12/7/16

Reading

First things first: Writer, historian, educator and culinary adventuress Gillian Polack now has a Patreon — check it out!
https://www.patreon.com/GillianPolack

Other stuff —

Read lately and recommend:
Dying for Strangers: Memoirs of a Special Ops Operator in Iraq by Brennan Morton
Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris
A Dark Stranger by Julien Gracq (enjoyed it for atmosphere and description, not so much the characters)
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (not a fun read, but it has stayed with me and probably affected me more than most books do)
The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars by Maurice Dekobra

And:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/science/researching-the-brain-of-writers.html

 

11/30/16

Crow Pleurant finished

Finished at last. I’m proud of him.  There’s been no shortage of work for a mourning bird this year. May next year be less grim.
He’s one of potentially three. I will cast the other two by order. Inquiries to [email protected]

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10/9/16

Carryin’ Crow

Got patina. I’ll be showing this piece at the Lot 19 Spring Sculpture Prize in Castlemaine (Vic, Australia) on October 15-30. It should be a great show with indoor and outdoor sculptures, and non-functional ceramics as an extra feature this year.

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10/3/16

WIP – Project Tardigrade

This has been in my “gonna do” file for a while. The b/w pic’s a preview from when I was seeing if I could select the critter away from the background. I’m happy with the basic pose though want to play with the legs a bit to show more swimming movement.

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10/2/16

Hacking

I’ve learned that sometimes you have to do the equivalent of killing your darlings — change a shape you like when it only looks good from one side. His front and right were looking ok but his left was meh. I decided to hack off half his front to fix the left side. Not the best photos but I’m pretty satisfied with his overall shape now. Next is to work on the smaller shapes while trying to keep the rough spontaneous look.

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Posted in Art |
10/1/16

Big pink flower

There’s a tree in our garden that I’m sure is a gustavia. It always looks beleaguered — perhaps because gustavia is an understorey tree and our garden has no upper storey — though as the frangipani has grown, blocking some of the sun, I fancy that the gustavia looks less miserable. It occasionally makes lovely pink sweet-smelling flowers — but until now has never produced one low enough to photograph (I only know the scent from fallen ones). This morning it surprised me:

Early light:

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Hello gorgeous!

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