I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be guest artist at this year’s Maldon Art Exhibition, “Winter in Wonderland”. Presenting work in a variety of media by Central Victorian artists, the exhibition is at the Community Centre Hall in Francis Street in the lovely historic town of Maldon, Victoria, July 7th-15th from 11am-4 pm, entry $2. Opening night is on Friday 6th July at 6 pm. The show takes place during the Maldon in Winter festival — check out Maldon’s page for all the good things going on! (https://www.maldon.org.au/maldon-in-winter/).
The Fabulous Anybodies and Not a Sausage are finished. They’ll be small editions of between 6 and 8. The second Anybody decided to forgo the fan, as it was a bit cumbersome and hid too much of the hood. I’ll probably do one of each in brown and one in a lighter colour like green, then see about the rest.
Trying different collars…
And I’ve changed the position of his arm. The straight arm looked fine from the side, but not so much from the front. Also, I made his arms bare and then put the ‘fabric’ over the top, but I think they were initially too skinny and now I’m getting a bit lost. Might have to take the clay off and start again.
In other news, I’m doing an ecorche workshop in April with sculptor Jason Arkles. I’ve wanted to do ecorche for ages, so am really looking forward to it. If I decide to remake the arms I’ll wait until after the workshop!
I’ve been enlarging the Marquis. He’s about 40 cm tall. His coat’s proving a challenge — I’ve been trying more folds in the fabric, but having trouble making more complex shapes work with the figure from different angles. My next attempt will be basically this shape with some subtle little ripples. But first I think I’ll do his arms and collar properly. (I’m sure the wrinkles in the sleeves will have their own chance to drive me nuts. 😉 )
The one with the blindfold has found a friend with a fan:
This one needed a bow on its hat. And tiny little fingers. The two up top will have an indication of fingers but not separate ones like this, except for thumbs.
Getting there with this one, and thinking about colour. I reckon these pieces will look best with a light finish, maybe greenish white, or painted in pastel colours, and rubbed back to show the shiny metal beneath.
Not quite happy with the side angle, think it needs to tilt forward a bit.
This piece and its friend had a rather nasty experience, btw — eaten by mice! I left them in the studio overnight to find the box of Castilene full of tiny claw marks and these guys all gnawed. The next night I stored everything except this piece in the microwave but left this one out, standing up, with a plastic bag over it, thinking that’d be fine. Well, not only did the mice go under the bag and nibble the model everywhere, right up to the mask, but they did so without tipping it over. Needless to say, now all models live either in the microwave or a plastic box!
Des Lewis’s extensive collection of Elizabeth Bowen quotes, starting here:
Her novel The Death of the Heart is one of my favourite books, but I must admit I’ve only finished one or two others and failed to get into a couple more. I wish that wasn’t the case, but with the exception of The Death of the Heart I keep finding her characters ungrippable, which tends to be a dealbreaker for me unless elements other than character are to the fore of a book.
Anyway, I’ve been enjoying the quotes on their own.
And I recommend The Death of the Heart to anyone who likes fine characterisation, wordsmithing and evocation of place.