Tag Archives: sculpting

Portrait Bust, Work in Progress

11 Mar

The face of this portrait bust is finished, and now I just have to sculpt the hairРno easy task for a man whose hairstyling experience is limited to 30 seconds with a comb in the morning.

New Sun & Moon Pairs

19 Oct

A new sculpture in the “doodling” stages. With these, I stumbled upon a new technique of drawing lines by pushing straight into the moist clay with the tip of a paint brush, then pulling it back out diagonally. I want to get polyclay or waxy effects with water-based pottery clay or porcelain.

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Not Quite Art Nouveau, but Squiggly Nonetheless

24 Jul

My second try at an art nouveau tealight/incense holder is closer to the mark, but we’re not quite there yet. Something’s missing. Still, I think this will be worth making a mold and copying.

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Three Fingers, of Course

3 May

I slapped together a quick gargoyle body and put the head on. The feet and hands are quick gestural studies, tons of fun to make. I love gremlins & gargoyles because it’s all play. No fussing over proportions.

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Look Out Scoob!

2 May

Back to sculpting, after a foray into mold-making. If I can ever reproduce this in concrete, it’ll make some garden art, I think. This one is turning out suspiciously dog-like.

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‘We Don’t Kill Easy’

30 Apr

Rash mold-making shortcuts left me with a gooey mess of uncured silicone. In utter despair, I tossed the mold, original stuck firmly inside, out in the yard. After a few rainy nights and warm days, I was going to throw it in the trash when, miraculously, the original popped out. I poured some Rockite into the tatterdemalion mold, and got THIS! With luck, this un-dead mold will now produce 60 or more copies just like this one, which proudly bears the title “SFb001”, destined to go down in Kenny Smillie history as The Sun Face That Didn’t Kill Easy.

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Marge Thompson, Norm Thompson’s Wife, AS THE SUN

22 Apr

That’s my artsy title for this Sun Face, to be mass produced in my Dickensian workshop as hep garden art. I was going to say “… In Her Aspect As THE SUN,” but that ¬†would make a presumptuous, bulky title.

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Spray Paint

21 Apr

Some of my concrete castings definitely need color to distract from the marks left by my rookie mistakes in mold-making. I was cogitating about air brushes, air compressors and all that expense & hassle when I found this stuff called spray paint. It comes in a can. You press the button. The color comes out of the can. Let the proceedings begin!

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Sunday Afternoon Moon Dump

8 Apr

Time for a Sunday afternoon Moon Dump. I just got this series of crescent moons back from the kiln. I used an angled-spray technique with the colored glass to try to create a shadow effect. I’m already thinking of how to refine the tech.

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Crescent Moon with Shadow Glaze

8 Apr

My latest crescent moon has yellow pigment blown on from below, and blue molten glass blown on from above. I’m trying to create a shadow effect, which shows primise, though it needs tweaking yet.

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