No, I am not giving up ceramic sculpting, but this is my first attempt to combine a painting with a sculpture. When the entire piece is completed, the elongated painting (left) will be diaplayed like the maquette (right lower corner). Definitely the influence of 3-D work is visible here, and I am happy with the texture (enlarged images).
Politically, America has been divided, and I wanted to come up with an image that will encourage us to work together despite our differences. This piece is my small contribution toward such ideal coexistence.
I hung this piece on the wall last night, anticipating a crash in the middle of the night. The first thing I did this morning was, of course, checking the sculpture. I was happy to find her still smiling the way I had left her.
Thanks for your advices. I made a mound on which dry grasses, flowers, and twigs will be glued. The customer can push the mound against a wall if he/she chooses to. Hope they look more comfy now.
Yesterday I collected some old man's beard for this project. I'm going to pick sage, pearly everlasting, and dog wood twigs in spring. Do you know any other native plants whose colors will not fade away when dried?
This sculpture expresses physical and internal warmth that surrounds me. How fortunate I am to be able to work in a warm studio despite the frigid weather. Moreover, how blessed I feel to have friends, whose encouragement and support keep me going. Hope such warmth reaches you through these Little Buddhas.
Initially I was going to place a log for them to lean against. As it did not work, I am thinking of making a wall out of weathered wood. Or, do you think I can ask the customer to push the piece against a wall when displaying it?
I have been hooked on a PBS documentary Nature. According to a scientist appeared in that program, the gray squirrel's brain enlarges in winter and shrinks back to its original size in spring. The reason is, the scientist speculates, to remember each location of thousands of nuts it has buried in fall. Another nature's wonder....
I experimented with flocking in this sculpture. The process of gluing fine fiber on a surface is used on the owl, and it seems to have accented the piece well. What do you think?
As I thought this would be a perfect image to send out on Thanksgiving Day, I worked until 1:30 last night to finish this. The result makes me smile. Hope it does to you, too. Happy Thanksgiving!
This is my first attempt incorporating found objects in my sculpture. A piece of aged wood from the Skyline Wilderness seems perfect for this trial. Hopefully colors will work out together through different media.
About "Art in Process"
This page is an window for you to see my creative process. I would like to encourage you to leave your comments here. I hunger for a conversation with you about my art. What kind of emotions or thoughts did my art provoke you? What did you like/dislike? What viewpoint do you agree/disagree to? Your honest feedback will feed my art going forward. Thank you.