This post arrived last night on my personal Facebook page

Late last night a friend posted something on my personal Facebook page  about the ” I love Lucy” sculpture in Jamestown New York. Many are upset over this.  I guess they thought I could help. Being from Western New York and loving Lucy I immediately began commenting on this thread and went to the Facebook page started about this sculpture.  I have offered to recreate the sculpture, if the town of Jamestown is interested. I will donate a portion of my fees. I will create a blog about the sculpture so that others can weigh in and see the progress as I have done for so many of my sculptures – The Texas Press Newsboy, The Dick Hathaway Sculpture,  Called to Pray- Dallas Baptist UniversityThe Prairie View A & M sculpture and the Grambling Tiger.  Of course, many know that I am presently working on my Magnum Opus. I am creating  the Monumental sculpture of Alice in Wonderlands Tea Party in honor of Lewis Carroll’s 150th anniversary . I will be tied up with that for about six months, but I can begin on the Lucy project by the end of the year.  I will even help to raise the funds for the sculpture.

Please feel free to pass on this post  or post it to any place that is commenting on this sculpture.  This will help me to help the town of Jamestown. If anyone is interested they can contact me through my contact page on my website. 

As a writer as well as a sculptor I love documenting my process of creating on project blogs.

Some thoughts about the existing Lucy sculpture

—Every time I do a sculpture I have my client sign off on the clay before it goes to the foundry.  If a client has suggestions I will work on the sculpture until they are satisfied. I can’t imagine the artist went to metal without an approval.

—I do not fix other artists work. I have things in my contract that say people can’t change my artwork without my knowing and giving approval. I would never ever touch another person’s artwork. Plus, I would love to have my own interpretation of Lucy.

— Some have suggested melting down the original sculpture. I would not suggest this or do it. If the town is not satisfied they should give the sculpture back to the artist, and just create a new one. They could actually suffer repercussions if the town melted down the bronze. It is still a work of art from a man. I feel it is better to just recreate the Lucy sculpture.

Some of you know me as a writer of nonfiction. As I have been talking so much about the book I have just finished about 3D Technology in Fine Art.  But,  I also write fiction and especially enjoy middle grade (MG) and young adult (YA) fiction.  I read it almost every night. Sometimes, as was the case today, I am desperate for a book to read. I have been sick in bed and could not get to the library, which I often do in a frenzy as some people might go to the grocery store because they just have to have chocolate ice cream.  I’m addicted to reading.

I have a new granddaughter and so, old books are coming down from the attic. In some of these boxes I found this treasure.  It is my favorite children’s book. I sat this evening and read it right through and discovered I still love it just as much. I wondered about why I loved it so much.  Opening the stained inside cover was an inscription it reads,

Christina,

This was my favorite book when I was your age. I hope some day you will share it with your little girl.

Remember… be adventurous and learn to find treasures in the simplest things.

Love Momma

Christmas 1991.  (Christina was 6.)

I read the book and thought about why it resonates with me so.  I have a saying, “It is not what you have, but what you do with what you have that matters.”  Some peole might wonder, “doesn’t that thought pattern keep you stuck where you are?”  But look at these children. They had a sense of adventure and every thing they found and discovered was precious to them. They had such joy in their hearts because with everything that happened to them they were so thankful. And that thankfulness just bubbled out of them. They were creative in their approach, and most importantly they had each other to take care of.

People used to describe me as someone who was like these children. I think over the last few years I have not expressed openly my absolute joy over certain things.  I think that when you stop saying it openly, if it can’t bubble up, it kind of just fizzes.  I am making the decision to go back to that old me. To absolutely become enthused with all of the little things, and I’m looking forward to doing it.  You should have seen how excited I used to get about compost. No really I was giddy over the stuff.

So thanks to this little book for putting it into words.  Thank you for enlivening something that was in me all along.  I  had just recently made this internal acclimation. It was good to have it confirmed in this little novel. In a few more years my daughter can share it with her daughter and I hope I can read it to her many times.

Sometimes you just have to hold up your pink cracked cup, filled with milk from the refrigerator in the stream behind the water fall , take a cold drink followed by  a handful of berries and smile!


Bridgette Mongeon is a sculptor, writer, illustrator and educator as well as a public speaker.

Her blog can be found at https://creativesculpture.com.

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The Digital Stone Exhibition

I have been working diligently on a book titled 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploration of 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling. I am happy to say that I have created something unique; there is no other book like this one. The book is going to my publisher Focal Press (a division of Taylor and Francis) this week. It is due out June of 2015. The beta readers have finished the book- a recent response from a beta reader

“This should be given out as a textbook for anyone going to art school in the next decade.”

In the year that it has taken me to write this book, I have to say that I have developed a bounteous respect for two things.


