Who says it gets easier once they reach the one-year-old mark? I suppose some aspects get easier, but since they can now walk, Rena and I have become like two Border collies herding sheep! They are the joy of our lives, but man, do they know how to keep one busy! It is quite remarkable how different the two are. Lily, we are sure, must have been French in her previous life. The words she speaks sound French, but having Googled them, I don’t seem to find any words that make sense – must be Dads bad spelling! Anna on the other hand is ‘Little Miss congeniality’ - always friendly, full of smiles and huggable – Dads girl!
Anna and Lily making sure Dads fly reels are free of any salt
A new chapter
Rena and I have also taken a huge leap of faith. She recently quit her job at one of the top media houses in Cape Town to help me with my sculpture business. Over the years, my admin has increased so much, that I find myself more of an office jockey, than a sculptor. We are both very nervous, but at the same time optimistic at what the future holds in for us as a team!
Rena getting familiar with her new job
I have always been in awe of these wonderful little birds. To blue water fishermen, they are the little ‘giveaways’ as to where one might find game fish. They can fly many miles out to sea to hunt and stay in the air for hours on end. Sadly their breeding grounds on beaches are shrinking by the day.
I did this installation shortly before Christmas, and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Unfortunately the photograph does not do them any justice, but one gets a fair idea.
Little Tern installation - Bronze
Little Terns - Bronze
Size: 23 x 50cm
Dorado chasing flying fish.
Over the years, it has been quite a battle getting the right patina for this beautiful species. I recently discovered a new method that gives an incredible yellow/green finish on the bronze. Combined with a touch of blue, on the dorsal fin I managed a pretty close representation - without overdoing it. This piece is off to the Seychelles.
Dorado chasing flying fish
Size: 37 x 28 x 63cm
Bronze on Plexiglas base
End of an edition of 15 for the Yellowfin Duo.
I loved working on these Yellowfin Tunas over the years. Finally the last of the edition of 15 casts was sold, and found a new home in the USA.
Size: 36 x 18 x 35cm
Bronze on Plexiglas base
New sculpture – Steppe Buzzard
The Steppe Buzzard is a fairly common raptor that migrates between Europe the Far East, Asia and Africa. I chose to sculpt this bird as I find them absolutely beautiful. I see so many of them, especially whilst travelling on our highways to some far-off fishing spot. They seem to have a monopoly of the telephone poles.
The image below is of the clay model I made of a life-size specimen. Hopefully I can show a bronze of this bird in my next newsletter.
Steppe Buzzard – Clay model detail
I loved working on the Steppe Buzzard, and will definitely be doing some more raptors in the near future.
I'm looking forward to working very hard in the next couple of months, creating new pieces for two upcoming exhibitions.