Category Archives: modern sculpture

The Year of the Phoenix…

goldenshakti-goddesswingwebtinyPhoenixes and Angels; both rise up to Heaven… A bronze cast from a wax original, standing four feet tall, my sculpture, “Golden Shakti”is photographed here against  a painted detail of an abstracted wing. Rising up from the flames into a golden sky,  reborn and crowned with gold, the Goddess is rising like a Phoenix. Rising up from the ashes of our own self immolation, we feel the planets collectively as Uranus in Aries, wild and willful, opposes Saturn in steady Capricorn. We feel the desire for freedom and for truth as the Feminine arises empowered refusing to be restricted and restrained. Venus, the Goddess of love and Chiron the Healer are meeting in the sign of Pisces in their yearly embrace. A wave of compassion, a rising up of the Feminine is spreading, healing pain with solace and releasing love to the world from the collective feminine heart. Angels will be rising like Phoenixes in their flames – the Year of the Fire Cock is coming, giving us the rare opportunity to rise up like a Phoenix and fly.

 


My Angel … in Brooklyn

sunangelsky_12.jpgIsis is on display on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill in downtown Brooklyn… Angels appear in the strangest places… Unexpected, yet omnipresent.. She stands three feet tall on a bronze globe and a raw mountain like marble base, with outstretched wings. The show is extended until the end of February…whiteback


Pegasus in color … sneaky …

 

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How I love sculpting and painting horses !

Paint , color and a patina have been added to the bas relief . I can not indulge in the detail I wish for … it could easily take another three weeks of detailed work . So I am being – sneaky .And paint and color are my accomplices …

A strange word for an artist to use … But cleverness is and essential part of my medicine bag as an artist . … I create magic – I create illusions . So rather than make  it all an elegant bas relief , I must resort to my bag of tricks . Paint  will create the illusions I need , rather than clay and painstakingly created ,  shaped and polished swelling forms carefully built , and sculpted .

I am keeping my lady Peg  abstracted  and stylized .  She will be completed  with the  last  touches of  sculpted detail that I will add next , making the mass of the body  come alive with more muscles and veins . The mane and tail will fly  in detailed strands tinged with  soft reds  and gold leaf . .

I  shall add another panel  to extend her space , give her room …. and of course , add beautiful careful detail to the wings .She will be seven by four feet completed .

For her to fly high and strong .

A lady horse , with golden colors making her beauty even brighter . Pegasusingoldenorangesmall


Pegasus , a Full Moon and the Art of Flight

ImageIt is a Full Moon , and I must keep working . Morning is already spilling sun all over my small world . Pegasus , the horse who could fly , and flew to the Heavens is  taking form in my studio . Marble dust all over ,plaster and gesso in the air .

As above , so below …. I am shaping a heavenly creature onto a very large wooden birch panel with plaster and gesso , and today  I am creating the last details on her face and Wings . I feel compelled to finish the work as much as I can today to seal in the power of this intense and potentl Aquarius Full Moon .

An elegant , strong , sensitive white and copper maned horse  , this is perhaps a mare – female Pegasus .  White , and pure ,like water and snow , she glows with ivory and soft copper laid down under  layers of  white  plaster and  ground marble . . . snow like . She is  being completed with this Full Moon in Aquarius ; the  Water Bearer bringing a peace and humanitarian vision to the world .I have sculpted her as a bas relief , building up layers of flesh , exhausting myself building up muscle and mane as I worked the plaster over her curves .

Almost complete , her mane flows . She has an elegant abstraction , as  was requested , and wonderful strength and movement emanate from her . Power and grace are flowing  from her now . Finally … as I continue to strive , attempting daily to capture the essence of  her equine beauty .

A mare is said to have great patience , and greater fecundity . Like  the Moon . The Mongolian nomads revere a mare as the Mother of the World , and associate this Cosmic Mare with  the Moon . East Africans compare a beautiful woman to a beautiful mare , as a compliment .

Ceres the Earth Goddess is conjunct the Sun and Mercury in the sign of the Lion … the Cosmic Mother on ecstasy … with a passionate heart full of love … a fiery and passionate  Quan Yin  ….

Perhaps if I complete my Pegasus today , she will also speak ,golden like Ceres , in the language of the Sun  , with a full heart of love … like the Lion . Perhaps she will  reflect the light of Regulus from the Lion’s heart ,  in the language of the Sun, tinged with tones of love .

