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08.06.2012 Cutting It Up


CutterWstMold_CutApart_Aug6_2012_1_72Just a quick follow-up to the previous post; the new Cutting Horse sculpture has been cut out of his waste mold!  You can see that the soft clay original sculpture of ChaCha did not come out unscathed, he lost his ears and the front leg sure got pulled apart. 

But that’s not important at this point.  


What’s important is that Barry got a really clean looking imprint coat, i.e. the first coat of rubber that captures all the detail of the sculpture.

Bubbles in subsequent layers are not a problem in a waste mold.  If this had been a mold designed to cast a smaller resin under pressure Barry would have placed the rubber in a vacuum chamber to extract air prior to pouring a sturdy block mold.  Another approach to mold making altogether actually.  And, good subject for a future post.  In the meantime I’m eagerly awaiting the first resin to be cast from this mold so that I can get to work finalizing a master copy of ChaCha.

07.12.12 Adding to the Library

Chimay meets Calderon

Chimayo meets Calderon

A friend recently asked what sort of “homework” I would suggest to help her better understand the internal structure of horses’ legs and my immediate response was “Have you read Animal Painting and Anatomy by Calderon yet?”  This has been one of my favorite go-to references for structure since I first read it.  The book was a required reference for a workshop taught by sculptor Veryl Goodnight that I attended 19 years ago.

Since I was sending my buddy out to find a copy I decided to search ABE just to see how exorbitant an older copy would be instead of a new Dover reprint (which generally runs less than $20).  Turns out older copies are reasonably priced as well!  A dealer in Stillwater NY listed a copy that was originally from the Rhode Island School of Design’s library.  That sealed the deal for me. I had to have this book, and the price was less than a new copy even with postage. Happy sigh….

Ahhhh, finally a hard bound copy with that pretty frontispiece painting in color!

And look at all the grime, the charcoal, the clay, the wax that has been layered onto the book’s pages by several generations of fellow artists.  Love it!!
And the most intriguing little treasure of all — an actual fingerprint in ink. Hmmmmm… *who* was that?
I just love this physical connection to artists in years past.
Of course I love new books too, and the one I’m most excited about right now (and am eagerly awaiting delivery of my copy) is The Equine Tapestry by Lesli Kathman.  
I like to think of her as the David Levy of the equine color genetics world. Lesli has poured her passion for equine color genetics into this book project and her meticulous perseverance shows in this first volume. You can see a little sneak peek of the book at her blog.  If you’re headed to BreyerFest, be sure to attend her new presentations!  I believe you’ll find up to date info about that at Lesli’s FB page, and of course her webpage is a delight.
Come on Amazon — I want my copy of The Equine Tapestry *now*.  But until then, I will commune with the spirits of art students past and the instructive Mr. Calderon

06.07.2012 "The fragrance lingers on the hand that offers the rose"

I wish I could be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 16, 2012.  The landscape is lush this time of year, an undulating quilt of crops stitched through by highways and county roads.  The scraps of prairie that remain are redolent with wildflowers. It’s lovely, full of renewed life and promise.

I wish I could be in Cedar Rapids, most specifically on June 16, to tell each person attending the Laughing Bear Live Benefit model horse show “Thank You” and give you each a big hug.

When I was a little kid my mom sent me off to etiquette classes at Peoria’s Bergner’s department store in Sheridan Village.  “White Gloves and Party Manners” they called it. I learned many things.

But I was not taught how to be the beneficiary of such a wonderful event as Laughing Bear Live, other than to say “Thank You” and to stay demurely in the background while show hostess Lisa Bickford worked her magic.

And there’s been a lot of magic indeed.  Lisa approached me with the idea nearly 18 months ago, shortly after I shared the news that I needed to start treatment for rectal cancer.  As I type the words I can hardly believe it’s been 18 months since that tumultuous news.  All this time Lisa has been steadfastly planning the show; and recruiting the support of so many wonderful artists and friends.  Thank you Lisa!

I’m especially touched by the special award medallion that Kelly Savage sculpted for the show; a beautiful, strong, champion horse coming through the protective arch of a cancer awareness ribbon.  Thank you Kelly!

It’s been said that you learn about gratitude by giving. And that you learn about humility by receiving. 

I am humbled to the core by the outpouring of support that Barry and I have been enfolded with.  It’s like being wrapped up in a fluffy handmade quilt, warm out of the dryer, on a cold damp day.

