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?
12 in. in diameter, 8in. high
nice view to see that it is carved from both sides
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.
All three pieces for the New Jersey show are done. It was a little push to get everything sculpted. Then the drying was out of my hands. Fortunately we had a little sunshine and they all took a turn sitting in the car to get really nice and warm and help with the drying. The painting went smooth too. Today I picked up the black bases. It makes such a difference. They look very nice and finished now, and the proportions to each other are great as well. I hope I will see pictures of the chest they will be standing on. I am crossing my fingers that it actually looks great.
Tomorrow everything will get wrapped up and off it goes….