Discovery About Myself
Discovered that I really do love doing quick clay sketches. That initial creation period is intense and euphoric. Since my reading book lady sculpt is destined to be refined in bronze, she will be my next project to finish for my romantic realism gallery. Then I’m finishing my Indian in a Canoe sculpt! Looking forward to it!
Meanwhile, I have this show coming up in my home town in June and I won’t have any new art that is finished which is embarrassing and disappointing. So I made up some quickie rose sculpts and will glaze them……
The larger the rose, the more difficult because the rose has to be held in the hand and harder to do the bigger. This one seemed like it was 7 inches but now it’s shrunk maybe down to 6 inches and will shrink more during firing. All these pics show clay before firing.
Best to use fresh clay so that the clay will push easily into the hand in order to form the petals. To make a clay rose, you roll up a ball of clay in your hand and then press with your thumb the clay into the palm. Form a long pressed flat rectangle at first and roll this into a twirl (swirl?) for the middle of the rose. Then put another ball of clay in palm and this time press into a small petal shape. You can position the petal into the edge of the twirl, as if the petal is coming out of it. Keep working your way out to the edge of the flower, adding and staggering one petal after another.
There’s much more to making the rose but for now that’s a beginning. I like to add the sepals at the base of the flower and use my finger nail to make jag marks into them for realistic effect. By making the rose stem thick, this will give strength. Nothing worse than a broken clay rose after receiving it as a gift.
If the clay is fresh then your hand print will show up in the petals and seem like the veins of the flower for neat effect. I wrote “I love you” on the stems of these first two roses, that way they can be given as a rose to a loved one with a message on them.
On the subject of discovery, I now know that I can’t do a quick one day sketch figurative (meaning a person) sculpt. I say each time that I’ll just do a quickie one day and I get carried away. Here’s two pics that show after one session. I detest the early pics but know people like seeing them. She looks awful! But it’s still pure joy as I’m sculpting it because it’s so fun to do new things.
Last pic was after a few more sessions of sculpting her and will finish out the hand (and few anatomy adjustments), hair and probably leave her nude. I’ll leave her a rough sketch style and later make another one off of this sculpt (when I have time) and refine that one further to go into bronze.
I’m glad to have a few things for the local show. Thanks for listening and seeing what’s going on with my work.
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