With an art show coming up in less than a month, things have been busy around here! This will be my first indoor art show, and I am really looking forward to it! It’s called the Banbury Art Crawl, and you can read up on it at banburyartcrawl.org if you’re curious. It sounds like a fun show. I attended it once just as a visitor and I was so inspired by the fresh, unique artwork that was on display by many talented artists. I am so looking forward to being a part of the show!
So aside from working on my drawing of Norman, I’ve also been trying to get more sculptures going. Here is one of my recent pieces. Last fall, there was a clearance sale with all sorts of fall-colored items, including wire. I snatched up some spools of orange wire (it is not copper…just orange colored). When I bought them, I was thinking of bird legs and beaks, but the more I looked at it, the more I saw a bay colored horse. So this is my result.
I am pleased to say that even though I was working on my inventory for the art show, this little guy has already sold. At our family Christmas party, my aunt saw him and couldn’t resist, so she bought him as a Christmas gift to herself. She promptly named him Checotah. She and her husband once drove through Checotah, Oklahoma and she decided that if she ever had a horse, she’d call him Checotah. Thanks, Jurine! 🙂
-Made with some 19 gauge dark annealed wire and some 22 gauge paddle wire just for the “bones” of the horse. Once the piece was secure with heavier wire, I added layers of finer black wire for the legs and muzzle, and the orange wire for the body. Though the wire looked bright orange on the spool, it looks quite convincing as a bay color on the horse, don’t you think? The tail is a tiny 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.
-I did not have a chance to measure this piece before it sold, so I’m guessing on the size. It is approximately 3 inches long x 2 3/4 inches tall x 1 inch wide. Yes, this guy is pretty tiny. I wanted him to have the heavy build of a draft horse, so he’s pretty stocky.
I photographed him in a hurry on the day of our Christmas party, so the photos are not the greatest quality. But here they are, anyway.
Thank you for looking. 🙂