1. The first are the many individuals who I call “pioneers: in this industry who have been using these technologies long before they became fun or fashionable. I mention them in a previous post.
2. The other is for a company and a person of which I would like to focus on. Carl Bass and the software company Autodesk.


sculpting mascots for colleges.
Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon shares information about incorporating 3D technology in her traditional sculpture studio. Grambling Tiger

For those of you who don’t know, Autodesk is one of the leading manufacturers of software.  They are also the manufacturer of the software called Mudbox that was the feature of the book  that I wrote with Mike de la Flor Digital Sculpting with Mudbox: Essential Tools and Techniques for Artists. When I finished my research and writing of  3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft, I realize an alternate title might be, All of The Cool Things Autodesk is Doing to Encourage Creativity and Imagination in Fine Art and Craft.

Autodesk manufacturers software for engineers, architects, those who work with computer graphic, animation, etc. What on earth does Autodesk have to do with with fine art and craft, you might ask,  and why are they doing this? Let’s face it, the combination of fine art and technology is not a large market for a big company like Autodesk.

WHY?
Let me first answer the why, or give you my summary of the why. I believe the reason for this, is that the person that is at the forefront of the company, Carl Bass, has a heart for art.   Carl Bass is an artist. Besides being the CEO, he is a woodworker. He is a man that knows what it feels like to run your hands over a creation, to have the aroma of  cutting wood spark  your creative soul.  He too has sat back after creating something and enjoyed the work of his hands and he likes technology. Why wouldn’t he want to see these two united?

My journey of writing this book has given me a profound respect for Carl Bass and Autodesk.

WHAT DOES AUTODESK HAVE TO DO WITH FINE ART?
Autodesk’s support and interest in sparking and exploring creativity are found in just about every chapter in my book,  I am surprised at how often I have come across their involvement.  The company has touched the lives of so many creative individuals. These are some that I feature in the book.

Digital Stone Exhibition.

In 2008 Autodesk put together the Digital Stone Exhibition. Five artists Bruce Beasley, Jon Isherwood, Kenneth Snelson and Robert Michael Smith created digital designs that were then fabricated in stone using the traditional stone carving processes.  A mix of traditional and digital art is the continuous focus of my book, along with realizing artwork in a physical form.  It would make sense that the Digital Stone Exhibition and the artist would be a part of the book.

Erwin Hauer
I am so very honored to be featuring some of the most incredible talents, the cream of the crop—artists from all over the world. Erwin Hauer is one of those. I saw Erwin’s work in the 2008 SIGGRAPH convention on computer graphics.  Erwin created panels of art in the 50’s. He is now working with Enrique Rosado, to recreate these images using digital technology. How did I learn of this? I learned about the collaboration through  a video that Autodesk put together and featured at SIGGRAPH in 2008.

123D Tools
If you are a traditional artist thinking about using digital tools, the learning curve can feel daunting. I work through many chapters to help fine artists and craftsman  learn and understand the processes and the possibilities. The book is filled with free software and places to explore.  One of those is the 123D suite of tools that Autodesk offers. Autodesk and I have the same drive. We want to encourage, inspire and educate others to see how they can push the limits.

Importance of Cultural Heritage
I talk about the importance of cultural heritage and how it relates to 3D scanning  in the 3D scanning chapter. It is pretty incredible what can be done.  I’m featuing the Smithsonian’s X 3D  program in the book.  Now students can see 3D scans of artifacts and even print them out.   I should not be surprised that Autodesk is a sponsor of the Smithsonian’s X3D.

Spark Platform
Of course, the book has a large section on the processes of 3D printing and the art behind it. I’m thrilled to see that Autodesk is once more involved as they announce their Spark Platform. Again Bass and I are on the same page as he states in a Bloomberg TV interview,

CEO Carl Bass states that when it comes to 3D printing he was like many, “Fascinated by the promise but frustrated by the reality.” There are a lot of steps involved in 3D printing, and Carl Bass believes that it needs to be simpler. The interesting concept is that this large company will be creating an open source SLA 3D printer. Bass understand the concept of how the input of others can play a role in the evolution of the product.  As the product evolves, so will the creative thinking.

Encouragement of  Exploration by Artists

“Autodesk is particularly interested in collaborating with artists because they are focused on realizing their creative visions, as opposed to a more traditional engineering approach, which is to solve problems within a given context with the tools available.”

Maurice Conti, Director Strategic Innovation Autodesk

We should be encouraging artists to explore, and push the boundaries of the technology. Again, Autodesk and I agree. My book, 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft, is written to educate artists in these processes. Over 100 artists from around the world share their processes, software, and vendors.

It has always been my belief that artists look at things differently. When Joris Laarman Lab developed the MX3D-metal 3D printer.  The MX3d is part robot, and part welding machine. How delighted I was to find this quote  above about Autodesk’s belief in the importance of the art community.  Should I be surprised to find out that this artist is sponsored, in part by Autodesk?

