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cockatrice gets a weasel

I should be farther along with this sculpt than I am, but last week the back went so I didn’t get to the studio. But today there is progress! The cockatrice now has a weasel, which is the only beast immune to the cocks stoney stare.


Cockatrice in progress with weasel

Alas, he still has no wings.

Cockatrice in progress-no wings yet

But there will be dead things.

Cockatrice in progress with dead things


lion gargoyle has a new home

Incredibly, the Lion Gargoyle has found a new home. He left me today for life with a fabulous family who live in the wilds of Phoenixville. I find it very fitting that gargoyles live in Phoenixville.
Thank you, Jean and Michael!

Lion Gargoyle by Linda Saboe

Lion Gargoyle by Linda Saboe

 

Lion Gargoyle by Linda Saboe

Lion Gargoyle by Linda Saboe

Lion Gargoyle by Linda Saboe

Lion Gargoyle by Linda Saboe

Lion Gargoyle by Linda Saboe

Lion Gargoyle by Linda Saboe


a cockatrice

I was doing a little casual research looking for more ideas for my Unlikely Gargoyle sculpture series and came across this wonderful image on what I think is a cathedral in Switzerland of a dragon with a cocks head. I showed it to Brni and he said, “Oh, a Cockatrice!” A Cockawhat?

Apparently, this is a mythical beast with the head of a cock and the body of a two-legged dragon. The Cockatrice is able to petrify anyone with just a glance. The only creature immune to this fierce beast’s glare is the weasel.

hmmm…

It appears I must do a Cockatrice as my next Unlikely Gargoyle. And then after that, I just might do that weasel.

a humble start…

cockatrice in progress

cockatrice in progress


unlikely gargoyles – a squirrel in time for spring

Finishing a sculpture is more than a good feeling. It’s kind of like the day after you give birth and you have to keep staring at the results. And sometimes poking the baby to make sure s/he’s still breathing.

With sculpture, you have to know when to stop poking it. With kids, you can continue to poke them till they start poking you back.

anyway…

I think this one might just be done.

Squirrel Garboyle by Linda Saboe

Squirrel Gargoyle by Linda Saboe

Squirrel Gargoyle by Linda Saboe

Squirrel Gargoyle by Linda Saboe


i coulda been a gargoyle

The frog sculpt’s destiny as a gargoyle was thwarted by everyone at the studio who bemoaned that it was too much a frog to be a gargoyle and that I should make a different gargoyle frog. I proved too weak to fight and succumbed to artsy pressure. So now, the frog who could have been a gargoyle is just a frog drying and waiting to be fired. *sigh* 

frog drying

frog drying

frog drying

frog drying

frog drying


before frogs become gargoyles

they are just frogs.

Made reasonable progress on the little frog gargoyle today. Next week I’ll hollow him out (which consists of slicing him in two, scooping out the innards and then smooshing him back together. Sculpture is not a gentle art form. After that he’ll get his gargoyle wings, maybe fangs or a horn and some details on his skin.

but…

Everybody at the studio wants me to leave him as an ordinary frog. They said, make a different frog into a gargoyle.

argh.

Doing a series of unlikely gargoyles is going to be more difficult than I thought.

Here’s froggy so far…

frog (soon to be gargoyle) in progress

frog (soon to be gargoyle) in progress

frog (soon to be gargoyle) in progress

frog (soon to be gargoyle) in progress

frog (soon to be gargoyle) in progress

frog (soon to be gargoyle) in progress

frog (soon to be gargoyle) in progress

frog (soon to be gargoyle) in progress


patinas-a-go-go

So things get away from me sometimes and tend to bunch up. Which means I now have a rather large group of sculptures waiting to be finished. They’re all fired, some have the start of patinas, others are bare and probably embarrassed to be photographed.

sculptures waiting

patinas in progress

The poor gnome on the left has been waiting for almost two years for attention, and the abstract forms may be plotting rebellion. But the lion, even though youngest of the group, is just about done. The other gargoyle will be next in line as there is a show being planned featuring gargoyles, so he must be ready.

Sorry, gnome.


a series of unlikely gargoyles

I’ve decided to do more gargoyles. I’ve been making animal gargoyles for a while now but without any real direction or thought to a cohesive style or theme — basically, I’ve just been having fun turning animals into gargoyles.

