Red cedar 4 feet high...all of my pieces are carved from single blocks of salvaged wood.
The transition from moon to Otter was tricky. The nose becomes a shell on the other side and the Moon's eyebrow becomes a whisker for the Otter.
Otter Moon was on display in the Downtown Sculpture Gallery in Auburn, Washington, during 2017 - 2018 - auburnwa.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=11470638&pageId=12529292
I wanted to make the finished wood carving colorful so when I varnished it, I brushed on powdered pigments that have tiny flakes of mica which refract light. As you walk around it, it sparkles & changes with the light - like how the colors on a duck change back & forth.
This Sculpture is on a busy corner at the waterfront Park in Redondo Beach, Washington on loan to the city of Des Moines until 2020.
Looking towards the Olympics from Redondo Beach.
It is an honor the be a part of the Garry Oak Gallery where a number of my works are displayed.
This moon sculpture, that I am working on, is at the top of a 9' tall wood sculpture titled "Sailor's Moon". Hidden behind the moon is a mermaid riding on a whale. This is what the sailor is dreaming of as he sails across the lonesome sea. This is part of the series that I have been doing where the man in the moon is on one side and something else entirely is hidden on the other side.
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Thank you, Pat McVay
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