Because he’s an artist, he’s pushing the envelope further than an industry would,” says Autodesk director Maurice Conti, who first grew interested in Laarman’s work a few year’s back when the designer was using a large scale resin printer. “An artist just has a creative vision and they kind of ignore what the tools are supposed to be able to do and they realize their creative vision.”

From Margaret Rhodes article Fasctcodesign.com

The Work of Carl Bass
How delighted I was when one of the featured companies in my book ExOne, sent me the work of Carl Bass.  If I can receive his release form in the next few days, you will be able to see the work of the man behind the company that supports the arts.

This blog post is only a small example of the influence on the arts by Autodesk, and its CEO Carl Bass   There are probably many more influences of which I am not even aware.

How can I ever thank Autodesk and Carl Bass for what they have done?  The only way I know how to do that, is to continue the mission of Autodesk. To educate and encourage artists to push the boundaries. I am doing that by writing this book and  speaking about the wonderful endeavors of the artists and the technology.


Bridgette Mongeon is a sculptor, writer, illustrator and educator as well as a public speaker.

Her blog can be found at https://creativesculpture.com.

She is the vice chair of the planning committee for 3DCAMP Houston 2012 and 2013 http://www.3dcamphouston.com

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“We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants.
We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did,
not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they,
but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.”

The Metalogicon John of Salisbury 1159

Recognizing the Achievements of Others

There seems to be a need in us as humans to recognize the achievements of others. That is why we have banquets, and develop awards. However, there is one group with no award and no recognition. As I think of this group, I feel compelled to give them that recognition. If I could have a banquet and invite all of them from around the world, I would. If I had a space where I could collect their work and show it to the world, I would. The only thing I have to recognize these people is the space in my new book project and the thankfulness of all of my muses.

When watching awards being given we think of the life-work of an individual. We applaud and then order another martini. However, in this case, thankfulness goes much deeper than just a life of work. It is a person’s passion and life work that also contributes to paving the way for others who come after them. The processes of these “pioneers” enlightened others. Their struggles created dialogue; their mistakes or needs caused others to reconfigure the process. Some dedicated their life to passing on their information and teaching others. Everyone of these made a difference. I’m not sure if most of those in my group recognize that this is what they have done, and some of them, frankly, I’m just getting to know their part in this creative journey and how it plays on my creative process. Sadly, some that I am finding, have passed away and have never received the recognition they deserve.Those that I am speaking of are artists who have dedicated their life and passion to combining fine art and technology.

Many people think that realizing work in a physical form with 3D printing is new and the first time this has been done. My friend you could not be more wrong. There are artists who have been combining 3D technology and fine art and craft for years. I call these men and women pioneers.

My Way of Saying Thank You.

There are however, no banquets, no awards, and worse yet, no galleries that can house the “first” works of these individuals. The only thing that I can do with the resources that I have is thank them and give them a place of honor in my new book 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploration of 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling by Bridgette Mongeon

It is these shoulders that we now stand on. It is their accomplishments and trials that have built the technology. I have said it time and time again; If artists take this technology and push it to the limits with their creative processes it will cause new and exciting things to happen.  It is the reason I am writing this book.

It is My Honor

There are many artists and vendors featured in the book. Those that I consider pioneers are:* Carl Bass- Recognized for your creative passion and your position in technology that encourages the marriage of fine art and craft with 3D. Thank you for the Digital Stone Exhibition and other things that you are doing. (I’m still trying to reach Carl for his participation of images.) * Bruce Beasley * Robert Michael Smith and * Jon Isherwood along with others who are committed to continuing education in 3D combined with stone and CNC milling.  * Bathsheba Grossman – As a woman who has worked in the primarily male populated world of 3D technology I am indebted to Bathsheba for paving her  way, for her incredible contribution and experimentation with 3D printing of metal and for her ingenuity with creativity and math. * Erwin Hauer and * Enrique Rosado, for their contribution in preserving the past by introducing the future.
There are many others that I have contacted and some that I have yet to contact. The list includes but is not limited to. *Michael Rees, *Kenneth Snelson, *Keith Bown, * Elona Van Gent, *The family of Rob Fisher *Dan Collins, * Christian Lavigne, * Barry X ball *Robert Lazzarini,  *Lawrence Argent and *David Morris.

These pioneers pushed the limits and created
dialogues around art and 3D. They paved the way, encouraged
collectors and museums and inspired others. They need to
be recognized not only for their art, but for their
contributions. Sculpture by Robert Michael Smith

Please help me find and honor the pioneers

If I have listed your name or you know of a pioneer  that I have forgotten, please contact me as soon as possible. I don’t want to leave anyone out.

