Dealing with Criticism
I like to take rejection and make it work for me. When someone tells me that I’m not good enough or that I can’t do something, it puts a fire in me and fuels my desire to not only disprove the naysayers, but also to prove that I am capable. Believe me, I don’t like rejection, failure, or looking foolish, but I’m not afraid to take risks. Life is full of challenges, and that is what gives meaning to life. There is little value in easy perfection. Don’t do it because it’s easy; do it because it’s hard.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018
Dealing with Criticism
Just as early man created images on cave walls, we all have an inherent need to express our individuality. One of the reasons that I became an artist was to express who I am and what I believe. But when you open the window of your soul and share your art with others, you expose yourself to criticism, judgment, and rejection. It is difficult not to take criticism personally when you’ve invested so much of yourself in the creation. We all suffer setbacks from time to time; it is the way we react to those setbacks that matters. ''GET BACK ON''
Friday, April 20, 2018
The creation of monuments is extremely time-consuming and labor intensive. Spending hours on ladders and scaffolding is physically demanding, but the labor gives me great personal satisfaction. It’s also mentally challenging, requiring an initial design and the creation of a clay model. To cast my clay models in bronze, I prefer the lost wax method, the process by which a duplicate metal sculpture is cast from an original sculpture. I know that if I have a tool in my hand and I invest enough time and effort, no project or idea will be too big, and I will get it done. The best feeling as an artist comes when you put everything you have into something difficult and you finish it, completely spent.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Creating art has always made me feel part of something larger than myself. I have created much of what is known as “western art.” I’ve been a horseman and cowboy all my life, and western art is a natural extension of my passion for that way of life. However, I have created many inspirational and spiritual works that do not fall into the western art genre. In creating sculpture, I do not put limits on myself or the subject matter. I do what excites and challenges me, and that is one of the reasons I love doing public monumental sculptures.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
My sculptures tell a story by using composition, design, movement, and line. These stories include relationships and interactions with people, animals, and landscapes. Irony, humor, conflict, and resolution are all crucial elements woven into the sculpture’s narrative. People will identify more with art if the story is a powerful. Creating a strong title is important, as it helps to enhance the story of the sculpture. I sometimes think of the title first, because it provides me with a concrete image. The sculpture, then, becomes a representation of that title. Here are 2 sculptures I had the title before the design. IF YOU WANT TO SEE A RAINBOW YOU GOT TO STAND A LITTLE RAIN'' and WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
From the very beginning, I had to find the path on my own, but I have never considered myself a self-taught artist; I am a self-educated artist. I have learned from the books I have read and the experiences and mistakes I’ve made. I do not believe that we’re born with a limited amount of talent, knowledge, or ability. Talent and knowledge can expand and grow. I have never allowed my lack of talent or knowledge stop me from doing what I believe to be meaningful. Art is more the product of a commitment made by ordinary people than it is the product of unique talent possessed by only a chosen few.
Monday, April 16, 2018
We begin life with unlimited potential. Every child is an artist. If you want to see a group of artists, get a bunch of 4-year-old kids together, spread out some crayons and paper, and then sit back and watch them create. Children have no fears or preconceived concepts about art. They understand “fun,” so they enjoy art for the pure and simple pleasure of experiencing it. Unfortunately, many people lose their sense of play as they grow older. They worry too much about what others think and seek the approval of their peers to validate what they’re doing. As I have grown older, I realize the most important approval is my own.