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Bay

Here’s a little bay-colored horse that I made for my show last month.  He’s a lot like my other horse, Checotah, which sold quickly before I even got him to the show.  I wanted to have another similar sculpture available, so here it is.  I am happy to say that this little bay horse was one of the first things to sell at my show.  Colored wire seems to be popular!

Bay

– Measures a small 3 & 1/4 inches long by 2 & 1/2 inches tall by 1 inch wide.

– If I’m remembering correctly, I used some 19 gauge dark annealed wire for the “bones” of the horse, and then I added layers of finer black wire for the legs and muzzle, and orange wire for the body.  The tail is a bit of very fine chain.  The mane is a piece of an old earring.  Those black and silver spear-like pieces on the earring looked like an interesting horse’s mane to me, so I went with it.  This horse has an almost bulldog-like pose, which was just how he turned out.  I kind of liked that, though…he looks strong and muscular, don’t you think?

Thank you for looking! 🙂

 

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The Basset Case

Hi there,

Here is another of my recent sculptures.  I came across a pair of glitzy, sparkling earrings that were soft and dangly.  They made me think of the giant, supple ears of a basset hound.  So here is what I came up with.

The Basset Case

– Measures 8 inches long by 4 & 1/4 inches tall (at the tail) by 2 inches wide.

– Made with some 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as paddle wire of various sizes from 22 – 30 gauge.  The ears are those big, soft, fake-diamond-encrusted earrings. The nose is a rectangle/square-shaped glass bead that I had in my stash.  I debated using that bead as it looked so enormous, but what good is a hound dog without his giant nose? 🙂  I pulled wire through the hole in the center of the bead and “sewed” it onto the end of the dog’s face, wrapping wire until the bead was nested tightly in the wire and the head looked like that of a dog.  The tail is a white glass pendant in the shape of a tusk or tooth.

I hope you like this sculpture.  Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Squirrel

If you were to explore my embellishment boxes, you would find many feather-esque pieces.  I’ve used them for “doo-dads” in horse’s manes, I’ve used them for animal ears, I’ve even used them for – you guessed it – feathers on my bird sculptures.

Last fall at Junk Bonanza, I spotted a feather-shaped pin.  This was no ordinary pin.  Picture a feather that you might see being used for a quill pen.  Large and a bit droopy in its shape.  The very moment I spotted this feather, I saw a squirrel tail.  A perfect, bushy squirrel tail.  So I bought it.

Here is the result.

Squirrel

– Measures 5 inches long by 3 & 1/2 inches tall by 2 inches wide.

– This piece is made with…I believe it was some 19 gauge, 22 gauge, 26 gauge, and 30 gauge steel wire.  I’m not completely certain, as it’s been a little while since I made this piece.  The tail is that cool feather pin, and the ears are tiny leaf-shaped pieces that I had on hand.  The squirrel is holding tightly to an acorn, which is an embellishment I purchased at a card-making shop.

I am happy to say that this little fellow sold at my art show earlier this month. 🙂

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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The King’s Horse

Dear readers, brace yourselves for a lengthy post!  I’m sharing my latest sculpture, though I have several other new ones to post in the next couple of weeks as well, so stay tuned.

Late one night, I was unable to sleep.  When it’s late and I cannot sleep, my mind tends to wander…often to the topics of art or writing.  It was a night like this that got me thinking.  With all of my broken jewelry, found items, and metal junk, what if I made a horse decked out in elaborate medieval armor?

I was so excited by the idea that I nearly got up right then to start sifting through my collection of found items.  But it was 3:00 AM and I hadn’t slept at all, so I stayed put and eventually got to sleep…probably with a smile on my face.

The very next day, I got to work looking through my embellishments, picking out pieces and items that struck a chord with me.  Within a couple of days, I was building the horse itself.  The horse is among my larger pieces, and with all the embellishments, it took me quite a while to complete this piece.

The King’s Horse

– Measures 10 & 1/2 inches long by 9 inches tall by 3 & 3/4 inches wide.

– Made with some 16 gauge dark annealed wire, but primarily with 18 gauge dark annealed wire.  The 18 gauge is just the right balance of sturdiness and softness.  I can bend and shape it pretty easily, yet it’s strong enough to hold up.  I also used very fine black wire for attaching embellishments.  The process of attaching my found items is somewhat like sewing.  Take the thin wire, weave it into the bands of heavier wire numerous times until everything holds tightly.  This is my favorite part of building sculptures.

– Embellishments.  Oh, where to begin?  I guess it all started with the stirrups.  I found a pair of sort of square-shaped earrings at a flea market last year, and I knew from the moment I saw them that I wanted them to be stirrups for a horse sculpture.  And here we are.  The “straps” of the stirrups are a matched pair of earrings, too, I believe.  Put together, these two pairs of earrings made ideal stirrups.  The band of looped chains/coins around the entire body of the horse is, in fact, part of a belt.  You know how it is…you’re out shopping with some friends, you’re a teenager, you see a weird, jangling, unusual belt and buy it, convinced that you will wear it all the time.  You will.

