"Who's that pretty horse in the mirror, there?"
It has been a joy to work on this sculpt of Sarah MB's. He still needs bit more work- but I'm hoping to get the mane, tail and details done this week. And maybe mess with the dapples a wee bit more... (Btw- he lives in the largely unused guest bath, because there is a cupboard there in which he is safest- hence the locale of this shot!).
Now that I've been at this professional art thing for a decade, I've been reflecting lately on my journey- the highs and lows- the milestones along the way. I plan on doing a special edition blog post on the 10th to get into this a little more. But as I was packing & cleaning the other day, I came across a box that dates way back beyond the start of Velasquez Artistry... I almost hesitate to share (Joanie B. would call it "blackmail material," in her joking way), but I thought it was good for a laugh, so here you go. Some of my very first horse sculptures:
"Horse Shaped Objects"
I don't 100% recall when these were produced- I think the two on the left were at age 14, and yes- they both were made of air-dry clay over a wooden skewer armature! (I am amazed they are this much in tact! There are a fair number of cracks; especially in the legs). The other is a sculpy & epoxy unfinished foal- I must have been 16 when I started this one. I know it was after I met Kristina Lucas-Francis, for she was a great inspiration to me as I was starting. This must have been the foal I abandoned before taking up oil-clay to do my first ceramic piece, "Sweet Kate." I didn't realize I still had these pieces- not sure I need to keep them now that they've been archived, but it was a fun trip down memory lane. Ah, memories...!