  • Please send me an email at Bridgette (the at sign) creativescupture.com
  • Please include a few high-resolution images of your work and possibly one of yourself and your work. Some artists are sending screen shots of the digital work to compare to the completed work; these should be screen shots with the largest screen so that we can make them look good when reduced down.
  • Please send me a short bio 500 words or less and let me know when you began using 3D technology in your fine art practice, and what type of work you do now.
  • Please give me a separate list of your software that you use and your vendors if they are pertinent to realizing your artwork in a physical form.
  • Feel free to send links to other resources on your work. I will also require an e-mail to send you an electronic release form.

My absolute deadline for all of the above information is September 1st. Space in the book is limited so the earlier I can receive information the better.

Make it Personal
If any of these people would like to participate in an online interview about their work I would love to schedule you for an informal podcast in the next 3-4 months. I create these podcasts through a simple phone conversation, at your convenience. They are recorded and released prior to the book. I will also provide you with a link to the podcast. Here are some examples of ones that have been done in the past.

Thank you so much for such strong shoulders to stand on. I only hope 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploration of 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling will be my small contribution to those who go after me. Thank you for your consideration.

This book will come out summer of 2015 and is being published by Focal Press. I am indebted to the publisher for believing in the importance of this project especially since it is different from their other published books.
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Bridgette Mongeon is a sculptor, writer, illustrator and educator as well as a public speaker.

Her blog can be found at https://creativesculpture.com.

She is the vice chair of the planning committee for 3DCAMP Houston 2012 and 2013 http://www.3dcamphouston.com

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Anyone who knows me know that I love to read.  There are piles of books in all areas of my house, and I have a regular rendezvous with the local library.  I also have the Overdrive application on my phone.  Overdrive allows me to find and listen to audio books through my iPhone. It is linked to my library account so I can listen to them for free.  Most of you are jamming out to tunes while you drive. If you see me driving, I’m probably somewhere far away, in a story from another time and place.

I am a sculptor and work many  hours with my hands. The interns who work in my sculpting studio are often subjected to my addiction of listening to audio books. I asked one intern, upon his arrival, if he liked or listened to audio books. I could tell by his answer that he was a little distraught that I might make him listen to someone read.  I wondered if he felt like he was in school rather than work. Because I sign his paycheck, he was subjected to the cruelty of listening to the written word.  After one afternoon he was hooked. He asked, “I want to know what will happen. Are you going to listen to this when I’m not working?”

I document, or try to document, my reading list through another app on my phone called Goodreads.  I  love Goodreads, it is  a social network of readers.  I have, at times, received some great suggestions from my Goodreads friends. I do  wish I had a little more interactivity with  the app. For example, if someone suggests a book on Goodreads and I like it, I would love the opportunity to click a button and be taken to the Houston Public Library or Overdrive to search for the book and order it. I also wish it had a private journal area, kind of like a common place book where I could jot down my thoughts or phrases that I liked from the books that I read. It does however let me keep a list of the books I have read, see suggestions by others and let me keep a list of things I want to read.

What I read

What I read  depends on what is available when I log into Overdrive or am taking my walk through the library.  At the library you will usually find me  in the young adult section. I read young adult or YA as writers call it, because I like to write for this genre.  I have nothing published, but I do have one complete. This is my first choice, along with middle grade MG.  I have about 3 books inside of me , yet to be written for MG.

When walking through the library I’ll look for those books with stickers on the cover or spine indicating they are an ward winning books.  I exhaust those quickly and will move on to what catches my eye.  I will also go through periods of time where I’ll order books from the library.  If I’m ordering a book, I’m probably ordering 2 or 3.  I’ll also listen to books from CD’s. In the case of audio books on CD I will order what I can from the library . This is usually the case when it comes to award winning audio books.  You can find several lists on the internet like the audies. There is nothing like listening to  great reader or actors in an audio book. In that same light there is nothing like a really poor reader of an audio book to make you hate the medium.  That is why I only revert to LibriVox when I am in desperate need of a fix for audio books.  LibriVox is great in theory.  Books that are in the public domain are recorded by individuals and put up for free on librovox. The problem is that often one book has multiple readers and if one of these readers drones, or has a strange pitch or rise and fall to their cadence of words, it is murder to my ears.

I read/listen to a lot of novels, and my second favorite is a biography.  It is strange because as a young adult and child I was absolutely  enthralled  with nonfiction and especially “how to” books.  Guess as I age, I no longer have the need to know how to,  but instead I want to dream.

I must also add that now that I am a grandmother I am reading more books to my grandchild. But children’s books are not foreign to me. I have been studying the writing of children’s books for years. I have about 10 written children’s books, no, once again they are not published. I do believe they are some of the best writings I have ever done.  I have not published my children’s books for the simple reason that as an artist I feel like I should illustrate my own books and that becomes overwhelming to me.  So, they sit unpublished. I digress from my subject.

