C.G. Simonds Inspiration

C.G. Simonds [http://www.cgsimondssculpture.com] was George’s sculpture and bronze casting teacher at California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland (1972-74.) He and his companion Bibi live in France.


December 28, 2014

Charley & Bibi:  Thanks for visiting us and sharing a meal at our farm yesterday.

Mahalo for sharing the brochure of your latest 2014 bronze work. It inspires me! I especially like the organic smoke and simple cartoonish shape of “Smokester II;” sort of like a figure taking a bow. “Touch & Gone” seems spooky and ‘Halloweeny’ and gothic all at once! I love the smoothness and wave ribbon like forms of “Inscrit.” What kind of material is Acier, a type of wood? I also like the simple playful shape and size of “Little Jack.” It looks good enough to eat! By the way, talking about good eats, an extra Mahalo to Bibi for her great cookies! How do you manage to stay in great shape with Bibi being a great chef and all!


You have inspired me to get back into sculpture again. When working on the farm, all day, all week, all year…I’m ‘drawing’ in my mind all day, encouraged by the natural shapes and forms I see in Nature, all around me in the land and the sea, in the animals I raise and the food that I grow, share and eat! I need to make time to capture these observed shapes in my diary and sketchpad. I am currently illustrating three new books that I’m writing. I need to put the pedal to the metal and finish them!

Today, I’m fixing fence lines, more correctly my neighbors fence lines, then digging out lantana weeds from my own pastures and planting more high protein peanut grass for our animals. I plan to reduce the 50 or so ducks that we have, down to a manageable dozen or so. I already culled 20 chickens and 20 ducks a few weeks back. I’ve already cut down the goat herd from 25 birthing does to just 12 and the current dozen birthing sheep to just 3 birthing animals. In this coming year, I plan on stopping the practice of using other people’s lots for my farming and ranching (50 or so acres around me) to concentrate on my own 3 acres.

I’m tired of fixing other people’s fences and need to focus on my homestead! With the salt air that flows up from the Kahakuloa ocean cliffs only two miles away, I need to replace all of the exposed metal fencing which has rusted out over the last 10 years that Nancy and I have lived here.

It was great to see you and Bibi! And you Charlie continue to be an inspiration to me.

Your student & friend,
George K