These are pictures of the lamp in daylight. Scultped lamps take a lot of time and thought because you are designing and scultping at the same time. All the pieces must be placed in a way to create a unique design, yet give the lamp balance and weight in the right places.
Monday, February 2, 2009
These are close up sections of the frame that holds the buffalo design. I bought this frame in Scurry, Texas last year...
It holds this big, muscle bound buffalo perfectly...yet it is elegant.
The buffalo took me about a month to complete...from the original inspiration to the last glass gem that was soldered in. He is three feet long and two and a half feet wide. This piece weighs twenty one pounds!!! Can you see the horns, his nose, his one eye that shows is right under one of the horns.
I decided I would drive to my job in La Cruces, New Mexico. I had not planned to go this way....but....
I did. I could blame this detour on my friend (you know who you are Linda!!!) but I can't do that because I choose to go down this road. You see.... I stopped in Santa Rosa to take a turn south on highway 54. She and I got to talking about a great church service she had just attended and I shared about a church service I was hearing on the radio. As we talked I kept driving south. She and I eventually lost phone service. When I couldn't see the correct road number I pulled over and looked at my map. I saw that this road still ran parallel to the road I was supposed to be on...so I took it.
This road took me into and through real isolated parts of New Mexico. There was no one anywhere, but me in the middle of nowhere. It did eventually lead me through the Lincoln National Forest and the White Sands National Monument. I saw lots of beautiful hills, mountains and desert with white sands that reflected in the night. COOL!
You know...the place in New Mexico where many people claim that alliens have visited. I had a full tank of gas, it was a beautiful day in the afternoon. I had not been in such a remote area in a long long time. All of the open space. Driving it at night would have been creepy!
I had a large leaded crystal hanging from the rear view mirror in my car. The reflections from the sun on this leaded crystal were dancing all over the inside of my car. As beautiful as it was I feared I might be attracting aliens...and they would come down and abduct me, so I hurried along!!!!!
Yep, thats right...it is a monument a son designed and had built in honor of his father who passed away in 2007. This man (the father) had started a pistachio farm many many years ago, it became the family business. I had to stop.....there was also a neat store nearby and inside was all different kinds of pistachio nuts, pistachio brittle, pistachio chocolate clusters...you name it, it was there. There was also a winery inside. They were about to close up, so I didn't stay long. I did buy some pistachios for a friend of mine.
Hey you never know what you find when you get off the beaten path!
This is the evening sky as I was driving my way into my final destination, Las Cruces, New Mexico. I am so glad I got to witness this sunset...