I designed, carved, painted, and mounted like crazy over the last three weeks to re-stock for the Romweber Tri-State Artisan Bazaar this Saturday and Sunday. I produced six or seven new pieces. Four of these pieces are significantly better than most of my previous work.
I’m not sure I am able to articulate what makes these pieces better. Artists have a vision, in their head, when they begin. The goal is to meet or surpass this vision. In these pieces I’ve done that.
The benchmark of miniature bird carving is Elmer Crowell of Cape Cod. some of his decoys are values at over $1.3 million. I’ve made no attempt to copy his work, but I’m feeling a bit “Crowellish” about my most recent work.
Crowell’s birds were expressive. I’ve developed techniques to cock and turn my bird’s heads and they have become more expressive. I’ve also developed groupings, like crows with owl or crows with cardinals, that begin to express the story that I strive to tell.
Again I apologize for being unable to articulate my thoughts and feeling clearly, but I am really looking forward to the pieces that I develop when I had three weeks to dedicate to my work.