The Gang's (Mostly) All Here
I thought it might be fun to take a group photo of all the sculpted characters and creatures I've made so far. Most agreed to have their picture taken without much complaint. They bustled around awhile this past Sunday afternoon, each trying to put his/her/its best face forward. I had to take several photos as it was hard to catch the flying pigs paused in flight and the tiny owl kept getting lost behind his much bigger friends. My birds are all slightly uppity and much feather-soothing was involved. With a bit of patience though, I was finally able to capture my clay menagerie on film.
The robot army is not represented in this group photo as they were on maneuvers guarding the studio and they take that duty very seriously. Huck and Puck (Huck's on the left in violet) are also not present. Several months ago, Puck left to live with a friend of mine but unfortunately perished (literally) in a freak fireplace accident before he could even meet his new owner; after that, Huck squared his shy shoulders and bravely left my studio to take Puck's place. I'm so glad I took this picture of those two beastie buddies before they departed.
I love painting, illustration, journaling, and crafting but sculpture...sculpture is the most thrilling. The feel of clay on my fingers as I shape and smooth the form is a wonderfully tactile experience. I also enjoy the challenge of pulling a nebulous image from my imagination and building a real, solid representation in my hands. At times, it feels as if the creature or character coming to life is in charge and that I am simply the conduit. I am still refining my technique and it is fun to interact with the beginner's mind. The possibilities are limitless, problems to be solved still present, and the results often surprising, making sculpture a very dynamic, engaging medium. In the coming months, I will be expanding my exploration of sculpture as I delve deeper into my word/theme/guiding light - "story." More thoughts on that coming on Wednesday...