Memorial for Highgate Cemetery

14 May, 2016 – 10:12 pm

I have almost finished this commission.

I have some carving to do on the bottom of the dress, the hands and arms, then a final sanding.

The next photos I post will be when the lettering has been carved.

This carving has taken about 350 hours so far.

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SALE of some of my sculptures

6 May, 2016 – 9:49 am

I am excited to announce that I am having a sale. There are some of my larger stone carvings for sale as well as some of the smaller ones so don’t worry I hope I have something for everyone

I would love to be able to afford some more larger pieces of Portland limestone and some Italian Marble this is why I am having a sale of some of my stone carvings.

For some of the larger carvings I can arrange delivery by a professional sculpture mover but this will incur a charge

I have chosen a cross section of some of my stone carving to have in my sale

All sizes are approximate and if you are interested in finding out more please get in touch details are on my contact page.

 

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Art Nouveau style sculpture memorial

25 April, 2016 – 2:35 pm

I have been working on this sculpture memorial now since February and have spent about 250 hrs carving, refining and developing the details.

Obviously the closer I get to the finish the smaller the changes are. I still have the back where her hair and dress meet to carve also both hands still need work but these I develop gradually as it goes without saying if I take too much away I can’t put it back.

I am sanding some of the details but because the stone has small fossils in it will not have the same finish as marble.

I will be drawing out the inscription in a few different layouts to make sure that it is absolutely right. I anticipate that there is another 50hrs work on this carving.

 

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Visit to Sudeley Castle

31 March, 2016 – 8:00 pm

What better way to spend my day off than a visit to a magnificent historic building. The Sun was shining and it was so lovely and warm that Sudeley Castle and landscaped gardens seemed the perfect choice. I hadn’t been here before but the photos on their website intrigued me. The castle has a rich history and has a beautiful church in it’s grounds. A lot of the original property was destroyed in the civil war but there are some ruins and full buildings both old and Victorian additions to explore.

I was able to make some very rough sketches, while there are mistakes in my drawings every time I make a sketch I am understanding more, it’s about training my mind and my eyes to draw what I can see. Drawing also helps me to understand form and perspective helping me in my carvings.

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Highgate Memorial Sculpture

30 March, 2016 – 8:17 pm

I have been busy carving this Portland limestone memorial sculpture for Highgate Cemetery. Here are some more photos of the development.

As I have been carving this I have had a live model to take some dimensions from, she has what I imagine an Art Nouveau frame to be which helps me to work out how to develop the body.

It is important when working on a figure to check proportion from where it will be viewed, so in the 3rd picture I stood on a stool at what will be the natural ground level. This is something that I have done at regular intervals to keep an eye on my progress.

As you can see I am getting closer to finishing this sculpture and so the amount of stone that I remove gets less. and the detail gets tighter.

 

 

 

 

 

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