October 17, 2015
This grouping of alder trees had a magical feel to it. A small stream, slight roll to the terrane and a seldom used path going from one end to the other. It felt as though this place was special. As a result, the Alder Elder was the first leaf face. I guess there was a feeling of ancient wisdom or history hidden among the alder trees. The face sculpted into an alder leaf shape was an attempt to capture this feeling.
Later on, I just wanted to have fun. Teeth would be the focus on this next generation of leaves. After all, teeth add character, especially LARGE teeth. I LOVED sculpting the teeth, they constantly made me smile. The more crooked, the better. Thinking about sculpting the teeth makes me smile right now.
Gotta think of something else that needs big teeth.
Deb here, while posting this George was reminded that Alder Elder has been retired, sadly I tell you this as it is my personal favorite of the leaf designs...Alder Elder and Mabel Leaf, who happens to look just like a woman we met after George sculpted the piece (we really should rename it Daphne).
If memory serves, I believe "Alder Elder" was the first piece George sculpted when we moved to Orcas Island. He is often inspired by a new experience or event in our life as all artists are. It remains a personal favorite simply because of the emotional memory of that quiet place.