Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Letting Go!

Bronze sculpture of two figures by Marianne Hornbuckle

Celebration, commissioned by a couple/collectors in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, and my major effort/achievement of 2012, was delivered to me by my"guy" in early October. I had  blogged about all the stages of its progress from conception through the delivery of the "metal" by the foundry in late September and photographed it before the chasing and patinaing  in Brian's workshop.  I have to say the final result is beautiful, and compelling and honest, and loving, and I have had a hard time letting go of it, not the usual, for me.
First I wanted as many people as possible to see it, so showed it at the last two SFSA shows of the season in October, to a wonderful response except for one set of giggles from some unevolveds. Meanwhile, with their consent, Brian fabricated a bronze base with a beautiful and complimentary patina, and when he finished, I drove into the mountains to his shop with the piece so he could mount it. Finally, after Thanksgiving weekend, having thoroughly documented the piece in different settings and lights, I carefully packed it, and shipped  to arrive by early December.  To my great relief, they found Celebration to be as beautiful as I do. ( I have always this little remainder of doubt which both creates  temporary suspense, and moves me forward to do better with each endeavor.)
Two bronze seated figures of couple in Celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary
So I finally am blogging about the outcome and moving on - I didn't for some reason want to let it go yet, and now I am. My relationship with the subjects has been beautiful, and searching, and expressive on both sides -within this culture we live that idealizes youth and perfection and denies the exquisite complexity and beauty of the human body at any age.  That the piece is a true expression of their love is undeniable. Having met the challenge and exceeded my own expectation is my reward for a challenging and exceptional year!
To an expansive and beautiful 2013!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Preston Release of New Sumi-e (Finally!)

William turned 82 in May! Here are just  a few of his sumi-e that are available - images sizes are indicated (no mats or frames) as well as prices. Shipping is on the house! If you've always wanted one of these beautiful, subtle ink paintings on rice paper this is your perfect opportunity.  As I said in an earlier blog, Original art of the best quality brings inexpressible pleasure to the collector in a way that even the finest meal or exotic trip cannot -more than just a wonderful memory, beautiful art is a daily experience, a personal continuity.   Take a look!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Original fine art made with integrity and commitment for over 30 years!

This is a special offer for our collectors and potential collectors  - be sure to take a look! Original fine art made with integrity and commitment for over 30 years!

Sumi-e and watercolor on rice paper by William Preston
Dusk  Sumi ink, watercolor on rice paper
Many times I have expressed my gratitude to you, our collectors and followers, as Thanksgiving, the holidays and the end of the year approached. Your support and interest have sustained us both this past year, through some tricky health stuff, as well as the slow economic recovery. I've been thinking about a mutually beneficial offer I have wanted to make to all of you who have an interest in either the sumi-e, abstract paintings, or sculpture that have flowed consistently from our studios. I believe most of you are aware of the value original works of art represent, and the integrity and commitment we have always brought to our life of art-making. Original art of the best quality brings inexpressible pleasure to the collector in a way that even the finest meal or exotic trip cannot -more than just a wonderful memory, beautiful art is a daily experience, a personal continuity.      
Seated bronze nude on fabricated bronze base by Marianne Hornbuckle
Introspection , bronze with fabricated base

 Our collectors know that purchases of second works for their collection carry a 10% discount on the price of the work. We would like to extend that discount to you, our new collectors, who are receiving this because of expressed interest and support. Also part of the offering is free shipping, which we have included for the past year or so. (Though, with exceptionally large work I need to share the cost of shipping.) If a piece is not to your liking, it may be returned after a two week trial with full refund (excluding shipping), or exchanged for another comparable piece. As we do not offer reproductions or low-cost works, we need to talk with you about specifics and receive payment via direct contact. We do not offer an on-line payment option at this time.
       Some of you may not have checked our websites in a while, so look carefully at the newest work along with earlier pieces. My prices are now listed in separate pages on my site(abstract paintings and sculpture) and prices have been added to William's website as well. This offer stands through the end of January, 2013.
There has never been a better time to acquire the art that called to you when you first encountered our work!

