Saturday, July 30, 2011

Spirit Guide II - Stage one

I'm in Buffalo, NY today for Garden Walk on Elmwood Ave. David Derner a sculptor friend of mine invited me down for the weekend to sculpt in his backyard during the walk for spectators. Tomorrow there will be a model but today was an open day to sculpt anything I wanted. I've had a little sketch of a crow's skull in my sketch book for a few years I've been meaning to make. So, I chose to start a piece to pay homage to Crow for acting as a spirit guide. I'm thinking of glazing this piece with a high manganese glaze to give it a metallic black look. I haven't quite figured out the rest yet but it is a start.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Spirit Guide I

I've had this self-portrait mask since 1998...I revisited it in Grad. School by using various media to create tribal facial pattering on the mask. I drew heavily on my printmaking background even though working on a three dimensional piece. In fact this experimentation has spawned ideas for whole series...back to the point...this piece has been in limbo and unfinished since it was created...serendipity played a huge part in bring this piece together this weekend when I saw these wings. I'm not even going to attempt a conceptual justification...I just think it looks cool.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Oberon - IV

Another day in the books for old Oberon. As you can see it's becoming more and more defined each session. Still doesn't look like a horned owl but it will get there. I still have plenty of sculpting left to do so stay tuned...
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Oberon III

Another day of work in the books. It's starting to slowly come into least for today.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Oberon - part deux

I ditched the anatomical model and went with my gut. Which is what I should have done from the beginning...but I did learn a lot about the anatomy of a horned owl. My friend Rob is continually amused at how I start my pieces. I tend to scaffold the basic form geometrically at first. By breaking it down to abstract shapes I'm better able to control the proportions prior to sculpting in the round. Take it for what you will.
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