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Sheltered - In the Father's Hand by Observer14 Sheltered - In the Father's Hand :iconobserver14:Observer14 19 20 Dreamer by Observer14 Dreamer :iconobserver14:Observer14 17 18 Between Earth and Sky by Observer14 Between Earth and Sky :iconobserver14:Observer14 7 9 WIP: Reaching by Observer14
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Brenna by Observer14 Brenna :iconobserver14:Observer14 6 8 Little Magnolia by Observer14 Little Magnolia :iconobserver14:Observer14 8 15 WIP: Sheltered - Mother and Child II by Observer14 WIP: Sheltered - Mother and Child II :iconobserver14:Observer14 57 35 WIP: Cedar Dryad 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...

by xeneras

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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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




Sometimes, you just gotta let the silly out to play.       ;-)

I haven't been very good at my "drawing every day" challenge, but at least I'm getting better.  Sometimes, I just start with a scribble and see where it leads....
Sheltered -- Mother and Child
Fired terracotta clay, ~8"
This is the finished version of the WIP which I posted a while ago.

Ever since my original "Mother and Child" piece was shattered in the storm that hit my tent, I have been contemplating re-doing the piece. I wanted to keep the theme, but not simply do the same sculpture over again... so this is it.  Hands within hands - sheltered so that we are able to shelter others.

earlier in process:

From the original piece: "I have been fascinated by the image of the sheltering hands, and the different circumstances and postures which we bring to our position in those hands. What particularly struck me here was the reality of the hands within hands. I can think of no clearer image of the act of sheltering and nurturing than that of a mother nursing her child. She not only holds, protects and warms the child, but she gives it sustenance from her own body. Even in the reality of her own vulnerability, she finds the strength to hold what she has carried and birthed, giving herself so that it can grow."

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
— Matthew 10:8
WIP: Hope
This is a piece patterned after a piece I created in Italy, during the Incarnate 2018 program where I was teaching.  I left the original there in Italy, as a gift for some of the friends I made there.

Hope was a central theme in the work we did there, a theme on which everything else built.  While I didn't consciously start out this way, I also found it formed a unifying thread for all of the pieces which I created during that time.

(back view: )
Once again, I am preparing to head to Italy for a three month arts program.  Two years ago, I went as a student, mostly so I could go through the experience of the program myself before trying to lead others through it.  This time, I will be part of the teaching/mentoring staff.  Looking forward to a group of around 17, mostly young art students from around the world (dance, visual arts, music and drama), gathering to work together, understanding themselves and the world around us more deeply, so that we can reflect that through our art.

One interesting thing is that I have already worked with a couple of the participants on previous trips, so it will be good to see them again, and hear where their journey has taken them since we last met.

I will still be online some, but not having a lot of time to keep up... so don't worry if I don't get back to you right away.  I'm still listening to you and want to see your creativity.  ;-)

Be blessed.  Be a bringer of Light and Beauty.  Be whole.




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paytonsnewheart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!
Observer14 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking forward to seeing more....  ;-)
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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. ;-)
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