A very special tip of the hat to my beloved twin brother, Mike Childress. Mike was stricken with glioblastoma brain cancer last year and finally succumbed to the disease on August 31, 2018. He was a very special person to the family and particularly to his community of Longview, Texas where he served on various boards and committees for the benefit of his fellow citizens. He was a man of towering Christian faith who lived his life as he thought God would want. I claim very little for myself in the way of goodness, but fortunately my twin brother was good enough for both of us. He was also a fantastic pen-and-ink artist and you can see his work at www.mikechildressart.com.
Rest in peace...
Juried into Exhibitions...
"Promises" (15" tall Bronze, limited edition of 30 pieces) has been selected as an official entry in the 11th Annual Texas Society of Sculptors Exhibit to be held at the Georgetown, Texas Public Library June 24 to September 23, 2018. "Promises" is a realistic depiction of the great Sioux warrior-stateman, Red Cloud (1822 to 1909), the only Native American who managed to defeat the U.S. government in an extended war.
Around the base of the sculture, one of Red Cloud's most memorable quotes is engraved: "They made us many promises but they kept only one. They promised to take our land. And they did."
July 15 Update: "Promises" received the Honorable Mention Award at the Texas Society of Sculptors at the Georgetown, Texas library exhibition, in addition to a cash award. Awards Juror was Katie Robinson Edwards, Curator, UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum in Austin, Texas.
So, What's New?
"Boerne Gothic" is a recently finished "fun" oil on canvas featuring my lovely wife and me. It's not for sale, of course, as it's based on the famous "American Gothic" by Grant Wood from the 1920 era. We have two great dogs, Hudson and Sally, and they're featured on the front porch. This painting is 18"X24" and will be a conversation piece in our home here in the hill country of Texas.
"Supplication" (15" tall Bronze). It took many hours to finish this 15" sculpture in clay, consisting of four distinct pieces, after revisiting the drawing board numerous times. I hope to have the first finished bronze piece sometime after January 2019. It will be a limited edition of 30 pieces.
This is an older Native American, most likely Sioux. The buffalo skull in his outstretched hands was the centerpiece of some of their incantations. Here, the subject is appealing to the Force of Life to return their most precious resource, the buffalo, to its once great presence on the American plains.
J.P. Childress, September 2018.
December 14: Here's the final product, having been cast and finished by the Stevens Art Foundry in Bulverde, Texas. Larry has been in this business since the 1970's, so he's got a lot of experience in bronze sculpting.
The finished piece is approximately 16" high, 10" wide and 12" deep (+ 2" overhang by the buffalo skull). It weighs about 20 pounds.
The patina shown in the image is one of a variety of tones. The piece can be in a single montone or subtly highlighted such as was this piece.
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ARTIST'S STATEMENT: I was fortunate to have a very good instructor in oil painting when I began in that medium some years ago. He taught me the basics, instructing me to "paint what you see." Years later, other teaching artists suggested that I change gears, telling me to "paint what you feel." So, I like to think my oil painting is a good blend of realism and expressionism.
I find sculpting in clay an exhilarating challenge. I'll embark on a sculpting project only if a subject truly moves me toward a vision. Once I complete the clay model, I rely on gifted artisans at a local foundry/studio to complete the piece in bronze.
I hope you enjoy traveling with me through some of my work. Thanks for stopping by....