A figurine that I had created years ago fell and broke. As the thin clay on the robe was impractically fragile, it had to be replaced with something nonbreakable. I had never expected that the mixed media technique that I had been experimenting with Kit Watson would become useful.
How you present your artwork matters. That is why painters spend fortunes on frames; and sculptors, on sculpture stands. I had been avoiding this extra work, as I did not believe in spending hundreds of dollars for the cosmetic improvement. However, I am at the point I have to make my work more presentable. Here are my first attempts. You will see before and after photos. What do you think?
My friend thinks I should delegate the carpentry work to a professional. When I know exactly what I want, I hope to hire someone. For now, I am getting by with trial and error.
I could not go visit my duo-show partner Kit Watson for more than 3 months, but she kept producing new work. Alzheimer's disease isolates the patient, and this extravert woman has been increasingly feeling that even though her family and friends are considerate and caring. Kit may have been sad and frustrated, but she has never showed it to me, always maintaining her pleasant, charming self. That was why her self-portrait was heartrending to me. I love the drawing.
Some bronze sculptors use a single-source lighting when they photograph their art. In this technique, the shadows play a major role dramatizing the images. I also played with the space around the sculptures and the camera angles. What do you think?
Managed to finish all the 7 new Little Buddhas in time to include them in my inventory list for an upcoming group show. I'm still pondering on the titles of some of the buddhas. I don't want to "explain" the figures with the titles. How could they be used to guide the viewer's imagination? Each image is captioned with its tentative title. Your input is appreciated.
The colors of water are blues, greens, and browns though the blues do not show on the photos well. This is the first time I used clear gloss acrylic medium. I like the contrast between the matte colors of the figure and the satiny surface of the water that the gloss medium brought forth. She will be glued on a black base board.
More thoughts were given in the creations of these new pieces. I like the results despite areas that still need to be improved. Initially I intended to make 10 Little Buddhas this month, but I only made 7. Cranking up the production did not work for me. I hated what I made in haste. I have to be able to satisfy myself with my own creations before anyone else. Sales cannot be the deciding factor of my creative direction. We artists know that, but we struggle weighing what is important v.s. how to make a living.
I pushed myself as I wanted to bring all new pieces to a show in August. Some old work will have to included now, but it will be fine. Thank you all for your support.
Feel stuck as my new pieces are not artistic enough. They are too cute and rigid to my liking, but a group show is coming and I want to sell. Am I creating these figures in order to satisfy my inner callings or to make a living? My answer is "for both," but it is difficult to find a balance.
I will try to break out of my comfort zone in my next piece.
Started to make a series of Little Buddhas. Following your advices, they now have teeth. Depending on the impression I go after, the feet are shown. The title has "Little Buddha" in it. Various emotions will be expressed, though most of the figures will capture delight or serenity. I am going to experiment with different surface decorating techniques as well.
An unforgetable experience viewing the migration of sandhill cranes inspired this piece. Fossil of the bird discovered along the Platte River was considered 10 million years old. Watching their rituals that might have been repeated annually for millions of years, I felt as if time were stretching from the prehistoric era to the present and beyond.
The original concept of this figure was modest with the clothing covering the front and the feathers around the neck. It looked constricting. This is the best I could do with this particular piece. I may try the same theme with an old woman next time.
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