November, 2019: Began working on 12-foot giraffe
Clay for life-size camel: Below in the clay and then shimming the clay for making the mold; painting the rubber mold on; then creating the plaster mold on to the the rubber mold
Pouring bronze in the studio
Getting the metal clean before the patina is worked
Will Start making mold – rubber and plaster – on this twice life size donkey that I just finished (April 2019) The small Isodor Bonheur’s anatomical horse at 15″ gives size reference (as well as anatomical reference!)
Starting a life-size sheep in clay; putting clay onto the welded armature.
Starting a new clay piece (July 2018) life-size zebra head
Wax state of bronze casting
These are two images of the wax state of bronze casting. These will be dipped into a ceramic base that hardens and then fired to melt the interior wax (lost wax process). Then the bronze will be poured into the empty ceramic shell that once held the wax.
Grisaille of painting
This is an underpainting (creating a black and white grisaille) before color is developed on top.
Working in clay
Life size lamb to be cast in the letters from prisoners: This is the finished clay stage of the head. After casting the head I will work on the entire body of the lamb.
The first series of images are the process of creating a 6-foot bird in clay that will be cast into bronze. In this series, I have created the steel rod armature upon which I have worked the clay model of the bird