More pencils….

February 26, 2011

Below are a variety of pencil drawings by Monte.

The first page is a series of sketches of several items depicting Monte’s skill of reproducing images of all sorts of items.

 

The middle image is a pencil drawing illustrating an attempt to capture how flying waterfowl appear to the human eye.    The blurring of the wings was an attempt to recreate what a person sees when looking at flying waterfowl.  In much of Monte’s two-dimensional artwork, he was more concerned with capturing a particular mood, or actual scene atmosphere, rather than depicting artwork with detail that would overwhelm the viewer.  While Monte could produce such artwork, such detail was more likely to be seen in his three-dimensional pieces rather than his two-dimensional ones.  When it came to his artwork, Monte felt the use of extreme, fine detail too often masked the emotional aspect he was trying recreate.

Below is an example of Monte’s ability to reproduce mechanical items.

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Two more wildflowers

February 12, 2011

Two more of Monte’s wildflowers.

 

Some things about Monte

February 5, 2011

A photograph of Monte during the last few years of his life.

 

Being raised in the Illinois River bottoms, throughout his life, Monte was able to meet a wide variety of people.  Some touched his life in positive ways and others in not so beneficial ways.  Monte always enjoyed interesting discussions with people who were blessed with good conversational skills.  He would avoid those he considered to be boring and shallow.  In his interaction with people, he also enjoyed acting as a provocateur, but from time to time could go too far in his searching of interesting debate.

Monte enjoyed the study of the behavior of man, society, nature and frequently commented how he would have loved to see the riddles of the universe answered before he died.

He greatly enjoyed discussing current events, politics, the environment and of course, the arts.

Often when he was asked questions that involved a reasoned answer, he could be annoying at how long it would take him to answer.  When this would happen, people would think he did not hear the question and then repeat it, while all the time he was pondering his answer.

Monte was a king of jury-rigging and rather than buying commercially made clay carving tools, would make his own out of things such as cut up plastic or hair pins (these homemade tools still exist).

Monte also had a biting sense of humor and was quite adept at making people laugh.  One of the most misunderstood aspects of Monte’s personality was many people thought him to be lazy, when actually he was supremely stubborn and if he did not want to do something, he would either not do it, or take a long time in getting it done.

At the end of his life, even after losing a daughter and wife, Monte was not bitter.  He was disgusted and disheartened over Man and Man’s exploitation of the natural world, but he was resigned to his belief eventually that Nature will have the last laugh over Man.  He would point out how Nature wastes nothing, while all Mankind will someday turn to dust no matter what it tries to do to stop it.

 

 

 

More early work

February 5, 2011

Below are three early pieces of Monte’s artwork.

The first is a photograph of an early deer sculpture.  This image was taken in the dining room at Big Lake.  This sculpture still remains, but over time has become damaged.

 

Below is a photograph of a still-life painting.  It is possible this is a piece from a class room assignment.  It is not known where it is now.  It is possible Monte destroyed this piece.

Below is another photograph of an early painting of a pair of Wood ducks.

Again, these images are shown to provide illustrations of Monte’s progression when it came to his artistic skills.  One thing certain is Monte would not have appreciated these images to be publicly shown.