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'Titus' and more news

I've now finished 'Titus' (previously under the working title 'Thunder'), giving it its final paint job. Although originally conceived as not having a base I've decided to put one on just to give it more stability, as it's very light (being carved from hard foam). I'll also go back and give the same treatment to 'Arc'. While doing the finishing on that - I started a new project, as yet untitled, which is my first sculpture carved in wood. It's very different from working in s

'Big Thunder'

So here is the provisionally titled 'Thunder' ('Big Thunder' is a horror novel written by Peter Atkins - this is a completely unrelated fact :-) ). It's almost finished - it needs the final paint treatment - which will be burnt umber in an Alkyd flow medium, rubbed into the surface then rubbed off again (trust me - it will work - just look at 'Arc'). This will knock backs some of the brilliance of the white. Also working on my first sculpture in carved wood! There will be pi

A 'Thunderous' work in progress

A quick update on the current work in progress, provisionally titled 'Thunder' - though I'm pretty sure that will change as I get closer to the end. I've been preoccupied with earning a living recently, so have only been sculpting at a very low level - I'm hoping to put on a bit of a push over the summer - and also get some new material to carve (as I'm currently all out of stone). Thunder is my second larger scale work in sculptural foam, which I'm slowly getting used to usi

'Arc' - latest sculptural work

This is 'Arc', recently completed, and the first fully finished sculpture carved from 'Sculpture Block'. This is high density foam, which is similar to Balsa wood in consistency. It's very easy to carve, but doesn't generate a particularly pleasing finish (sort of gritty and flaky). However once it's been painted with six layers of paint, it cleans up rather well, and I'm very pleased with the finish. This is covered in copper acrylic paint, with alkyd Prussian blue paint rub

New sculpture ‘Carapace’

So, finally, ‘Carapace’ is finished. Most of the work was done on this in May 2015. While I was very pleased with the way it was coming together - I was uncertain of how to finish it, so took a hiatus from it for a couple of months. This then ended up dragging out to seven months before I clicked with it again, and came to a conclusion that I was pleased with. This is the first time that I worked with Alabaster, which is a very soft stone. I found that it really didn’t hold h

Sculptural works in progress - April 2015

A month and a half since my last blog entry - that wasn’t supposed to happen! I’ve got two current works in progress, both untitled (I’m sure something will come to me at some point), which are slowly progressing. This one started out as roughly ovoid Alabaster boulder weighing 30kg (Having hacked away at it for a month or so, it’s now much lighter!). It’s so far taken many hours just to rough it out, and there is still a lot of detail work to do. The most time consuming job

'El Capitan' sculpture

This is the sculpture that I’ve titled ‘El Capitan’. Along with ‘Superchief’ (which I’ll do an entry on in the next week or so), it’s the first sculpture of 2015. As I noted in previous blog entries, this started out as a largish block of what the stone merchant termed ‘coca-cola’ soapstone, which I bought two blocks of in 2010. The first block became the sculpture ‘Jagganath’ and I couldn’t quite understand why it was termed ‘coca-cola’ as it has more of a purple (verging on

New Sculpture (x2!)

Two new sculptures - in the foreground 'El Capitan' and beyond it 'Superchief'. These are partner pieces as they are two halves of an older, abandoned sculpture that I sawed in two. More pictures soon! #stone #stonesculpture #sculpture #abstract #Superchief #ElCapitan

'Chalice' sculpture

The recently completed ‘Chalice’ sculpture is my second carved from Pyrophylite. It came as something of a surprise, after the consistent colour and dense texture of ‘Archetype’, that this stone has two distinct colour volumes, with a much looser internal texture or ‘figuring’. The pale green volumes are noticeably translucent - similar to the earlier sculpture ‘Ascent’ which was carved from comparatively ‘powdery’ soapstone. In terms of form, due to the cavities within it, i

Work in Progress

This is a new, currently untitled sculpture. It’s carved from the same purple soapstone (or ‘coca-cola soapstone’ as the stone merchant characterised it) as Jagganath. I actually started on the block of stone a couple of years ago - with no strong plan, just seeing where it took me - and it took me … nowhere. I stripped off and homogenised the surface with a toothed stone chisel, but I couldn’t really find any inspiring forms within it - so I set it aside for a while. I’ve of

‘Chalice’ sculpture - first look

I tend to work on sculptures in parallel, so I have time away from each one while it’s in progress to be able to approach it with fresh eyes. This means that they tend to finish in surges (it also makes sense to do all of the metal and woodworking to mount them in a single stage). So, only a short while after the completion of ‘Archetype’ here is ‘Chalice’. There are a number of common themes - it’s also carved from polyphilite, though this has a lot more translucent green

Archetype sculpture

This is a new sculpture that I’m especially pleased with. It’s the first one that I’ve completed that’s carved from Pyrophilite, which is sometimes known as Wonderstone. I think that this particular variety originates in India. I particularly like the consistency of the colour / patterning through the stone on this piece. I’ve aimed for echoes of the forms from previous sculptures - such as the narrow scored lines bracketing the holes, as seen in Cerate and Eclipse, and the h

Skybolt!

’Skybolt’ almost finished (it’s only been two years since I made it :-) ). Actually it should be called Skybolt #1 as I’ve already got the concept for Skybolt #2. All the components were formed with hot forging / blacksmithing techniques, and then arc welded into the final assembly. It took a lot of painting as most of the paint spray went through it and landed on the floor. Now all it needs is a chunk of reclaimed scaffolding plank for the base - a bit of hole drilling, then

George Kennethson

I just received the catalogue from a recent exhibition at The Redfern Gallery called ‘The Sculpture of George Kennethson: 1910 - 1994’. Very sad (er, ‘gutted’) to have missed the exhibition (too preoccupied with getting to grips with being self employed), but the catalogue is excellent. I’ve been a great enthusiast for the work of Kennethson since I bought the book ‘George Kennethson: A Modernist Rediscovered’ four years ago. I bought that entirely on spec, and although his