a goat and his hitchhiker, a FAT chicken. That’s what’s so fun about this business and as an entrepreneur … we can pretty much dictate what we do and how we think; and when it all comes together, we actually make money along the way – ideally!   I suppose this particular new Series is just a “bit of whimsy” to bring a smile to many faces.  And that’s a good thing.

So many thoughts and so little time…  I’m toying with an idea for the second sculpture in this “BIT OF WHIMSEY” series about a greyhound dog with his hitchhiker, a black crow.  I could name it  “Travel by Greyhound and leave the driving to…”
Do you have any ideas on the sculpture name?

PRECIOUS MOMENTS

I am currently working on a new Series of Three Gypsy Vanner horses.  I’m pretty excited about it.  My last Series, “Gentle Giants”, consisted of three stallion sculptures.  This new series will consist of three sculptures showing a mare with her foal. The story of the piece will show a thematic representation of the special bond between a foal and its mother.  The first sculpture of this series is called “Precious Moment”.

I think the second sculpture should be about a lesson that a mare would teach her foal.  I remember seeing a new Arabian colt in a Scottsdale pasture being escorted by “mom” around the ring for the first time.  She was teaching her boy how to trot.  It was so much fun seeing this little guy trying to keep up.  It would be the first of many lessons to be learned.  Maybe I should call it
“The Lesson” OR “ In Sync”.  If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them

STOP AND SMELL THE COFFEE

Art is so important, especially in today’s “high tech” world with computers and electronic information coming to us in such immeasurable speeds.  I don’t’ know about you, but I think the world would be a better place if we all found time to take breather and escape from the hectic day to day world.  I fully believe that the phrase “Stop and smell the roses” should become everyone’s daily mantra.  Maybe to make this work in today’s society we need to re-phrase it to read: “Stop and smell the coffee” … which could help millions rejuvenate and replenish their souls and bodies.  Even in the coffee houses with Wi-Fi connections, we can’t seem to relax for that coffee break.  Whatever happened to our break time?

Now that I think about it, I should have paid more attention to the benefits of “recess” in grade school!

Black Magic

Another breed that I am passionate about is the Friesian horse.  I can literally go “over the river and through the woods” from Lake Tahoe to the quaint town of Gardnerville, Nevada – to Maddi’s Friesian Ranch.  Here on the east side of the High Sierra was heaven on earth for the life of a Friesian horse.  With over 40 acres wrapped with some of Mother Nature’s most spectacular sites, it was paradise found – not only for the colts who are annually bred in this environment – yet for me as a sculptor and aficionado of the equine breed with their large muscular body and flowing mane, tail and feathered hooves.

These horses are all black and in the sunlight their muscles seem to explode when they prance in pasture practicing their Dressage skills; it is pure magic to see the how the Friesian breed seem to transform incredible movements that require immense physical strength into what seems to be a “ballet” of their natural beauty.

Since my first sighting, I have learned that Dressage is indeed a sport of beauty and only possible when the horse and rider have formed a true partnership.   If time would ever allow, I could spend days trying to understand the unexplainable magic that happens within the “human and horse relationship” that only those who are truly in tune to this breed can appreciate and understand. Until then, I’ll continue to seek out new opportunities to reach out and stretch my hands over their sunlit structures while the sun sets over the Sierra.