Thursday, 6 May 2021

Delamore is about to commence!

Last weekend I installed my sculptures for Delamore Arts 2021. If you go I hope you can find the 5 sculptures I have made all dotted around. There is the 'Sphere', 'Cockerel', 'Damselfly', 'Wren' and 'Fish'. It was very exciting to be back and walk around the garden as I sited my sculpures. It gave me the chance to take a sneek peak at the other artists work, which is all installed and waiting for the official opening. The gardens open on the 17th May. The tearooms will be open on a 'take-away' basis.


 

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Clockwork Wren

 This is a wren made from lots of recycled metal. I use bicycle shops, charity shops and industrial sites to collect/select my materials. I am currently busy creating sculptures for:

Delamore Arts, Cornwood, Devon - Mid-May to Mid-June

Cotswold Sculpture Park, Gloucestershire - Now till September

Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford, Devon - 1st June - October

Mothecombe Open Gardens, Flete Estate, Devon - Every Tuesday, open now till September



Friday, 16 April 2021

Mandarin Duck

This is the latest 'Mandarin Duck' the 5th in the series, each time I have adapted it differently. As before though I have used cutlery and kitchen utensils ot create it.

 

Monday, 12 April 2021

Cutlery Cockerel - At Unit 7, Ermington Workshops - Ed Hill Metal Art

I have now been at Unit 7, Ermington Workshops for 3 and a half Months. Whilst I have been here, I have made a silver squirrel, 2 March hares, a mandarin duck, dragonfly, cockerel and a fish. I was busy writing signs last week, so visitors can find my new workshop/gallery. It has good/secure parking, easy access and toilet block facility. If you'd like to arrange a visit, then send me an email.

Below you will see I have also been preparing greeting cards to be distributed for sale in The South Hams. These are also available at my gallery/shop.


 


Monday, 22 March 2021

The finished 'March Hares' commission

Last week, I said 'goodbye' to these March hares. It was a commission for a client's anniversary. I have not sculpted hares before, so I had to start right with the basics. For example, looking at photos, practicing my drawing, learning the proportions, sculpting models, looking at the contents of my box of scrap metal and figuring out the overall size of the piece. I started in the last week of January by making my observational drawings, and finished the piece on the 15th March. When I make a new sculpture for a client I like to keep them well informed in the design process by sending photos along the way to check that the decisions I make will meet their expectations. I hope that my newly developed knowledge of hares will now be useful for creating more in the future.



 



Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Sculpting Hares

I have recently been commissioned to sculpt some hares. This is a model I have made. Whenever I am commissioned to make a subject that I have not studied before, I need to have plenty of time in advance. This is because I have to spend a considerable amount of time drawing and making models. It's a necessity. The more time I take to to do this work, the better the final piece will be. This took me over 7 hours, over two days. After day one I needed a second opinion and fresh eyes. I had to sleep on it, and then come back to it the following day, to make the changes I felt it still needed. Prior to this I spent 4 hours drawing, over the course of a couple of weeks.

I am enjoying this commission, as I have wanted to sculpt hares. They are very popular, and I can appreciate why. For me it is there lovely large ears.

YouTube video below


Tuesday, 2 February 2021

New Year, New Workshop 2021

 I am catching up with myself, after a busy January. New Year's Eve I moved workshop. One Month later I can now say I'm starting to get settled. I am currently working on a commission for a client, and also planning/preparing for many many exhibitions this year. Some new some old. To name but a few: Stone Lane Gardens, Chagford; Delamore Arts, Cornwood; Cotswolds sculpture park, Cotwolds; 'Contempory Passions' - Harbour House Kingsbridge; Devon Open Studios! I think there will be some more too, later in the year.

Here are some sculptures I made at the end of December 2020 before I moved.

I was commissioned to make an egret, in this case I made a little egret, as I was taken by their stylish tufted head, and their wispy breast/neck feathers. It could quite easily be mistaken for a heron, as after my study I discovered their is very little to distinguish the two apart from their size and colour.
The neck was a challenge for me, as I used straight pipe! I cut it and reshaped it and worked it to become smooth. I have seen them fairly often down in Wonwell Estuary, and occasionally higher up the river erme. Devon, South Hams.

There is a video of the kingfisher is below, if you click on the link it will take you to my YouTube channel, where you will be able to see it 360 degrees. If you would like to know prices for commissioning these, then get in touch.