New large abstract painting by Marianne Hornbuckle
Autumn Equinox, 30 x 60" Ac/Canvas

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Almost Thanksgiving!

Wrapping up loose ends between the end of the show season and the beginning of my "hunker down and work" season, I myself am at loose ends. Bringing to the end three years as corresponding sect'y for my art show group, SFSA, has taken some of the time, but, a bit of aimless wandering is necessary to rev the creative juices, and formulate a game plan and that happened some. Scraping and repainting an old window allows for thinking about other things as well.
    With the preliminary work (measuring, photographs) done, and  goals of at least two new sculptures (a third pregnant female and a yoga pose), and another wax to be completed of "Celebration" (so I'll have my own copy), my editions will continue to move forward. Our regular weekly sculpture group has resumed in my friend Lucy Lyon's studio, and that may yield some new poses as well.
Continuum I & II
     I've decided to continue the large paintings as well, painting over old paintings, as well as fresh canvases.  Here is the final final completion of Continuum I & II. I changed the left side some more - it bothered me, and now I'm satisfied! (See last post for what I thought was the final painting - you should be able to see the difference in the left panel!)
   The first in line for repainting is a painting from 2008 entitled "Bright". There were two of these in response to a commission from a chiropracter - this is the one not chosen for her office.  I often will do two paintings for a commission as it is an opportunity to work out more than one idea for a specific circumstance, and I always think I can probably sell the 2nd one easily.  Well, with the bust of 2008 and ensuing slow-down in art sales, that was not the case for this piece, and my painting has evolved quite a bit in the years since then.  If you're interested, I've decided to document my process, progress in painting this one, so watch for future posts.
   I've some plans for marketing advancement as well, but that's another post, maybe next time!

Friday, October 12, 2012

How can it be Halfway through October already....

Autumn Equinox, 30 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas
 Inspired by the enjoyment of the process and successful completion of "Blue Moon" and its enthusiastic reception at our annual Pojoaque River Art Tour mid-September and faced with a enforced break in my sculpture schedule ("Celebration" back from the foundry, awaiting chase and patina),  I launched myself into another "repainting" of a large work from 2008, the last 30 x 60 in the shed, shown above.  The under painting from "Ups and Downs" remains visible in the red spheres and blue band to the left and the red bands to the lower right.  The original cool blue of the upper right influenced that area in this painting, "Autumn Equinox".
Continuum I & II, large acrylic paintings by Marianne HornbuckleMeanwhile, "Summer Solstice" has just landed via UPS at its new home near Atlanta and only two shows remain in the Santa Fe Society of Artists season in downtown Santa Fe.
These just completed two pieces"Continuum I & II" are painted on work from 2007. Continuance I & II was a thinly painted high key warm pair of paintings.  The obscured spheres and pale warm upper center remain visible, with some rectangles from the first paintings emerging through the darker bottom 2/3's.  If you're interested I have photographed details of areas of the paintings and can send them along  to you(too complicated to put them up on my website).
Next up in my blogosphere, my bronze,"Celebration",  is completed, here in my studio, awaiting photographing.  I'll be showing them off and bragging this weekend and posting them next week.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Winding Down, Revving up

Blue Moon  36x60 Acrylic on Canvas
The end of August is that wonderful pause between seasons here - my special unofficial pause when change becomes palpable .

The Hoards of Hummingbirds that book-ended the monsoons have dissipated, having consumed 40+ pounds of sugar in 6 weeks, and provided much enjoyment at the kitchen sink.

All the little yellow allergens are beginning to bloom - final weedings and mowings loom, and ou 4x8 Grow Box begs to be renewed with compost and reseeded with fall greens

Sparrows bathe in the sprinkler shower on the vinca growing in the dry shade under the huge black locust trees that line the acequia that cuts its now dry chasm through the front yard. I found a small hemp plant growing near the bottom there yesterday, which makes me slyly happy with my neighborhood.

My final shows of the season march on ahead till after first frost, the SFSA Labor Day show behind the bank off the Plaza, our 19th Annual Pojoaque River Art Tour on Sept 15-16, and then for me five consecutive weekends back downtown in my "gallery".  We'll share our beautiful sunny weather as it gradually cools off with lucky visitors come to enjoy the same.

