Outdoor photo shoot and squished sculptures!

One thing I have always loved about clay is that there is hardly any waste.  Before the clay is fired, you can re-use and recycle all you want.  Gets dry? Add water!

We had this photo shoot arranged – the idea was that some friends/business partners and I would be doing our art “in the wild”.  Which, of course, sounds great, until you think of shlepping a 25 lb bag of clay and your sculpture stand and tools into the woods for a work session.  So we had to fake it a little.  Earlier that day, I pulled out my armature and some old, previously used clay, and cranked out a portrait sculpture.  I practiced my self-portrait, which is something I need work on.  Anyway, I got the portrait looking halfway decent, and then it was time to head to the photo shoot.  I boxed her up (sort of), loaded my car and headed off to the state park where we were to meet.  Yep, the first time I made a turn in the car, that head went rolling.  I could hear her banging around in the box, and I could just envision all the dings and squished features that were happening back there!  Oh well – let’s hope the photos were going to be shot from a distance! (Good thing that head was just practice anyway, right?!?!)  And then one more good turn – and boom! The box turned over and there she went.  She stayed on the armature, but I could just picture this squished clay head, wrapped in plastic, rolling around in my trunk.  I had to laugh.

When we arrived at the park to do the shoot, I unwrapped her and, yep, you know it – Smooshed nose, crumpled ears – looked like the poor thing was in a true car accident!  Misshapen skull and a mashed in eye to boot- not a pretty thing at all.  Too funny.  Fortunately, I could repair most of the big damage quickly and the photo shoot turned out great.  You can’t tell at all that I’m working on a weird alien head, lol.

Working in the Giant Rocks!

Working in the Giant Rocks!

Thanks to my awesome hubby, CharliePhoto, for the photos!!

Here’s another one of my buddy and biz partner, doing her thang in the wild-

Wanna paint by the river, anyone?!?

Wanna paint by the river, anyone?!?

 

Aren’t these photos insanely beautiful??

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Susan
    May 6, 2015

    The photos ARE awesome & beautiful and I bet you all had a fun time!

    • kellythielstudio
      May 6, 2015

      We did have fun! There were kids everywhere, and husbands and friends too. Everyone helped out wrangling the kids and hauling photo props. It was a great day that ended with beers for all the adults 🙂