Thursday, December 29, 2016

Creating a Horse DVD Shoulder and Leg Bones Today



Another of the videos I've shot for the new Instructional DVD on Creating a Horse. Only a couple more days on my DVD sale.. Hope you take advantage of it. This Sale is extended to the end of December I've had requests to keep My Sale going for a while. So consider this my Gift at this Christmas Season I'll be selling my Instructional DVDs Free Mailing for each individual DVD. I'll be offering a $100 off for purchases of 9 Instructional DVDs purchases, That's like getting 2 DVDs for free. This is my Christmas Gift Discount... Click on the link to view individual Trailers of each DVD... Just follow the instructions at the end of each DVD review to purchase them. The last selection on the list of my DVDs is the 9 DVD special. Love you all...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Heading to the Post Office, Again, With Instructional DVDs To New Buyers



LEMON'S BIG AFTER CHRISTMAS DVD SALE This Sale is extended to the end of December I've had requests to keep My Sale going for a while. So consider this my Gift at this Christmas Season I'll be selling my Instructional DVDs Free Mailing for each individual DVD. I'll be offering a $100 off for purchases of 9 Instructional DVDs purchases, That's like getting 2 DVDs for free. This is my Christmas Gift Discount... Click on this link to view individual Trailers of each DVD... Just follow the instructions at the end of each DVD review to purchase them. The last selection on the list of my DVDs is the 9 DVD special. Love you all...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My Instructional DVDs Sale Extended to the end of December 2016



I've decided to extend my Instructional DVDs sale to the end of December. Had a lot of requests for me to do this. Not everyone has money at this time, to purchase or take advantage, of this sale, but will later in the month. So as my Christmas Gift to all of my followers.. I make this offer.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Announcing a New Way My Instructional Videos Will Be Delivered to the Cl...



If you want a online video link to my Instructional Videos, and you want the instant activation, once you've paid for the video or videos.. I explain how you can do that. Not everyone has a net connection in their studio... So you can still purchase the DVDs... It would be minus the mailing costs if online. That's one advantage to an online link.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Working on the Instructional DVD on Creating a Horse Adding First Clay



Short look at adding clay to the horse in my 10th Instructional DVD. As well as a reminder of my current... running out of time on that.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Working on the Instructional DVD on Creating a Horse



LEMON'S BIG CHRISTMAS DVD SALE The Clock is Ticking ... Only 7 days left on this great deal... Orders are starting to come in for my DVDs that are on a special going to the 20th of December. I'll be selling my Instructional DVDs Free Mailing for each individual DVD. I'll be offering a $100 off for purchases of 9 Instructional DVDs purchases, That's like getting 2 DVDs for free. This is my Christmas Gift Discount... Click on the link to view individual Trailers of each DVD... Just follow the instructions at the end of each DVD review to purchase them. The last selection on the list of my DVDs is the 9 DVD special. Love you all...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Update on my progress on the horse DVD



Good news, I've been getting a lot of Instructional DVD orders through the final 8 days of my Special Christmas Sale of my DVDs... Bad news, haven't been able to work on the Horse DVD. LEMON'S BIG CHRISTMAS DVD SALE The Clock is Ticking ... Only 8 days left on this great deal... Orders are starting to come in for my DVDs that are on a special going to the 20th of December. I'll be selling my Instructional DVDs Free Mailing for each individual DVD. I'll be offering a $100 off for purchases of 9 Instructional DVDs purchases, That's like getting 2 DVDs for free. This is my Christmas Gift Discount... Click on the link to view individual Trailers of each DVD... Just follow the instructions at the end of each DVD review to purchase them. The last selection on the list of my DVDs is the 9 DVD special. Love you all...