Having finished a large painting and readied 3 waxes for the foundry this month, I won't feel so pressured to produce more. Celebration returns from the foundry, and I hear there were problems with my wax - if necessary, I'll be creating another. My new wax pot (a turkey roaster) intimidates me, and it appears I didn't make the wax hot enough for a good clean wax the first time.I'm really happy with "Blue Moon" pictured above!  And, I will have to wrestle with whether to make applesauce this year, the spring weather having provided that rare choice! Maybe a morning of red chili jelly instead? (Mine is really good!)

Celebrating the blue moon and the inauguration of Fall, I am reminded of why I love my life here. And happy I took time to enjoy and share it!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Visiting the Past

Aluminum wire armature for Celebration
Tonight I watched a special on network TV honoring teachers, with multiple wonderful stars talking about the teachers who were special to them - Jennifer Garner, Meryl Streep, the main guy character from Glee, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Carrie Underwood, etc.- and was brought to tears several times by their stories, and of course thinking of my own time, early in my beginning as  a professional artist, as a teacher of English and art, particularly in an alternative high school, in Houston, Tx.  I don't think I was all that great - I was an anxious divorcee with elementary-age children, it was part-time (3 hours in the morning),  a stop-gap filler for my economic holes, enabling time to paint, exhibit,  travel on off-time(with sick-leave added in) for painting  but I have been (because of FB) intermittently in touch with a few of my students from the late 70's, early 80's. In fact one of them appeared in my booth recently and challenged me to remember her name from 30+ years ago. I couldn't of course, but thank you, Melanie Bell, for stopping by to say hi! Weirdly, I still dream about teaching there!
 I especially remember one art project, making wire sculptures with baling wire. One of my particularly dyslexic students made an amazing football player carrying a football, all out of wire, and he was so pleased, and so was I!  I think of that when making the armatures for various sculptures, though mine now are far more simple (skeletal supports only) than those made by my high school class.  The Arts, in any form,can  make an incredible difference to the different, the students for whom traditional academics are dazing and confusing and inaccessible.  I urge us all to support alternative forms of education - special arts and sciences high schools, home-schooling, the full spectrum of possibility, that all students may realize success in any form and go on to productive and happy lives.  To those I encountered and enjoyed at Memorial Hall, I salute you!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Celebrating a Process, and a Journey!

3-part main mold of the two figures.
Celebration, the wax, was off to the foundry on Thursday, August 2.  Almost six weeks to the date of receiving the molds, I finished "dressing" the waxes and Madd Castings, Berthould, Co, made their monthly run to Santa Fe to deliver "metal" and pick up waxes. Tricky business in the height of the summer heat!  The three parts above, edges coated with petroleum jelly to release stray wax, are brushed with melted (180 degree) wax, the edges to be trimmed carefully before the parts are fitted and bolted together.  One part, the back, rests on the wax pot, a temperature- regulated turkey roaster. Once bolted, hot wax will be poured in, moved about, and poured back out, until  1/4" wax is achieived. This is a very heavy mold, and was designed so it can rest easily upside down. The seat mold was finished only 2 days before deadline, so the last days of dressing were a definite push.
The waxes have flanges at the seams, and flaws (air bubbles, etc.) that have to be corrected - this part is "dressing the wax" and as the final result will be the bronze,  it has to be made as close to perfect as is possible.
Unmolded, undressed waxes
Bodies, sans parts
 To the left is the work to be done after unmolding. - seams cleaned up until invisible (using hot tips and heated wax tools), arms, legs and head positioned and reattached, flaws corrected. Final work is done with screens, mesh pads and a wax solvent. and last a signature (in my case, initials) draw on the wax in a discreet part.
 Below is the wax, ready to go...
Final Wax, ready for the foundry.l
This is fine and time-consuming work - I choose to do it, because I can make the subtle adjustments needed to make a beautiful work of each one in the edition.  The arms, legs, head are attached, with each adhered carefully to the body so there is no inaccessible space where chasing tools cannot work
( in a long consult with my chaser, we decided what would be necessary to make a piece that will be cast as one - no spare parts to be attached later.)  The white spots in the wax are the disclosing wax used to fill the tiny scratches, holes, for a uniform bronze surface. The bench will be cast separately.
Leaving all the other work needed for each piece is also a personal choice - understanding the complexities of mold-making, chasing and patinaes, the equipment and experience needed, it only makes sense at my point to hand it to an expert.  Many sculptors turn a clay over to the foundry, often for good reason, with the piece to be completed by others at each stage - a much more expensive alternative, with less control -  I could not manage to do even the waxes on pieces much larger than my scale.
I am especially pleased with the expressions of the face, and the dynamism of the pose, as he helps her onto his lap. At this point it is everything I hoped for!! A cause for Celebration! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Continuing "Celebration" -a complex process, mold-making.