I am overwhelmed by the generosity of people like Lisa, Kelly, Karen Gerhardt, Carla Bushman, Jeanne Grunert, Des Corbett, Melissa Hart, Danielle Feldman, Sharon Lazeo, Carrie Sloan, Linda York, Melodie Snow, Candace Liddy, Laurel Orrin-Dedes, Carolyn Boydston, Jennifer Scott, Sheri Rhodes, Sarah Rose, Kylee Demers, Marilou Mol, Robyn Jalbert who all have donated items to support the show.

Thank you all.

03.06.2012 Every Tuesday is Super at Marianne’s

Mixed media artist, Marianne Konvalinka

Mixed media artist, Marianne Konvalinka

Indeed — I have the rare pleasure of spending most Tuesday evenings in the company of a variety of talented, smart, funny and caring fellow Boise artists; all gathered in the cozy confines of Marianne Konvalinka’s studio space. Sometimes it’s just Marianne and one other artist, at other times five or six of us squeeze in to work on (small) projects and enjoy each other’s company.
I so value these evenings because it gets me out of my normal mental and physical work space. These are not equine artists; among us we have mixed media artists, painters, metal and ceramic sculptors and print makers.  Boy do we learn from each other!
Tuesday evenings at Marianne’s are the perfect time for me to work on more experimental projects, like taking the concept of analyzing a human form in simple blocks representing key elements (torso, pelvis, legs bones, knees and feet) and applying that to a four-legged critter.  I was happy with how well the technique translated to an equine form!
A study of basic human form by Lynn during the mid-February Simon Kogan workshop in Scottsdale
A study of a jumper I played with during studio night at Marianne’s last week.
Tonight I’ll be taking over a relief to work on.  Check in on my Laf’n Bear Facebook page for an update later on that project. Well, time to pack up and head over for Super Tuesday at Marianne’s!
Be well all!
~ Lynn

01.12.2012 Guest Sculpture, The Babysitter

Unpainted resin copies of the The Babysitter by Kelly Savage

Recently the production studio has been graced by the presence of this elegantly proportioned mini resin, The Babysitter, sculpted by Kelly Savage.
Barry, BearCast Molding, molded The Babysitter and is casting her for US distribution.  If you’re interested in adding this piece to your collection, please contact Kelly directly.

01.05.2012 Tinstallation Opening

 Jaki Katz Ashford arranges Altoids tin art on a panel at Art Source Gallery.
 Monday was “Tinstallation Day” at Art Source Gallery in Boise, and tonight is Opening Night!  
“Tins?”  You ask, “What the heck?”
Yup, artists from three Boise art organizations were invited to create art based on the ever beloved Altoids tin.  It was a lot of fun to work on these projects, certainly a challenge to step beyond one’s normal bounds.
Art buddies Lisa Cheney-Jorgensen (top) and Marianne Konvalinka (immediately above), came over to the studio a couple of Sunday afternoons in December for a little tin-making fest.  With Barry’s help we layered in images and various items.
I ended up making eight tins, here’s  sampling:   Oh — they’re all so sale, just $20.00 each and all proceeds from the sale of my tins will benefit the Boise Open Studios Tour (BOSCO).  Email me if you’re interested in one.  Or leave a note in the comments.  Also, check out Art Source’s Facebook page for more images of the tins!
01.18.2012 new image —  I thought I’d lost the image of this last one, but found it hiding still on the camera’s memory card, whew!

11.09.11 "Sadie" in Living Color!

This is so fun!  Pictures of painted (or nearly completed) Sadie Shoofly resins are starting to filter into my inbox — it’s like an early Christmas!!
The varnish roan appy above was painted by Lisa Shepard, and the blanket appy below was painted by Mindy Berg — so pretty, what a treat to see both of them!
Sadie resins won’t be available forever, be sure to order yours before the deadline.

