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“An Eyelash in Bronze”

Would you believe that after being a sculptor (26 years) I am still amazed at the transformation process (the miracle) of how a clay sculpture is turned into bronze. I once went to a foundry to inspect a finished piece. Upon examination, I attempted to brush away an eyelash….only to realize it was part of the piece. The mold had picked up the impression of an eyelash on the clay and it was now cast into metal as part of the piece! Blew my mind.
When every piece I sculpt, I write a “Piece Description”.
“AMERICAN COWBOY”
Sure, there were men who worked cattle decades, if not centuries, before Charlie Goodnight and numerous other drovers crossed the Concho, the Wichita, the Red River, to ‘head beeves north’. Mexican vaqueros new more about roping, branding and riding, generations prior to the iconic ‘American Cowboy’ of yesteryear. That said, the ‘American Cowboy’ did quickly evolve into his own unique living archetype of brashness, moxie, language, etiquette and personal codes to live by. It is amazing that the heyday of the ‘cow men’ (how they truly liked to be referred) lasted a brief twenty years, and yet their impact still defines a lasting image and identity of an entire nation.
Throughout my life, when an image of the ‘Oval Office’ would be shown in either photos, magazines or movies, I’d often see a sculpture(s) as part of the decor. Be it a bust of Abraham Lincoln or Frederic Remington’s “Bronco Buster”, I was always moved by the imagery. After I’d been sculpting a few years, I had a feeling come over me, “I want to sculpt a piece that would be worthy of being on display in the office of The President of the United States. After twenty-five years as a sculptor, “American Cowboy” may be ‘that’ piece.
SCOTT ROGERS
“AMERICAN COWBOY”
24 1/2″ High – Edition of #30
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“Of Proper Wit & Adventurous Spirit”

About six or seven years ago, a fellow artist gave me a photograph of two women. They thought I could possibly use it as inspiration for a sculpture. About a week and a half ago, I ran across the photo again, it struck my heart to see if I could pull off the idea in clay.  
For artistic compositional sake…. I made the woman on the left taller and facing forward (to be the focal point). I arranged the wrinkles in their clothing to lead the viewers eye around the piece. Notice the subtle 5 points of entry, to bring the viewer into the sculpture. 

Don’t you just love that hat! The double rows of cartridges on the gun belt?

“Of Proper Wit & Adventurous Spirit” Edition of 30

 

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6am and on the road….

So, I had the folks at the foundry begin a piece for me. They welded an armature together, put foam over it, trimmed the foam and applied the initial layer of clay. I arrived at the foundry (6 AM) to have them load it on my trailer. I figured it best to drive it to the studio in the cool of the morning. I’m quite certain this piece will be in the clay for about a year before it’s finished. It’s going to be a cowboy riding hell bent for leather on his horse. 
I thought it be fun to pull over in Sardine Canyon, south of Logan, and take a picture.  

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“Canyon Winds”

“Canyon Winds”
  
The clay, on the left, is headed to the foundry tomorrow. I thought it’d be fun to show how it will look as a completed bronze, with wood base and cast tag. 
 

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Another bookend? But why?

   

 It’s a funny thing I’ve noticed about myself over the years. Often, when I come up with a concept that I feel strong about, I have to sculpt the subject two or three times to exhaust my mind “off of it”. Otherwise the idea haunts me. Such was the case with this one…..it is my second bookend. I’m finding I may have a third one in me……of a woman in a chair, as a book end (we’ll see).

I tried to upload a video in this post. I’m not sure if it will work or not. 


Miles to go before I sleep

I’ve decided to make it a Native American and add a quartered moose as cargo in the canoe. several people suggested I put antlers in the piece.

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‘m still looking for a title that would do the piece justice. If anybody has a suggestion I’m all ears.

   

 

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Native American or Mountain Man?

Cleaning off my shelves with another idea that has lingered too long. For me, it’s actually common to rough in a piece and get the jest of an idea down and look at it for years….as a clay sculpture. Don’t judge the piece too harshly, I’ve only sculpted on it about five days over the past three years. 

The special part about creating this piece is it’s an idea given to me five or six years ago by a client, who has become a dear friend. In his own right, he has the soul of an artist. On numerous occasions I have heard him talk about his love of the arts and weep while doing so. 

If you have a suggestion please send it my way. I’m trying to decide if I should make the person in the canoe a Native American or Mountain Man?



The reason I like it being an Indian is I get to show the human anatomy and not cover it with clothing. That’s straight out of my mentor (Fritz White’s) playbook. 


Chasing Wax

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I spent sometime at the foundry today, “chasing wax”. When the wax pieces come out of the rubber molds….they often need touching up. This is a sculpture called Trail Boss (the head).


New sculptures

I’ve been working of these two pieces for several months.

Delivered them to Sage Creek Gallery for pre-casting…til the end of the year.

The man praying is called: Takin’ the Time

The bison is called: The Old Warrior

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Pre-casts delivered safe to the foundry.

Delivered three pieces to the foundry yesterday. Took a blitz trip to Santa fe and picked these bad boys up.

Grateful for safe travel and mostly clear roads.

These three pieces are: The Jury is out / The Trooper (60% life) / Hashknife Pony Express.

I love leaving pieces in the clay for about a year now. It let’s me see them fresh a few times. Rodin once said, “For a piece to be great….I must have time to forget it”. I sooo relate to that.

 

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Two more installed today

Hit the road to Marfa, Texas, to drop off these bad boys. After 3200 road miles, in six days, my hiney’s starting to wonder if my legs forgot how to walk.

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On the Road Again….

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After a 900 mile ride through the desert, stopped to get the trail dust off this cowboy. We installed this one at a home in Tucson.