Molds for Celebration
4 separate molds for one sculpture
Close-up of rubber with Shims (keys)
Shims separate the rubber, and later
the plast
Print coat (blue) with 1st rubber coat
inside of main mold
It's been about 6 weeks, the four molds for the wax of "Celebration" have been delivered and the first wax is in process.  The interspersed pictures here are the mold in progress. The arms, and her leg and head, are removed to allow later access to the wax figure in the dressing process, The blue rubber, called the print coat, comes first - it captures all the little details that will show in the final bronze.. The shims, called keys, which will separate the parts of the mold are placed early in the process.They separate the rubber, as well as the final plaster that holds the shape of the rubber  The keys have bubbles that will fit together to align the plaster parts of the mold.  The plaster is developed with multiple coats, with reinforcing burlap in at least one of the later coats. Once the plaster is dry, it is opened with fine cutting to divide the first print coat  and rubber to separate the parts.  The clay is then pulled out (usually destroyed at this point), and the final result is the open mold. Holes are drilled to place the bolts which will tighten the parts together when pouring the wax into the mold.This is quite a complex mold, and as I have said before, the moldmaker, Brian Honeycutt, can figure it all out  - in posing the sculpture, I don't have to worry about simplification.
Plaster bolted together
On to the wax-making process next!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celebrating the FOURTH of JULY with Gratitude!

Intending to blog about the amazing people I have met at the art shows here in SF,  I realize there's even more to be grateful for than that on this Full Moon in Cancer just past and 4th of July too, so here it is!
Summer Solstice, 60 x 36 Ac/Canves

How many of you have met a pipe organ tuner? A casual question  I asked of a regular dude last Saturday at the SFSA art show turned into an opportunity for amazement when he replied "an organ tuner". A fascinating conversation about tuning forks and Bach, mega-churches in Texas, what the church organ (our church had a pretty big one) had meant to me as a child at a Methodist church, and the most beautiful organs in Houston (St. Martin's and ???) ensued. Mike Morgan, the Organ tuner! Connecting with people you have just met is awesome.
On Sunday afternoon, a young man on my e-mail list from last summer appeared.  We share a joyful love of  COLOR! From Dallas, he stopped by to show me, on his I-phone of course,  the painting he had done, inspired by our conversation at the time. And he is now (you could never guess) Director of the Firewalking Institute in Flower Mound, Texas! Unsure yet as to whether fire-walking is his life-path, he at least promised to return next time with six more paintings on his I-phone.  The first painting was pretty good, so maybe he'll have to choose one over the other.  Speaking of color,  here's the last painting I completed before resuming showing.

The family reunion is past, and was a blast.  Rancho Jacona is the perfect place for a multi-generational meet-up and it couldn't have been more fun.  See anyone not smiling?
The Cooper Family  missing one cousin.

The beautiful molds are done, and work begins on the wax of Celebration (the couple commission).  I write this as the wax pot heats up, but more pictures and a separate post about this part of the process will be posted later.

A shout-out goes to VSL3 probiotics created in Australia, and the magical effect they have on serious gastrointestinal issues. Hooray and thank you for an excellent alternative to conventional Western medicine that works! And more thanks to a supportive Nurse Practitioner, my PCP.

I have welcomed two new adult drawing students, retired teachers and best friends, left-brained but open to possibility, who've had their perceptions altered already.  They'll be awesome drawers in a short 5 weeks, I know it in my bones!

