I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I certainly did. Christmas Eve we had a little gathering here at my house and sang Christmas Carols and ate a lot of junk food. Christmas morning we all went over to my mother-in-laws house and she cooked a wonderful breakfast and we all went into their “Christmas Room” (which she leaves decorated all year – they REALLY love Christmas) and exchanged gifts. Then we went home to relax for a few hours and started all over again at my brother and sister-in-laws house. I was so full of food by evening, I think I could probably be sustained for a week on what we ate in one day. My in-laws are English, so they really love the sort of “Dickensian” style Crhistmas – very romantic. Hard to get too romantic without the snow, but that’s what spray-on snow is for!
I had an opportunity to work on the carving of the man’s face. My client said I needed to create a little more personality in the face, so I worked on getting some age and expression to the face – and also completing the hair so it doesn’t look like an eskimo with a big furry hat. I have really been enjoying carving this face – it has been a challenge, and I have been looking at a lot of people and studying their facial features and really discovering some amazingly subtle things about faces. I have to say the most satisfying part is when you carve the pupils in the eyes and all of a sudden this wooden sculpture actually comes to life! It almost takes your breath away the first time he looks at you.