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Checotah

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! 🙂

Checotah

-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. 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Andalusian

Dear readers, I finally have something new to post here on my blog.  It has been quite a while since I made a post; the Christmas card has taken up a lot of my time.  I will be posting that on Christmas Eve, so stay tuned. 🙂

I love horses, and I always tend to go back to them in my work. This one was slow in coming together, because I was in need of black chain for the mane and tail. It must not be fashionable to wear black jewelry/chain right now, because I had a very hard time finding any. I spent literally an entire day in town going everywhere I could think of from Michael’s Art store to Maurice’s Clothing. I finally did end up finding some very black chain that worked nicely for this horse. I was surprised it was so hard to find chain in black…last time I checked, it was everywhere. It shows how out of the loop I am as far as the fashion world!

I wanted to try and capture some movement and spirit in the horse, so I have her head turned and her ears angled in an inquisitive gesture. I wanted to make her look kind of playful, and hope that comes through in the sculpture.

Andalusian

– This measures 8 1/4 inches tall by 8 inches long by 4 inches wide.

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, 19 gauge steel wire, and various smaller gauge wires for attaching embellishments, adding details, and etc. The mane and tail are made of black metal chain, and the embellishments within are leaves from an art store and the small, spear-like pieces attached here and there are from an antique pair of earrings I bought at a garage sale. The ears are “wings” that came in a pack of various pieces I bought.

I hope you like this.  Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Ham

What is it about pigs?  They are lowly, they are odd, they are a bit homely, a bit hapless, yet you can’t help but find them charming.  This is Ham.  His head tilts to one side, as if he might have balance issues, yet he seems happy just the same.  I think he’s just hoping to get a little attention.

Ham

– Measures 5 inches long x 2 1/2 inches tall x 2 1/2 inches wide.

– Made with 16 gauge dark annealed wire, 19 gauge dark annealed wire, and fine black wire for details and setting the embellishments.  The ears are antique brass pieces, and the nose is also an antique metal piece taken from a necklace.

Thank you for looking.

Oh, and good news!  I just stocked up on all sorts of new goodies, doodads, found items, and junk jewelry at Junk Bonanza yesterday, so I have all kinds of new inspiration for upcoming sculptures.  Stay tuned, and don’t forget that I can make a sculpture for you if you have something in mind that you don’t see on my Sculptures for Sale page!  Sculptures make great, one-of-a-kind gifts!

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Charley Horse

Here’s a sort of humble little sculpture.  He’s small, unassuming, and just hopes someone might spot him and think he’s handsome. 🙂

Charley Horse

– Measures a modest 3 1/8 inches long by 2 inches tall by 3/4 inch wide.

– Made with a little bit of 19 gauge dark annealed wire, but mostly with 26 gauge jewelry wire, which was great for the finicky little details, and that’s what makes this sculpture look shiny, compared to my other black sculptures, which are less so.  The mane embellishment is made of a necklace part, and the tail is a small little chain.

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Draft Horse WIP 6

Here is a little update on my horse.  I’ve had a busy month, being away from home much of the time, as well as working on a couple of other art projects.  I’ve got a new wire sculpture to share soon, and a pen and ink drawing that I’ve not shared here yet.  Stay tuned. 🙂

Just moving along the top of the head, finally getting both ears in place.  I’m now making my way down the neck.  I’m having fun with this one.

Draft Horse WIP 6 - CR

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Draft Horse WIP 3

I had a rather relaxing afternoon to myself today, and spent a good deal of time working on my draft horse scratchboard.  This is very slow going.  When I started out on this drawing, I knew it would require a lot of detail, but all those straps, buckles, and bits have taken a lot of time.  But it’s coming along.  I’m still using just an X-Acto knife and am more or less stippling with it to get the fine, soft textures of the horse’s hide.  I’ve also used a little hatching for the halter.  The horse looks a little eerie with that black hollow where his eye should be…I expect the next update will include the eye.

Draft Horse WIP 3 - CR

Thanks for looking, and have a Happy Easter!

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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Brown Pig

At last, I’m going to post a new sculpture.  Well, not exactly “new”…this sculpture was done way back in January.  I had such a hard time getting decent photos of this one…in outdoor light, the color looked whitish, and in indoor lighting, it looked black.  It took some doing to get the colors right.  I ended up using this brown faux leather fabric that was on hand and a warm lamp and I finally got the colors right.

This brown pig is large, like my two silver ones.  He also used my last beloved set of “leaf” pendants for ears.  I have been unable to find more anywhere, and I’ve looked for months.  So this is the end of a piggy era.  However, I’ve collected a few other things that should work as pig ears, too.  I’ll miss these ears, though…they were ideal!

Brown Pig

– The center of this sculpture is made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, and all the wire you see is dark annealed wire.  Most of it is 16 gauge, and some is 19 gauge, and then there is a little black craft wire by the ears and nose, and for the base of the tail.  The ears I’ve already explained, and the nose is, of course, a button.

– The sculpture measures 7 inches long by 3 1/4 inches tall by 3 inches wide.

Thanks for looking!

 

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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