Saturday, 10 February 2018

paint, not blood

Kulokula, w 102, h40 

In preparation for 'Embracing the Underdog,' a show with the London group next weekend, I have been painting three paper sculptures. I have managed to get paint everywhere apart from all the tiny nooks and crannies; each time I turned the piece over I found another gap.  They are all extremely complex constructions and I know they are going to look fab hung in the car park! Meanwhile the studio floor looks like a murder has taken place. Polly the spaniel has a red streak across her tail, I should have dipped it in the paint pot and got her to help, her tail is always wagging! 

Sunday, 4 February 2018

3 sheets to the wind

Thinking to take some quick photos of a newly delivered bronze sculpture,  I decided to set up a small area outside with a large sheet of paper as a backdrop. At this point the sun was perfect, it was bright with no strong shadows though it was mighty chilly. I needed to fix the paper to the window using masking tape and I put newspaper down on the step to protect the new paper.
The masking tape did not want to come off the reel, it tore in all the wrong places and generally played hard to get. It did hold the paper backdrop in place just about, for long enough. However, by this time the sky had come over all moody and the light had gone. I took some photos anyway and then took the bronze indoors. Meanwhile, in the few moments when I went indoors, the wind decided to join in with some fun and I came back outside to find the masking tape had failed completely resulting in the large sheet of paper ending up in the pond and the newspaper was flying all over the garden. I cleared up...... I shall have another go tomorrow. All I wanted was some quick photos before I book in my lovely photographer who really doesn't have this sort of problem!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

what the queen said, twice in one week

It is not often that one opens an email with information from the Palace. The Royal British Society of Sculptors is an international society of.....sculptors! This week we had an EGM and voted to change the name to the  Royal Society of Sculptors but to be all above board and tickety boo, the Queen must approve. She does, so we have had confirmation that we can go ahead. Watch out for the new logo coming soon. These are exciting times for the RBS and I hope that the new name will attract more members, especially from around the world.
On a very personal note, my wonderful parents received a card from the palace this week congratulating them on their diamond wedding anniversary.

Monday, 22 January 2018

New show of paper (not glass)

My name is in the middle of this, alongside some great artists. I am delighted to announce the first show for 2018 where I shall be showing paper sculpture. It will be great to see you if you can get along and the Chinese New Year Celebrations are always great! Many thanks to the London Group. 

Friday, 19 January 2018

latest sculpture, first glass

I spent three months in Italy in 2016, a real life changing fellowship at the brilliant Fonderia Mariani in Pietrasanta. I have been popping back as often as I can as it is such an amazing place. For my last visit time I took a small wax as an experiment because the foundry have been expanding into casting in glass! I haven't seen this sculpture yet, this is the photo they sent through. There is still some cleaning up to be done but the piece has come out whole. I thought that I might be waiting until the autumn before I go back over but now.........