Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Indians!


I'm a little busy at the moment getting ready for the Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarving Show in Tulsa on July 7 and 8 so I thought I'd post some photos of Native Americans I've done over the years. For some reason, caricature woodcarvers seem to ignore this genre of figures. Maybe they're afraid of being not quite political correct. I note that you don't see too many caricature carvings of African-Americans either. Too bad. Both the Native American and the African American are rich in detail and theme.

One thing I think you'll note about my carvings of the Native American or any other class of character is that I don't make fun of them. Sure, I'll do them in a caricature style but, as I've always thought and said, you can still show a proper amount of respect toward the figure and still be amusing. A lot of carvers use a 'Mad Magazine" approach to carving, showing their figures in poses and scenes that can be in poor taste and sometimes downright disgusting. I've never seen the fun in doing that.

Anyway, here are a few Indians I've enjoyed doing over the years. I proud to say that almost everyone of them has left the reservation.

5 comments:

  1. Those are terrific Lynn! ...and waiting on the horse lol...........Dave

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  2. Lynn, Beautiful work, your dedication to research on your subjects is clearly effident in the carvings. I really enjoy viewing your work, the carving ability is just amazing, tied in with "art-gallery" perfection in your high level of painting ability. Looking forward to broadening my love of carving through your carving blog of training exercises. Your a mentor to many of us "online". THANKYOU !

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  3. If I had to pick my favorite it would be Roxie Painted Horse. What a talent you have. Thanks for sharing....Myron

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  4. Thanks for the comments. I did two horses for this collector. I can't find the photo of the other one but I've posted a photo of one of my favorites that I did find...Chief Many Feathers. The Chief is setting on my Wife's horse Sugar. Besides being great friends and trail partners, our horses serve as a fantastic reference.

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  5. geez, I said waiting on the horse! You said you were putting a saddle on...boy I got the horse in front of the saddle, is that like the cart in front of the horse? ha ha

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