Monday, June 11, 2012

60 for 60 catch up

Travel, family etc and I have fallen behind. Here are the catch up photos of what I did for the completion of the 60 for 60 challenge.

#44 is an English Cocker

#45 and 46 are squirrels
#47-52 are penguins

#53, Spoonbill

# 54 Lop Eared Bunny
#55 Elephant

#56 Maned wolf
#57 little Corgi
#58 Pika

#59 Turtles on a log

and finally # 60 some fun studies of road runners

This was a most interesting challenge. I tried some new things and kept with a regiment of sculpting every day. I think it gave me an opportunity to be free with the clay and my subjects since I wasn't committed to  putting them into bronze. I am happy to say that some will continue their journey and be finished in metal or will be studies that I will use for more ambitious works. Now stay with me for the next challenge.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

60 for 60 #43

I used a different clay here. Too soft and gooey for such a warm day. Working quickly left too many gobs and fuzzies. Too rough even for me. Left my fingers too sticky.

60 for 60 #41,42 and a group

I am posting #41 and #42 together because they are the same subject, my corgi running. 

Ok, Dreamer is a puppy and he loves to run. He's obviously one of my favorite subjects.


Yes, this is very similar to a piece I have already cast, but it is a very typical pose and I love revisiting it.

There is always something different in the angles that catch me. I love the way his long body scrunches up to make up for no legs.

Obviously he is keen on something. Focus

I then combined them with #19 and created a group.

I love doing groupings. Every angle seems like a new sculpture.

Happy Dreamer Xs 3!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

60 for 60 #40

A Noble Head

As a child I used to admire a picture my grandmother had framed on her wall of a woman and her 2 children and a big black and white furry dog. The dog was a Landseer Newfoundland and it turned out the print was from an old calendar of a painting by Rembrandt. (Madame Cherpantiere and her children). My grandmother loved it because it made her think of her mom, her self and her sister. I load the dog and swore I would have one some day.

Years later I did get my Newf. Not a Landseer, but a black. Gaea was a special girl and lived up to every expectation I could have. She took care of the kids (just like "Nana" in "Peter Pan". She would rescue the kids from the pool and ill a cart to give rides and deliver girl scout cookies.
My present Newfy, Magic, is 10 1/2 years old and is special in her own way. I was there at her birth and she fills our life with so much love (and fur and goobers). Newfs will always be in my heart.

60 for 60 #37, 38 &39 and a bonus

Reference for this work was from the exhibit farm.

When I first visited the farm the goats thought I was a terrible monster getting ready to eat them. I had all my stuff on a wheeled contraption. they ran back in and hid.

They gradually got used to me and let me hang around.

This morning was warm, but a little breezy. I knew I would have to sculpt quickly if I was to beat the storm the winds were bringing in.

 So, three quick sketches of goats.


 When I put them together, I had a whole different view.

Fun to do a group.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

60 for 60 #35 & #36

#35, Buddy

Our neighbor has a young chocolate Lab that likes to come say hello to my dogs through the fence. Sometimes they run up and down having a great romp.

#36, Outside my front door.

Worked on another relief today. I am so comfortable doing the dogs,even though I still have much to learn, I feel I need to push myself a bit here. I found myself really enjoying the trees and the little area in front of my house. I will continue to do a relief here and there through the challenge. Eventually I will feel more comfortable doing them and enjoy them even more.

Friday, April 13, 2012

60 for 60 #33 & #34

#33, It's Andrew's turn

 Andrew waits for the frisbe to fall from the sky

60 for 60 #34
Another exploration into relief. We often hear our pileated woodpeckers, but they are not always visible. This time he gave me a quick glimpse in the trees.