Thursday, December 8, 2011
Back when I sculpted "Whetherbird", the clay original, he was the younger (and littler) brother of "Guidance". I was in love with the idea of milestones, or even monuments, that observed and informed passers-by. The "hieroglyphs" came spontaneously out of my head. I have no idea what they say, but they looked important and meaningful. The "wood" perch that the owl sits upon is painted clay. The whole affair is perhaps 29-30" tall and maybe 8" across the base. The sketch is my initial ideas for the eventual sculpture.
When my husband died, there were two close friends who were truly superhuman in their dedication to getting me back on my feet, financially and emotionally. They helped me avoid bankruptcy with skillful consolidation of debt payments, and did most of the dirty work of helping me price and sell tons of "stuff", and would not accept compensation for their efforts. I gave them "Guidance", as they are bird lovers and art lovers. As eventually happens with all of my work, "Guidance" found his appropriate home.