So what have I read/listened to this year?  Documenting my reading list could be a bit of a chore, however, my Goodreads application has a scanner and before bringing my books back to the library I just scan the ISBN number and my book enters my scanned list on good reads.  Here is my list. 70 books in 12 months, though I do believe I haver forgotten a few.

titleauthor
WishMonninger, Joseph *
Love, StargirlSpinelli, Jerry
Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created HerGerber, Robin
Caddie WoodlawnBrink, Carol Ryrie
The Poisonwood BibleKingsolver, Barbara
The Running DreamDraanen, Wendelin Van
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully FamousBragg, Georgia
Uncle Tom’s CabinStowe, Harriet Beecher
Dicey’s Song (Tillerman Cycle, #2)Voigt, Cynthia
Memoirs of an Imaginary FriendDicks, Matthew*
Fair WeatherPeck, Richard
The Teacher’s Funeral : A Comedy in Three PartsPeck, Richard
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenRiggs, Ransom
PeakSmith, Roland
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of LifeMass, Wendy
Esperanza RisingRyan, Pam Muñoz
The Daughter’s WalkKirkpatrick, Jane *
Home, and Other Big, Fat LiesWolfson, Jill *
Surviving the ApplewhitesTolan, Stephanie S.
Slither (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #11)Delaney, Joseph *
Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Living with Wisdom and CompassionChodron, Thubten
The Old Man and the SeaHemingway, Ernest
How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading NeuroscientistNewberg, Andrew B.
FeedAnderson, M.T.
The Writing on the Wall (Do The Math, #2)Lichtman, Wendy
Under the Banyan TreePalma, Toni De*
The Loser’s Guide to Life and LoveCannon, A.E.
A Wind in the Door (Time, #2)L’Engle, Madeleine
The Tiger’s WifeObreht, Téa *
If You Ask MeWhite, Betty
AfterEfaw, Amy *
TrappedPierce, Jessica
The Second Spy (The Books of Elsewhere, #3)West, Jacqueline *
Out of the DustHesse, Karen
Messenger (The Giver, #3)Lowry, Lois
Many Waters (The Time Quintet, #4)L’Engle, Madeleine
Caleb’s CrossingBrooks, Geraldine
Here Lies the LibrarianPeck, Richard
Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)Larson, Kirby *
Side EffectsKoss, Amy Goldman *
Spellbound (The Books of Elsewhere, #2)West, Jacqueline *
Seven Strange and Ghostly TalesJacques, Brian
Let’s Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving, and LearningDouglas, Kirk
The Linden TreeMathews, Ellie
The Middle PlaceCorrigan, Kelly*
Something Like HopeGoodman, Shawn *
Little Blog on the PrairieBell, Cathleen Davitt
WonderstruckSelznick, Brian
Sleepaway Girls (Whispering Pines, #1)Calonita, Jen *
Woods RunnerPaulsen, Gary
And Both Were YoungL’Engle, Madeleine
Paintings from the Cave: Three NovellasPaulsen, Gary
Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to FiveMedina, John *
Shelter MeFay, Juliette *
Zero to Hero (Ghost Buddy, #1)Winkler, Henry
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and BackBurpo, Todd
I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak but Finds Her VoiceBonker, Elizabeth M.
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)Young, Moira
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought DifferentBlumenthal, Karen
Aliens on VacationSmith, Clete Barrett *
13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being ThirteenHowe, James
Lucky Breaks (The Hard Pan Trilogy, #2)Patron, Susan
The Magic HalfBarrows, Annie
Joey Pigza Loses ControlGantos, Jack
The BFGDahl, Roald
FlushHiaasen, Carl
Fairest of All (Whatever After, #1)Mlynowski, Sarah *
Laugh with the MoonBurg, Shana
Glory BeScattergood, Augusta *
“There. I told you it would not work.”

“You hoo. Are you up?”

Me: “What?  Is it morning already?” ( I open my eyes momentarily, and then shut them again.)

“Hey, hello, pay attention!”

Me: (I reach over to check my cell phone.) “What the …? It is 4:30 in the morning.”

“I know you can see me. Come on, wake up.”

Me: “Who is shining a spotlight into my window, and what on earth do you want at 4:30 in the morning?”

“I’m not a spotlight. I’m a desert full moon.  If you thought the New Mexico sunsets were great, you should see me.”

Me: ”I’m sleeping, can you please be quiet and get your boney rays out of my eyes.” (I balance a pillow on the bed in front of me.)

“Come on, I know you want to open the shades and look.  I’m not like one of those Houston, city moons. I’m a full, winter, desert moon. “

Me: (Getting even more irritated, but now fully awake. ) “ Hey don’t diss our Houston moons. They are pretty great, and I have seen one or two at the end of my street that were so large they looked they could roll down the street and and bowl down all of the houses.”

“Yes, I know, but this is a desert moon, aren’t you the least bit curious? Don’t you want to open the blind and let my magical powers flow over you while you are in bed. “

Me: “There are no magical or mystical powers in the moon. I really would rather sleep.”

