So here’s a little insight into my creative process that I go through to create my sculptures and paintings.
I usually begin with an inkling of an idea. It could come from something I’ve seen recently or a memory from way back. A foggy image that has touched me in some way. It could also be a previous sculpture that still needs to be refined.
This next sculpture was inspired when I was working on a house restoration project in France.
I was working on the second floor of the building when I saw a doorway opening out to an unfinished balcony. The outside railing had not be fixed and there was no door in place. So for safety reasons the workmen had blocked the opening with pieces of wood leaning in between the sides of the doorway, in a zig-zag pattern. Hmmm, I thought that could be a potential idea for a sculpture!
So the first stage was to make a few sketches and see what was possible. There are so many variations that in reality I only really sculpt a small percentage of my ideas. A sculpture is a slow and laborious task!
After this stage, it’s obviously thinking of materials to sculpt and what I can afford and find. I’m a bit truth to materials and don’t like pushing a material into doing something that isn’t natural to it,s particular characteristics. So I sourced some beautiful wood and stone. Thought of the size, colours and textures.
I then drew out some templates to make sure the stone forms would fit perfectly into the wooden frame. Spent hours of dusty carving and doweling. Et Voila!
The final sculpture
As I mentioned before, there are so many variations on this idea and I’m sure I’ll be continuing to develop and progress this idea further.
I’m also really pleased that a private collector has acquired this sculpture. Which has pride of place in a beautiful garden overlooking a beach where I played as a young child.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this little insight into my artistic journey. Let’s see where I go next?