It was a real pleasure to be commissioned to produce a new carving to go in the home of my client on their new kitchen roof beam. The wood sculpture was commissioned to capture the essence of the four family dogs, and was to be immortalised in pride of place on their new kitchen roof truss.
I started by drawing the dogs, thinking of the proportions required for the roof beam, whilst capturing the individual essence of each dog.
I used Cedar of Lebanon wood to match that used in the construction of the roof truss in the new kitchen, so when attached it would more or less blend in (no two pieces of wood are the same of course!)
Cedar of Lebanon proved to be a very difficult wood to use! To achieve the sort of detail required was almost impossible (but I hope you will agree that the final outcome was really good!) The wood was 'friable' so snaps easily and was a bit like carving toast!
Hopefully you will agree that the end result looks great! My clients certainly agree. Here it is fully installed in the kitchen in the Homer household.
As one of the newer exhibitors at the Gallery@12 gallery in Eccleshall, it was a real honour and privilege to create and install a new mobile free standing sculpture to welcome visitors to the space.
Now that the Gallery 12 mobile is now fully installed l thought it would be the right time to explain my inspiration and construction of the mobile.
Flocks of birds have always fascinated me, the ever changing flight form, a pattern and multitude of life all intent on moving who knows where. The sculpture is called "Flight of Freedom" and is constructed in birch plywood. Each bird is cut out with a jigsaw and jointed together to form a strong mass.
A total of 80 birds each painted with a number of selected colours front and back. This enabled the creation of movement. A number of birds are suspended to hang free treated with light reflecting materials to enhance the movement.
The Gallery has always tried to reach out to customers, to portray artistic excellence and build a respected following. I do hope a focal point has been created for the Gallery and new interest for the arcade and the people of Eccleshall.
Do come along and visit Gallery@12 in Eccleshall, Staffordshire. It's a really interesting and inspiring place to come and see so many local Staffordshire artists all in one place. And you will get to see some of my work too!
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