Happy October friends!
I hope you’re enjoying this early Fall weather, it’s been gorgeous here in Santa Fe. If you missed my first blog post last month you can click here to read it – in this post, I give an overview of my artistic journey thus far.
First and foremost I wanted to invite you to visit my home studio through the Santa Fe Studio Tours on October 8th and 9th, and the following weekend of October 15th and 16th. During both weekends you can visit my studio as well as many other talented Santa Fe artists’ studios from 10am to 5pm.
This year I’ll be Studio 62, and I’m looking forward to getting to talk to some of you about the work I do and answer any questions you may have! You can find information on my studio here. Also here is the full list of artists participating in the studio tour so you can plan your route. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave me a comment at the bottom of this post or shoot me an email – I’m happy to answer any questions.
There’s also a gallery preview October 7th-9th, and you can find more information about that here. I’ll be at the opening meet-the-artists reception and hope to see you there!
Before I moved to Santa Fe a few years ago, I was a part of artist studio tours for 14 years in Texas and always really enjoyed them. I’m excited to see what the experience is like here in Santa Fe.
During the last few weeks I’ve been working on a variety of projects for clients and myself. Most of my projects are woodcarvings right now so I’ve been enjoying focusing on that medium, with one clay sculptural piece too.
As I mentioned in last month’s post I’m currently working on a kubbestol (wooden log chair) for my son, I haven’t worked on one of these in years before this project.
Below is the start of the design process for the kubbestol. I took a large roll of grid velum paper and cut out the shape of the back of the kubbestol. I laid out my design, then folded the grid paper in half and flipped it over the trace the design I developed from the other side – giving me a mirror image. After the design is completed I trace it onto the wood and emphasize highlights and shadows.
I’ve also been working on a commission from a client – a memorial relief of a young girl named Autumn Wilde, who passed away in 2019. When I first saw the photos of Autumn, they were very moving and I could feel the love and loss of this special child. It was a blessing to use my talent to create this sculpture for them. I made several copies of the sculpture for family members and was told they all loved the portrait.
The relief sculpture is approximately 11.5x15x1/2” that was originally executed in plasticine clay and cast in hydrocal plaster, with oil paints used for the patina.
Lastly, I’ve also been working on these panels utilizing chip carving and other techniques.
The panels are 18”x28”x1.25” in alder wood. Alder is a very soft wood which makes it a great choice for projects like this. They’re designed as a South West style architectural piece.
Along with working on these pieces during the last few weeks I’ve also been attending my weekly sculpting group as well as teaching. I really enjoy both of these weekly gatherings because it gives me a chance to talk to other artists about our current projects, have focused work time, and bounce ideas off of one another.
I’ll continue updating you on these and upcoming projects in next month’s post, make sure you’re on the Art by Doug Oliver email list to be the first to get notified when new blog posts are up.
In addition to my artistic projects, I’ve also been on some really great hikes this month in and around Santa Fe!
September 1st: I enjoyed my birthday by hiking the Atalaya Mountain Trail here in Santa Fe with my men’s hiking group. It’s a good strenuous hike at ~7 miles and 2000′ of elevation change and a peak at 10,407′. I’ve probably done it 6 times since moving here and it’s been challenging every time.
September 8th: it was my day to lead the hiking group, so I chose the Nambe Lake Trail which starts at the Santa Fe ski area (10,200’). This is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve tried here in Northern New Mexico. The trail is 6.7 miles out and back and you gain over 2000’ of elevation and the lake is at 11,411’. It is a very difficult hike, but has a beautiful payoff!
September 15th: Hiked up at Valles Caldera National Preserve today. (near Los Alamos-about 40 miles from Santa Fe) We hiked the Rito de Los Indios trail which was a moderately challenging hike. This is an 8.0 mile out and back trail in a beautiful backcountry setting which started at 8,455’ elevation and topped out at 9,364’ for an 886 ft elevation gain. We heard elk bugling and came across dendroglyphs carvings done by sheepherders in the early and mid-1900s. It started out foggy this morning but soon warmed up and we had partly sunny weather.
If you have any questions about the projects or techniques I mentioned above, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to get back to you!