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Sundae Romance

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Blog | Comments Off on Sundae Romance

“Sundae Romance” is a simple yet clever piece from my fellow sculptor Jack Morford. I shot this photo a few weeks back before it’s entrance in a local show. He has a lot of clever pieces check out his site here.

In the News

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Blog, Scott Streadbeck | Comments Off on In the News

There was a fun article that came out about my sculpture “Second Star to the Right” down in Hemet, California. The residents of the area and even many of the employees at the store didn’t know where it came from. It has been a bit of a mystery sculpture. Bob Pratte, who works with the Press-Enterprise tracked me down and wrote and article about it.

When you have a moment check it out! Click here for the link.

Website update

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Blog, Dennis Smith | Comments Off on Website update

I have spent some time updating Dennis Smith’s website. I have added quite a bit more of his portfolio to the site. It’s amazing how many pieces he has created in his career of over 40 years. Check it out here.

Second Star to the Right Installed

Posted by on Mar 3, 2011 in Blog, Scott Streadbeck | Comments Off on Second Star to the Right Installed

We made a trip last week to Hemet California and installed “Second Star to the Right”. The bronze was installed front and center of the strip-mall. The location and landscaping was beautiful. The weather turned from light rain to a heavy rain and hail as we started the installation. It was making for a hard installation but then Mother Nature turned kinder as the installation went on and we ended up with only a small drizzle of rain at the end. We appreciated the drizzle not only for the installation but also to get the photos.

Click on this last image for a larger view.

Dennis’ upcoming Show

Posted by on Feb 4, 2011 in Blog, Dennis Smith | Comments Off on Dennis’ upcoming Show

Dennis Smith has an upcoming show at Williams Fine Art in Salt Lake City starting February 10th. On the 10th at 6:30 Dennis will have an Artist’s reception where he will be making remarks about his paintings and reading some of his poetry. Hors d’eouvres and Alderwood Farms Fudge will be served.

Williams Fine Art is Located at:
200 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84111 – 801-534-0331

Check out their web site here.

The Show continues through February 28th. Dennis will have at least 25 of his recent paintings there, it will be worth checking out!

Life-size “Second Star to the Right”

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Blog, Clay, Scott Streadbeck | 1 comment

The months of work are finally over! Last week I completed the clay for the monument “Second Star to the Right”. I am happy with how it turned out. Its off to the molding department getting its first coats of rubber.

I hope we all can relate to this piece, I know I can. I grew up hearing many stories related to me by my Grandparents. Their experiences and examples will always be part of who I am. I hope I can leave a positive influence on my own children (and someday grandchildren). There is nothing greater that we will leave on this earth than our influence on others. I hope this sculpture will always be a symbol of that precious opportunity.

Mother and Infant

Posted by on Dec 21, 2010 in Blog, Dennis Smith | Comments Off on Mother and Infant

This sculpture is one of my favorites of Dennis’. I love how natural and comfortable the piece feels. Dennis has a gift to be able to say much with his gestures.

We received a casting back from one of our galleries and I thought I ought to get a good picture of it before it is off to another.

Kristina

Posted by on Oct 12, 2010 in Blog, Dennis Smith | Comments Off on Kristina


A few nights ago at the Art Center I noticed beautiful stormy blue clouds comming in and I ran and got my camera and flash. I went to the edge of the Art Center’s parking lot where Dennis Smith’s sculpture “Kristina” stands. the stormy sky was creating such a nice backdrop, I set up my speedlight to throw some light on the sculpture and came out with a couple of fun shots.

Second Star on the Right Clay

Posted by on Sep 20, 2010 in Blog, Clay, Scott Streadbeck | 1 comment


This is a photo of the just completed sculpture “Second Star on the Right”. This is the small scale model for the life-size sculpture to be completed soon.

The small model is currently being molded in the foundry. Once the mold is finished we will cast a wax replica and ship a copy to a sculpture enlargement company. They will digitally scan the wax and enlarge it to over six feet tall. The sculpture will be milled in foam and shipped back to us in Alpine. Once I have the foam I will spend a day or two carving additional detail into the foam. Next, I will cover the foam in clay and continue to sculpt the piece. the foam gives you a great jump start into the life-size piece. It saves a lot of time and clay.

I will post more photos of the project as it moves along.

Interlude Patina

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Blog, Kriag Varner | Comments Off on Interlude Patina

The photo above is of Kraig Varner’s Sculpture “Interlude” as it enters the first stages of the patina process. I have been asked many times what type of paints we use to color the bronze. Paint can be used, but normally we use natural patinas.  Patinas are done by exposing the bronze to heat and chemicals that react too and oxidize the bronze. We have quite a number of chemicals that we use to create just about any color you can think of. The natural patinas not only create beautiful colors but also preserve the gloss and metallic shin of the bronze. When paints are used the surface of the bronze can become opaque and lack luster.

This photo of “Interlude” shows the bronze being heated by blow torch. The Chemicals are applied when the bronze is somewhere between 300-400 degrees. I will post a photo soon of the completed patina.