Saturday, June 28, 2008

Making 'Tiny mouse'

Tiny is the smallest mouse I have made at the time I write this post. I wanted to do a mouse balanced on a walnut and I really wanted to use a real walnut. But it was after Christmas and I couldn't find any unshelled walnuts anywhere. I was taking a walk through the snow with Meridee and as I bemoaned the lack of walnuts in the world, there laying in the snow was a walnut! I wasted no time getting going as soon as we got home.
I started first with a very rough clay sketch of my idea and took some pics of a mouse doing her thing...
I preferred the mouse with a lower head and more arched back after checking out my model's performance, so I went with that.
The real mouse got an extra piece of cheese for a job well done, and my finished bronze can be seen with many others on my website.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Miniature bronze turtles

Chasing tails around a penny.
I can't help myself when it comes to miniatures. I love to make things big and small.
More pics on my website's turtle page.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Great place for frames...

Steve and Deborah, some friends of mine run Mountain's Edge Frames, a great resource to get very nice gold or black 'plein air' style frames at terrific prices (standard sizes or custom made).
So if you dabble with the oil paints, they'll look right at home in those frames and it won't cost you an arm and a leg.
Check out Deborah's painting blog too, she does splendid landscapes and participates in shows and events (as well as her gallery representation).

Thursday, June 5, 2008

'Bumper to bumper' turtle sculpture-work in progress 2

I got my waxes back from the foundry and with the cunning use of a griddle (in background of photo) to melt down my critters, and some clay to work on new necks, legs, tweak heads etc, I'll have a nice crew of semi submerged turtles to take back again.
Here it is a bit further along (notice the front one has no legs yet).

Once finished and at the foundry they'll each be molded, from which new waxes will be pulled to be invested in ceramic shell, and then the waxes will be replaced with bronze.
If the foundry takes any pics of the progress I'll post 'em right here.
More critters at