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Between Earth and Sky by Observer14 Between Earth and Sky :iconobserver14:Observer14 5 4 WIP: Reaching by Observer14
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Brenna by Observer14 Brenna :iconobserver14:Observer14 4 8 Little Magnolia by Observer14 Little Magnolia :iconobserver14:Observer14 5 15 WIP: Sheltered - Mother and Child II by Observer14 WIP: Sheltered - Mother and Child II :iconobserver14:Observer14 52 31 WIP: Cedar Dryad by Observer14
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Profile by Observer14 Profile :iconobserver14:Observer14 3 0 Looking back by Observer14 Looking back :iconobserver14:Observer14 3 9 Tree and roots by Observer14 Tree and roots :iconobserver14:Observer14 5 6 WIP: Courage by Observer14
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Mia -- very interesting effect in this photo. The longer I take to look at this image, the more I like it. The way you have pulled your...

I really like the framing in this shot. He's down in the lower third (half?) of the frame, but that gives all the space around him to b...

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Just to echo the comments made by *Philbear, I love the way you layered the curves between the hills, her back and arm, and the sand. Y...

This is one of those shots that grows on you, in a weird sort of way. It's powerful contrast between the brooding power of nature in th...


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Portrait of Lulu by rdhobbet
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Ivy II - Day #91 by AngelGanev
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lady by derekjones
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Reflections - Day #48 by AngelGanev Reflections - Day #48 :iconangelganev:AngelGanev 665 67 In her childhood room... by rdhobbet
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mulai latiah by styvop mulai latiah :iconstyvop:styvop 20 2 Petite Creme by Queen-Kitty Petite Creme :iconqueen-kitty:Queen-Kitty 118 10 Enchanting Bloom by Queen-Kitty Enchanting Bloom :iconqueen-kitty:Queen-Kitty 149 15 another charcoal by derekjones another charcoal :iconderekjones:derekjones 73 11


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Charles Tryon
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I have had a passion for clay and sculpture for as long as I can remember. Though I grew up in a very technical and computer oriented family, some of my fondest memories are of summer pottery classes at the local art museum. In college, I took a turn toward mathematics and computer science, and over the next 35 years, I followed a fulfilling and profitable career as a Software Engineer. However, I never forgot my love for sculpture.

I am still amazed by the pure joy I experience when I have my hands in the clay. I find that my work communicates on many different levels, from the practical and utilitarian to a simple reflection of the beauty I see around me. It may expresses a response of hope or fear or love, or it may be a simply reflection the little kid inside of me at play. For me, clay and sculpture become a language to express thoughts, emotions, or insights for which I have no words.

As much as I love to create with clay, I also love to teach others to experience that same joy. Young people are naturally drawn to clay, even when their technical skills are simple. With a little bit of instruction and encouragement, they quickly gain the confidence that they too can create something of value. Clay is such a malleable material that the art flows naturally from their active imaginations.

More recently, my journey has been discovering what it looks like to integrate the truth of my relationship with Christ, and my expression as an artist. I am learning to let the creative process develop in such a way that it reflects the complicated dynamic of my Faith–something which is not always pretty or positive or well understood, but which carries underneath it the reality of Hope.

Thus the theme, “Reflecting faith, hope and beauty through art.”

Current Residence: Fayetteville, GA




Between Earth and Sky
terracotta clay, 6"
This is a smaller piece, working toward a more abstract approach.  She was actually quite a delightful piece to make, as I was upset about something else at the time, and she just sort of emerged from the clay as I worked it, and she became like a dear little friend...
WIP: Reaching
unfired clay, 18"

One of my larger figures.  Lots of technical problems getting his legs to hold up.  Using some armature pieces at critical joints... so we'll see how it goes when he is fired. :-/

I can definitely see where I've had more practice with the female figure, and figuring out the details of the anatomy.  Lots of new muscle groups to figure out...
Drawing from life class, half hour sketch. Decided to push the envelope and try adding a little watercolor.

(And yes, when we take a couple of Mondays off, I feel like I've fallen flat on my face for the first couple of sketches... then it slowly starts to come together again!)

Edit: Updated after a couple of subtle drawing tweaks, and with a better photo (white balance).
Little Magnolia
terracotta clay, 10' long

This is actually a small piece I started as an "artist's demo" during an outdoor art festival I was in.  It was interesting working on the piece as I was talking with people as they were coming into my booth and looking at the other work, and asking questions about my process as they watched me working.

I actually really like the way she turned out, with the sweeping line, using a slightly more abstract approach.

(She was actually the inspiration for my "Courage" piece, but I like the way she turned out better.)

slightly different angle:
I've heard other Deviants here commenting on this phenomenon before, but never took that much notice since I'd never personally seen it.  However, I am seeing more and more accounts created and then following people (such as myself), with no further activity on the account itself.  I can understand a person creating a "lurker" account, doing "faves", but not posting anything themselves, but these are completely empty accounts.  I've even gone back later to see if things have been added, but they are still empty.

If these aren't real, legitimate accounts, then it artificially inflates my "followers" numbers, but I can't see any way that they are are harmful.  However, my naturally suspicious Geek brain says that these accounts must be mining for something.

The one thing might be if person X created a real account with posts, and then created a few dozen fake "followers" (which then need to follow a few other legit accounts to make them look more real), then it could be similar to some of the SEO ranking games which web sites play to make them come up better in Google or whatever.

Any comments or ideas on what might be going on below the surface here, or if there is anything I can or should be doing in response?

NOTE that these are not comment-spam bots, or even overtly creating links to other people's posts here (trying to generate traffic).  Some of the accounts I have seen do seem to have left a large number of comments, but I don't know if they are the usual, unimaginative, "Nice work! :heart:" kind of notes, or something more specific.




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Tonixel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Happy birthday! :D
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thank you Antonio!
ChIandra4U Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017   General Artist
I wish you a happy Birthday Charles :cake:
May all your wishes come true but
most important a good health !
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Chlandra! I receive those blessings! :D  It's been a good birthday.
ianwh Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Charles Cheers fella white-wine (party) have one on me Smiley Side Smile 
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Ian!  I should think to go out and buy a bottle to enjoy. ;-)
ianwh Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
of red wine or scotch?
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
HA!  I'm a more simple wine kind of guy.

Funniest thing is, my wife (who doesn't drink wine - never developed a taste for it) actually went out for my birthday and bought me a bottle of white wine!  She was kind of guessing at what I might like, but actually ended up with something pretty good.  Not beastly expensive, but not cheap either.  She has the touch...
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roundtower Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017   Traditional Artist
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
hehe....  looks like a wonderful cake there!  Thank you Nuria!
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