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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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“Her Hands Know the Old Ways”

I love it when a title and a sculpture merge together as one. When creating this piece, the words came to me and and I felt they were inspired. 

She is a Popago Indian in southern Arizona about 1910. 

  

  


The Fringe Side of the Old West

In the studio. Still a month to go on this bad boy. 

I love the fringe side of the old west. Truly, conquistadors roamed the North American continent centuries before a cowboy ever through a loop over a steer. 
“For Spain, Glory and Gold”
Below,  I included a video with this post. I pray it works, as I would like to include more in future posts. 

  
 


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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“Rescue” gets a new patina

“Rescue” gets a new patina. 

At the foundry with my patina man, Kike. Going for the European old school look. 

  


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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My “White House” piece

Long before I began sculpting, I noticed that the Oval Office had sculptures in it. Remington’s “Bronco Buster”, a bust of Abraham Lincoln, until a few years ago, a bust of Churchill. 

Once I became a sculptor, I thought, “One day I want to create a piece that would fit the aura of the office of the President of United States.”

In 25 years of sculpting, this may be as close as I’ve ever come. 

I call it: “American Cowboy”. 



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Head in Hands

Almost every time I create a sculpture I  cut the clay head off and sculpt it in my hands. It allows me to turn it and look at it from every angle. It assists me to be able to turn the head at will and see it from all perspectives. 

If you look at the sculpture below, with the man on a horse, you’ll see the head ‘blocked in’. That’s the first draft. This morning, 

I cut the head off and spent about 15 minutes creating this second draft. 

I know I will have a minimum of five drafts on this head. 





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Delivered to Foundry – The Wrangler

It’s taken a year….but finally got this bad boy to the foundry.

I’ve learned something about how I work. I do my finest sculpting when a piece is allowed to sit for a year and have me come with a fresh eye 8-10 times during that period.

“The Wrangler”

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Buffalo Monument Delivered

Drove about 25 hours “one way” for delivery. As my Uncle Grant would say, “Go easy like a frog a walk’in.” I wanted no problemo’s, so I took the long way through Utah….Logan to Lehi to St George…….then through Las Vegas, Nev and on to Tempe, Tucson, spent night in Willcox, Az….on to El Paso, Van Horn, south to Marfa….arrived at Cibolo Creek Ranch.

Happy to have the first casting of this sculpture completed.

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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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Trail Boss

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This is Robert Valle. He is one great metal chaser. He’s my ace in the hole when it comes to putting my work together. This sculpture was cast in twenty parts. He makes it look like one.


Chiricahua Apache has a New Friend

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A client sent me this picture of a bobcat that found a shady spot. Look close. I sent this image to several folks and it wasn’t until their second glance that they saw the bobcat.