“No magical powers— I make tides. That is pretty darn incredible you know. Lets see you do that. Besides if you wanted to dance naked under the New Mexico sunset.”

Me: “Hey, how did you know, and besides, I never said I wanted  to dance naked. I wrote.

(The sun sets, a crescendo of color and texture, clouds mixing with hills, fire in the sky. It makes me wish I had a drum or a fire, and I could dance and praise the gods for such delight. )

“You should see me. I know you want to look.  I’m quite stupendous. There are many things that are special about a full moon, in the desert, in New Mexico. Google it.”

Me: ”I don’t want to Google it. I don’t want to dance. I don’t want to open my shade. Please go away. Hey, quit moving around, peaking in and hitting my eyes with your brightness. I really want to sleep.”

“No, I don’t believe you do want to sleep. You have an adventurous soul.  I think you really want to take a moonlit walk in the desert.”

Me: “I barely walk in the desert at daytime. Nighttime? I’ll probably walk into a cactus. Wait, what am I talking about? I don’t want to walk around at night.”

“It is not really night any more. It is early morning. And then you will not miss your buddy —the sun, he comes up just over there you know.”

Me: “Yes, I do want to watch a few sunrises, wait. I’M NOT TAKING A NIGHTTIME WALK.” (I jump out of bed and open the blinds) “There, I’m letting you in. Are you happy now. Please leave me alone. “ (I look  up expecting to see the man in the moon with a menacing smirk, but instead I shriek) “Oh, my God ,I think you have burned my retina. What is wrong with you? (I cover my eyes, concerned with the damage I have just caused.)  “That is a horrible trick. Are you sure you are the moon?”

“Yep, Beaver moon.  Google it.  I know your curious to see if I’m telling you the truth.“

Me: “You are not  big, but you are terribly bright. I expected more. I can’t even look at you. And… I’m not Googling anything. I’m paying attention. Isn’t that enough? Can’t I just rest here and let you do your thing? “

“Beaver moon because I remind people to set their traps.”

Me: “I’m a sculptor and a writer.  I live in Houston. I don’t hunt, and I think it is cruel to trap animals.”

“Yes, but you were going to hike in the dark, lots of things are done during a full moon. It is an entirely different adventure. Come on, get up and walk with me.”

Me: “ You are relentless.” (I open my eyes.) “Good you have gone away.”

“Nope, I’m just behind this pine. I’m still here, waiting.

Think of it… a moon walk, sunrise, hot tea, there might even be wildlife.“

Me: “Right I’ll get eaten by something for sure.”

“Now you are being silly.”

Me: “Give me a break, I’m tired.  It does sound tempting, Can’t I just close my eyes for a few minutes?”

“Sure, but first take a picture of me like you do the sunset.”

Me: “It will never work, besides you are behind the pine. “

“Yea, but I can see your feet, so just sit  up.”

Me: “There. I told you it would not work. Please just a few minutes to rest my eyes. “

“It’s a marvelous night for a moon dance. With the stars up above in your eyes…”

Me: “Are you really singing? You are not just annoyingly bright, but you are singing?”

( I pull the cover over my head.)

“Yep and I’m shimmying as I sing, but you can’t see me because I’m behind the pine. Come on out and take a look.“

Me: (Silence)

“Come a little bit closer

Hear what I have to say

Just like children sleepin’

We could dream this night away.

But there’s a full moon risin’

Let’s go dancin’ in the light

We know where the music’s playin’

Let’s go out and feel the night.”

(Pause)

“… Hey, you still awake?”

Me: (snoring loudly)

(A banter with the moon, early morning hours. By bridgette Mongeon )

I wrote this post a while back and it was brought to my attention again as I saw a post by the Association of Medical Illustrators. I can’t say I have new information to post on this subject. If others find links and want to send them I would be happy to add them to this posts update.  I am so busy I can’t research it. But for any artist, writer etc who makes money from their work this is a HUGE deal! Please pay attention. Here is the old article from my blog.
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I know that the digital world is changing how we read and how we distribute books. I have a few problems with this. The first one is… my general mistrust of Google. Why should this lovable company who changes their artwork every day to make my searching enjoyable, be mistrusted?

I think they are getting too big for their britches.

Some individuals just feel your rights
belong to them. Artists and writers beware.

Left and right artists are making waves about what Google is trying to do. According to my research they are infringing on the rights of artists and photographers as indicated in this recent article By Larry Neumeister

“Artists Sue Google Over Copyright Infringement.” They are also the backers behind the Orphans Work Act. If you do not know about this and are an artist, you absolutely must learn. I mean it. Stop what you are doing and research this. What happens with this will change your income for the rest of your life. I have written about it before in an article for Best of Artists and Artisans, and there are links in the article for further information. If we are not careful, Google will become the God and keeper of all.

