• Pool model

    For those interested, here’s an updated photo from tonight of the model in progress.
    I was busy today but I managed to work on it abut an hour this evening.
    I raised the concrete walkway surround up and angled it to add some additional depth illusion as I had planned to do, I like the effect and it also makes the pool water look lower.

    And Sunday some more progress after an hour and a half or so:

  • Sarah Bernhardt panel

    I finished the mold this morning and pulled two casts from it so far, I will be heading downstairs to cast a master cast for storage in a few minutes.
    A client wanted a red terracotta color, I cast one with the tint base for the Buff Yellow and one with the Red Terra Cotta tint base and sent him the photo to decide better.

    I think a dirty bronze would be stunning.

  • Pool sculpture

    I have started on the pool sculpture today, this is a large model, several inches wider than others I have made.
    There’s 160 pounds of clay in the box form and the initial roughed out concept for the design is just lightly incized on the surface to see how it might look.

    Some possible changes might include enlarging the lettering though this will require the three words to be creatively staggered on a couple of lines to fit rather than horizontally across in one line as shown. They may also move down a little and the sun disk made a little smaller.

    The lettering on the finished panel will be raised about 1/4″ high from the background, I just sketched in a few letters to test fit the elements.

    I spent about two hours today getting it started and another half hour later.

    The second photo shows a little more development, the water in the pool will either be lowered or the cement walk around it will be raised to give it a more three dimentional illusion. The horizontal line under “LAKE C” is just a guide-line that will go away.
    I might very well move the pool and cement walkway down a little further.

  • Younkers dept store fire Des Moines, IA

    What a shame the 1899 building was totally destroyed by fire during renovations!
    The exterior facade was nothing special, a little bit of somewhat plain ornaments in terracotta, but in an interior shot of a video taken a year ago I noticed this interesting design in the plaster capitals:

    I might be interested in doing a model after that design, I’ll have to think it over!