Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Continuing "Celebration" -a complex process, mold-making.

Molds for Celebration
4 separate molds for one sculpture
Close-up of rubber with Shims (keys)
Shims separate the rubber, and later
the plast
Print coat (blue) with 1st rubber coat
inside of main mold
It's been about 6 weeks, the four molds for the wax of "Celebration" have been delivered and the first wax is in process.  The interspersed pictures here are the mold in progress. The arms, and her leg and head, are removed to allow later access to the wax figure in the dressing process, The blue rubber, called the print coat, comes first - it captures all the little details that will show in the final bronze.. The shims, called keys, which will separate the parts of the mold are placed early in the process.They separate the rubber, as well as the final plaster that holds the shape of the rubber  The keys have bubbles that will fit together to align the plaster parts of the mold.  The plaster is developed with multiple coats, with reinforcing burlap in at least one of the later coats. Once the plaster is dry, it is opened with fine cutting to divide the first print coat  and rubber to separate the parts.  The clay is then pulled out (usually destroyed at this point), and the final result is the open mold. Holes are drilled to place the bolts which will tighten the parts together when pouring the wax into the mold.This is quite a complex mold, and as I have said before, the moldmaker, Brian Honeycutt, can figure it all out  - in posing the sculpture, I don't have to worry about simplification.
Plaster bolted together
On to the wax-making process next!





Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celebrating the FOURTH of JULY with Gratitude!


Intending to blog about the amazing people I have met at the art shows here in SF,  I realize there's even more to be grateful for than that on this Full Moon in Cancer just past and 4th of July too, so here it is!
Summer Solstice, 60 x 36 Ac/Canves

How many of you have met a pipe organ tuner? A casual question  I asked of a regular dude last Saturday at the SFSA art show turned into an opportunity for amazement when he replied "an organ tuner". A fascinating conversation about tuning forks and Bach, mega-churches in Texas, what the church organ (our church had a pretty big one) had meant to me as a child at a Methodist church, and the most beautiful organs in Houston (St. Martin's and ???) ensued. Mike Morgan, the Organ tuner! Connecting with people you have just met is awesome.
On Sunday afternoon, a young man on my e-mail list from last summer appeared.  We share a joyful love of  COLOR! From Dallas, he stopped by to show me, on his I-phone of course,  the painting he had done, inspired by our conversation at the time. And he is now (you could never guess) Director of the Firewalking Institute in Flower Mound, Texas! Unsure yet as to whether fire-walking is his life-path, he at least promised to return next time with six more paintings on his I-phone.  The first painting was pretty good, so maybe he'll have to choose one over the other.  Speaking of color,  here's the last painting I completed before resuming showing.

The family reunion is past, and was a blast.  Rancho Jacona is the perfect place for a multi-generational meet-up and it couldn't have been more fun.  See anyone not smiling?
The Cooper Family  missing one cousin.

The beautiful molds are done, and work begins on the wax of Celebration (the couple commission).  I write this as the wax pot heats up, but more pictures and a separate post about this part of the process will be posted later.

A shout-out goes to VSL3 probiotics created in Australia, and the magical effect they have on serious gastrointestinal issues. Hooray and thank you for an excellent alternative to conventional Western medicine that works! And more thanks to a supportive Nurse Practitioner, my PCP.

I have welcomed two new adult drawing students, retired teachers and best friends, left-brained but open to possibility, who've had their perceptions altered already.  They'll be awesome drawers in a short 5 weeks, I know it in my bones!

Thank you too for the return to art-making of my husband, William Preston, who is preparing new sumi-e for scrolls that will be going to France for an exhibition at the Parc Oriental de Maulévrier in August. There was a sighting of his Creative Santa Fe video on local public service television last week!


I just have to include my friend Maddy and her rescued fledged magpie Scooter and the lovely visit we had this morning.

 The monsoons are arriving, and making short work of our "heat" season this year.  I'll know for sure  when the Rufous hummingbirds start chasing the purple-chins away from the nectar, but last night, night of the Full Moon, brought a steady soft rain, and wet grass in the morning!  A mention too must be made, of  the daily appearance of the lazuli bunting under the bird feeder - and the pleasure his striking turquoise head brings!

There is much to celebrate, this fine Fourth of July!


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