In a nutshell, Google wants to take the books that are out of print and make them available. Sounds real sweet, but watch out for that wolves teeth. As my southern friend says, “Katy bar the door.”

First of all, if I write a book, and it is out of print, what gives them the rights to reproduce that book without permission? They are also proposing that this be done with artwork, have a depository of artwork that people can come and browse and use. If artists do not claim their artwork and step up and say, “No, you can not use it, or this belongs to me,” then well tough poop for you. This puts the burden of copyright ownership on the artists. As it stands right now, artwork is copyrighted the moment it is created.  I don’t have to search for my artwork all over the place. I don’t have to go to a Goggle provided website and pay to have my work protected and say it is mine. It is mine. PERIOD! For more information on this please read the article that I wrote for Best of Artists and Artisans 2008.

I may be lulled to enter blindly into the idea of digital books lovingly created and made affordable and accessible through Google, but I have a genuine mistrust of them. And what is sad is that I feel like they are my own child. I nurtured them. I still do. They are a part of my everyday life. Yet, they have too much control.

I am never one to spread discontent. However, in this case, I will stand on my soap box, behind my artists table and computer. I’ll give a very suspicious glance at Google as the writer/artist in me speaks, no shouts loudly. “ARTISTS AND WRITERS BEWARE! There is a wolf in sheep’s clothing!”

So what are your thoughts?

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Bridgette Mongeon-Sculptor, Writer and Speaker

Bridgette Mongeon is a sculptor, writer and educator as well as a public speaker. Her blog can be found at https://creativesculpture.com. She is also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series Follow the artists on twitter twitter.com/Sculptorwriter twitter.com/creategodsword Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bridgette.mongeon Listen to The Creative Christian Podcast or the Inspiration/Generation Podcast Click on Podcast Host Bios for a listing of all podcasts Listen to the Art and Technology Podcast

Our beloved dog has raised a family and moves on.

Our animals grow with us, experience joy with us and even mourn with us.  Today we celebrate the life of Emmy a mutt that we found at the SPCA back in 1998.  She was a gift to our family upon our return from our wedding that year.

My daughter was 13 back then. She cried when she saw her and begged us, “I want this one,”  even though Emmy was so nervous and peed on the floor during our visit.  My son was a couple of years younger. Emmy would get so excited when I would tell her that her “boy” was coming for a visit.   Both of my children are now grown, living in their own homes and having children of their own.

It is interesting to look back on your life and see the bookmark of a family pet in so many important events.

Emmy journeyed with us as we tried to figure out how to raise teenagers. She watched our children leave, and return for visits. She never judged, she just simply loved.  It was Emmy who would walk with me and stayed right by my side when I was pregnant 12 years ago.  It was also Emmy’s behavior that warned me that something was wrong with the twins in utero.  Maybe they are playing with her now in heaven. Her connection to all of us was very deep

Emmy has bonded with human loved ones who have since passed on.  Others that watch over her are my mom, my dad, my father-in-law, Chas, our retriever and Kittiana our family cat.

Our lives are still changing. Emmy seemed to embrace and tolerate the hugs of a toddler a new granddaughter, even though Emmy suffered greatly from pain of arthritis and rarely liked to be touched.  She seemed to know the importance of this new family member. Emmy understood her role  in nurture the pretend babies as the grandchild laid them on Emmy’s bed.

The house feels empty, my journey to and from the studio a little less exciting.  But my heart is thankful for the companionship and for the nurturing love of a spirit covered in fur.

Rest in peace, my friend, and thank you. You will be missed.

It is true.  I once saw a facebook post that went something like this,

Warning! If you are in my life long enough

I may just write you into my novel.

The idea is simple, we writers are inspired by what is around us.

In 2010 I completed the National Novel Writing Month ( NANOWRIMO). The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. NANOWRIMO is held in the month of November, but they encourage you to take the NANOWRIMO challenge any time.  I know it seems impossible to write 50,000 word in one month, but it breaks down to only 1,666 words a day.  The goal is to get it on paper, not edit, just purge your thoughts. Some people prepare an outline, others dive right in.  There are all sorts of ways to approach NANOWRIMO.  I completed  NANOWRIMO in 2010 and polished the book and then put it away. I would like to get it published one day, but I relish in the accomplishment of finishing it.  When I was done, I gave a very rough draft to my 25 year old daughter to read.  She said, “That is my life you are writing about.”  I think she felt cheated.  Though I do claim ownership, it is part her life, part my life, part make believe.  I pulled from what I know.  The scenes of things in my head, which just happened to be part of her life. Since I gave birth to her, I suppose I have rights.

WINFIN is Write Nonfiction in November.  Same challenge but, in my opinion a bit harder.  Writing nonfiction, unless you know the subject very, very well demands research.  So writing is more than just writing and vomiting a bunch of words on the page, they have to mean something very substantial to be called nonfiction.  I podcasted about NANOWRIMO and WINFIN a few years ago. Give a listen. Again, I write nonfiction because it is from life, my own experiences and interests.  I guess I’m stealing from life.

