Today is another day of video from my vault. This time, I chose Roger Archibald, famous Western Pencil Artist and Bronze Sculptor. His work shows in galleries across the US and is often featured in Western Art magazines. Roger invited us to his ranch in Arizona. How nice! He was so personable and lovely, the time just zipped by!
As you all probably have gathered by now, I love original artwork. I especially love pencil drawings and bronze sculpture. So with Roger, I hit pay dirt! He works in both mediums. Wahoo! We were able to watch him work on a line drawing from a photograph that was so detailed it made my eyes sore just watching him! Then, Roger took us through his gallery and told us the stories behind his original pieces.
To be honest, when we set up the interview, I didn’t know Roger was dabbling in sculpture. So, when we arrived and saw the clay horse on the table, I was thrilled! I just love watching an artist carve. You wonder what do they see that makes them cut the clay exactly there… I figure they must think or see in 3-D to know how to make clay into a muscled form. (As you can probably guess, I’m not very artistic — but I admire it greatly!) And, for dessert, we got to watch Roger on his cutting horse!
In the video, Roger talks about how he got started in art as a kid and how he joined the rodeo circuit early in life. Then, he moves into why he loves pencil work and bronze. When we see Roger with his cutting horse, he explains how he couldn’t do his art if he didn’t understand and know the moods of his animals. He expresses that he couldn’t see the intricate sculpting necessary if he didn’t understand how the muscles worked or how the expressions came upon the equine face. You can see his intimate knowledge of the horse in his work. That bronze was incredible… It was so personal and special to watch him create it before my eyes! I loved being there.
So, today I present to you the segment of our day with Roger. The video is not quite polished (no music and no titles, some rough edits) but I hope it is good enough to share with you all on an informal basis…
As an aside, if I get to come back in another lifetime, I want to be able to sculpt (and sing). I loved watching Roger do his thing. Hopefully, you will enjoy our day, too! Here is the link to the video.
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