Here's part 4. We wrap up the carving part.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The horse dance stick has a horse hair mane, a wire bit and leather reins and decorative strips front and back. These do a good job of hiding the large dowel that holds the shield to the body. I used a technique I used before on some lances to simulate fur on his hair wraps. After carving them I gave them a heavy coat of Mod Podge and then sprinkled on some fine gravel. Once dry I painted it a dark tan then emphasized the divisions with a darker brown and to finished it I dry brushed on some light tan. I think it looks pretty good and adds a lot of interest and texture to the piece. If you look at the large head feathers from the back you'll note some heavy texturing where they are tied together. For that I use acrylic modeling past, stippled on and then painted. I think it looks pretty good.
There are lots of photos in the gallery and I look forward to your comments.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
As I've mentioned before, I really love doing this type of carving as it's a challenge to see how much detail you can add. Also, as they are so colorful and unique they sell immediately. I've seen a lot of painted bronzes but they seem cold compared to these wooden fellas.
Anyway, hope you like him so far. As you can probably tell I've been alternating from Cowboy to Indian and back to Cowboy. Going to have to break off of that track soon and do some horses and especially a Sheepherder.
As always your comments are welcome and appreciated.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Way to go Jim!
Monday, May 07, 2012
I used ash right out of my shop stove to color the bottom of the oven and for the coals on the lid and underneath the dutch. Also sprinkled a few around my logs in the fire. For the logs I used twigs but blackened them with a torch. Funny, when I torched them there was actually a little fire going on. Looked really neat when I blew it out and the smoke curled up through the tripod. The shovel sort of rounds out the scene as that area would be kind of empty otherwise.
So, I hope you like him as much as I do and I sure hope the ramrod lets them dispatch a steer soon so those boys don't revolt and take it out on our little cook. More photos in the gallery and your comments are appreciated.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
And no.....that's not me up there! I may be a little crazy but I'm not that crazy!