10.26.11 Your Inner Four-Year-Old

The Boise River and the foothills of the Boise Front, 10.23.11
Often your inner four-year-old has very good ideas.  Like “Let’s go outside and play!”  Which we did Sunday afternoon, enjoying a lovely walk with friends along the Boise River on what seems to have been the last warm languid afternoon of autumn.
The gluttonous side of that little inner pip squeak really did me in last Thursday night.  In spite of still being hooked up to a chemo ball for a 46-hour infusion I gave in to the temptation of sweet treats. Many, many sweet treats. Quite a binge really, for which I paid dearly several hours later with horrible nausea and cramping. Which did not subside easily. In fact, I finally ended up needing a three-hour infusion of fluids at the hospital Friday afternoon.  Tummy’s still not quite right and any semblance of a normal sleep pattern has been shot right out the window.  Sigh. I *knew* better.  And yet I still couldn’t resist one more tootsie roll. (Did you know that they make them in orange and lime and other flavors now?  I didn’t, so I had to try each one…)
Obviously I had grown over-confident of being able to deal with this chemo thing (really, things had been going so smoothly).  Pure hubris and gluttony — the consequences have set me straight.
My ability to keep up with correspondence since Thursday has been herky-jerky, and I deeply appreciate your patience with me as I work to get back on track.
On the bright side — during the hours between 10 pm and 5:30 am Sunday night/Monday morning as I lay wide awake desperate for sleep, I visualized the floor plan for a new ceramic studio I need to build (resin production and ceramic production just doesn’t co-hab easily, I need a new work space), I designed this year’s ornament for my mah jongg crew, I started designing some new tiles, and had a crazy idea about starting a “Save the Poopers” campaign.  And I’ll be darned — after I finally did fall to sleep for a couple of hours, I remembered all this when I woke up!
Speaking of “Save the Poopers”, let’s recall that the root cause of these current complications is the fact that I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in early February of this year, and going through the treatments which saved my life has become a full-time job.  Or darn close.  
Now let’s talk about you, and how you can avoid taking on such an onerous second job.   Booty cam people, booty cam.
I had such a great note from Cheryl Bellucci the other day, and she’s kindly allowed me to share it with you:
Hi, Lynn,

Cheryl Bellucci here… I have to thank you. I got my colonoscopy today, mostly because of you. Oh, sure… I’m 52 years old, and I should have had my first two years ago. But I probably would have kept putting it off had you not shared your experience. So, today was my first “booty cam”!

The doctor found one polyp and no problems.

So, thank you so much for spurring me on to take care of myself! So glad you are doing well, and you always get lots of good thoughts and wishes for your continued good health from me!

Take care,

Yea Cheryl!!!!
I’ve had similar notes from others, and it really makes me so happy that people are being smarter about this than I was!  One more note and then I’ll step off the soap box — I think that the age of your first colonoscopy really should be adjusted downwards, say 45.  Maybe even 40.  
Here’s why:
1) I was told that my tumor had probably been developing for eight years.  Do the math — I was diagnosed at age 49, that damn little polyp went cujo on me when I was 41! 
2)  Where do colo/rectal tumors come from?  Polyps.  When a polyp is just a little bumpy dude, it can often be snipped out during a colonoscopy procedure (as I understand it, talking purely as layperson here).  What a savings of time, money and heartache!
3)  That fatty red meat diet (that I was raised on and still dearly love) — huge risk factor for polyps and other gastro ills.  Try to dial it back a notch, your body will thank you.
End of lecture 🙂
All right my dears, I am headed off to bed. Wish me better luck sleeping tonight because I’ve already planned out more things than I can readily accomplish…
~ Lynn
Lynn working on her new sculpture “At Last” during Boise Open Studios Tour, October 16, 2011

10.07.11 Gearing up for Open Studios in Boise

It’s all a blur, the wonderful time we had last night at Boise Art Museum, as they hosted the preview event for next weekend’s Boise Open Art Studios Tour.

Artists Marianne Knovalinka and Nancy Panganiban chat with visitors.

Pam McKnight (foreground) and Rick Friesen (behind the easel drawing me!) demonstrated their techniques for the public in the Museum’s education studios.          

Backbeat Thunder (far left) was in fine company with a vessel by David Scott and a fiber sculpture by BettyMaguire-Hayzlett.

So if you happen to be in Boise next weekend, October 15 and 16, please stop by Laf’n Bear studio and then go explore the other 28 studios that will be open that day!  Download a map and plan your day!

Hope to see you next weekend!

~ Lynn

9.30.11 She’s Got Serious ‘Tude…

Okay, so she’s a bit of a drama queen, Miss Sadie.  A little opinionated…
A gal with a very definite idea about what to do when something bugs her…
So what’s got her so hot and bothered?  A nasty horsefly?  A cinch that pinches? An irritating little yipper?  An overly friendly suitor?  Just having a bad day?
That’s for collectors to decide — I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with, I think the potential scenarios are endless.  As are the colors and patterns that this feisty gal can sport.  If she’s half as much fun to paint as she was to sculpt, you all are in for a treat!
Sadie will be available to collectors October 1 — see more pictures at