It's the witch's hour in the 6th Creeping Wednesday! Warts, papillas, crooked noses, humpbacks, broomsticks and kettles and cauldrons. I'm glad that I could find plenty of sculptures for this feature! No suggesters this time, unfortunately. For the next article, I'm looking for frames and borders... but with a picture inside - and traditional. I'm sure you know plenty of such, don't hesitate to mention them!
3 questions to , a great sculptor of magic characters!
What is that attracts you to Traditional Art?
Well, you have to understand that I am of an age that there was no such distinction originally in the art world, fine art or commercial art, at least not in the sense of that phrase these days... If any one used the term "traditional art" before the advent of the various digital aided mediums, they most likely meant the style of the Masters... So, it was what I always did and all "real" media of artistic expression is still what I prefer. As to what attracts me to it...the fact that it is real! "Traditional art" exists in real time and space...which is one of the many things that attracts me to sculpting: it exists in three-dimensions.
When and why did you start sculpting?I truly started sculpting and modeling when I started creating things with art-, and that was as early as before I was in kindergarten. I truly have done some form of art most of my life and it started very early for me. I began modeling creatures- and props and sets for my creatures- out of Plasticine clay and Play-doh as a very young child. I always preferred sculpting as an artistic medium, but as I grew older I wanted something more permanent than the aforementioned materials and the only thing available to most people back then was porcelain, terracotta and/or other such "earth" clays and they required expensive specialized kilns and equipment to work with them and fire the end products, so I moved away from that as I grew older and did only two-dimensional art. The only time that I would again indulge in the sculptural media of artistic expression was when classes at school allowed for it, and then I would find myself sculpting once more and thoroughly enjoying it. But eventually, many years later in fact after my high school years and a very long hiatus from my writing and my art- nearly 15 years in fact- I discovered polymer clays and epoxy clays... And that changed everything! I have always loved sculpting and these "new clays" as they were once called, allowed me to get back into that medium with a passion and I've never looked back. I prefer sculpting for the same reasons I prefer "traditional art": it's real, it's tactile, it's THERE!
What is your favourite part in creating a sculpture?Honestly, I love it all! However for me and those who work in my preferred medium of art- that of figurative sculpture and/or "art dolls"- I also have the added pleasure of working in what is truly a mixed media of expression. I mention this because it is another of my favorite aspects of my process of sculpture- combing all these elements in a harmonious way to create a new piece, indeed, a new "being". But to me the most rewarding aspect of the entire process is the end when I can stand back from it all and see what has come out- hopefully, I did my best in bringing these little beings out and into the light of our own mortal waking world. And hopefully, each piece will be something that at least one other person can connect to, hopefully, these pieces will speak to others...and that is very rewarding indeed. I LOVE sculpting and the entire process of the way I do what I do. I create and then I release them out into the world. It is me, it is my passion, and it is what I do and it is who I am...
Thanks for these fabulous and interesting answers!
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