Friday, January 13, 2012

Dancing Bears sighted in Snowmass Colorado

This wonderful project came to a close with the delivery and installation on Christmas Eve day. The nearlly three hour journey hauling a covered trailer containing the finished artpiece went like clock-work. My clients were spending the holidays in their new home and even assited with the tricky installation process. I say "tricky" because It took a minimum of five persons to move and lift this artpiece into place, and it was extremely top-heavy since the aspen trees were over 7' tall. Steel mounting brackets were attached to the wall which held the brunt of the wieght, and long screws were also used to tie the piece into the wood siding.

The finished piece looks remarkable in its permanent home, and my clients we so pleased with the final outcome. They rewarded all four of us with a delectable bottle of Cabernet from their Tin Barn Winery. Best of all, they had their long awaited art piece in place, to enjoy for the Christmas holidays, and for many years to come!

Home at last

Posing with my happy clients

Installation progress

Ready for transport

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dancing Bears Chapter 2: Details, details...

I fell a bit behind on the blog postings due to the fact that this project was slated for completion and installation prior to Christmas day. There were so many intricate details to create, sculpt and paint and we were working around-the-clock to make sure we could finish by the projected due date. Here is a smorgasbord of photos showcasing all of the amazing details we created for this art piece. These final additions really made the entire piece come to life, though extremely time consuming, they were so enjoyable to work on because they really are the  icing on the cake! Stay tuned for the installation and photos of the final installed product. Happy New Year!
Sculpting vintage skis and poles
Gold leafing the header sign
Sculpting the columbine with temporary supports

Detailing snowshoe hare

Bonnie sculpting eagle
Chipmunk  fattening up for winter

The painting and glazing stage

Finished, ready for mounting

Sly fox sneaking around

Prosit! Let's dance