The pieces shown here are not done in wood. They are all clay. Home to them is a beautiful new museum in Tianjin, China. So what are these photos doing in a wood blog? Ideas, ideas, ideas. I love looking at how artists take the real world and make it in….you name it…clay, glass, plastic, fruit, yarn, paint, pencil, steel, junk, wire, string, paper, cloth. The variety is amazing, the talent, the creativity, stunning. The main character here has so many great details. Notice the tilt of his hat and the curl of the bill. No American teen could do it better. The shoes, both the one being repaired and his own, also have neat detail – thick soles, the kink of the leather, the stitching on his own, no laces. A wood carver could learn much from the angles of the limbs, head, and body. The fine details in the clothing – marks to indicate shadow or create shadow. And, we haven’t even begun to look at the two characters in the background. Enjoy. Would you share what details you find interesting in the others?
A gentle answer turns away wrath,but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
I begin this post with an apology to my good friend Alan(wdm) In a conversation with Alan this morning on QQ I invited him to look on the blog for a few pictures of a table in the Post Office of the school campus where we shared a few summers. This afternoon I come to my Dashboard and, horror of horrors, I find that I have only begun to set up the next post, haven’t finished it, let alone posted it.
Alan, sorry, here is the table I mentioned. Do you remember seeing it. Alina is the young lady in one of the pictures. Perhaps you saw her when we were walking through the classrooms.
There, enough. Let’s move on. Can’t you imagine having a formal dinner around such a wonderful piece? Or even an informal gathering with the table filled with munchies and drinks. But of course you will have to to Central South University of Forestry & Technology in order to enjoy it.
One of the great things about travel, for wood carvers, is the opportunity to see new wood carvings. One can only imagine the effort it took to trim and prepare this piece, to work it, and then to get it into place. The pictures rarely do a piece justice, at least my pictures, but this was an enjoyable find. Have you any interesting carving photos from any travels you have done? Would love to see them.
A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant. —Stephen Charnock
Hi everyone. This will be a quick, short post. I am just back from China. Have many pictures and other things to share. Thanks for checking in over the summer. Look forward to hearing from you and making more contact. Had a chance to carve some new things on vacation last week. No pics yet, planning those for this week. Ni hao ma? Wo hen hao. Wo xi huan China/USA. Zai hui.