Last month I started doing a squirrel gargoyle, which is now waiting to be fired. At the same time I was working on the squirrel, I was also working on issue 8 of Unlikely Story as well as thinking about how to update my website to a more active way of showcasing my art and maybe getting a little business (art is expensive to make and I’m running out of surfaces to place all the sculpts, so um — I need to make some sales so my house doesn’t look like a hoarder lives in it).

So today I started a new critter — a frog gargoyle. Here’s the progress in pictures thus far.

frog gargoyle in progress
Here’s a couple more angles.

frog gargoyle in progress

frog gargoyle in progress

It’s a bit hard to see, but the frog has a fly in his grasp.

frog gargoyle in progress

damn damn damages – or – art show woes.

I recently had a piece in a show at my local art center where I’ve been a member for several years. The show was kinda special in that (some of) the proceeds were to benefit a local animal rescue. I sculpted my dog, Loki. Worked hard on the little piece and my work earned an “Honorable Mention” at the show, where a fun time was had by all. Here’s a look at my girl…

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So come time to pick her up from the center and nobody can locate her. I went on down to the studio figuring they’d find her and let me know. What ensued was bizarre and troubling. Here’s what happened:

When they broke down the show, my sculpture was mistakenly sent to another artist living somewhere in Montana or Michigan (the location is unclear but distant).

She was packed poorly and damaged during shipping. Here is what they did:

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Loki was sent back to the center in a too small box and given back to me. The center’s executive director promised they would reimburse me for damages but later, reneged. If I wanted to be reimbursed the value (minus 40%), I would have to give them my sculpture for disposal. Really? If I wanted to keep her, I get nothing. So, you take my artwork, ship it out of state, break it, and then tell me I must resign it to the trash heap?

bleh.

I was told that this is the same as if she’d sold.
It’s not.

It was mentioned that I was very fond of it and didn’t want it to sell anyway.
Irrelevant.

They then offered me 30% of the value and I could keep my artwork because they felt sorry for me, but would be changing their liability policy so that if anyone failed to pick up their work on the last day of the show, they would not be covered. Yeah, that’s right. I’m a member. I work in the studio downstairs. I pay dues. I had the flu on pickup day and you can’t hold her or put her on my shelf? This somehow caused you to allow a moron to handle artwork and ship it willy nilly wherever? And blaming the artist will make it all better?
I say, fuck you, art center.

Basically, where it stands is here. I want to continue working with my sculpture guru and the great group of super talented sculptors, so I will take your paltry 30%, continue working in the studio, but that will be the extent of my involvement or support of the art center. I will never participate in shows, exhibitions or events again. I mean really…who would want to entrust their hard work in the hands of people who don’t understand or appreciate art?

Art is not just a commodity. Art is not something you toss out in the dust bin.

Art is blood, sweat, tears, love, hate, beauty and joy to the world and anybody that doesn’t understand that is a bloody moron and not to be trusted.
Ever.

Here’s my sculpture, “Waiting to Play,” repaired but not the same. I used epoxy to put her back together then filled in the cracks with Bondo (the stuff they use in body shops), built up and modeled the crushed foot, then matched up the patina. She not perfect and can’t be sold or exhibited,  but at least she’s resting comfortably at home.

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Havana cat gargoyle

This little gargoyle sculpture was commissioned by a friend who raises Havana cats, which are these amazingly lean, long-legged cats with rich brown coats and striking green eyes. I hope I did them justice.

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Loki and her ball

Loki has a favorite ball. It’s a red ball that flashes light when it is moved, jostled, or nudged. My cousin, Donna gave her this ball many years ago — at least 8 or so. We’re all amazed that the flashy thing inside still works.

Loki doesn’t really like playing fetch. She has her own way of playing ball. She gets the ball of choice, runs up to the human she has decided needs her attention, and growls menacingly. This is her invitation to the human to try and get the ball. As you go to take it from her, the pitch and volume of her growl grows and she does her best imitation of an attack monster-dog defending her young. If you back off or try to ignore her, she will continue to close in, eventually nudging your hand or dropping the ball in your lap while continuing to growl with gusto, as if to say, “stupid human, you are supposed to grasp the ball with your hand and pull on it while it’s in my mouth. Hasn’t anyone taught you how to play?”