Thank you too for the return to art-making of my husband, William Preston, who is preparing new sumi-e for scrolls that will be going to France for an exhibition at the Parc Oriental de Maulévrier in August. There was a sighting of his Creative Santa Fe video on local public service television last week!

I just have to include my friend Maddy and her rescued fledged magpie Scooter and the lovely visit we had this morning.

 The monsoons are arriving, and making short work of our "heat" season this year.  I'll know for sure  when the Rufous hummingbirds start chasing the purple-chins away from the nectar, but last night, night of the Full Moon, brought a steady soft rain, and wet grass in the morning!  A mention too must be made, of  the daily appearance of the lazuli bunting under the bird feeder - and the pleasure his striking turquoise head brings!

There is much to celebrate, this fine Fourth of July!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Preston/Hornbuckle -A sweet day - June 17

Father's Day, June 17 – A Sweet Day
     Early rising, cleaning up, making waffles for the second (and most positive) male figure in my kid’s lives (25 years ago and now)- a simple honoring on Father's Day.
     A query from a couple in Hermosillo, Mexico, Sonora, from William’s website (or maybe Creative Santa Fe?) about lessons in July when they visit SF. His June student, a German artist from PA, was delightful, and a new friendship evolved!
    The Overwhelm of April finally resolved when help shows up as Rudolfo and his helper return from just down the road to finish yard stuff started last Sunday. At fini, less dinero, and way more help, than I thought.  
     A finished large painting, Summer Solstice 12, now propped on two tables in my house studio above multi clay figures and new clays; ideas for more paintings this concept, shape and size.
     A fifth wax of “Introspection” finished, to go to foundry end of June.
Summer Solstice, 2012 c MHornbuckle
     Some more planning for our family reunion, in four houses, my two siblings, their children and mine, and husbands, and their children, 15 adults and 10 second cousins under 10 at Rancho Jacona, two places east of here, for 3 days, visiting space, separate space, swimming, exotic domestic animals, beautiful grounds, even a yard at one house! in beautiful June in northern New Mexico, next weekend, to celebrate my twin and my 70th birthdays (actually in July, but it’s cheaper at R.J. in June), and all but one could come.
     A positive action to take on a serious health issue, not main-stream but effective, a choice from an artist’s lifetime choices with only major medical coverage at a cost – a habit of alternative alternatives.
     A major watering of everything! From the copious and sweet water of the acequia, with which everything grows bigger and faster – may it last into July, and then the monsoons start.
     A sharing with my neighbor, of gratitude for our mild spring and timely moisture, of pleasure in all the apples on our conjunctive apple trees, and the pears too, which landed on my side when he bought the piece below and the new survey made part of “our” orchard his.
     A sweet dinner with William, sweet and smoky barbecued pork ribs, not cooked by me, to celebrate his being a second father to my children, and a wonderful partner and support to me.
     Happy Summer!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Celebration Continued!

      Celebration, a commission of a couple soon to enjoy their 50th wedding anniversary, is out of the studio and off to the mold maker.  For over six weeks, their clay presence has filled the room, dominated my thoughts and activities, and created an ongoing dialogue within and with them, asking for their feedback, and the additional information needed to create a satisfactory portrait.
Detail of heads
"Celebration" - finished clay.
     The choice of pose was a good one from the beginning, solving their extreme height difference, and expressing their pleasure in each others presence with a sensual subtle grace - one of those "couldn't be any other way" poses - it was pretty much the first one they took, thus the most "natural" one. My measurements and photo references got me 2/3s of the way through the  work, with her likeness coming easily. His, though, was more difficult, as the right side of his face was hidden from view. The  requested "head shots" he sent separately helped me "see" the problem, and I totally reshaped his head!  A good lesson was learned for future commissions - take not just the measurements, the full and close photos of the pose, but separate shots of the heads especially, like mug shots. With that information, a good representation can be formed.
Wrapped for transport
        For transport to the mold maker, the clays would remain on the plinth, with arms separated, wrapped carefully in bubble wrap and cushioned in a large box for their trip up into Sangres to his studio. The rubber print coat (the very first coat) records every finger print, finger nail gouge, little piece of clay in the wrong place, things to deal with at the wax stage. .  In this case, the torsos will be molded together, arms separately, and probably all four legs cut off and molded separately, with her thigh left resting on his perhaps. Her head will also be separated to give access to both faces, and of course the bench is another mold, in all 5-6 separate molds. Brian is an exceptional mold maker among other things, enabling me to sculpt with little regard to what problems I may be creating for his process.
In about a month, the molds will be ready, and the wax work begins - and that's another post!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Artist accomplices Celebrate 30 Years!

