Recently I’ve been making a clay sculpture for a friend. I use special self-hardening clay sourced from the US – it’s a clay and epoxy mix, which dries hard in 24 hours, and you can then drill it, carve it, and paint it. The friend wanted a Madonna for the little enclosure in her gate (Italians tend to build in spaces for sculpture, and she has a space there that’s 12” high). This piece still needs to be finished, but it’s getting there.

A couple of years ago, though, I made two sculptures. One is called ‘Birdie’ and is a free-form sculpture, made from wood, grasses glue, and seeds (autumn is a great time for seeds as they fly everywhere). I finished by giving him a necklace of red berries. The other piece was made from the same epoxy clay as the Madonna – this time, a St Francis (plus wolf and pig, the animals he was particularly associated with).

I am now wondering about two more pieces: one lovely knotted root which could be a wing or a horn, and another partially burnt piece that might lends itself to a flying figure. There are times when I don’t feel like painting or working in Photoshop, so I may well post a whole raft of sculptures, once they’re finished.

Sculpture

Recently I've been making a clay sculpture for a friend. I use special self-hardening clay sourced from the US – it's a clay and epoxy mix, which dries hard in 24 hours, and you can then drill it, carve it, and paint it. The friend wanted a Madonna for the little...

Spring Manifestation

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Media

I saw an email today where my correspondent said they'd love to know about art, materials and anything else that I might be offering. That's lovely to hear, and gives me an idea about my ‘thought for today’. I use oils most of the time now, although I know people tend...

January 1st 2021

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Spring Manifestation

Spring Manifestation

  After a long winter, we are finally seeing the true signs of spring in Tuscany - daffodils in the garden, and hints of the first delicate green leaves on the trees. It's not that the winter was very cold, but it was very, very wet - I think it rained most days...

Media

Media

I saw an email today where my correspondent said they'd love to know about art, materials and anything else that I might be offering. That's lovely to hear, and gives me an idea about my ‘thought for today’. I use oils most of the time now, although I know people tend...

January 1st 2021

January 1st 2021

1st January is a good time to think, especially after the year we’ve just left behind. So many people have been saying we need to get away from the ‘old’ normal, not go back to it (usually people with more than one brain cell to run together). But even if so many of...

Reading for the World

Reading for the World

I wanted to look at the year ahead. Using the Devas of Creation, I asked, 1) Will the world situation improve in 2021? Answer – Immanence (the card I call Gabriel). It's a lovely card, although the angelic being seems a little stuck on earth, even though it wants to...