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A jigsaw of my sculpture “Spectral Fantasy”

I’ve been looking for a way to upload a jigsaw puzzle to my website, here’s my first attempt. Click on the link below, you can adjust the number of pieces when you get there. Have fun!!!

This is the Spectral Fantasy sculpture

Spectral Fantasy

Sightless, the desert watches and waits

A 3D small sculpture (5.5"x4"x4")
using a cholla branch skeleton that looks like a reptilian skull. Colored and turned eyeballs are inserted into natural hollows

Dead cholla branches are fairly easily found in the desert. Most of the time I leave them alone, but occasionally small pieces shout out.

“Spectral Fantasy,
Lying in the sand….watching,
Without eyes, waiting”

No living animal was sacrificed in the creation of this trophy.

Cholla, Maple and Walnut; water-based aniline dyes and india ink.
H=5.5″ x 4″x 4″

“Possibility” moves on to a new home

… Moving on…the back story and bon-voyage

“Possibility”
Ambrosia Maple burl, bass wood, Poplar, copper wax gilding.
10.5” tall, 5.5” diameter
“The hollow sphere is smooth and light, yet its visually intriguing surface invites contemplation…
…fitting perfectly between palms, it warms to the touch inviting thoughts of the future”

It is always exciting to see work move on to a new home. At the time I created this piece, my world had been turned on its head, and I was struggling to see the future. The piece emerged subconsciously from the confluence of exploring the possibilities of inside/outside turning and my own emotional transition into “singlehood”. One afternoon, while swimming in our local pool, I became mesmerized by my shadow on the pool floor. It was a bright sunny afternoon and I was trying to make long powerful strokes. A small wake appeared close to my head and my shadow kept appearing, disappearing and reforming. From those fleeting reflections, I envisioned female forms emerging, phoenix like, from the old, incomplete world supporting a new world order that is yet to be defined.
Initially, the backs of the three female figures faced outwards and were turned as a single unit. The three sections were then rotated to face outwards and carved to reveal the front of the figures.
The Globe at the top is hollow and free to be held.

The new guardian of this piece has recently moved to Green Valley. It is always bitter sweet to leave a place that you love, but new places hold special excitement too. I hope that Possibility’s globe will inspire and hold new dreams of the future.

Bon voyage….

“Full Moon” series continues…

It was exciting to get back into working with wood after a seven month Covid-closure of the community wood shop where I work. In my “Full Moon” series I am exploring my own relationship with natural world here in the desert region of Southern Arizona. I get my inspiration from the names of each full moon, and those names are rooted in the tightly couple relationships indigenous peoples of North America had with the earth and the cosmos.

My birth sign is Virgo, and each piece features the constellation of Virgo together with a representation of the Sun, Earth, and moon.

The latest piece captures my longing for rain and the dramatic violence of desert storms. I long to hear, see and smell the desert soaked in rainfall.

Several people have asked me how I come up with my ideas. It’s hard to answer as my brain is constantly skipping between visual images, sounds and the written word. I guess that is how imagination works. At some point I start to capture ideas in two dimensions sketches. These sketches are all over the place both physically and metaphorically. It would be nice to say that I am organized and have a sketchbook with me at all times… not the case. I end up scribbling on napkins, receipts, envelopes…. Sometimes the sketches are just words, but eventually a picture emerges. The sketch I have included above revealed itself to me on the butcher paper that I use to protect my workbench from glue and dyes.