      Accomplices William Preston and Marianne Hornbuckle,  artist-partners-in-crime, choosing and leading a self-motivated, creative, supportive, and eventful life together for 30 years, celebrate  today to honor this accomplishment - not what I intended to blog about, but this is what came up.
 A little back-story - both previously married (13 years or so) and then divorced, 6 and 5 years respectively,  they met in Houston, he an artist from Maine with a young adult son, she beginning her art career in Texas with two children, a boy 13 and a girl 11. They married 5 weeks later - yes, believe it - accepting the risks and believing in the future, and possibilities, and adventures this artistic union would bring.  Too, they were firmly committed to having a partnership that could be tried but not broken..
     The first fifteen years of their marriage brought a rural life north of Santa Fe, complete with chickens, vegetable gardens, flower beds and a wonderful gallery, exhibition, landscape exploration in her work for Marianne, and for Bill, an adjustment from East Coast to desert landscape, from watercolor to oil and an opportunity for immersion in his second love, classical guitar, and continued support from his previous galleries on the East Coast.  Interspersed with summers of teenagers and springs and falls of travels in the Four Corners, Utah and Colorado for camping,  drawing, photographing, and painting the landscape,  they traveled to surrounding states and the East Coast for exhibitions and enrichment.
     The mid to late 90's brought the big transition, final shows in galleries, and the desire to expand artistically and explore new mediums for both, with a general change in the times leading the way.  Calling her transition, in hindsight, the muddling time, she explored tinwork and nichos, floral portraits, and the pecularities of acrylic before landing finally in abstraction.  His transition, more informed, was from oil painting to the challenges of  sumi-e.  Their need continued to generate income, so none of this messiness was concealed, and was accompanied by usual activities of independent artists, with open studios, alternative venues,  independent promotion, and varying degrees of success.  Her early entry into the mysteries of computers and art marketing served them both well and their freedom from commercial gallery needs fueled their artistic expansion, if not their incomes. Study of Vedanta and other mysteries of the Eastern philosophies supported them spiritually, emotionally, and philosophically.
March 2012
Fall 2011

    So here they are 30 years later, though the bumpy times and the best, with no regrets for choices made, even where mistakes incurred losses,  she happy with her dual output of both figurative sculpture and abstract painting (though unable to defend or explain) and he achieving a exceptional mastery of ink, brush and rice paper, and personal pleasure in music-making on the guitar.  Forty and fifty-two when married, they remain committed to the art life and their con-joined paths thirty years later and hope to continue the growth and creativity they have always believed comes with risk-taking.
To longevity and perserverance!
Marianne and William

Friday, April 20, 2012

Don't Think, Do...

plinth with removable armature
You all know the saying, "Life is what happens while you're making other plans...."  The April OVERWHELM is behind me, done in by focus on this wonderful and challenging two-figure sculpture that I've been working on steadily for almost 2 weeks.  The whole question was settled by the cold that developed into bronchitis that precluded even moderate physical exertion in the great Spring outdoors, and left me sitting happily under the skylight in my studio with my clay. I wired  my to-measure armature  onto the sturdy and versatile plinth delivered by my sculpture guy Brian , with a separate (less sturdy) armature for the female figure - both figures are to be 1/4 life-size - he, at 6'2", comes to 18.5", and she, at exactly 5' tall, would be 15", and they are seated, she on his lap. The cross pieces mark his shoulders and hips, and his "backbone" locks into its seat but can be lifted out. Her armature will bear no weight so needs to flexible, not so sturdy.
Using a hard Plastilene clay(oil-based), I blocked in both figures, maintaining the  proportions as much as possible,
clay of two nude figures, the female sitting in the male's lap with my photographs and measurements for reference. Establishing the gesture and proportions are the focus here as the clay becomes quite solid and intractable, the more that is added.  After somewhat developing the figure and face of the female, the problem that remained was making the two fit together in the way that flesh does naturally - it flows in and out and around other opposing flesh. At that point, I cut up two old little paintings (needing the plywood that made the cradle for the painting surface), and glued and sanded them to fashion a simple bench for the seat. I made a slot in it, to allow it to slip under the male and around the pole supporting him. The top of the bench would require building up to meet his bottom
Moving on to the male figure, I began to realize that in order to work with them and fit them together perfectly I would have to remove the arms, all four of them, on order to perfect the bodies, simplify the molds, and make it easier to work them separately.

