Of course, I wanted to make an Asian angel in this series. Angel wings symbolize many things across different cultures. I chose "Enlightenment" from them. Hope you all are staying cool in this hot summer.
What else will go well with my Little Buddhas? A blow fish? A salamander? I'm playing as I'm thinking of the option.
A prototype for the "Little Buddha" series is completed. As she is holding a lotus bud which is a symbol of peace, I decided to call her "Peace." Look forward to more from this series.
If you happen to know activists, who are fighting for green and/or human rights, please introduce them to me. I would like to go to see what they do, listen to their stories, and photograph them for my series. Thank you.
For my strong women's series, I wanted to portray a transgender woman. The model is a transgender from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. When I asked her what was the symbol of her gender among the Lakota, she answered, "Thunderbird" - the symbol of indomitable spirit. "I was bullied a lot and had hard time in my youth." She came out of the past resilient like the mystic bird.
I intend to work on the headdress again. I may change the flat thunderbird to 3-D like a totem? Feathers may be too destructive? Your input is appreciated.
On the way to the pottery studio, I pick weed from my neighbors' yards in order to imprint them on the lobes. It's a nice spring project. Happy Spring to everyone from rainy Rapid City!
At the pottery studio I've been frequenting, people call him "Little Buddha." In preparation for my next sculpture show, I'm going to make a few more little Buddhas. This one is holding a lotus bud, the next one will have a butterfly on his sleeve, and the third will be with a baby bird in his hands.
I made these while showing my friends how to make a simple figurine in a play session. They came out rather cute.
This year's self-assigned homework is to learn to sculpt the upper body. Artists sometimes make the hands and feet intentionally big for the body. Well, mine was not intentional, but hopefully the mistake will add the impression of strong determination to the sculpture.
With this piece squared away, all 8 new sculptures are now ready to take to American Craft Show in St. Paul next month. This is my second year participating in the show. I'm telling myself not to let money matters stress me out. Show business is like a gamble. You cannot always win. I've done my best creating these pieces. Hopefully they will speak to the people for me at the show.
About "Art in Process"
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