Category Archives: Sculpture

Creative Juice #40

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Creative Juice #40

Twelve sources of inspiration for your creative endeavors:

Creative Juice #31

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Creative Juice #31

Pretty things to see. Creative stuff to do.

Rising Tide Sculpture

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Rising Tide Sculpture

Richard Vest, the son of a commercial fisherman, grew up in San Francisco. Though he’s not  interested in hauling fish from the sea in nets, he captures fish and wildlife in another way.

Even as a child, he loved to draw, and won prizes for his art. He attended San Francisco State University, where he earned degrees in Fine Art and Design/Technology and acquired his secondary teaching credential. He taught art and woodworking in the San Ramon, California, school district before devoting himself to his art full-time.

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Richard Vest

Using his own photography of creatures as a reference, Vest first captures his subjects as a sketch. Then he selects his wood, and using various grinders and carving tools, crafts his remarkably detailed sculptures. Most are meant to hang on the wall, but he carves free-standing pieces as well.

All of Vest’s pieces are one-of-a-kind. He also produces artworks on commission, but due to differences in woodgrain and slight variations in execution, no two sculptures are ever exactly alike.

 

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Bear

I first met Vest at the Tempe Festival of the Arts, where I was dazzled by an enormous bear, like this one, but larger. Vest is a popular participant at a number of shows every year.

For more information about the sculptures shown here, click the link below each photo. You can also visit his website and his Etsy shop.

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Turtle

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Clown trigger fish

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Buffalo mirror

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Armadillo

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Sea bass

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Blue Heron

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Zebra

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Lighthouse mirror

Left octopus; right octopus

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Unicorn

Of course, I had to include the unicorn. But, obviously, Vest was not working from a photograph, because then he’d know real unicorns look more like goats than horses. (Sorry, Richard–I’m a medieval purist. I like my unicorns like the ones in the tapestries in The Cloisters.)

Note: all the photographs in this article are the property of Richard Vest. Used with permission. All photographs are copyrighted, and no part of any photo/carving may be reproduced by any means including photographically, mechanically, or digitally and is subject to all U.S. copyright laws.

Creative Juice #29

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Creative Juice #29

Fourteen articles, guaranteed to spark lots of creative ideas.

Creative Juice #27

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Creative Juice #27

Fifteen inspiring articles to uplift you:

Creative Repurposing

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Creative Repurposing

For The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge with prompt: Repurpose:img_0169

These instruments were not invented by me,

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they are the creation of musician James Floyd.

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These wonderful garden tool bird sculptures live in a neighbor’s front yard.

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A flower arrangement came to me in this bowl many years ago. I now use it to serve cranberry sauce or Pfeffernüße during the holidays.

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Photos by ARHuelsenbeck.

Creative Juice #26

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Creative Juice #26

Sixteen juicy articles to tickle your creativity bone:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Sculptures, Statues, Carvings

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Sculptures, Statues, Carvings

Ooo–I love this prompt. Here’s my submission for Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge with prompt: Sculptures:

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Sculpture by Shangri-La Woodworks. Photo by ARHuelsenbeck.

Creative Juice #23

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Creative Juice #23

Fifteen articles to inspire you in the New Year:

  • Glass miniature masterpieces.
  • These dogs, drawn by Holly Lucero, will give you nightmares.
  • A way to look at your subject so you can draw it more accurately.
  • Skyscrapers into infinity.
  • Please buy me a book illustrated by Tihomir Čelanović. I wish I could read the stories these drawings tell.
  • Breathtaking views of Paris, 1946.
  • I just love Suhita Shirodkar’s work. Take a peek at her sketchbook.
  • Here’s a cool zentangle technique.
  • You can turn a fail around.
  • Tips from people who have been around the block a few times.
  • Woody Guthrie’s New Year resolutions from 1943. I could make a few of these, even though I’m allergic to New Year resolutions.
  • I’m going to try this technique for watercolor backgrounds for zentangle.
  • The large-scale paintings of Salman Khoshroo. Be sure to watch the video of the artist at work. Fascinating.
  • A Christian’s take on creativity and mental illness. Though I’m also a Christian, I don’t believe exactly as she does, but it’s still an interesting essay. Warning: the video is decidedly unholy.
  • I’m thinking of participating in this challenge. How about you? It may help you reach one of your goals for 2017…

Tempe Festival of the Arts, Fall 2016

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Tempe Festival of the Arts, Fall 2016

If you are in the Phoenix East Valley area this weekend, head down to Old Town Tempe for the Festival of the Arts. I had the pleasure of spending three hours there today. I took lots of pictures and bought some stuff. I’ll share a little with you, but you should go see for yourself. It opened today, and it runs through Sunday, 10 am to 5:30 pm.

The first thing I saw was this blue grass band. They also brought along extra instruments so people could jump in and jam.

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After Leah Kiser (below, right) illustrated her brother Seth Ode’s children’s book, Morgan the Ox, she looked for a new project. Her little daughter dressed a toy dinosaur in a doll tutu, and that became the inspiration for the painting Black Swan (second photo below, right).

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Dana Robbins makes amazing art glass. I especially love the knobs in the second picture below.

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Bob Reynolds uses different kinds of woods to make beautiful inlaid cutting boards.

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Elizabeth Jenkins weaves cloth. Some of it she then further designs by removing some of the pigment. She makes unique scarves and shawls and throws–and coats!

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Art below by Deborah Haeffele.

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Joshua Seraphin reverse paints on glass.

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Darryl Cohen and Kevin Frosch make decorative items out of glass. I fell in love with the mirror on the left.

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James Floyd builds, sells, and plays hybrid instruments. Here he is playing some sort of guitar/Dobro/tambourine. In the second picture, an instrument has a mechanical arm for holding a harmonica while you strum.

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Brian Smith spent five years driving around the country in an RV, taking photographs of things that suggested letters to him. He will help you put images together to spell words that hold special significance for you.

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John McDonald’s glass art reminds me of Chihuly. I especially like his “Yard Sticks” below.

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Tom Deitenbeck makes beautiful pottery. I love the knitting yarn bowl in the second picture below. I bought one of his napkin holders.

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Rick Murphy welds together found objects to create curious creatures.

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Bob Cuthbertson plays a Chapman stick. I got to hear him play the Bach Toccata and Fugue. Awesome!

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And, finally, Jocelyn Obermeyer on Irish harp and Nathan Tsosie on Native American flute.

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I hope what you’ve seen, a small sample of the more than 350 booths, will entice you to attend, too. And if you’re there on Sunday, you might even see me. I saw a gorgeous jasper necklace by Jean and Maya Montanaro that my husband said he’d like me to have for Christmas. Best Husband Ever.