Recently I learned about  the PiBoIdMo challenge. PiBoIdMo is Picture Book Idea Month. In this article, “Pre-PiBo Day 5: Kate Dopirak: A Reader. A Writer. A Thief?” by Kate Dopirak I learn that she also steals from her children’s experiences.  So, I am not alone here.

I’m extremely interested in PiBoIdMo, you see, I’m a published writer of adult nonfiction, but the novel I created in 2010 for NANOWRIMO was MG/YA (Middle Grade/ Young Adult)   I have a tendency to be drawn to literature for younger people.  I also have a new source of inspiration that is quickly coming into my life, GRANDCHILDREN!

Just prior to all of these writing challenges came Halloween, which was so much more fun being connected socially.  I might not have that great of a social life but my facebook friends sure do.  My daughter-in-law  posted that her 2 1/2 year old went to the door and said chicken free (trick or treat) & happy Halloween! You should hear here try to sing Bippity, Boppity boo. I’m extremely impressed with my granddaughters made up language, and intrigued at how she evaluates and dissects the world around her. I also have a new born grandson and a granddaughter coming in March.  Oh, just think of all that inspiration.  I have no doubt that this time in my life, my “watching” of grandchildren will impart a creative spurt in a new direction.  I must remind myself  “work it grandma, work it.”  So, watch out.  If we are sitting next to each other at the children’s museum or the park, take note, your children are safe, but I just may steal their dialogue and adventures.

Digital sculpting with Mudbox book
Mudbox book by Mike de la Flor and Bridgette Mongeon

Last week I was collecting information for an up and coming lecture that I am going to do at 3DCAMP Houston 2012. While searching for one of the artists that I used in the book I decided to Google his name to see if any more images have come up. My thought, I would contact him to see if he is doing anything new that I might be able to add to my lecture on fine artists who are using 3D. How surprised I was to see the images that my coauthor Mike de la Flor and I used in the book Digital Sculpting with Mudbox: Essential Tools and Techniques for Artists were being displayed on another site. I was even more surprised to see that our entire book had been copied-word for word on this site.

I immediately reported it to our publisher Focal Press. My coauthor was also livid. Each of the chapters were displayed as individual tutorial on this website. They had no reference to the book or where they got it. There was no credit to the authors, and no links—nothing. Well, of course it would not have any of this- they stole it.

If anyone was going to “give” this stuff away we would. According to our contract, instead of supplying the CD with the book we had to create a way for the files to be downloaded.   So, Mike and I created http://www.digitalsculpting.net If anyone was going to give something away we would and we would have done it there.

I hesitate in putting the name of the website because individuals may be tempted to go to their site and drive traffic to them. But I must put the information here so that other will beware. The name of site is what-when-how.com There is actually copyright information on the bottom of their page.
Copyright Information
The-Crankshaft Publishing’s what-when-how.com claims copyrights to documents only created by The-Crankshaft Publishing and it’s staff. Any information used from The-Crankshaft Publishing’s web site must have a link to the URL from which it came from.

Excuse me… you did not create this.  And if others use what you stole from me they have to link back to you? Also it is not it’s it is its.

The-Crankshaft Publishing is not responsible for the content of someone else’s work or the source of the information. We claim no rights to documents created by any other organization or individual.

Content on our website falls in two categories::

1. Articles which are written by technical writers ,part of crankshaft’s staff.

2. Articles which are in contract with several publishing houses,on revenue share basis.

Our entire book, which took months of our lives to create was not permitted to be used on this site. There was a great deal of advertisement on this site. I have no idea how long the book was there or how much money this website has made by using our book on their site.  My coauthor sent an e mail to them right away and said they must take it down. They sent us a form to fill out?  What the heck.

I wish the lawyers at Focal Press would have done it.  I think we are entitled to something.  It has been taken down, but I think people need to be made aware of the underhanded practices of such a site.  You can tell it was there, all you have to do is search Mudbox  under their search engine and every one of our chapters comes up. I don’t really want you to do that, so I’m posting a screen shot on this blog taken at 1:00 on Thursday July 5, 2012.  The links are broken, but it comes up. To see our chapters on their website, click on the photograph.

So, I’m writing and wondering if anyone else has had trouble with Crankshaft Publishing or what-when-how.com.  What was your experience? I’m also wondering who else we can report them to.

Oh yes, and it pays to google your content.
Please feel free to pass this information on.

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Sculptor and writer
Bridgette Mongeon

Bridgette Mongeon is a sculptor, writer, illustrator and educator as well as a public speaker.

Her blog can be found at https://creativesculpture.com.

She is the vice Chair of the planning committee for 3DCAMP Houston 2012 http://www.3dcamphouston.com

She is also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series

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