The new sculpture is taking shape

The new sculpture “New Leaf” 3 is taking shape.

Here are a few images and video.

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Sculpture found a new home

New Leaf 2 had been exhibited during the Fall show at Hawk Ridge Farm.  June LaComb curated the show on the beautiful woods trail.

I am excited to hear that it found a new home and so much interest that I was commissioned to create another similar one. This will be a fun project before it gets too cold to work outside.  In fact I have more curvy  shapes floating through my mind and hope to have enough time to play with more forms.  First I will order some steel!

New Leaf 2, made out of steel rod

side view

installed at Hawk Ridge, Maine

New Leaf 2 dimensions are about 5 x 3 x 2′

the patina is beautiful orangy rust

New Finish

I have been living with this sculpture for a few weeks and liked it.  But once I added an encaustic finish to my latest sculpture, this one needed to get smoother as well.

This Piece “Return” invites to be touched.  It looks smooth and flowing, therefore the surface needs to have that quality and continue that experience.  Finally I found a way to execute this with an encaustic finish.  It turned out a little redder than I expected- but why not add a little color?

smooth finish

smooth finish

12 in. in diameter, 8in. high

12 in. in diameter, 8in. high

nice view to see that it is carved from both sides

nice view to see that it is carved from both sides

Spiraling Beauty- sculpture to touch

With this sculpture I explored different textures.  I debated if I should try colors with this piece.  I ended up with slightly pigmented encaustic as final surface treatment.  It gives it  a warm glow. And it is so smooth and soft to the touch- that is what my sculptures are all about.  Sculptures to touch!

The other goal with working in cement is to create pieces that can withstand the weather and be outside in the garden.  This piece should be smooth enough that no water collects, and avoid problems with freezing ice. I will leave it outside this winter and test it out.

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sanded

warm surface treatment

warm surface treatment

with nice smooth finish

with nice smooth finish and wonderful to touch

“Return” a Sculpture in Cement

Here is my 2nd sculpture in cement “Return”.

This is a sculpture I have done in bronze before. My challenge was to first work the top side, wait until the cement had hardened enough to turn over and then carve the 2nd side.

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It worked beautifully.

But the sculpture invites to be touched- and the cement is pretty rough. So I waited patiently for the cement to cure.  I used the time to order a sample set of diamond sanding pads.

I was surprised how well I was able to sand the piece down by hand. It now feels smooth enough to touch. Also the edges got nice and crisp. I took it to 400 grid.  The sample set goes up to 3600, but I found the difference of the next pads was so minimal that I left it at 400.

Now I will let the piece totally dry out and I might put a sealer on it.

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