As a member of the Oceanside Museum of Art, Artists Alliance, I attended the Quarterly Critique on 2/20/18.  I brought Dancer for a critique by my fellow artist members.  I always learn something at these critiques, if nothing else, I get a sense from the comments on how well the piece is accepted. I had a feeling from the session, that the piece was looked on favorably by the group.

From Scratch

Starting from scratch.  I always feel like that when trying to form a new piece of art.  Sometimes the wood calls out to me because of the form it already has.  Sometimes it is not so easy, such as when I am dealing with a milled piece of lumber. Trying to come up with something that won’t feel flat, just as flat as the board it when it comes from the mill.

I use to do a lot of bending of wood, accessing a hot tub that I used to accomplish that.  I used plain Douglas Fir, and sometimes it worked, other times not.  I still have strips of hardwood that I bent, hoping it would call out to me to do something with it.

I got a piece of Black Walnut from a distant family member in Salem, Mass.  I played with that until I finally saw something that appeared like a human figure.  I will post those pictures of the piece in progress.