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Heading to bozeman - To Get Supplies For My Instructional DVDs



Been real busy getting out my Instructional DVDs to clients for the past week. It's taking up my time, so very little if any time for sculpting. I'll be back on the creation of the horse for my 10th Instructional DVD as soon as I have the time. Probably after my current sale of DVDs that will end on the 20th of December 2016. LEMON'S BIG CHRISTMAS DVD SALE The Clock is Ticking ... Only a few days left on this great deal... 10 days to be specific as of today.. Orders are starting to come in for my DVDs that are on a special going to the 20th of December. I'll be selling my Instructional DVDs Free Mailing for each individual DVD. I'll be offering a $100 off for purchases of 9 Instructional DVDs purchases, That's like getting 2 DVDs for free. This is my Christmas Gift Discount... Click on the link to view individual Trailers of each DVD... Just follow the instructions at the end of each DVD review to purchase them. The last selection on the list of my DVDs is the 9 DVD special. Love you all...

Friday, December 2, 2016

Researching and Deciding on a Horse Pose for My New Instructional DVD



Been working on a design for this horse I'm going to do for my 10th Instructional DVD on Creating a Horse, From Armature to Finished Clay. Today and for the past week has been in trying to come up with the concept for the horse.. Here I show how I'm researching the anatomy of the horse.. Trying to stir the creative side of my brain.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Sale of David Lemons Instructional DVDs Ends Dec 20 2016



LEMON'S BIG CHRISTMAS DVD SALE The Clock is Ticking ... Only a few days left on this great deal... Orders are starting to come in for my DVDs that are on a special going to the 20th of December. I'll be selling my Instructional DVDs Free Mailing for each individual DVD. I'll be offering a $100 off for purchases of 9 Instructional DVDs purchases, That's like getting 2 DVDs for free. This is my Christmas Gift Discount... Click HERE to view individual Trailers of each DVD... Just follow the instructions at the end of each DVD review to purchase them. The last selection on the list of my DVDs is the 9 DVD special. Love you all..

Drawing a Dream



Woke up this morning after having a vivid dream of me creating a monumental bronze of a figure briskly walking with a blanket not quit fully wrapped around him or her... I could feel the shape, but didn't actually see it.. Hard to explain, but that's how I visualize something.. feel rather that see.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Short Preview of "Creating a Horse" Instructional DVD - Today The Horse ...



Today I show how I show a simple way to make a wire horse armature that will help you get it right every time. This is going to be part of my new Instructional DVD I'm currently producing on "How to Sculpt a Horse - From Armature to Finished Clay". This is just small preview of what you'll see on the finished DVD

Monday, November 21, 2016

Short Preview of Creating a Horse Instructional DVD - Today How to do Re...



Today I show how I research the Anatomy for the Horse online, using Google Search. This is going to be part of my new Instructional DVD I'm currently producing on "How to Sculpt a Horse - From Armature to Finished Clay". This is just small preview of what you'll see on the finished DVD

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

ANNOUNCING MY BLOW OUT CHRISTMAS INSTRUCTIONAL DVD SALE



LEMON'S BIG CHRISTMAS DVD SALE Starting, today, the 15th of November 2016, and going to the 15th of December, I'll be selling my Instructional DVDs Free Mailing for each individual DVD. I'll be offering a $100 off for purchases of 9 Instructional DVDs purchases, That's like getting 2 DVDs for free. This is my Christmas Gift Discount... Click on the link to view individual Trailers of each DVD... Just follow the instructions at the end of each DVD review to purchase them. The last selection on the list of my DVDs is the 9 DVD special. Love you all...
REVIEW OF DAVID'S INSTRUCTIONAL DVDS

Monday, November 14, 2016

Creating a Horse - Today Scaling A Horse Using PrintMaster Gold 18



I'm thinking of making this project into a new Instructional DVD. So I may not show the full creation of this horse.. I do share the scaling of the horse by using the publishing program "PrintMaster Gold 18". Special Offer being announced tomorrow.. so keep watching.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ghost Dance - Putting the Clay Aside for a While



Decided to put the clay of the Dancers aside for a while. I felt like a ship running aground on a beach, grinding to a sudden stop. I'm going to start something new or finish up a older piece. I'll revisit this clay at a later date.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Ghost Dance - The 7th Figure Started - Dedication to my friend Kelly Kivlin



Started working on my clay today and a friend called me and told me of three of my friends here in Ennis Montana had recently passed away.. One of them was Kelly Kivilin who's been a friend of mine for many years. Dying so young is devastating... to die from complications while getting Chemotherapy is even more saddening. My Daughter Heidi is a Breast Cancer Survivor. I lost my two sisters to this horrible cancer. Debbie and Pam.... I miss them terribly. If you feel you can donate to Breast Cancer Research click on this link.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ghost Dance - 2 days and that Many New Ideas



Started working on this late last night. I was looking at this piece the last time I worked on it and had a flash of a thought. Put a Buffalo Robe on the one figure of a man with a robe already on him. So last night I started that idea. Today I completed the idea and then had another flash of inspiration of adding figures within the circle. So that's what I started today.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Ghost Dance Night Of Scary Things at my Door I play with Clay



Just turned 71 two days ago.. so this is my first video in my 71st year. It's Halloween and many scary creatures were coming to my door while I worked on this clay tonight. Almost finished with it.. Just had an idea of what to do with an empty space on the piece.. I'll get to that the next time.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ghost Dance - Inspiration in the Middle of the Night



Was just getting ready for bed. Went to my sculpting stand to turn off the light, and just for a moment, I glanced at the clay before turning off the overhead light. I saw a flash of a blanket off the shoulder of one of the woman dancers. I turned off the light, but that vision stayed with me. About a half hour later, I had to do something while I could still see it in my mind. So I went to the clay and started to add that blanket I saw. A vision.. who knows.. but I had to act on it. Granted, a robe is a small thing, but not at this moment, it wasn't.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ghost Dance - The hands Have It



Today I took all those hands I created last Friday and started to join them to the arms waiting for them... Then painting them to match the clay.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ghost Dance - Last Day On The Hands, FINALLY



Got paint at the hardware store, to paint the wax hands, to make them look like the clay. Less confusing to the eye that way. I then finished doing the hands for the figures of the Ghost Dance piece at my computer table, in wax. I'm using the wax because it holds detail better than clay at the size I'm doing them.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ennis Montana Hunter's Feed held on October 21st



The Ennis Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Ennis Hunters Feed is held every year on the Friday (October 21st) before rifle season opens, and welcomes hunters, families, friends and food enthusiasts from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Chefs of all abilities offer up their best and most creative wild game dishes for all to vote upon right here on Main Street. Prizes are awarded for Best Chili, Best Non-Chili, Most Unusual, with the coveted trophy going to the Judge's Choice entry. http://www.ennischamber.com/chd12pg8.asp

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ghost Dance Back to Wax Hands New Method to Make Them Uniform



The toughest part of this clay has been doing the hands.. So small, and a real need for proportion. I finally figured it out. I woke this morning with an idea. Size the hand on my publishing program, Printmaster Gold 18, size them and use the outlines as a guide. Well it worked.. I can still keep my hands sketchy but at least they'll not be awkward.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ghost Dance - Back at it Again



Been a long absence. I had the workshop last week in Texas and then suffered from an inner ear infection that threw my balance off... But today.. I'm back and feeling great. I am reworking the hands of course and hope to have them done by tomorrow. Just had to scale them to fit the figures.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Ghost Dance Hands Fail



Working on the hands and just as I was finishing them.. and then actually putting them with the figures.. I came to the realization... they're way to big. So redoing the hands will have to wait till next week. I'm spending tomorrow getting ready for my trip to Texas the next day.. I also decided not to put any videos up till I get back from the workshop. Staying with friends and the last thing I want to do is be working on videos instead of visiting..

Running Errands, Talking About Workshop, Talking about a Bear Attack



Leaving for Texas on Wednesday of this week and will be doing my workshop over the weekend... A rainy cold day in my town for the past two days. This is me, just going to the post office and the store.. Real exciting stuff, but just what I do on a daily basis..

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ghost Dance More Hands



Finally got back on the hands. I'll be working on them today, and then adding them onto the figures next.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Ghost Dance Using My New Vise Making the First Hand



I used my new Articulated Model 209 Vacuum Base Precision Vise today for the first time. It was a great tool. I started the hands for the Ghost Dance piece. I used wax for the first hand. I am using wax because it's more durable. Especially since the hands are so small. Using wax I don't have to make armatures for fingers.. The wax will hold it's shape better.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Just Recieved My Articulated Model 209 Vacuum Base Precision Vise

I ordered a articulated vise to hold small parts of my sculpture as I work on them.. I just got me one today.


 Sugru is the world’s first mouldable glue that turns into rubber. Invented by Jane and made with love (and science) in the UK, Sugru is here to make fixing and making easy and fun. Pretty cool. I noticed my wire wasn't held well because of the way the jaw faces are constructed.. They sell rubber slip over covers, but I didn't want to spend more money and wait another week.. So I got the last of my Sugru out and made my own pad from it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ghost Dance - Puttering Around With the Clay



I'm holding off working on the hands till I get a new articulated vice to hold them in. I expect delivery on the 22nd of September (tomorrow) and can't wait to use them for the first time. I worked on the robe of the one warrior and then added several feathers on the back of his head. I really love the way this piece is coming together.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ghost Dance - Deer Skin Shirt and Blanket



Tried to create a Deer Skin shirt. Native Americans would tan their hides with the brains of the animal the skin came from.. It's a very labor intensive. Google "Brain Tanning". It's amazing. Brain Tanned Leather is the finest leather you can ever buy.. Very very expensive.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ghost Dance Correcting the Medicine Wheel



I found out from a friend that the Medicine Wheel was good but I had to make a couple of changes to make it correct.. So that's what I did today.. Correct it.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ghost Dance Last Figures Face Today



Good day today. Felt good, and my numb index finger on my right hand wasn't as numb today. I'm tellin ya.. getting old ain't for the young.. haha I went to the local Fly Shops.. Ennis Montana is famous for it's fishing on the Madison River. I found out how expensive that sport can be today. I went to a couple of Fly shops and asked about Fly Tying Vices today.. Like art supplies, fly tying supplies are over the wall expensive. So I made a jury rigged vice grip.. It worked just fine..

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ghost Dance Creating a Medicine Wheel that one of the Dancers Will Be Ho...



I decided to add a sacred Medicine Wheel to this piece today. Lakota Medicine Wheel The Native American medicine wheel is a sacred symbol used by indigenous Plains tribes to represent all knowledge of the universe. Circle - The circle represents the sacred outer boundary of the Earth often referred to as the Sun Dance Circle or the Sacred Hoop. It represents the continuous pattern of on-going life and death. Lines - The horizontal and vertical lines represent the sun and man’s sacred paths; the crossing of the two lines indicates the center of the Earth where one stands when praying.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Winterizing my Studio



Moving from my main studio into my home studio. I do this each winter because it's just less expensive to pay for heating in my home rather in both the studio and home. I'll be back to sculpting tomorrow. See you all then.

Madison Valley's Veterans Memorial - David Lemon's Monumental Bronze - V...



A video I made 10 years after 9/11... of a Memorial that I was a part of, on July 4th, 2001. Just a few months before the attack on our country in September 11, 2001. I still get man tears..

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ghost Dance Last Dancer today and Base Re sizing



I only got 4 hours sleep last night.. While editing this video.. I'd be sound asleep.. so if I missed any edits.. that's why. Before adding the last figure on this base.. I thought it best to cut down the base a bit. I'm happy how this clay is working out.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ghost Dance Working on the Fourth Figure of a Warrior



Started on one of the two figures on the back part of this piece. I'm creating a bare chested warrior expressing a voice to the spirits of fallen warriors. Crying out his dream of having the restoration of his lost way of life.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Ghost Dance Real Time Sculpting of a Dancer's Head and Face



You may think all this comes easy to me... with 51 years of sculpting under my belt.. Well I've been scared to do this face since the last time I did a video.. I just couldn't face it till today. Yeah I was scared. I decided, face your fear and see what happens. I'm not unhappy with how it turned out.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ghost Dance Sketch Dressing the Male Dancer



Back to work on the second figure next to the woman. It's a male and he's wearing a leather shirt. I rearrange the arms into a interesting gesture, and then push his head into the shoulder and arm of the left arm that's up in the air. I also explain a bit about the numbness I'm experiencing in my thumb and index finger of my right hand. Nothing bad, but it does hurt.. often causing me to grunt and breath hard as I work. It is a bit painful at times.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Ghost Dance Sketch Female Figure and Change of Clay



Started working on the figure of a woman in this composition of Ghost Dancers. I realized that the Clayette Clay may not work for me on a small figure. Still a great clay, but to hard for this figure. I had a box of Chavant's NSP (None Sulphur Plasteline) Clay soft... it was buried under another box in the back of my studio.. Found it yesterday as I was cleaning the back room.. So pulled it out and started using that clay.. So much better..

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ghost Dance Sketch Got a Little Frustrated



Worked on the base to make it easier to take apart so that I can work on the figures easier. Towards the end of the day, with new clay, and a design that's really complicated.. I was getting frustrated by the end of today. I'll be back in two days to work on it.. Maybe with a bit of a cool down, I'll get back on track.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Ghost Dance Sketch Design Change



I didn't like the first design... so I'm taking another rout.. We'll see how this one turns out. Stay tuned.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ghost Dance Sketch for a New Piece Part 1 and 2





I've wanted to do another Ghost Dance bronze for years. I did one back in the early 90s, it was called, "Dance of Dreams". The Ghost Dance religion (or movement) was an answer to the subjugation of Native Americans by the U.S. government. It was an attempt to revitalize traditional culture and to find a way to face increasing poverty, hunger, and disease, all representing the reservation life of the Native Americans in the late nineteenth century. The Ghost Dance originated among the Paiute Indians around 1870. However, the tide of the movement came in 1889 with a Paiute shaman Wovoka (Jack Wilson). Wovoka had a vision during a sun eclipse in 1889. In this vision he saw the second coming of Christ and received warning about the evils of white man. The messianic religion promised an apocalypse that would destroy the earth and the white man. The earth then would be restored to the Native Americans. Salvation of individuals was to be achieved by purging oneself of the evil ways learned from the whites. The religion required frequent ceremonial cleansing, meditation, prayer, chanting and of course dancing the Ghost Dance. Each ceremony lasted for five successive days. The participants danced each night, on the last night the dance continued until morning. The ceremony was to be repeated every six weeks. Within a year, the new religion spread throughout the Native camps in the West, giving Native people the much needed hope. White settlers reacted differently to the new religion. Some traveled to the reservations to observe the dancing, others feared the possibility of an Indian uprising. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) eventually banned the Ghost Dance, because the government believed it was a precursor to renewed Native American militancy and violent rebellion. The reaction of the BIA is somewhat ironic, since one of the goals of the agency was to convert the Natives to Christianity. The agency did not recognize that the Ghost Dance religion's fundamental principles were parallel with Christianity and brought many Indians to believe in one God. Misunderstanding and ignorance were part of the BIA decision. Wovoka's message clearly promoted pacifism and warned before making any trouble with the whites or refusing to work for them. However, spreading rumors of Indian treachery ignited fear and panic. In November 1890, president Benjamin Harrison ordered the military to take control over Lakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota. On December 29, 1890, 300 Lakota men, women and children were killed in an event that came to be known as the Massacre of Wounded Knee. What started as a peaceful religious movement in 1889, was brutally ended a year later by the U.S. military. The photos below are of "Dance of Dreams" created in 1991.




Saturday, July 23, 2016

Putting together a New Instructional DVD My 9th



I've been collecting Youtube Video's I made from July 2009 of the creation of "Plains Warrior", a limited edition bronze. I start with a TruForm Armature, the 24 inch tall armature that can be purchased from Sculpture Depot in Loveland Colorado. This will be my 9th Instructional DVD. Look for it sometime in the near future....





Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sitting Bull Final Touch Up



First day of sculpting in my studio away from home. Just adjusting Sitting Bull's face. I'm taking him as far as I want.. When and if I sell one and need to get it ready for the foundry, then I'll come back, and adjust and maybe add on details.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Final Studio Set Up and Discussing Tools and Clay Set Up



Setting up the final items so I can start sculpting again.. Got the black sheet up as my back ground.. dirty though it may be. I'm debating putting a brown color sheet up... Well I'll think about that one.. gathering my sculpting tools. I have favorites and not so favorites.. Those are stored in a box.. while my favorites are gathered together. Clay is ready. Geronimo is ready to finalize. Next project being thought about.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Settling Into My Studio and the Drive Home



Just a few more things to setup in my studio.. and I'll be sculpting again. Decided to show my trip home.. from the Studio.. a little over a couple of miles from my rental.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sitting Bull Face Adjustment Moving to My Studio for the Summer



My last couple of minutes till winter in my home studio. I'm moving back into my studio about 2 miles from my home. I notice a minor change that I had to make on Sitting Bull's face. So a took a minute or two to make that change.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sitting Bull's face gets adjustments New Design Takes Shape



Started taking a rough face of Sitting Bull and refining it a bit. Then I had an idea on how I can make the figure even more interesting...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Small Figure - Well Sitting Bull is looking like Sitting Bull



Yesterday I worked on the face of Sitting Bull. Today I started to develop the rest of the story. Sitting Bull, born 1831 – December 15, 1890. was a Hunkpapa Lakota holy man who led his people during years of resistance to United States government policies. He was killed by Indian agency police on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during an attempt to arrest him, at a time when authorities feared that he would join the Ghost Dance movement.[

Monday, June 20, 2016

Small Figure - Starts to take the Shape of a Famous Figure from the Old...



In a few days will be the 140th anniversary of Custer's Last Stand.... This morning, I was thinking the face I created yesterday reminded me of Sitting Bull's face. So I gathered all photos of the Lakota leader and went to work on his features.. We'll see if it turns out or not.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Small Figure - Second Try At The Face



Wasn't satisfied with the face I did last time on this clay. So today.. redid it today

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Small Figure Gets A Face and Hat Started



Second day on this small figure.. I start out by showing some new ball tipped sculpting tools I purchased from www.etsy.com/shop/AMCreatures. I then start working out the face of a Cowboy.. Yep.. I'm doing a cowboy. Got as far as his hat. It didn't work out so I'll be redoing that next time I get to this clay.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Starting a small figure from thighs up



Starting a small project.. Haven't really sculpted in a month.. for several reasons.. Just can't stay away from the clay.. Not sure what I'm going to do...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Reviewing Clay Samples From Chavant Clay



I give a review of Chavant Clay in this video. It was a clay I started with back in the early 70s... Over time I tried other clays but they just didn't have the quality of Chavant. I received a large box of samples from Chavant and here I go through them and evaluate each on it's own merit for color and durability. Plasteline was developed by Claude Chavant in 1892, and trademarked in 1927. I think over the past 124 years, they've just gotten better with the clay product they produce. So I hope you get something from this video.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Using Print Master, and, Avery online Labels to Make My Instructional DVDs



had 6 DVDs to prepare for mailing to a client. I just thought you'd find it interesting to see just how much goes into preparing my Instructional DVDs for mailing to those who order them.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Drive to Bozeman



I sold a bunch of my Instructional DVDs to a gentleman in Italy.. Had to get supplies for putting the DVDs together for him.. Closest Office Supply store are 120 mile round trip to Bozeman Montana.. That's what I did today.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I'm back Going through Chavant Clay samples Part 1



I will be changing over from another good clay and start using Chavant Clay. I wanted to find the best clay from Chavant that meets my needs. Part 2 will show me actually testing the clays under my 100 watt bulb to see how it works for me

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

At Northwest Art Casting Checking on The Protector Bronze



Had a copy of THE PROTECTOR colored. Tanner started coloring this bronze on Thursday of last week. Because this was the first time Tanner had colored this bronze I need to go and approve of what he did.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Unconquered Set Aside for New Project



I've been researching and getting ready to do a special commission piece. Just going over Photos From Several Model Shoot's with Michael Bandhand





Friday, April 15, 2016

PLAINS WARRIOR - From TruForm Armature to Finished Clay



Back to 2011, when I created this piece, "Plains Warrior". I take you from the first day to the last day on the clay. Below you'll see it in Finished a multi acid and chemical patina, as well as a more traditional coloring... in finished bronze.










Tuesday, April 5, 2016

1st Of My Resin Horses Received



Beginning of August, 2015, I put on a Demonstration at Sculpture Depot's store in Loveland Colorado. I've planned on selling bronzes of three of the small Maquettes statues. I was introduced to Resins by Karen, CEO of Sculpture Depot in Loveland. This is the first one I've received. It's Resin and has had bronze colored resin, poured into the mold. It's simply amazing. I'll be selling these in a limited edition at a fraction of the price of the bronze.. I'll also use it to display in galleries.. to take orders off the resin for bronzes... I'm very excited about this.

Unconquered Continuing to add Hair Locks to the War Shirt



Continued adding wax renditions of hair, to the war shirt.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Unconquered Fine Tuning and Creating a Hair Shirt



The War Shirt / Shirt Wearers Shirt / Scalp Shirt Today, I attempted to create a Hair Shirt... or War Shirt. The original shirt wearers earned the right to wear War Shirts through great acts of bravery and deeds that were incorporated into the designs. Over a warriors lifetime, he would probably have owned more than one shirt. Some War Shirts were also thought to possess intrinsic spiritual powers which were transferred to the wearer. Buffalo hide was too thick to use, so the maker used Elk or deerskins. However, the ideal hides came from mountain sheep that roamed the Rocky Mountains to the Missouri River and beyond. After the shirt was made, it could be decorated in many ways. Hair from humans or horses often extended from the quilled arm strips and down the outside of the shoulder strips. Shirts with hair have been called scalp shirts, but they were only made with hair locks.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Unconquered - Hair, Ermine, Bow and Scabbard



In Early August 2015, I was doing a demo over several days, at Sculpture Depot in Loveland Colorado. This is where "Unconquered" was born. Today I bring it a bit closer to it's finalization. www.sculpturedepot.net

Monday, March 21, 2016

Unconquered - Redoing the Fringe and Creating Quill'd Stripes



I've struggled to get back to the sculpting stand for well over a week.. My health just beat me down. I feel great today.. so back on the clay. Making some subtle changes.

Monday, March 14, 2016

A Tour of Sculpture Depot in Loveland Colorado The Premier Store for S...



In Early August 2015, I was doing a demo over several days, at Sculpture Depot in Loveland Colorado. While there I took a video tour of this amazing store where everything that deals with sculpting supplies is located. Tools, clays, plaster, mold making materials, resins, and anything else related to the sculpting can be purchased. At the 2nd half of the video, Karen Richardson, President and CEO of Sculpture Depot, demonstrates pouring Resins. www.sculpturedepot.net

Friday, March 11, 2016

Unconquered Scaling A 1873 Springfield Trap Door Carbine For My Sculpture



Today, I'm preparing to create a 1873 Springfield Trap Door Carbine for the clay of "Unconquered". Using PrintMaster Gold 18, publishing program, I show how to scale you're items to the size of the clay your creating. This can be done for any project you're sculpting, by using the head length you using in your sculpture. The average head length is 8 1/2 inches. So knowing that it makes it easy to scale to a ruler you've scanned into your computer.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Buffalo Headdress Created Today



Felt for the past few days.. I needed to change his head. I really didn't like the hair as it was.. so decided to make a change. Did a bit of research on Native American Buffalo Horn Headdresses.. What I found was very interesting, adding to this pieces story.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Heading to Bozeman to Help a Fellow Artist With a Monumental Clay Dead...



Got a text from a sculptor friend of mine in Bozeman Montana last night asking me for help with a monumental project he had to have done in two days. Artists stick together, and try to help when we're able to. This artist several years ago helped me with getting a large clay to the foundry in Bozeman.. How could I turn him down..

Monday, February 29, 2016

Coloring the Bronze of ISLAND SONG - From October 2012



This video was made in October 12th 2012. I thought it would be good to re-edit it and put it up on YouTube.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Unconquered Attaching the Shield to the Arm and Working on Straps



Attaching the Shield today. Once attached I then start to finalize the hand holding it, and the straps that come off of it.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Two Types of Calipers Golden Mean Calipers and AMCreatures Calipers



I bought a while back the deluxe Calipers from Golden Mean Calipers, and just received them today. A friend of mine in Texas, who took the workshop I put on in Grapevine Texas in January. I saw her using a very well made pair of Calipers in the workshop.. I mentioned I'd love to get a pair of those. Well she sent me a pair and I got them in the mail today..

Unconquered - Discussing the Straps on the Back of the Shield

Unconquered - Redoing the Shield for the Third Time



Using the drawing sent to me by Michael Badhand, as well as photographs of Shields sent to me by a fellow artist, Patricia Dobson, I started redoing the shield front and back. Michael's books are available on Amazon. There he's listed as "Michael Bad Hand".

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Unconquered - Drawing What the Back of the Shield Should Look Like From ...



Waited for a drawing to be sent me through Facebook of what the back of a Plains Indian War Shield would look like. Very little is ever shown of the back of shields for reference. Micheal Badhand said he'd draw up a fast sketch of what I needed.. I got it late this evening. It was everything I needed to do the shield right. Micheal's books are available on Amazon. There he's listed as "Micheal Bad Hand"

Unconquered - Creating a Feather Out of Wax


I decided to add two more feathers to the head of Unconquered. I show how to make the feather out of wire, and wax.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Unconquered - Making a War Shield



Today I re-worked the war shield for Unconquered. There were four types of shields which were used on the Plains: the dance shield which was a lightweight version of the war shield; the medicine or holy man's shield, the miniature shield, which was a small copy of a warrior's war shield , and which he sometimes carried on long journeys in place of the war shield; and the war shield itself. The war shield was made in three varieties. The least-used variety, was made by stitching four or five layers of flat rawhide together, cutting these in a traditional round shape, and then decorating the front side of the hide with feathers and strips of cloth. A second variety was made by forming the hide around a wooden hoop. Many kinds of hoop shields were constructed, but these called for a thinner and weaker hide than those made by the third means, which was the heat shrinking process. Most war shields by far were fashioned this way, for the shrinking produced a thick hide and it was easier to press into a concave or convex shape which aided in deflection of weapons hitting it. Prior to the arrival of the horse, Plains war shields were quite large-often being three feet or more in diameter. These were much to cumbersome for mounted men, though, and so the size was reduced until the average war shield measured only eighteen inches in diameter.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Unconquered - Time to Work on the Back of the War Shirt



Tackling the back of the War Shirt. Brain Tanned Leather has a peculiar look because of the way it's prepared. Trying to give that particular look, is the hard part.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Unconquered - Working on the Right Sleeve and Making it Look Like Leather



I reworked the right arm and hand in the last video.. So in this one I try making the leather over the arm look like leather, with it's, unique wrinkles and how they would look.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Unconquered - Stone Headed War Club Finished - Hand Holding it Started



this is my 1,300th post.. How about that... Worked again on the stone war club. Finished it then started to work on the hand holding it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Unconquered - Creating a Stone Headed War Club our of a Twig and a Lump ...



Yesterday I was just feeling so good, but then today, had a heavy lunch and I wasn't feeling so good. Because of different things.. I've been eating very little. Mostly soups, or sandwiches. Nothing substantial at all. Well today I got my lunch from the local Market Deli. It was heavy eating for the first time in a long time. So it didn't sit well. Thus a short day of creating. I decided on the war club for this clay. A stone headed war club. Very lethal in hand to hand combat. I started with a twig off my Crab Apple Bush next to my front porch for the club part and then made a wax rock. Seems to be working well.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Just a Short Update



Just updating everyone since my return from Texas. I'll be working on this warrior the week of January 25th...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Workshop in Grapevine Texas 4 Days in January



For about a week I was in Grapevine Texas. 4 days of it was a workshop where I taught how to sculpt a horse.. had a whole herd created. I am so impressed with the students. They'd never sculpted a horse before. It was so much fun, and I made some lifelong friends...

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Unconquered Back On My Demo Clay From Sculpture Depot in Loveland



Back at the beginning of August 2015, I put on a Demonstration at the Sculpture Depot Store in Loveland, Colorado, I created this piece over several days, using a 24 inch TruForm armature that they sell there. I was going to start the Mountain Man, but I'm waiting for a friend of mine to send me pics of the pose and him dressed as a rugged mountain man, as reference. I'm leaving Tuesday of next week, and flying to Dallas, Fortworth, then on up to Grapevine Texas to put on a workshop next week. The 14th to the 17th.