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My Christmas

Was frankly a bit of a flop. The family travelled up country to spend Christmas day with my mum. Unfortunately my wife and son caught the Flu and spent much of the time in quarantine. There is a nasty cocktail of viruses around at the moment, including the Winter Vomiting Bug, Flu, and Australian Flu.

Also my brother who was at the Christmas meal was there with his latest girlfriend and her teenage son and daughter. As nice as they are, it was hard to totally relax in the company of people you have only just met! But irrespective of this, my social skills did seem alarmingly bad. I used to be really good at joining in on conversations where the subjects didn't really interest me. But on this occasion I seemed to lack enthusiasm. Have the years of isolation taken thier toll on my ability to interact with my fellow humans? I fear this is the case.

2009 needs to see me loosening my shackles. I am going to go forth and meet new people. Trust that opportunities will come my way and foll…

I've seen the future...

...and it's made out of wood!

One of my few GCE's was in woodwork. I never thought I would lift a chisel again, but I have seen some amazing sculptures in this medium which have inspired me to give it a go.

I will still work with clay but wood offers different challenges and oportunities. I had never really given the medium much thought before because it looks difficult to work, and once material has been removed there's no going back, so there's little margin for error.

Clay allows for spontaneous self expression whereas wood requires planning.

There is much folklore relating to wood and the trees from which it comes. It is said that the 'properties' possessed by a tree of a certain type can be passed on to a limb taken from it. This is only the case if permission is obtained from the tree first. This is why wands or staff's have different energies depending on the wood from which they are made.

Quick sketch of statue 1

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This is the first of the sketches for the miner monument. I will try a few different designs, some just standing and others in action before creating a model of one of them. I have not used any reference so I would hope that the anatomy and folds in the clothing etc will be much more realistic in the finished model. I, like many sculptor's prefer to just get on with the sculpture instead of making loads of sketches. The actual model will have more accurate physical features, down to veins and wrinkles.


I guess the town's committee, who are asking for submissions, want to glorify their mining history. The research I have done reveals that mining was hard work, hazardous, involved children aged 12 and below, and meant a life expectancy of 30 - 40 years!


I did consider featuring a father and son but I'm not sure they want that aspect of mining to be represented.

A miner would have to spend up to 2 hours climbing down wooden ladders just to get to his place of toil. And he would …

Is this the one?

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When I had my consultation with a medium, she told me that within six months I would get an offer of a lifetime. Sounded a bit far fetched to me. But yesterday in the paper there was an article calling for submissions by local sculptors. In a local mining town there has been a fund raising campaign for some months now to errect a statue in tribute to their mining heritage.

They had a model of the sculpture and were trying to raise £50,000 for the commission of a bronze. I assumed that the person who made the model was their chosen artist. But apparently there had been doubts expressed about the suitability of the proposed sculpture, and I presume this has had an effect on the fund raising.

Some years ago, in fact less than two years after coming to cornwall, I won a college competition to design the Trevithick Day Bicentennial brochure. The day celebrated the invention of the first steam powered carriage and the life of Richard trevithick, a pioneer of mine engine technology. …

Early Stages sculpture WIP

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I don't normally like to show stuff before I've finished it but here you go. The figure is nearly there in terms of the pose and I have started to work up the creases and folds in the silk. This is realy an exercise in anatomy and drapery.

The clay is Beau Touche, a wax based material which is quite firm and makes modelling less 'spontaneous' than water based clay.
Terracotta is much easier to work but I haven't got any at the moment.

I liked the idea of draping a nude figure with silk. I thought that it would allow you to see the anatomy but at the same time leave something to the imagination. Not being able to see facial features also engenders a sense of mystery




Eggs In One Basket

I've decided to devote all my time to sculpture for the next few weeks. I have been experimenting with a type of plastiline clay which has wax content. It is a bit firm but it allows me to create different forms with little mess until I get properly geared up to use proper clay.

I'll post a couple of models in their early stages of development today.

The area of interest for me in sculpture is mainly the figure. It occurs to me that this has been the case with my illustration work. Backgrounds don't really interest me. They give scale and context, but hightly detailed environments are beyond me.

I feel the need to change the look of my blog again. It frustrates me that I haven't found a look which satisfies me. I'll give it another go soon.

Here We Go

Finally after years of avoidance I am embarking on my career as a sculptor!

I have plenty of sketches of possible projects but I decided to start off with something freehand. I'll try to post an image tomorrow.

Challenging times

My son has a cough and has been off school for three days. He is in his final year and is behind with some of his subjects, (as was amply conveyed to us at a parents evening tonight!).

My eldest son wants to study Optometry, and because of the lack of universities teaching this, the entry standard is higher even than that required to study medicine. Therefore he needs two grade A's and a B in science A levels to get in. He is strugging with one of the subjects and his stress levels are creating a tense atmosphere. With two adolescent sons in the house there is a tsunami of testosterone smiting everything in its path.

Today, the Head of the school where my wife works announced that their jobs are in jeopardy due to a budget shortfall. So as she is the main income earner of the house, this could be a serious problem, especially as my work has dried up.

It's at times like these you really appreciate having a friend nearby whose shoulder you can cry on and unburden your problems on -…

The Actual Final Version of My 2008 Xmas Card

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Although I envisaged her arm being hidden by her body, I thought maybe it would look better if it was visable.

Final Version 2008 Xmas Card

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I thought I'd have a go in watercolour as it is a less arduous method for me. I may tweek it yet. I'll leave it for a couple of days and see if it still looks ok:¬)

It actually looks ok in a test print. I'm hoping the conversion to CMYK won't kill it though.