Category Archives: Sculpture

Creative Juice #50

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Creative Juice #50

This week’s dozenly dose of creative articles:

  1. Personally, I love reading young adult novels. Here are this year’s best sellers.
  2. Breathtaking blue quilts.
  3. This looks like a great workspace setup.
  4. Photos of surreal beauty and long-past glory
  5. Did you know you can cultivate habits that make you smarter?
  6. These dishes give me the creeps, and yet I admire their artistry.
  7. Don’t fall into the comparison trap. Would you believe Henri Matisse felt he did not measure up to the other artists of his day?
  8. Kauai is on my bucket list, but one of my favorite artists is there now.
  9. The ultimate artist DIY—making your own paints.
  10. Inspiration for writers.
  11. Beautiful illustrations by Tina MacNaughton.
  12. Map of the world, redesigned to eliminate distortion.

Creative Juice #49

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Creative Juice #49

Are you ready for a baker’s dozen doses of inspiration?

Creative Juice #48

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Creative Juice #48

Twelve articles to tickle your fancy:

 

Creative Juice #47

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Creative Juice #47

A baker’s dozen of inspiring ideas to enhance your creativity:

Creative Juice #43

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Creative Juice #43

A dozen delicious offerings served up to tempt your artistic palette:

  • This article is much longer than what’s usually included in Creative Juice. It’s also the saddest story I’ve read in a long time—and it’s true. But people need to read this.
  • Want to make time to be more creative? I participated in the Index-Card-A-Day Challenge last year, and I’m doing it again this year. You can, too.
  • This article is a little old (we’re past the end of the coloring challenge mentioned in it), but I love the artwork, so I’m sharing.
  • Love coffee table art books? You can enjoy 204 of them for free—virtually.
  • Reading list for personal growth.
  • Sand scuptures.
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights.
  • Wouldn’t this be a nice home to own?
  • You could totally do this flower pot project.
  • I didn’t even know I needed art masking fluid. Now I must have it!
  • Have you ever gone through The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron? It’s a 12-week exercise to increase your creativity. I’ve done it once, and I want to eventually do it again. A few years ago I read this related article, and it was so beautiful I saved it. Now I share it with you.
  • Reasons to make art, even if it’s not all that good.

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

buffalo

Buffalo mirror

armadillo

Armadillo

bass

Sea bass

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Blue Heron

zebra

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: