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Santa Fe NM, Workshop

March 20th & 21st

Santa Fe NM, greeted me with a ton of snow! This was the evening before the workshop...


And this is the morning of the workshop


It took me 35 minutes to scrap off over 4 inches of snow and my doors were so iced shut, I had to pull really hard to get the drivers side door open to turn the engine on and defrost the car from the inside out! It took some time then I had to hitch up the trailer. I drove very slow to say the least, not being able to see any street lines!


This is what I saw on the snowy drive to The Ryder Studio on Saturday



Check out these massive Icicles! they were just about 4ft long!


Check out the car dealers who have to clean off all these new cars~ eek!

The snow looks so cool covering these Metal Animal Sculptures they sell all over Santa Fe~ The snow doesnt look like its going to melt any time soon.


Tony Ryder let us use his studio ~ Thank YOU Tony! What a Great space!

This is Raven, our humble model


John preparing his portrait armature.

This was taken on day one where sculptors are building out a flat profile to lock in the truths from the profile silhoutte and then will find their widths off those found truths.

Here John and Niya have established widths by day two and are diving into the features after locking in their proportions & small shapes.


Joy & John had never sculpted before and Niya is self taught and check out their awesome focus sculpting!


This is John's first attempt at Sculpting ~ Awesome Job!

And this is Joy's first attempt of every doing anything artistic and first time of even touching clay! Well done Joy!Joy_s_Sculpture_003.jpg

.We ate lunch at the Second Street Brewery and I had my first Buffalo Burger ~ YUM!



Our Noble Sculptors out to our well deserved lunch break! John, Marty, Me, Niya, Krista, and Raven. What a great group never short of conversation and laughs!

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Niya deep in concentration while sculpting~

I couldnt go to Santa Fe without hiting the Hiking trails. I ended up fairly locally at the Dorothy Stewart trail.

A short 2mile hike that took alot longer because the trails were covered in snow and had turned icy and slushy. The Trail was absolutely gorgeous and I found myself taking tons of pictures!




and check out the curly Q's off this plant~



Check out this awesome View!

I'm a sucker for snow trees and shadows!

I really enjoyed the hike and made it well in the slushy icy snow right up until the end when I hit an icy patch going down hill and ate it bigtime! I was laughing so hard I didnt manage to take a picture of my water bottle found in a tree! The Hike was fun and beautiful and not too long because I could tell the elevation was getting to me~



So overall Santa Fe NM was a great success! Once I got a better understanding on how to get around the city and thanks goodness for my GPS or else I'd be in texas before I knew it! I really enjoyed the city and of course the many many many galleries on Canyon road as well as all to see in Downtown Santa Fe. I was surprised to see at Sage gallery that they are showing the original clay sculptures to "Pre-sell" the piece before its bronzed which helps the artist and the gallery gage the works interest before investing in all the bronze costs. An interesting approach~

Thank YOU Santa Fe NM!




Posted by Karen Cope 09:46

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I am enjoying reading your blog, looking at the photos of your work and the students work. I'm sorry that I found it at the end of your time in Santa Fe, since that's the area I'm in. I will have to watch for when you return to this area. Good luck with your travels and thanks for spreading the word and raising awareness about figurative sculpture!

by Catherine

Thanks Catherine and I'm sorry to have missed you. I'll probably be in Durango Co by the end of June if you'd like to make that drive. I hear its not terribly far. So thanks for your encourging words and reading along! Bests-K

by Karen Cope

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