Saturday, June 17, 2017
Every cast should be signed or decorated, yes? Share the love for faster healing and all that jazz! I was fortunate enough to have two Italian children that I sometimes get to have fun with visit [they live in a different village from me] and show me the colors! They came over with their parents and my landlord to pick some of the latter’s cherries.
The next day I woke with an idea for a new sculpture and got started on the 5th of June. I only share the date since people often ask me how long it takes to make one of my artworks. I usually do not know since I rarely work consistently on one piece at a time. Anyway, my handwriting with my left hand is legible, but not always pretty or controlled. I think painting and drawing are out for a while. Sculpture tools are too dangerous, even if just dropping them. Plastilina is an oil-based clay that never dries out. 3-dimensions is quite complicated to do [building the armature], so that left bas-relief.
I pulled out one of my larger drawing boards and the sand bags I made for my stone carving. I used wood and a wooden palette to trace shapes on my board for the outer edge size of my future composition. And applied the clay with my left hand. It may never be great, but at least it is progress on a foundation.
We did the cast signing on Nori’s tractor. There was nowhere else for the kids to sit or me rest my forearm for them to draw on. After that and cherry-picking, I had to show them the proper ways to enjoy passion flowers, such as enhancing one’s eyelashes. You have done this, too, no?
Kelly Borsheim, artist
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