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not that wolverine…

The Wolverine, Gulo gulo, lives in the most severe climate in the far reaches of the northern hemisphere. The largest member of the weasel family, looking more like a bear than a weasel, she lives a mostly solitary life. Fierce, stocky and strong, she can bring down prey much larger than herself but due to the harsh climate, the wolverine will partake of most anything she can come by from Elk to rabbits, mice, carrion, roots and berries. Of course, this makes her terribly misunderstood and maligned as noted by the name we’ve given her: Gulo, latin for glutton.

Wolverines need a large territory in which to hunt and mate and are not willing to share with others. A lucky male will usually form lifelong bonds with a few females, whom he will visit from time to time, mating and hanging out with the young until they are weaned. Sometimes the young will go traveling with Dad when they get older until they settle in their own territories.

Highly endangered through hunting, trapping, climate change and shrinking habitat, the numbers worldwide are not known but according to Defenders of Wildlife there are approximately 250-300 individuals in the contiguous United States.

I’ve been fascinated by this animal for many years though I’ve not attempted to draw, paint or sculpt her until recently. This newest sculpture took me a long time but then it takes time to get to know this beautiful, misunderstood creature.

Wolverine by Linda Saboe

Wolverine by Linda Saboe

Here’s a closeup of the face. Everything about the Wolverine is sort of solid and square.

Wolverine (detail) by Linda Saboe

Wolverine (detail) by Linda Saboe

Here also, the charcoal drawing I did a while ago.

Woverine Watches by Linda Saboe

Woverine Watches by Linda Saboe. Charcoal, 12″x14″.
Resource photos: Dreamstime/Dennis Jacobsen and Dreamstime/Vladislav Jirousek.

 


time flies for no reason i can fathom

Honestly? Three months since I put anything up? Appears I have a bit of catching up to do.

Since Poor ol’ Punkinhead made his appearance around Halloween, I’ve finished up a few sculptures. The Chameleon came out very satisfying, was in a show and sold the first night! Go lil’ lizard! Here he is.

Jackson's Chameleon

Jackson’s Chameleon

There’s a couple new sculpts that were fun to do — visual puns of sorts.

Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

Tortoise and Hare

Tortoise and Hare

Also managed to do a few illustrations, one of which I kinda like. This was for a story, “Bookends” by Michael Wehunt,  which appeared in The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Unlikely Story, Issue 10.

Cicada Lullaby

Cicada Lullaby

 


chameleon in progress (and i need a new camera)

The chameleon I’ve been working on is just about done. Some finessing will happen as it dries, but the sculpting part is done. I’m kinda pleased how he turned out but I am not so pleased with the pictures. My beloved Pentax K10D is dying. I can barely get it to focus and the noise levels are crazy even in good light and itty bitty ISO.

but i have no money for a new one so i’m sad

anyway…

Here’s my not so wonderful picts of the chameleon. If he makes it through the fire and somebody loves him and buys him, I’ll get a new camera. 

chameleon

chameleon

chameleon

chameleon facing the other way


cock has wings

The Cockatrice is almost done…hollowed him out last week and yesterday, he finally sprouted his wings. He’ll be flying off soon to stare evil people down and turn them to stone.

Here’s two quick view…

cock has wings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cock has wings

 


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


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.


vultures have a patina

The vultures came through the fire intact. I was concerned about them cracking around the wings or necks, but apparently, the fire gods were smiling. I decided on a bronze-like patina for them, which I think came out okay. I see all the flaws, but I hope you don’t — or can at least forgive me for them. 

Now, I need to find a base to attach them to. I’m thinking simple but on the tall side. 

anyway…here they are.

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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.

Image

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

lokiball-9


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


for the birds

just in case you thought i’ve been idle, here are some pics of the most recent water birds, just finished yesterday.
for some reason, i can’t seem to get decent photos of these two, but you all get the idea. the cormorant is about 10.5 inches and the pelicans are about 11.5 inches at the highest point. both sculpts are sculpture clay with pigmented wax finish.

cormorant

cormorant

two pelicans

two pelicans


water birds

The pelican is done. He came through firing without cracking or exploding, which is always a happy thing. I used a pigmented wax finish on him like the others and think he looks rather fine. He’s about 8×6 inches.

pelican

pelican

pelican


dragon box

just finished sculpting a little clay dragon box. now i get to mull over what sort of finish…glaze? paint? pigmented wax? choices, choices…

dragon box

dragon box


new sculpt ~ heron

started this one yesterday and finished it this afternoon. this one went very quickly…i guess it was time for it. here’s some pictures of it as it dries. it’s 12″ high.

heron

heron

you can see closer views of it on flickr, as usual.


ceramic vulture mask

the latest in vulture masks…sure to be all the rage.

it’s bisque-fired clay with a pigmented wax finish. hanging from jute cord are bones i’ve found over the years.
the photos suck — i’ll try for better ones if i manage to get in a better mood.

ceramic vulture mask

ceramic vulture mask

ceramic vulture mask


“giving thanks” vulture done

the poor twisted thing came through firing without cracking open (although, i did sculpt him with head broken open). i gave him a waxed patina pigmented with raw umber and a touch of pearlized blue. i think he looks quite nice!
here are a couple views (with more on flickr, as always).

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks


vulture sculpt

I’m working on a few sculpts at once…two wall hangings, one of which is a vulture (surprised?) and this new little vulture I just finished and is now drying. Started out like an ordinary vulture and then I sat back, quit thinking and started poking, twisting, pushing and digging. So here’s the poor little guy, bowing his thanks (probably that I finally stopped the torture).

Vulture-giving thanks

Vulture-giving thanks


Art show

I just got word that my small piece, “Hare” was accepted in the Fall 2009 Member’s Juried Exhibition at the Wayne Art Center.
I’m rather surprised since it’s really a small little thing, barely 6-7 inches high. I do think she’s rather cute though.

So, I guess I’ll be heading on over the the Wayne Art Center on Sunday (3-5pm) to see the company she’s keeping.

Hare

Hare


first day

Today was the first day of my new “Home & Garden” sculpture class. I started a BIG rabbit for my first piece and it should be done and set to dry next week.
but but but
I don’t know what I’m going to do for the next piece. It’s a 12 wk course, so I hope to be fabulously productive.

any suggestions? more rabbits? gargoyles? vultures? birdbath? cute little kitties…er…nah.


rabbit & child

I don’t know how it happened, but I started sculpting a new hare yesterday and today, a baby rabbit showed up in the middle of it. hmmm.

This one pretty much dictated itself. Started out dreaming that I was to make a solid, slightly cone shaped cylinder and then push it all into shape. Which is what I did when I woke up. Then today, it pretty much finished itself by adding the baby.

Here are a few pictures of it in process…as usual, click through for more pictures on flickr.

new rabbit sculpt

new rabbit sculpt

new rabbit sculpt


an eary mishap

so, was on my way to fire the last batch of hares i made when this tragic accident occurred. my newest rabbit lost his ear in transit and had to undergo emergency ear surgery! looks like a wounded soldier in the war between the states, no?

wounded

wounded: closeup

he even looks in pain.
poor wabbit.


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