That done, I began to work on the detail of the male figure. And here's where I am at this point. (Actually I'm a bit further along, but more about that later). The piece is called "Golden Anniversary".

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Posting for TWO

        The JIN's Matsuri is behind us, it was productive and fun, and I just have to share one more reason we love it. This is a young Japaneses performer who played some strange acoustic instrument - such fun! and when he came by, he cheerfully played air guitar with Bill's hickory walking stick!  Is there any language that doesn't understand air guitar?
Santa Fe Creative Tourism pairs artists with S.F. visitors seeking a more personal direct experience with all we have to offer here. They created videos of their associated artists for their website. We received William's yesterday - it really turned out well so here's the video!! SF Creative Tourism is a wonderful service - they work hard providing opportunities such as these, and should be applauded!!!
         The opening of New Mexico Art League's Dancing with Dragons show is this coming Sunday, 1-5pm and we hope to be there. Come celebrate this powerful year with us!
           My sculpture commission is underway, and I'll post about it next - just had to choose today between this and that (always difficult for me)!
BE SURE to check out the VIDEO!
Marianne and Bill

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fool's Day

William Preston, Koi Pond, sumi/wc on rice paper, or The Koi the raccoon ate.. 

I'm blogging today first to say the JIN was a great success and thanks to all of you read this blog and wished us the best, who came by to say hi and see William's latest work, and to the new visitors who became fans and friends. The Matsuri is one of the year's milestones for William, much anticipated and enjoyed(by me too)!
and now for APRIL...
For me, the main month of yearly OVERWHELM is APRIL. With the outdoor show season almost here, a commission to get underway,  new works on paper to be done to entice visitors into becoming collectors, and always the BIG OUTDOORS in our yard, still awaiting the attention lacking since last fall, one hardly knows where to start.  The obligatory head cold acquired on the S W Airlines flight to Seattle last weekend doesn't stir enthusiasm for tasks involving physical exertion either. As always, we'll somehow get through it, and anything left undone will just add a layer to things left undone and seem less important in a month.  I did get the backyard pond filter cleaned this morning, so the little pond is gurgling now instead of stagnating, and a few piles of locust tree pods raked up - oh why, oh why didn't I cut that tree down twenty-nine years ago, I ask myself yearly.  This year instead of running back inside when I see it all waiting, I'm promising to take some time today, and make a huge list with headers,  ART, and OTHER, and see if I can make a lot of headway on the first column and a little headway each day on the 2nd column.  If it doesn't all happen, so be it -  I'll find the hose swallowed by the over-grown weed grass (it's called cheat grass locally) when I really need it and maybe I don't really need to start a PROPER compost pile THIS spring!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Welcome William Preston at the Santa Fe JIN's Spring Matsuri!!!

William Preston, Homage, 15x16 sumi/wc on Rice Paper
Don't miss the pure Japanese entertainment and great food at the Santa Fe JIN's Spring Matsuri, in its third year at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center on Marcy Street. Most of all, don't miss a rare sighting of Sumi Master William Preston, fresh from Northern NM, with enigmatic conversation and absolutely gorgeous new sumi paintings. Your chance to go to the mountain occurs rarely and is not to be missed.  He'll be there Saturday (it's a one-day-only event) from 10am - 5 pm. and he welcomes your questions and comments!