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