Birds of a feather flock together

Or get carved by the same artist.

The flow of working in the abstract is really appealing to me when I cam not carving bears.  These 4 photos are examples of my birds of prey and not one of them has tail feathers.

The beauty of stone art is that each person sees from their own perspective.  Of course there are art lovers who want to see every feather and every bit of down and the beak in the appropriate color but, that won’t happen in a stone carving.

It will happen that the colours flowing in the stone give the viewer the impression of more depth and muscle and some of the beaks in my birds are sharpened as they would be in life.  For the most part though, I am interested in the flow and also in connecting different parts of the wilderness and spirit of nature in my art.

Sounds flighty maybe but, they are birds after all.

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Look way up

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Even I am surprised sometimes when I see one of my pieces photographed by someone else.

This dancing bear was photographed by a friend for a new series on my website and it gave me a whole new perspective on this bear.  I actually had to go back and look at when I had made it.

I remembered that it was a dark green bear, carved from brazilian soapstone with the head tipped back but, in this new photo I was amazed by the colours and vertical lines that I had uncovered in this carving . Now I have noticed that the head is all green no stripes or veins anywhere.

The head tilted back on this bear and the long stretch of the body make me think now of a polar bear looking up at the Northern Lights. He seems pretty happy with one foot up, one paw down and fascinated by what is above.

But, that’s just me.  You could see this bear in a whole different light.

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When something’s a little off

You don’t have to be an artists to recognize when something is a little off in a piece of art.  The head of the bear is a little too big, the legs are not the same length, a bear wouldn’t do that.  And, it could be any kind of art at all.

Some artists want it to look a little awry.  Not me so much.  Unless the bear is an environmental statement like;

No Ice no Option

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or the bear on the couch at the dump. Other than specific statements like those, I would like people to get the idea that the spirit of the animal is part of the carving.

I respect wildlife of all sorts.  I respect them enough  not to make them pets, or hunt for trophies. My way to homage is to get the ears right, and the paws right and once in awhile throw in something that makes the viewer to go – hmmm

 

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And now for something a little different

I wanted to see if I could meld my gear head sensibilities with my stone art.

Et Voila!

A stone bear that has a bar installed inside so he can be in 3 pieces or all together as one bear.  For purposes of my Vanna moment, both photos show the lines cut into the bear but, fully pushed together someone would have to get very close to see the line.

The steel bar holding the bar together is like the prize in the Cracker Jack box.

The bear is Brazilian soapstone, a decent weight on it’s own but with the metal bar inside this little bear is a hefty bear.

Some times you just have to make art the way the spirit moves you.  The bear is for sale through my website (www.johdanstoneart.com) if you are interested in having him at your house.  I also carve more traditional wildlife animals that don’t open up and are solid soapstone.

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Repair and Restore

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Steady hands and an eye for detail.  Those are the two basics of doing art repairs .

Some how people find me to do repairs to soapstone carvings.  I am not sure how actually.  Although it is posted on my website, soapstone repair is not in a directory anywhere.

The need for repairs come about for many reasons; there has been a party, a move, or a missing piece that bothers them.  I enjoy trying to get the carving as close to original as I can and make it so the client can’t find the repair.

Some notes I do tell anyone that has a soapstone piece that is nicked, broken or anything else not just right.

Save the pieces! Even save the dust but, that is generally not possible.

Repairing stone art is not like going to the Doll Hospital or the Fountain Pen Hospital (yes there is such a thing).  If even the smallest chunk is missing the piece will have to be worked with the way it is.  No piece is too small to save.  You might be surprised what can fit into the littlest crack and if the crack is left, your eye will go right to it.

For repair work I pack my patience and the smallest knives, bits of sand paper and then anything else that is needed.  I have essentially built a soapstone repair kit over the years.  Also, the light has to be good, and the  work surface steady this is not something I would try in romantic lighting or at the kitchen table.

So far, all the operations to repair have been successful and I haven’t lost a patient yet.

The most intriguing repair might be a narwhal tusk which I am sure caused the neighbours to talk because it was at least 7 ft tall coming in my front door.

The tiniest repair and most delicate was a little soapstone piece (less than 4 inches high) that a grandchild had knocked over and needed to be gotten back to rights before the next visit.

I carve, therefore I am.  But, I repair and therefore you can keep your art front and centre .

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Spirit bears

It’s snowing here again.

Not surprising as it is winter in Canada but, I am thinking of all things snowy.  This brought to my mind a handful of my carvings that could also be called spirit bears.

Spirit bears are generally found in the western part of Canada and they are grizzlies that are essentially blonde in colour.   The snowy landscape here this week and the uniqueness of the spirit bear made me think it would be nice to post more than one of my carvings that highlight this unique animal.

I do carve polar bears who are always white except when they are dirty from the spring thaw but light coloured grizzlies are a special kind of bear.

Spirit bears ,look them up if you have a chance and if you would like to own your own sculpture of one of these majestic animals, head on over to my website

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and add one to your shopping cart.

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Where the wild things are..

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I have heard about this was a great book, a classic in fact, by Maurice Sendak.  I don’t read much, I carve. But, the sentiment is just right for me.

My connection to art has been the forest, the wildlife.  Not much of an urban artist.I don’t carve trees or flowers instead, I carve the wild things.

Don’t mistake my affinity for carving wild things to mean that they are aggressive or scary , (at least not all of the time). My creations might be happy wild things like; the bear pictured here or a turtle looking back over his shell.

And the gear to be where my wild things are, is not as flashy as a wolf costume. After all, I carve soapstone and immerse myself in the world the bears, eagles and turtles with layers of protection.   The carving clothes are not meant for GQ but instead – as they say Safety First

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Holy Hibernation batman

Okay that might be a little extreme but, with the double digit freezing temperatures, the bears in the wilderness and the soapstone carvers have been staying indoors.

It brings me to some of my bears that are heavy and well fed, (ready for hibernation) and the ones that are scrawny and stretching out (on the hunt for a good force)

Same carver but, the stone and stance are different for each of these bears.  If you look closely you can see that  one is a grizzly and one is a polar bear.  And, you can easily tell which one is ready for a long nap after a good deal of food and which one needs an all your can eat wilderness buffet. I won’t tell you which one this carver looks like…

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Not everyone’s cup of tea

These two pieces have not gotten a lot of traction when I post them on social media or my website.

Not everyone’s cup of tea.

It doesn’t deter me from doing what strikes me as what the stone is telling me to do or the message I want to portray.  I like them and that’s important.  Are they commercially viable? We’ll see.  Some individual or company might think one of them is just the piece or art they were looking for and that would be great.

In the mean time, I keep carving.  Sometimes classic bear stance, sometimes bear with a  noose.

They are my cup of tea .

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Show me your best side

The best side of any 3 dimensional art is the one the viewer likes the best.

I realized on this frosty weekend that I have only posted one side of this collage.  Visitors to my social media pages might assume that it is a rounded piece and other things were lurking on the other side but, I didn’t post both sides.

Corrected as of today.

What is your best side for this piece?  Personally I can’t decide but I did only photograph one side before.  Hmmm

Creating it was a great puzzle for me.  Fitting in all the nature I could in one piece of soapstone.  Just abstract enough for the viewer to understand that the piece is rock and not resin but the wildlife shines through.

Is it politically correct to say maybe place it on a lazy susan (a spinner ) so you can change the view every once in awhile?

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