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ImageMagpie
Nov 30, 2010 11:25 PM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
With ivory, I use mostly electric drills, sanders and rasps to do the rough work ... then sand paper, steel wool and tools similar to what a dentist uses. No one uses the "traditional" methods of drilling any more, although I have some samples. There's an odor that smells like a dentist's office because basically you're carving big teeth. By law, only natives can carve "new" ivory or marine mammals. While I think of myself as "Native Alaskan" I am not Alaska Native. So, since I'm not native, I carve "old" ivory ... fossilized. Often "old" ivory has evidence of having been "worked" before (hack marks, scratches, chips, etc.) when someone from hundreds of years ago made something from it ... sometimes it is a piece that was discarded after the preferred part of the tusk was taken. When that happens, I try to leave the marks made by the earlier carver there .... On the piece above, you can see the "pointed" top where the bottom of the tusk was "v cut" to take the solid part of the tusk ... the piece I carved was discarded because it was partially hollow from where it grew out of the walrus several hundred years ago. Sometimes people will bring me a piece of ivory and ask me to carve something in it for them ... so I do the carving in their ivory, usually as a trade for something (maybe another piece of ivory, or a fur, or whatever.) Like Ava, I like doing trades ...
"Magpie" Jon
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ImageSharon
Nov 30, 2010 11:53 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
A lot of history there. Thanks for sharing that information. And I can smell the 'burning teeth'.

You are so very creative and talented.
I'm hoping you'll continue to share your work here.
ImageMagpie
Dec 4, 2010 1:34 PM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
I believe Sharran has seen these in another venue, but I thought I'd share some pastel work ....

Thumb of 2010-12-04/Magpie/9e8429 Thumb of 2010-12-04/Magpie/855712 Thumb of 2010-12-04/Magpie/0954d4
"Magpie" Jon
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ImageSharon
Dec 4, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I like Moose Kisses.
louise
Dec 5, 2010 7:50 PM CST
Name: Louise
East Texas, zones 7b/8a
That's the one I like also!
Thanks, Jon, for sharing more of your talent.
Please continue -


LM
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Imagewcgypsy
Dec 19, 2010 11:17 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Magpie, in the 'hands' study...ABILITY? That's very interesting...I love the concept. Do you do other words in sign language also?
ImageMagpie
Dec 20, 2010 1:42 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hello Sharon,

I have done other work related to sign language, including sculpture, but I haven't scanned them into the computer ... I've given a fair number away so they'll not be scanned anyway. I have always had a fascination with hands ... so many of my interests involve manual dexterity kinds of things ... I have done many studies of hands in my art work with the thought that if one can accurately render the anatomy, proportion and activity of hands, then likely one can draw, paint, sculpt, or render almost anything. They also make wonderful models for depth of field and use of light and shadow. I haven't done much with drawing of signs in recent years ... the A-B-I-L-I-T-Y study is more of fingerspelling than signs, really ... because the dynamic/three-dimensional quality of signs is difficult to capture meaningfully in a static image. I have done so many hand and face studies ... not portraits, really, just studies of how "flesh hangs on bone," light and shadow, proportion and anatomy, such that one gets a kind of "feeling" from it ... that once I got so I could do a face or hands without a model I sort just "moved" to something else. I can pretty much draw or "render" almost anything I can visualize.

I used to just do things sitting in a rocking chair in the living room ... but lately I've been thinking of wanting a studio. So I'm working on get that worked out (one of many projects underway) and then I'll start doing more art. The muse moves in mysterious ways ... I'm sure you know how that goes, too ... Smiling

Here's a darker image of "Storm Shelter" ... Requires interpretation in a satirical sense ...

Thumb of 2010-12-20/Magpie/766858
"Magpie" Jon
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Imagewcgypsy
Dec 20, 2010 1:52 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
True...fingerspelling rather than sign language. I didn't think of that as I do not know sign language, only the alphabet. It just immediately struck me as a wonderful way of illustrating the hands in art. Beautiful work....
ImageSharon
Dec 20, 2010 2:16 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Gypsy..
Good to see you again!
Imagewcgypsy
Dec 20, 2010 3:22 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Hey, Sharon...I saw one of Carol's (Aloha) watercolors she just posted after returning from NZ and I had to come over and see if she'd posted anything here. I didn't know she had the 'gift'..lol...she's good. Are we always the only ones on here 'late night'?....lol...
ImageSharon
Dec 20, 2010 10:15 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You outlasted me, Gypsy!!

I saw Carol's w/c also, BEAUTIFUL!!!

I hope she does post it here. Gorgeous colors in those rocks.
Imagewcgypsy
Dec 20, 2010 11:16 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Yeah, I saw the time on your last post and knew you'd gone to bed by then...lol...I was still up, working on things, skipping from here to there....you have many talented people here.
ImageSharon
Dec 20, 2010 11:21 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
It's 11:20 here now, so you can tell the difference. But sometimes I barely sleep.

Lots of very talented people here.
I come here for inspiration.
Imagewcgypsy
Dec 20, 2010 11:59 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
I learn from many, many people on cubits. There's a lot of knowledge, a lot of intelligence (well, not all), a lot of creativity. I don't have to talk and it's easier to listen...we learn more that way. It's also easier for people to phrase a well thought out comment without others clamoring to speak. We see previously unexposed facets of people we may have thought were one-sided. It's wonderful to learn that someone we know from one side is also gifted in other areas.

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