My Red Headed Lady Sculptures
What a treat to get to venture into new territory by doing two sculptures, both with red hair! I thoroughly enjoyed displaying the beauty of this special hair color. Normally I tend to use dark brown to black hair color or sometimes blonde but never have I depicted a red head! I didn’t even know if I could do it justice but wanted to try. Below you’ll see pics of….. the first of two red head women sculptures.
My husband says he’d call this “strawberry blonde,” but to me she has a light, in some places creamy, red hair. I love this color when I see it on girls. Just the right shade and it really makes me happy because the color is so bright and cheery in yet soft at the same time. She’s entitled, “With Love,” and her dimensions are 17″ tall by 4 1/2″ wide.
This is one of the “quick sculpts” that I made for my local show coming up here in my home town. Since I have other sculpts not completed and destined to go into bronze but not ready as yet, I wanted to have a few new things for the show.
First I made the pillar and had really no idea what I was going to do with it. Maybe I’d put a flower on top like I’ve done before with my “Hope Rose.” Ah, no, I decided to try a quick bust. Sort of looked funny at first because I gave her no arms, just a torso. But that didn’t have the right effect at all so arms and hands came along and then a dress trailing over the edge. Had to use up some of that vacant canvas (the rectangular pillar was empty).
Have her hair trailing in the same directional flow as the dress. Was a lot of fun to add flowers and leaves to this pillar base. Now if I was a calligrapher (or could remember what I learned in high school art class about it), I would have surely benefited with even better lettering. But the writing of “Love” looks natural I suppose, ha, ha. In pottery class we used to have a joke that anything that wasn’t perfect was “handmade” and that somehow made it more valuable. A tricky way to get people to appreciate all the cracks and imperfections!
She has the slightest bit of a pooch in her stomach so maybe she’s pregnant “With Love.”
Didn’t want her to look like a separate mass on top of a pillar so had to pick colors that would flow down the whole length of the piece. An even creamy taupe color is the base color for both the woman and the base. “Love” to me is a soft and sensitive emotion so tried to use the softest touch on her coloring- light eyes and hair and the dress color has shimmering mother of pearl over glaze.
Having two flowers, both different types, in the sculpt was kind of new for me too. An iris type flower (is that right you flower experts?) in her hair and then a rose in her hand. Decided on a bright shade of lemon yellow. Happy and cheery to go with her hair color. The rose is white with variegated salmon pink edges.
My mom, being a realist, thought that she was standing over a bridge. Well, that could be it, maybe she’s going to throw her rose into the water. We did that for my uncle’s funeral and might do that for my Grandma’s as well. But that’s sobering and this is supposed to be uplifting so I like to think of her receiving her rose flower “With Love” from her romantic guy.
Stay tuned for update pics of “Memories” sculpture with red hair! Her hair is different than this sculpture. It’s a very rich red color.
Thanks for watching and comments are always welcomed.
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