Nailing Down The Cloud
If there’s one thing I’ve larned about clouds, it’s this: you can’t nail the custards down. They just keep movin’ over the sky, shiftin’ shape like werewolves on Halloween. And danged if my own cloud ain’t goin’ the same way. Six week ago, I thought I had the shape nailed down tight. The first coat […]
Head In The Cloud
Gosh, is it over a month since I posted a progress update on the making of Cloud Column? I’m still toiling away. It may look like slow progress, because it is. For the last three weeks it’s been at the ‘filler on, filler off’ stage. Unlike Daniel-san in The Karate Kid, this has brought me […]
Back In The Oz Studio
After the shared excitement of working alongside other sculptors in the SVA studios in Manhattan, I was apprehensive about resuming work, alone, in my home studio back in Oz. But it’s going okay. I think that’s because I’ve been able to restart work on a piece I didn’t get finished before I headed for the […]
Ooooh, the frustration!
I’ve now been in NYC a week, doing my sculpture summer school, and all I’ve made is the tiny little cardboard model coffin you can (just) see in the piccie below. That’s my studio space – all 9 feet by 7 – and besides the wee coffin, all I’ve got to show for the week […]
Who wants to be a millionaire?
On Saturday afternoon, after another frustrating slow-progress session in the studio, I walked south through Greenwich and Soho to a store called The Compleat Sculptor. Inside, it looks a bit run-down. This is possibly because, in the entrance lobby, there’s the following sign: One of the challenges of being a sculptor is the cost of […]
Starting school again
Well, it’s happened… yesterday morning I sharpened my coloured pencils, tied a dime (piece of American munny) in the corner of my handkerchief for playlunch, polished my shoes, swung my schoolbag over my shoulder and set out for my first day at SVA (School of Visual Art) in W 16th Street. Miss Moscovitch, the head […]
Where did my fingertips go?
Ouch, ouch and ouch! Last week I had fingertips, this week I don’t. I’ve been making another of my not-yet-famous marble clouds. The production process sounds simple: whack a few bits off a block of marble with a pointy chisel, shape up the resulting hills and hollows a bit with a flat chisel, smooth them […]
Making work in the US: The ‘Rendition’ series
The ‘Stuffed Figures’ series (see previous post) really kicked my work along. I experimented using some fur on one of them, and it worked okay. Then I thought, why not try covering one with fur instead of the hessian? This didn’t work – too heavy-handed – but it set me thinking about other ways to […]
Making work: The US experience
One advantage of being away from home base is that an artist can try something different, free of the expectations that the work will follow on from his or her ‘usual style’. For me, the four months in the US late in 2011 provided this freedom. In fact, it almost guaranteed I’d do something different, […]
Talking about drawing
Several things struck me about the the differences between the American and Australian approaches to fine art education. Firstly, in the US there’s more emphasis on the craft of being an artist – on being able to make art, not just conceptualise it. Second, there’s also more emphasis on turning up, working hard, and doing […]