…That was me back in my teens.  I never wore the belt once in my life, but I have never regretted buying it, because it made for some priceless embellishments for my wire sculptures.  You might also remember pieces of this very belt from my Aluminum Horse a few years ago, https://thecozyred.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/the-aluminum-horse/ .  The King’s Horse took up all but a few scraps of this belt, and what I had left happened to be just the right amount to wrap around the horse’s body.  It was meant to be.  Of course, I had to repair some parts of the belt and rebuilt it a little to get it to look like a complete loop and not just a scrap length of chain.  The saddle is an ornate necklace part that has five hinged sections.  I loved that because it drapes so nicely across the horse’s back.  It was bright gold when I bought it, but I painted it with metallic acrylic paints until the piece had the same patina and feel of the rest of the embellishments.  The rump of the horse is draped with a necklace piece, also hinged, that I found at a thrift store.  That, too, had to be painted to suit the rest of the sculpture.  The horse’s tail is a thick cluster of various chains.  The horse’s mane is part of a necklace.  The ears were fun to construct.  I had found small metal embellishments at an art store that reminded me of a tiny phonograph or gramophone horns in their shape.  I couldn’t resist the strange shape.  But for this sculpture, I ended up turning these pieces upside down so the wide, ruffled ends were against the horse’s head.  The pointed ends of these embellishments were a great suggestion of armored pieces the shape of a horse’s ears.  So I wired two of these embellishments together and reshaped the open ends to set nicely on the horse’s head, and then wired them down.  The face shield is a pendant I had on hand, which also needed to be painted.  And finally, the reins are a simple chain, held by the mouth of the horse with jump rings, which are wired in place.

If you’re still reading this, thank you.  I appreciate your interest.  Let’s look at the photos at last. 🙂

There will be a lot of photos, too, so bear with me.

Thank you very much for looking!  Please feel free to leave comments if you wish – I love hearing from you! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Norman Finished

My little monochrome friend is all finished.  Fortunately, I did manage to finish this drawing before my art show last weekend.  The show, I’m happy to say, went very well and I had a great time!  If you visited my booth at the Banbury Art Crawl, thank you very much for stopping in!

After thoroughly pushing the darks all over, as well as finishing the shoulder, thinning out the whiskers, and adding some other last-minute touches, Norman is complete.

Norman

– Measures 8×8 inches.  Drawn on Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate paper.

– Drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron pens.  005 was, as usual, the most frequently used size, as well as 01 and a touch of 03.  For the tiny changes in light and shadow in the white parts of the fur, I actually preferred to use a 005 pen that was mostly dried out.  It leaves much smaller dots since it is getting dry, yet it is still very consistent and trustworthy.  It helped a lot in those faint, tiny dots you see around the nose and mouth, as well as the throat and chest.

Norman Finished - CR

Here are some close-ups.

Thank you for looking!  I hope you enjoyed watching this drawing take shape, and would love for you to join me in my next drawing work-in-progress! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Norman WIP 3

Norman is continuing to shape up.  Not my actual cat, but the drawing, that is.  My cat is currently sitting on my printer, where he doesn’t belong.  I’d tell him to get down but…look at that face!! 😉

Anyway, I’ve gotten the nose, whiskers, cheeks and chin in place, and am working on the shoulder.  Since Norman’s fur is so stark white and deep black, it’s interesting trying to balance the values in this drawing.  The darks need to go further, and the whites are not as bright as my mind tries to tell me.  There’s a lot of shadow in those whites, and I need to keep going back to darken the shadows and keep it looking right.

On a side note, I’m having trouble getting my scanner to work, so I’ve had to settle for photographing the drawing.  I love my camera, don’t get me wrong, but it’s almost impossible to photograph a piece of white paper without getting a shadowy part of discoloration due to tricky lighting.  The details look a little gritty and harsh, unlike the original drawing…  So the photos aren’t the best, but you’ll see how the drawing is coming along, anyway.

Two updates in one post today. 🙂

Norman WIP 6 CRNorman WIP 7 CR

As you might have noticed, there’s a very firm cut-off point on the right.  I’m debating cropping the drawing down to a square format of 8×8 inches instead of the original 8×10.  I think it would be more dramatic that way.  And Norman is very, very dramatic.

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Norman WIP 2

I’ve got Norm’s eyes in place now.  I wanted to build the values very gently, so I used a 005 size pen, and a somewhat dried out one at that.  I keep the older, well-used pens because they create smaller dots while still being consistent in their performance.  They are not good for building quick values, but for delicate work, the worn-out pens are the best.

I’ve also got the second ear further along, too, as well as the values across the head and cheeks.  He’s taking shape. 🙂

Norman WIP 5 - CR

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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