Teaching Sculpture

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Clayton recently taught a sculpture class, using the same techniques he consistently uses: starting with an armature, using a live model, and leveling the sculpture stand at the beginning of each session.  Having a local live model that was cooperative and patient was important, so Clayton provided Georgia, a horse, in a large turnout shed which provided shade for the participants. The series of photographs show start and finish as well as some intermediate stages below.  The students (all adults) worked hard and learned a lot during the week-long class.  Clayton enjoyed teaching the group of ten, and when asked if he would teach another class next year by his students, readily agreed.

Witch hazel!

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A mid-winter warm spell fills the air with witch hazel fragrance. Clayton planted this witch hazel and others years ago along the way to the barn, for just such a day. Hamamelis vernalis, commonly called Ozark witch hazel, is easily bypassed since the flowers are small and unobtrusive.

Clayton exhibits at Chester County Art Association

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Clayton currently has a sculpture show @Chester County Art Association  with three other sculptors.  His talk about “More than Meets the Eye,” concerning the essential elements of paintings preceded the show (see News Post November).  The show opened January 11 and runs through February 1, and includes a panel discussion. There is a lot going on here.  Thank you CCAA!  Interested in Clayton’s art other what you see there? Browse the rest of his web site to see all the areas in which Clayton’s artistic outlook manifests itself.


Freezing Waterfall in our Japanese Garden

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Freezing Waterfall

We never know how late in winter the re-circulating water can flow in Clayton’s Japanese Garden. The first photo was from December 27; the one below from  December 29.  We haven’t had temperatures above freezing for five days.  The sun has been helpful, but with nights in the single digits, everything is freezing up.  Luckily the flow of water is keeping this waterfall open for the moment, providing a source of fresh water for drinking and bathing for the birds who feed nearby. The ice formations change from morning to evening as the water passes over or under existing ice, so we are able to enjoy seeing an ever shifting water/ice -scape.  Did Clayton know when he designed and then set the rocks for the waterfall that it could continue to provide such interest in the middle of the winter?

Painting a Reflection of Coastal Maine

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Sometimes only takes a glance in a certain direction for Clayton to recognize a scene that he would like to paint.  After a morning bike ride, Clayton was standing at the griddle cooking pancakes when he glanced toward the open kitchen door.  Reflected in the glass portion of the door was a field full of Queen Anne’s Lace leading out to the ocean where a lobster boat was heading out to work. The view out the door itself was the edge of the woods across the road.

Clayton finished cooking, ate his pancakes and then set up his easel in the middle of the kitchen to begin painting this double scene.  Meanwhile other hungry family members continued to cook their pancakes, careful to avoid jostling the painter at work.


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Many consider Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, a noxious weed, but as Clayton walked by this plant he noticed that four butterflies (monarch and swallowtails) and at least five bumblebees considered it a feeding station.  It does need to be cut back before it goes to seed, since it is difficult to control as a non-native plant.

Jack O’ Lantern bronze displayed at the Chester County Studio Art Tour

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Jack O' Lantern J C Bright

Clayton created Jack O’ Lantern because he wanted a different take on jack rabbits.  He had been working on a jack rabbit in full run, legs outstretched, and realized that if he stood it upright, it could be put to work holding a lantern.  This bulb is low wattage but sheds enough light to see a walkway or short set of steps.  It can also be placed indoors, as shown recently when Clayton combined his art with two artist friends, Doug and Pat Mooberry, for the open studio tour.  There is a dignity to the jack rabbit that is evident in this photograph.

Nothing Like an Artist’s Outdoor Shower

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Artist's Outdoor Shower

When I first encountered outdoor showers it was in a beach town where often sandy footed people arrived at the door.  Of course, outdoor showers are set up for camping and at places where the outdoor experience leaves one dirty and not suitable for a clean floor.  But an outdoor shower is also something that some people really enjoy, and Clayton is one of them.  Being the designer and artist that he is, the shower acts as a climbing trellis for clematis while surrounded by ferns that enjoy the extra moisture.  Thus the shower provides both cleanliness and beauty simultaneously.