I got a new challenge when a friend called me a week ago. Their daughter was doing a project and she asked if I could help out since I’m an artist. They asked me how I was at sculpting. Laughing I said it depends on what, how big, and when did they need it. (If they wanted the statue of David… Yeah that’s a no). A koala, not big just 2-4″, and in one week. I haven’t sculpted any animals since making playdoh ones at mom’s nursery school and obviously those were not exactly masterpieces. But not one to back down from a reasonable challenge I said yes. Serendipitously I actually had grey/silver “sculpty” clay (why I haven’t a clue). Went online to find images to work from, and started.
A few times I got frustrated of course, and took a breaks. Found out how hard it can be to give something texture all over, like fur, when you have to hold the thing somehow. Learned a thing or two about koalas… Did you know they have 2 opposable thumbs? In the end I did it, and in just the week. For a first time detailed animal sculpture I think is came out pretty well. My friend certainly liked it when he came to get it yesterday evening. Here are a couple of my reference photos and photographs of the finished piece.
So today is “Inspire Your Heart With Art” Day. A day when you should take a moment, or several, to find some art to appreciate. Something positive, an image that makes your soul warm, a song that makes you smile, see a play, anything to inspire your hearts (skip the edgy, political, angry types of art today). Or spend some time creating art from your hearts, inspire someone else too.
Music: Yo Yo Ma, James Taylor, Camille West, Billy Keane & the Misdemeanor Outlaws
Artists: Claude Monet, Jeff Koons, Keelan McMorrow, Alphonse Mucha, Douglas Maguire, and well… Me too. (for more art that I like check out my board on pinterest here)