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Simple Joy - terra cotta sculpture 10"

Simple Joy – terra cotta sculpture 10″

Before I ever created a sculpture inspired by my trip to India, something a friend said got me to thinking in a different direction. Her child is nearly out of college now, and in reminiscing about his childhood, she said “I’ve discovered that I really enjoyed being a mother”.  Not just holding an infant, but enjoying watching her child grow.  That inspired this piece called “Simple Joy”.  It will be on exhibit in the Gallery at Studio Channel Islands Art Center during the show titled “ About Women”.  Reception is May 4th from 4 – 6 pm.

The following photos show the process I used for the patina.  The first shows the terra cotta piece ready to be fired.  The little maquette is visible just behind it.  After firing and putting a sealer on it, the first coat of paint is gold.  Next comes a thin coat of burnt umber, followed by a watery mix of hookers green and white.  And finally brown and black shoe polish is lightly brushed over the whole piece.

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