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Not exactly sculpture…

But I’ve always felt that animation and sculpture share a third dimension. I’m really enjoying Queens of Animation. New to me is he bio of Felix Salten, author of Bambi. Just in time for deer season 🙂

Margaret Foley’s Mrs. Cleveland

Margaret Foley, one of the eminent American sculptors in Rome during the last quarter of the 19th century, was a very popular portraitist. Her skill in modeling low relief, and her accuracy in delineating facial features, could be a mixed blessing for the subject. Mrs. Cleveland apparently preferred other portraits in which an artist gave her a more pleasing, neoclassically influenced visage. cmoa.org

Visit me at Chesterwood October 19th

I’ll be working on a life size portrait head in clay as part of my demonstration at Chesterwood, in Stockbridge, Mass. on Saturday, October 19th from about noon until 4. This inspiring historic site was the studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. I’ll be working as French would have sculpted, in wet clay with tools that haven’t changed very much in 150 years.

(The small head above, about 1/4 life size, is an imaginary portrait of Louisa May Alcott).

https://www.chesterwood.org/calendar

New memorials for changing times in New York

https://hyperallergic.com/520420/simone-leigh-wangechi-mutu-kehinde-wiley-and-vinnie-bagwell-in-the-running-for-new-central-park-memorial/

Come see me at Chesterwood Oct. 19th

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I’ll be doing a portrait head demonstration in the main studio at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Mass. on Saturday, October 19th. This magnificent landscape and historic home was the working studio of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC and much other notable work. Don’t know who I’ll be sculpting yet–maybe DCF himself!

Stay tuned for more information–hope to see you.

A Wedding Album re-released

My friend, writer and filmmaker Carolyn Jacobs, made this short film as part of her AFI program back when we were all young and hopeful. It won a Golden Trailer award, even! Take a look…

Tiny Erato

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Erato, the muse of romantic poetry, is often shown with a lyre and wreath of roses in her hair. This 6-inch goddess was once a decoration on an elaborate Ansonia clock, and is made of spelter. Spelter, while sometimes used merely as a synonym for zinc, is often used to identify a zinc alloy. Early twentieth-century Art Nouveau and Art Deco figures and lamps were often made of spelter. The metal has been used since about the 1860s to make statues, tablewares, and lamps that resemble bronze. I re-patinaed Erato using Puritan bronze and gold highlights, mimicking contemporary French bronzes.

#GoddessID

My Etsy shop is back up and running

Having a great time fitting wings today!

I just listed a few of my small-to-medium size sculptures, plus I’m selling select items from my personal collection and also tools and materials. Check back from time to time to see what new gems I’ve added.

 

 

A servant girl doing a polka, or a New York icon?

Emma Stebbins’ “Angel of the Waters” atop Bethesda Fountain in New York City’s Central Park had a rocky road to greatness:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/obituaries/emma-stebbins-overlooked.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage

Meta Fuller collection revived at new Danforth

African-American sculptor Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller lived and worked in Framingham, Mass. for most of her life. She studied in Paris with Rodin as a very young woman, and married late, to the Liberian psychiatrist Solomon Fuller. Fuller’s tiny studio, once in the attic of her family home, is reconstructed now as part of the Danforth Museum’s move and restoration. Fuller’s husband did not approve of his wife having a career apart from marriage and motherhood; but Fuller, persistent and driven to represent her heritage as a proud and historically significant one, eventually built a separate studio with a small inheritance of her own. The Fuller Room shows the Danforth’s entire collection, including molds, armatures, bas-reliefs, and small, unfinished work, and is inspiring.