And that is Michael’s “piggy” at right in the first photo! My piece is not finished, but the power tool speeded up the progress of getting some depth in that very very hard corner. Still considering how much variation in finish level and finish texture I want to keep … but it is all about having fun, and it is fun! I will have a very sore hand and wrist, and more tonight though…
Completed pastel drawing, and the new digital foil. OK, I like this foil, so does that mean the drawing is not really done? By the logic of my previous post? :-)
I guess it was not quite done (above) now a bit more detail, with more refined edges. And two more digital foils of this:
FIrst image is the original pastel, still in progress. Following images are foils of this draft and two variations based on the first early draft of this piece. I generally prefer the foils of early, simpler drafts; by the time the original work is fully realized and satisfying in itself, the digital foil will likely be much too busy to be pleasing.
About 3 inches long, very soft fractured alabaster: fragile! But fun … for this Egyptian born UK citizen. Story:
Mrs. Scarab Beetle is a guardian figure from my place of birth: Alexandria, Egypt. She offers comfort, but is very fragile so must of course be cared for most tenderly, like all good things.
Working with a chip of alabaster to make myself a scarab beetle (with human face):
Just hung this piece (first showing) at a group show 1012 Coffee on Lawrence St in uptown Port Townsend, the work to the right is by Geralynn Rackowski, Kathy Panks, and Noa Piper:
Also made a trip out to Adelma Beach Road to buy a little stone suitable for carving! 60 lbs. of limestone and 50 lbs of alabaster! Now we have tools and stone; what more could we want? A bit more expertise :-), but that will come with practice. Stronger younger tendons & muscles would be nice too, but those are less likely to develop, I fear!
I think this one gets the title “Flat Earth Society”…
The textured and colored backdrop is an acrylic box open in the back. I plan to add led rice lights in the box behind the figure, and to create a base (ground for the figure to stand on). And maybe extend the clear acrylic at the sides too, around the figure… all TBD.