Continuing to refine the beak on the black skimmer. I will be edge joining the basswood boards for the base this week, these will become the water the skimmer is flying over. I am excited to begin carving the water and to get the beak immersed within it.
my Giclee print of an Atlantic Menhaden (Mossbunker) is available here (framed!) at a reduced price to benefit Stripers Forever. Click the link below the image to bid.
I've added 3 new prints to my website shop: Egor, Striper (portrait), and Broom Tail- all prints can be ordered matted and framed.
Here is a quick studio shot of a painting commission in progress. This black skimmer will be heading to Georgia before the end of this month.Read More
Im starting some illustrations for an ongoing project with an amazing author (names and details to follow soon), in the meantime here is a sample of some illustrations of birds, bait, fish and flies from Jamaica bay and the Rockaways.
another video of skimmers on a morning strafing run, lots of bait in the water this morning
On the morning of June 16th I noticed smoke coming from the "fishing shack" at Conch's Hole Point as I made my way to Head of Bay to fish. I brought my boat closer to investigate and came upon at least two, if not four, "urban explorers" that had obviously spent the night at the shack. Their canoes were pulled up on shore, and their fire was smoldering. Immediately I began to think of the fishing and hunting camp scenes painted by Winslow Homer, and I realized that what I was witnessing was about as close as one could get in the present day to the type of explorer/trapper that Homer painted. I tried to keep the scene contemporary, and if you look closely you will notice the Verrazano Bridge in the background, as well as distant buildings and possible utility poles from the neighborhood of Arverne on the Rockaway Peninsula.
This recording and panoramic photo were taken on the morning of June 15th, 2016, as I fly fished in Head of Bay, Jamaica Bay. It contains the sounds of birds, primarily oyster catchers, the whip, whip, whip of my fly casting, the shhhhhh, shhhhh, shhhhh of the fly retrieve, and the sounds of jet engines from JFK. As well, shotgun blasts can be a heard at different points throughout the recording. This is the USDA, shooting birds in the marshes, in an effort to avoid the possibility of bird strikes with arriving and departing aircraft. This is New York City. This is Queens.
This 3/8" stainless steel rod is screwed into a threaded insert within the plywood and supported by surrounding basswood approximately 1" thick.
A mock-up weighing about 10 pounds heavier than the sculpture is placed on the rod in order to test the cantilever, the strength of the wood and the joinery.
The next step is to continue to add detail to the wings and the rest of the bird, carving in feathers and filling any gaps with wood. Soon the sculpture will be fitted on the base and carving on the beak will begin.
Here is some rough documentation of this piece in progress as it progresses from maquette, to mock-up to finished carving.
In my next post I will update with images that show the progression of the carving.