Saturday, September 6, 2008

Against the Dying of the Light Sculpture

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

I am so excited! And I owe many thanks to a generous collector of original art, who took advantage of my monthly payment plan offer. I not only received financial assistance in continuing my work in Italy this past year, but together we were also able to realize my newest bronze sculpture.

This autobiographical artwork is titled “Against the Dying of the Light” and he stands a total of 56 inches tall (x 14” x 13”). I created this work while thinking of the beauty and triumph in the struggle against something that feels greater than oneself. Two large hands grab a man’s extended legs as he angrily resists the pull, arching his back and clenching his fingers.

I did not create this bronze figurative sculpture to decorate someone’s living room. This work is intense and people recognize this and that is the word most often used in the description. I am OK with that. This sculpture composition is honest and pure . . . and I hope you agree, beautiful.

Many collectors have taken advantage of my monthly payment plan for adding my works to their collections. Basically, the offer is this: pay a non-refundable (but transferable) one-third deposit and then choose the amount and the date in each month in which you would like to purchase your Borsheim artwork. And the best part: NO finance charges!

Combine this with my pre-casting / introductory price on this new bronze sculpture, and it becomes easy to obtain the original art that you want. The Introductory Price on “Against the Dying of the Light” will be offered through the 15th of November. After that date, the price goes up 12%.

Contact me for more details.

Thank you for reading!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Stone Carving

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

After teaching a three-day workshop in stone carving, I decided that I really do not have enough time to finish the marble carving that has the nickname "George Washington" before I return to bella Italia. She will have more detail than even my marble sculpture "Stargazer" and thus, I am willing to take the time I need to create the best artwork I can. "George" will have to wait a wee bit longer.

But I tend to have many different projects going on “at once” and so, I am curious to know if I can finish another carving that I started a year or two ago (I think). In my neck of the woods, there has been no evidence of Hurricane Gustav, not even some much-needed rain. But the weather is surprisingly cool – anything less than 100 degrees F seems relatively cool to me.

After carving, I went to help John. Earlier today, I had prepared the stone base for “Against the Dying of the Light” and this evening John drilled the holes in it for securing the bronze figure. The center hole supports the bronze, while the two smaller holes on the sides are what I call “twister resisters” in that their function is to keep the sculpture from spinning around the center axis rod. I have no images of the joining since I was actually holding the bronze man while the threads were being tightened.

I cannot tell you just how happy it makes me to see this bronze figure sculpture realized. I hope to be sharing photos of him with you soon.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Stone Carving Workshop

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

Students at my home studio here in central Texas just finished their second day of carving stone. Their projects are progressing beautifully. We have one more day left in this Labor Day Stone Carving Workshop.

Usually I do not work on my own projects while I am teaching, but in stone carving, the students need to have a certain amount of time to work with the tools and their stones and just CARVE. Because of all of the safety gear on our heads and all of the noise generated, talking is limited. So while I can discuss art concepts in my anatomy courses as students work, that is not possible while carving stone.

One student George took this image of me today working with a hammer and chisel on a piece of Colorado alabaster. Student Kate is in the background.

We lost one student, Kevin, this morning. He said that he needed to get back to his home in North Texas because he is a volunteer for the American Red Cross and needs to help prepare: His community is a place in which those evacuating their homes to escape from Hurricane Gustav will soon arrive.

Kevin was a little worried that George, who traveled from east Texas to take this stone carving workshop may not be able to return to his home Monday evening after we wrap things up here in central Texas. He reminded me that during the Hurricane Katrina evacuation, Interstate Highway 10 was converted into a highway that only headed west. Anyone trying to go east, towards the storm, was out of luck.

It is strange how lives interconnect and so many people experience different realities and we all await Gustav's arrival.