Friday, September 30, 2011

Horse sculpture (colt)

 "...and God took a handful of southerly wind blew his breath over it and created the horse". Bedouin Legend

This is an opportunity to purchase a piece in  progress. Because of the choice of deciding whether a patina will look like the standard traditional bronze patina or you wish to create a memory of either a horse in the past or the present, you will have that option on contacting me.

In this particular piece, a colt about a month or so old, I have tried to capture the undeveloped gawky look that endears them to our hearts.

The reason I am showing this in clay before it is patinaed is that some patrons  might want to personalize it by having it look like their own sorrel, paint or black as satin.

 I love horses so much (in the last year we lost a 34 year old) and I have had horses all my life.

My first horse was a spoiled rotten Palomino mare who would get down on her knees just long enough to let me off before she rolled letting  me know the ride was over. Later my Dad gave me a colt off the King Ranch to break all by myself. I managed to break him (I still don't know why they call it breaking because it sounds cruel) and a year later a guy blinded him in one eye and I had to re-train him where he was not gun shy on his right side.

My husband and I have had many horses through our lifetime and each one a charmer. There is no better life than to share it with a four legged equine friend.

This colt, not adding the base yet, measures 9 1/2" x 6" x 5 1/4"  and will have around an 1 1/3" base with routed edge following the contours of the colt. This will be an edition of 25, once all 25 are cast the mold will be destroyed.

This is the metal after cleaning and just before patina and base
Here are more pictures of the progress...the darker is the wax after pouring and cleaning.The next is the picture of the actual bronze fresh from the foundry and needing metal chasing. Notice the sprue coming off his chin and knee and also the tips of his ears...there is also a larger one on the backside of the neck and along the bottom.  These are all vents to either pour or vent the gases and help with the flow of the entire metal being forced into the mold at around 2300 degrees.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Big Wide Country

Great place to research!

As you can tell I am out where I am the happiest, a bit bundled up but happy with my camera in my favorite place, the great outdoors.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Barely Hidden

Barely Hidden

This has been one of my favorite pieces that I ever created and it was a good selling piece.  People say that if a piece of art is cute it isn't art...well I beg to argue with them but I think if any piece of work tugs on your emotions it works.

This was sort of like the Keeper of the Sacred Spirit, it came easily and fast and I knew exactly what I wanted from the clay before I even began.  This is a very small piece 5" x 5" x 4 1/2" so that it fits the miniature requirement and easily sits anywhere instead of demanding a lot of floor space with a pedestal.

Fawn are left to rest and gain their strength after birth and also are given the gift of no scent after birth where they do not attract predators. The doe goes to feed quite a distance away where her smell does not attract predators to her fawn. Often people find the fawns and think they are lost or have no mother and drag them home with them. Can you imagine the panic the doe feels when she returns and finds no baby. Sad....also sad that these fawn can not be returned to the wild as thought and usually die or are raised in captivity (even sadder).

Barely Hidden