Sometimes she will go to a spot in the room or out on the deck with the ball or other toy in her mouth, sit facing the humans with the hope that they will notice she wants to play. If they fail to notice after a certain amount of time (say, a few minutes), she will drop the ball with a sigh and stare at you with the saddest look I’ve ever seen on the face of a most well-loved dog.

So, I sculpted Loki waiting with her ball. She’s done in red, outdoor sculpture clay with a pigmented wax patina. It doesn’t do her justice.

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I’ve entered her in a juried art show and I really hope she gets in. I also hope to get up some better photos of the piece to put up on Flickr and my website. But for now, here’s Loki, waiting to play.

Another view plus a detail of the head below.
Waiting to Play

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Cherry Picker

Ceramic clay, black iron oxide wash finished with pigmented wax patina.

Finishing the crow yesterday made me realize how much I want to concentrate on ceramic sculpture at this time.

I’ve experimented lately with oil clay as a temporary medium for later casting. I enjoy working in oil clay but it is so expensive to have molds made and casting into a permanent material — well, it’s simply not feasible for me.

I also tried carving in stone and really really like it, but again, there are problems for me. My hands can’t take it. The arthritis in my thumbs is simply not amused by all the pounding and bashing. Workspace is a big issue with all the shards and dust stone carving creates. I’d have to work in the driveway, which is thoroughly unappealing to me (wishing for that garage or studio–someday). And it takes forever! I don’t think I’ll live long enough to do more than a couple pieces.

And anyway, I love the feel of earthen clay. It’s cool, pliable, grounding and quirky.

So, as soon as my current obligations are met, I will not be taking on any more illustration work and will concentrate on experimenting with ceramic sculpture and developing a strong body of work.

and well…. I just like playing in the mud.

Ceramic clay, black iron oxide wash finished with pigmented wax patina.

Ceramic clay, black iron oxide wash finished with pigmented wax patina.

Ceramic clay, black iron oxide wash finished with pigmented wax patina.

Ceramic clay, black iron oxide wash finished with pigmented wax patina.

Ceramic clay, black iron oxide wash finished with pigmented wax patina.

Ceramic clay, black iron oxide wash finished with pigmented wax patina.


art show

So, we went to the art show opening tonight to find out that my sculpture, “gargoyle dog” won the Merion Art Repro award. The piece was also smack dab in the center of the room so it was the first thing you see when you walk into the gallery.

To say I’m surprised is really an understatement. This photo isn’t all that flattering to the piece, but well, what can ya do with a camera phone? There are better shots of this in an earlier post and also on Flickr.

Here’s a closeup through flickr. The color of this is much closer to the actual color of the sculpt.

dog gargoyle by linda saboe


suddenly, the world moved over here

well, not the whole world, just the small part of my world that was on livejournal.

There was no real reason for this move except that I haven’t bothered posting publicly on Livejournal for quite a while. No real reason for that either. I just lost the habit I suppose. And then I got notification of the yearly fee for my journal and well, since I’m hardly ever using it anymore, it seemed reasonable to do something else. So this is something else. WordPress seems like a decent blogging atmosphere and somehow more “grown up” than LJ. Plus it has a nice import feature that enabled me to get my stuff from LJ copied here. Nice feature!

I’m hoping to talk more about art, wildlife and nature in general and maybe not so much about the personal stuff that seemed to makeup the bulk of what’s over at Livejournal (but, ya never know, at least I don’t).

A few things happening now that I’d like to share….

My husband, his friend A.C. Wise and I have put together a new online magazine called The Journal of Unlikely Entomology of which the first issue has garnered some rather nice comments.

We created the journal to be “a new literary market for fiction that delves into the world of things that creep and crawl and explores the limits of what it means to be human” (from the about page). The Journal will be published biannually in May and November, with the possibility of an additional “roving mini-issue” some time during the year. There’s also a blog associated with it, Grump’s Journal, if you are interested in finding out more about the contributing authors and artists. The blog will include announcements, calls for submissions as well as guest bloggers.

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Today is the opening of The Wayne Art Center’s student show, in which I have one small sculpture. I’ve included a picture of it below…but if you are local to the area, please drop by the center and take a look at all the works. There are a lot of very talented people working at the center, and the gallery space at the center is really quite nice.


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