GARDENS, Part 2 —
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April 23, 2007 — We've been
talking about Brookgreen Gardens, where Louise Peterson's life-size bronze sculpture,
Bella and the
Bug, was recently installed. Brookgreen, located on the coast of South
Carolina, covers 9,200-acres and stretches
over 3 miles — all
the way from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean to the freshwater lowcountry swamps
along the Waccamaw River. Needless-to-say, it's huge! The Gardens themselves
occupy 30 acres in the heart of the estate. They provide a magnificent venue
from which to view both nature and art.
As luck would have it, Louise's
workshop at Brookgreen took place during the peak of the Spring blooming season.
The Gardens were a riot of color and provided a beautiful backdrop for all the
figurative sculpture. Dogwoods and azaleas were in full flower — complimented
by formal beds of tulips, daffodils, poppies and dutch iris.
As Louise mentioned last
week, it was one of her 'life goals' to have a sculpture placed at Brookgreen.
It didn't take long for her to achieve that goal, along with some others. She
years ago, when I started to get serious about sculpting, I set a number
- To become a member of the Society
of Animal Artists and the National Sculpture Society
- To have a Great Dane in
the collections of Benson Sculpture Garden and Brookgreen Gardens
- To win Best in Show
at the Art Show at the Dog Show
- To have a Great Dane sculpture in the collection
of the AKC Museum of the Dog.
All of these goals have been
achieved — and more. I’m up to 86 awards now, including 4 best in
shows. I am also a member of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Allied
Artists of America, the National Sculptor’s Guild and the Miniature Painters,
Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington, DC.
I learned to model
with the human figure, but I learned to sculpt with Great Danes. Now I’m
enjoying exploring other animal subjects in sculptural compositions. During the
past year I've been very busy with commissions and other subject matter, however,
think I’ll ever
abandon the Great Dane. There is no other animal that compares
to the stature, beauty and loving personality of the Dane! My two Danes, Bella
and Rigel, constantly give me ideas for new sculptures — it’s
just finding the time to get to them.
working on a life-size commission named High Five. It’s similar to the
Four, but sculpted to look like the patron's own Dane. This guy
still has his dew claws, so I've named the sculpture High Five. I’m
also working on Process of Elimination. This piece was inspired by Rigel,
who has a wonderful shape to his body when he goes potty. (He looks so concentrated.)
Rigel is definitely a goofy Dane; he doesn’t have Bella’s elegance,
but he sure is adorable, and he's the most loving Dane we’ve had so far.
I think rescue dogs are more appreciative of the good life.
also working on a female Great Dane with her human Dad, bonded together in a
loving pose. I’m
also planning several new quarter-size Great Dane sculptures. As far as other
animals, you can find them all on my
Some have expressed an interest in seeing
more of Brookgreen. I took almost 1000 photographs over a three day period. Next
week, for your enjoyment, I'll post some of the better ones. Photos can't do
the place justice, but they might motivate you to visit some day.
And speaking of visits, in mid-May
Louise will be back at Brookgreen for the National Sculpture Society's Sculpture
Celebration Weekend. She says anyone in the area who would like to meet
her should let her know. I'd like
to be there myself, but we'll be off traveling again. (Prague first,
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