Jump Rope with the Moon is a bas relief mixed media artwork, original pieces work set in resin, inside an found drawer. Somehow playful but serious at the same time, two field workers play jump rope with a somewhat puzzled moon, attended by a swooping bird.
I decided the “shooting star” & grasses, shown in the upper photos, make the piece too busy. So these are not present in the resin set version below, and probably will not be added back in. I am considering the possibility of adding lighting inside the box/drawer, either on the left side or along the top. Would be a pain to do, but not terrible, but I am not sure it is a good idea!
I have another option at this point: I can “dull down” the glossy resin. Again, I have not decided to do this, as I find this artwork pretty satisfying as is!
I have adjusted the nesting bird so that the light inside now gently lights up into the young birds heads … but not the mother birds head: the photos above show progression of lighting from left to right, then lights out!
Front row: casts in green translucent resin, black pigmented cement, & basic cement. I have four casts now, three are RapidSet Mortar mix. The one at the far right has been painted. Middle photo is of same cement as the first photo, with different lighting.
On the stand is the oil based clay original, reworked a bit for re-use. I do want to make a better mold of this before squash it away!
I still don’t know what the final product will be for this piece. I don’t expect to try printing from it again, and certainly not without reworking it with engraving tools. So how to finish and present this?
The finish details often take forever! The light fixture still needs a hanger on the back, but is now mounted to an OK backing for a removable plugin fixture, that can be converted in future to be a standard wall mount fixture if desired.
The first “birds in nest” was a bit of a disaster, and I have only 2 casts from it. I am restoring and refining the clay original in the hope of making a better mold with good detail. However I do realize I need to be more meticulous with the clay finish this time if I want to like the results. It is just to rough and uneven …
The angel cast is transparent, with just a drop of yellow pigment in the clear resin. I painted the back, and rubbed on a dusting of metallic gold on the front. The star is slightly yellowed clear resin with embedded LEDs and a wire stem.