Friday, October 24, 2014
"You've Got To Be Kidding!"
This is a large piece, standing about 16" with the base. I spent about as much time on the saddle as I did the figure as I wanted to get it right. I have an old antique saddle in the Gallery which I brought over to use as a reference to ensure that all the details were correct. There is one very small piece missing but I won't tell you what it is. If you're familiar with saddles you can probably figure that one out. Hopefully, you won't find another. I made the cinch out of a piece of tupelo which I steamed and bent over the seat. The rear cinch is made from leather as it was just too small to make from wood and stand up to the handling that it would face over time. Besides...it looks good swinging free back there. The cinch straps and ties are also leather as is the bridle and reins in his other hand. The horses bit is made from copper and the lariat from twisted wire.
I spent a longer time painting on this piece as I wanted the colors to show a larger degree of wear. I think the chaps are really a work unto themselves and I'm proud of the job I did there. It might not show but there are lots of layers in the coloring. I wanted a red shirt but settled for a rusty color to dilute it enough so it wouldn't overpower the rest of the piece. It balanced out just right. Looking at the entire piece all the colors work well together and have a washed out look to them as if they've been worn for quite a while and still carry a little of the prairie dust. Neat.
This will be my main piece at the upcoming show in Dayton. I've ordered a rotating turntable which I hope gets here in time so the carving can be seen completely as the viewers pass by. Hopefully, one of them will have a few extra greenbacks in their wallet and want to take it home. Make that a lot of extra greenbacks!!
Lots of photos in the Gallery and I'm looking forward to your comments.