Featured for the day: “The Studio”
“The Studio” at the Foster residence is not just one room or building. “The Studio” consists of a garage/workshop/patio where some of the rough and fine work is done, especially when creating the larger pieces, including for instance the stone flower sculptures, the bears, and the muli-medium bird compositions.
When the weather is nice my (normally) wonderful wife Annie and I utilize the patio and enjoy God’s creations in the yard, as well as the pond, which soothes the soul with the sound of water bubbling from the fountain and free falling from the upper pond waterfall. The pond is small, but has the healing affects of nature visually and audibly.
“The Studio” also consists of a two story building with lots of glass. It has a cleaner windowed studio above and a medium-clean windowed room below.
The upper room is where the oil painting is done, as well as the drawings. It’s where I created the books I’ve authored. It has a wonderful all-sides-ceramic-glass fireplace and easy access to a small balcony where one can sit and see the World moving below. It’s a serene place where you also can be with the birds and pesky squirrels who occupy the tree branches. They are sometimes welcome or not. The upper room is where people can surround the fire and solve the Worlds problems.
The lower room is known as “The Garden Room.” It includes lots of bench and storage space, as well as a coffee pit and glass barrel stove-fireplace. The unique fireplace is utilized profusely in the winter, when one can sit and watch the flames against the background of gently falling or violently blowing snow.
And then there are the storage shed and “sculpture garden” where the large stones are cut, using 7 inch and 14 inch diamond blades. And there are other places in the yard that can be utilized for creation of anything you can imagine…remembering that creation is the substance of God…too complex of a subject to include here.
The stone flowers shown in the first photo above is a Triple Stone Flower Sculpture. It was created with blossoms of green-black Serpentine from Western Canada, white Alabama Marble, and butterscotch Onyx from Western Canada — and a base of brown Granite River Rock that is highlighted with white Quartz, yellow Quartz, and green Jade gemstones, as well as an ammonite fossil that is millions of years old. The leaves and stems were hand formed from treated Steel and Brass. The entire composition is held together with high-tech permanent glue and solder.
(More to come tomorrow, or whenever the mood hits me.)