do try to spend some time with the subject, whether its a person or an animal, to get an idea of their personality. In a well done sculpture, this personality will show through. I like to take my own photos of the subject – from all angles and from the top of the head looking down are essential. In working on portraits, I find that looking at the piece through a mirror helps get the proportions right. Also looking at the work in progress the first thing in the morning is most helpful in seeing flaws that weren’t apparent the day before.
Q. Is it true that your artwork will be displayed at Square Market in Columbia sometime soon? A. My artwork (relief sculptures and drawings) will be on display at Square Market in downtown Columbia during the month of October. Square Market generously offers space on a long back wall to a different artist every month. This provides good exposure for the artist and an interesting change of scenery for the restaurant patrons. Win/win situation.
Onto this unlovely configuration, slabs of clay are applied and molded by hand until a general form takes shape. Since my sculpture is extremely detailed, I use a small clay tool I make with a pencil and paper clips attached to the end to do the finishing work. It’s best to work from life on a portrait, but this is usually impossible because of the time required. I
Q. Is there a different avenue of art you’d like to pursue? A. I’d like to explore paper making and using paper as a casting medium for sculpture.
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