Monday, December 26, 2011
Sorry about the amateurish photography, I had shot this myself on my back deck after Waterbearer was finished being painted. Still, the sun was muted by clouds, and she came out well enough. This sculpture, made of off-white stoneware clay, is about 21" tall. She holds in her hands a water jug that is painted to look like the earth. I used some of the last of the clay (this sculpture was created in 2004, I think) that for years had worked so well for me, and accepted the oil paint washes very nicely into the surface. Within a year the same clay from my source in Tacoma had changed, and was very difficult to use. Thus the recent experimentation with the low-fire white stoneware, used to create the small, acrylic painted sculptures in the first several postings of this blog site. Waterbearer sold at Trios Gallery in Solana Beach, CA., several months later.