Sunday, March 26, 2017

It's Been Awhile, It Is Now March 2017!

Wow, time flies when you are busy.

Nancy and I took a Major trip last year in Oct. a month in Italy.

We took our two adult daughters for the first week, they left their kids and husbands in Oregon. Did all of the touristy things as they had never been to Italy, or Europe. Rome, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Florence and Venice. Then we put them on the plane and Nancy and I spent 14 more days in an apartment in Florence, then rented a car and for a week we drove around Tuscany.
Home at the end of Oct and dropped out until the Holidays.

I have started several paintings of the trip since Jan. of this year, but have not finished any. I got involved in a monumental project instead and that has been taking up most of my time this year.

I have re-designed the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial in Beaverton, Oregon for the Sons of the American Revolution and their partners. And, I am sculpting three life-size soldiers to be cast in bronze for the Memorial. Here is the design of one side of six walls, and ideas for the three soldiers. Check out the website for the Memorial see more about the project.

Also, I have just finished the first figure, the Continental Soldier in a small clay
maquette size 14", and we are thinking about casting these and selling them to help fund the Memorial. I will have to price them out at a foundry to see what the costs will be. This is the first maquette of the CS as I am sure I will massage it until it is just right. Then I will sculpt it life-size in clay, probably make my own molds and send it off to the foundry for casting.

Here is what I have so far.