Texas April 7th-11th 2010
So my drive from Oklahoma City Ok to Dallas was an easy one. Just a straight shot down I-35 but it was very windy so that always makes things interesting especially towing a trailer. I saw tons of factories again and lot and lots of open land. I pulled over to this rest stop and checked out this WWII Memorial Monument. It really personalized it to see all the soldiers’ names on the placards surrounding the piece.
I liked how this trucker has two plates...Alaska and Canada I think... I see lots of trucks so forgive me~
I loved the silhouettes of these trees. They were everywhere and just looked awesome.
So on arrival to Dallas I was greeted by this crazy maze of overpasses and off ramps that is completely confusing and I’m from LA where the freeway system is intense but this really made me laugh. I’m sure when you get used to it, it’s not that bad but every off ramp had you exit right to end up left or vice versa. So to say the least I went in circles several times and that is with a GPS taboot! It kept telling me to keep left then veer right to exit left in a quarter mile. Nice~
Unfortunately these pic's dont do it justice but you'll just have to take the ride sometime to see for yourself. It didnt help that I was staying right off this offramp and got turned around alot!
I cruised the area of north Dallas that day checking out the beautiful homes and huge estates and came across George W. Bush’s Church and wasn’t surprised to see how huge it was.
3 services every Sunday in 3 different locations on the campus (one sanctuary, one contemporary, and one other space, times 3 services) that’s 9 services each Sunday! Yikes. The area surrounding is beautiful with gorgeous old homes/ estates with great old tree lined streets. I really loved the trees. Super old twisted and cool looking.
I was so happy to enjoy a great dinner and visit with Gene and Betty Chupik who I hadn’t seen in years since Hanne & Don’s wedding. We went over fun pictures and got to hear all kinds of fun embarrassing stories of Don’s youth! It was very entertaining and great to see family off on my long journey and have a home cooked meal with fresh asparagus from their own garden! I’m so spoiled~ I’m bummed to see I never got a picture of our visit.
Friday April 9th I headed over to Collin County Community College in Plano TX to present my lecture on “The Speed in which Form Turns”. I’ve worked really hard on honing that presentation so the PowerPoint flows just right with the information. Visuals are so important when explaining my kind of Sculpting Method and Techniques and I was very pleased with the turn out.
We had a great crowd and they gave me a model to demonstrate from as I lectured. It was fast and furious lecturing and sculpting at the same time but the demo gave them the speeded up version of how I lay down notes of clay and the construction of it all along with the info. The students were very enthusiastic and received the information well. They asked great questions and the 2 ½ hour lecture/demo flew by! We could have gone on much longer with the Q & A but I had to head over to my next workshop.
The College’s Facilities were impressive. They have lots of space in the sculpting room, a separate ceramics room with an entire room for glazing. Then they had a fully equipped woodshop as well as an extensive out door kiln area and gorgeous Gallery. The best part in each room was a mega large flat screen TV that I got to show my PowerPoint presentation on. It looked great!
This was the Outside Kiln area and they had 3 electric kilns inside as well.
The sculpting room and wood shop next door
A great casting room~
...and of course the wheel throwing area. Things had just been picked up because they are between semesters.
That day I then had to rush off to begin my Sold Out (yes I’m gloating) Workshop in Richardson TX at The Bonny Studio. They even had a waiting list! I was so happy to hear there’s such interest in the area for sculpting.
What a great group. Several had turned up the Wednesday evening prior to hear my shorter instructional lecture so they were geared up and ready for clay!
We talked armatures and secured their angled posts to their baseboards and off we went.
Our model Rhia Davis, did a great job posing a for our Portrait sculpting workshop that Friday and Saturday. The Sculptors all began with the profile and with skeptical looks on their faces, they dove in to the drawing in space method of sculpting.
This style of sculpting is not the norm but is definitely the most effective method I’ve come across and have adapted it entirely in my work. Studying Silhouettes and Reading Light is just the beginning and I really enjoy introducing it to others.
Here's some of our results where many of these new sculptors had never touched clay before!
Texas was such a joy full of enthusiastic Sculptors!
Thank You Texas!