new wire sculpture "shake shake shake-jump".

 "Shake shake shake" started with 5 simple abstract drawings of dogs shaking water off their coats. Here is the back story-

Easter of 2015 - grateful to have both kids in town we decided to go to the Buffalo Bayou Dog Park - all of us. My son Griffin took a slow mo video of our elderly Labrador Kitty. Kitty loved the dog park and would retrieve tennis balls from the pond like she was a two-year-old pup.  She would consistently drop the ball at your feet and as you would bend over to pick it up shake all the water off her coat right on to all those standing near by. My son’s video inspired my “shake shake shake” series. In the drawings I used bubbles to express not only the action but the joy. The next  challenge was to capture the same magical moment in 3D with wire sculptures. I have completed two sculptures and I have 3 more in my head. Then I felt the need to capture the dogs intense hyper focus on the ball before he is released to chase it down so I made  "sit". "Sit " is on exhibit at MFAH Glassell studio school Interspace Gallery in the 2016 student juried show. This series of sculptures and drawings seems to continually lead to more work. I completed 6 - 50" X 60" drawings I call "fetch". The fetch pieces are more about the water as the dogs splash through water to get their balls. These pieces are all about ears and splashing.  Still I feel I need 1 more piece to complete the story.  The past 3+ weeks I have been working on another wire sculpture "jump".                                  My goal is to capture that moment when time seems to freeze for a split second, the energy is calm and focused before the big splash landing in a lake. The point of view is  from in the water and below the dog. Here is my drawing of "jump".

 

"Jump"  30"X 22"  ink, charcoal collage

"Jump" 

30"X 22" 

ink, charcoal collage

 

Below I have documented the process of making Jump.  

"Jump" The sculpture will  hang off the cieling at least 7' off the ground. Starting was easy as I was able to work on a table. 

Step 1 make a design his face with  ears flying up and tongue hanging out. 

Step 1 make a design his face with  ears flying up and tongue hanging out. 

His head is now hanging from the runners on my garage door. Please no one open the door.  

His head is now hanging from the runners on my garage door. Please no one open the door.  

Add a couple of hind legs, a tail and 1 front leg. 

Add a couple of hind legs, a tail and 1 front leg. 

Still working  

Still working  

Hiding the garage door runner with paper. The wires get lost if the background isn't pure white.  

Hiding the garage door runner with paper. The wires get lost if the background isn't pure white.  

It turns out hanging it off the garage door was not a good idea. I have been banned from working off the runners.  Sorry Curtis. 

Here I am trying to firm up the piece. In doing so I have over worked the outline. At least it isn't falling apart. Working in mid air (no table) on a ladder is not easy

Here I am trying to firm up the piece. In doing so I have over worked the outline. At least it isn't falling apart. Working in mid air (no table) on a ladder is not easy

. ......trying to get rid of any structure I don't have to have and creative beautiful lines, symmetry, and create that moment of flying/jumping/floating before the big splash. 

. ......trying to get rid of any structure I don't have to have and creative beautiful lines, symmetry, and create that moment of flying/jumping/floating before the big splash. 

Working in the sculpture room at Glassell. I am the only person here everyday. I am getting spoiled having such a great space to my self. 

Working in the sculpture room at Glassell. I am the only person here everyday. I am getting spoiled having such a great space to my self. 

Struggling

Struggling

Tweeking  and struggling

Tweeking  and struggling

tweeking  tweeking tweeking 

tweeking  tweeking tweeking 

I love the legs - the head is much more challenging. 

I love the legs - the head is much more challenging. 

Better

Better

I like this angle  

I like this angle  

I decide the tongue hanging out was ruining the focus of the dogs energy. Here is the new mouth.  

I decide the tongue hanging out was ruining the focus of the dogs energy. Here is the new mouth.  

Getting better I think??? 

Getting better I think??? 

i am almost there.  

i am almost there.  

Reworked the face  

Reworked the face  

A few adjustments in his forehead.  

A few adjustments in his forehead.  

A few more ear tweeks tomorrow.  

A few more ear tweeks tomorrow.  

"Jump"   wire    

"Jump"  

wire  

 

I will upgrade these photos when I get in my new studio.