I shall paint or sculpt the Moon in today , to capture it and its’ power , and seal it into my work . And sign it with a symbol and a poem to wish  peace upon her new home and her mistress , who will soon come to claim this magical mare .An incantation and prayer will be written into the plaster I place today .

My Lady Horse , Pegasus  will bless and grace her life , bringing her a gift  every time she looks at her …. a silent song of love  and  the secret to the  art of flight .

Pegasus  is 4 by 6 feet , and is a commissioned bas relief art work  by Natasha von Rosenschilde


Masterpiece ; Winged Venus in bronze

ImageWinged Venus being prepared for her patina .

I completed this sculpture when the sun was touching Regulus ,  the brightest star in the constellation of the Lion. Venus has just touched Regulus in her passage to Virgo , and this sculpture radiates the power and beauty at the heart of the Lion . Regal and proud , powerful , and in masterful control ; Venus  is on fire … Sparks beauty .

More of my sculpture may be seen on my new website  www.natashavonarts.com


Art ; Winged Venus …. in flight

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Winged Venus in flight  , bronze with a golden patina , 56 ” by 48 “”   cast from an original wax .

Art ; Winged Venus …. in flight

Winged Venus in Flight , a photograph of one of my life sized bronze sculptures has been chosen with 2 other works to be in a multimedia show in a New York gallery  from July through October . The link above shows  the site.


Sky Dancer … revelation

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_DSC9622Day 1

Slowly, I lay the paint on; layer by layer. The painting accepts me; I have laid the ground lovingly. First a coat of glue on  the birch wood panels tinged with powdered tempera to give it a glow of color from within… Then the ancient recipe for gesso, cooked  until it is viscous and ready . I apply it  with a gentle mantra preparing the marble dust and chalk mixture, readying it to receive the painting I will create .

I apply layers of underpainting. Translucent glazes of lilac and copper. I paint intensely, the colour simply flows as if from my hands onto the canvas. I smooth it on with my palms , frustrated with brushes. My hands start to hurt, I sit back at last to look … The painting reveals itself.  I see it… A figure  is in the paint waiting to come out. Flying upwards as if rising. Full of lightness, it is a male figure suspended in a light filled world over a swirling sea.

I sculpt the wings that I see shaping themselves slowly as I go in a low bas relief, building what i see as a Wing in flight. There is an amazing flow… the  figure soars and I can not stop. The colour  flows and is alive with light, shining , almost too bright to behold …

 

Day 2

The piece is becoming powerful, magical, and  majestic. It is large, painted on two panels , 3 feet square . So it stands 3 feet by 6 feet tall – passionate rising and full of spirit .

I will soften the colors so the spirit does not burn with such intensity .

 His Wings do not catch fire
but they are wild and  full of beauty now .
Earth tones with flames , and a swirling sea and tide below ,
rising into flames and mists
full of mystery in shades so subtle they barely have names .
Overlays  of copper and gold.
The sun is misty yet aglow with fire., and the angel flies above the sun . 
The piece is taking shape. I have toned down the blazing colour. It has an  energy all  its  own  and almost  paints itself. It uses my hand to  come into being. I am an instrument and cannot stop painting . Am obsessed, and work from sunrise to darkness every day . Now it has created itself to what it wanted to be . A male figure clothed in veils of swirling energy and light . Rising above  waves of colour, poised in worlds of memory over the  oceans of time, passion and  peace all reflected in the golden rain  drops showering down from Heaven all around him  like an eternal benediction .

The light plays with the bas relief differently and the colours keep changing  from cold to warm with the time of day. . . The brilliance of  colour changes with the reflections and angles of light .

 

The asteroid Vanadis cried tears of red gold for her missing husband … She was prominent during the eclipse  when this  piece was conceived, and the painting is dazzling, as if detailed with golden tears, birthed between two eclipses, between Taurus and Gemini, in honour of a Leo whose wife is a poet. It is a story of love; about a man and a woman, about love, courage and devotion .

Her writing is beautiful.  I will add a line of her writing to finish the piece and more golden rain from Heaven .

There are 3 planets smiling in Gemini … the great  benifiics … the Sun, Venus  and Jupiter combining to rain down their blessings  upon those who hold up their arms and aprons to receive them, blessing  all that we bring into being through our actions and our dreaming.

Sky Dancer