Jolted into a place of spontaneous inspiration a few days ago, I have been on fire in a creative surge with Springtime . All the Aries energy we have just passed has come rushing into my fingers from my head . Now , with Taurus now reigning so lushly , at last , I need to sculpt , as if a whirlwing and a flow are moving through me .
In a recent conversation about a possible sculpture commission I asked the client why the piece was being commissioned to be created . The answer was slow in coming . “My husband died a few years ago ,” the warm and clear voice on the phone replied.
” I want this to be for him , honoring his life and passing , and for me , to be there for me , and our son , as an inspiration , going forward .”
I asked his sign, and birthday , as astrology is a part of my process in doing a personal commission especially one such as this . The answer chilled me. It was the same sign and simply it was a day away from my own . He was a Leo , and she is a Gemini – a spontaneous combustion of positivity exists between those two signs when they combine that leads to a soaring spirit . They are creative , communicative and full of light . Together they would express that energy to each other , and as a couple out to the world .
I simply wanted to make something very beautiful for this lady .
Sketches had been requested , and after the call I was focused on my visions for the piece . It was a true challenge … an elegant , natural , inspirational piece . A grand soaring vision , on a low budget , but so beautiful , and it so moved me . I had lost a sweet , dear friend to Lou Gehrig’ s Diease a few years ago . It is a sad and painful crippling illness that can often strike the young , and my friend passed at 35 .
Right away , ideas were flowing through my head , and started coming . I wanted to create something that would make the spirit soar . And something that spoke of love . And a new life – going forward , as was requested . I sat down , and started to draw , The sketches were coming out fast , and I started to really feel the pice . Several ideas started to gel into one vision , and the drawings were working sketches .The drawings were flowing with a life of their own and talking to me . The piece started coming together in my head . I could not wait to get it into my hands . The drawings were making me impatient . I did not want to labor over them . I wanted to create , and touch the clay , and shape the form , and speak to it .
Now I could see the vision clearly .she had seen my large Winged bronzes ; figures in full or suggested partial flight . And was moved by them . I knew what I wanted to do . It would not be easy … I had to somehow figure out how to create a large magestic sculpture with the simplest , most limited resources . And use natural materials as much as possible .
A friend came over who is an impassioned painter . We spoke . He offered his help . He said , ” I will help you create this vision . I want to be a part of it ” and so we got into his truck , and went out to buy clay .
We sat down , and he rolled the clay while I started to sculpt , and the flow just kept going on into the night . It was such a pleasure to feel the clay in my hands , and to touch it and shape it so easily , and to sense its’ immediate response . The clay shaped itself under my fingers as if by magic . It was flowing into the wing I was creating . each component I had designed just shaped itself as if by magic under my fingers . My friend kept rolling , and coiling as I kept working , the pieces almost forming themselves like a dance .
It was late in the night when we stopped . I collapsed exhausted , barely cleaning off the raw sienna color of the clay that was streaked all over my body . The next morning I got up at very early to photograph the sculpted pieces of Wing .
The process will be complex . Sculpting more , making moulds , experimenting with different materials , poring the materials , refining the casts … .then putting all the pieces together , finishing the patina , and working with other artists to weld and shape the metal supports , and create the base .
I pray they come together beautifully, intact through the kiln , and the firing into a beautiful , strong base of the Wing in flight , that will be the first part of the long process that will come together to create a large and lovely flowing sculpture . I hope that it will lift and inspire the viewer invoking a new beginning , and a spirit in joyous flight . ..