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.
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-
Aren’t these photos insanely beautiful??