"Bjorn" - Fjord pony bas-relief sculpture. Artist oils on resincast sculpture. Approx 4x4 in.
Original sculpture done from Chavant NSP medium, and was the first soft clay sculpture I did. It was also my first experience with making a silicone mold and doing my own castings - quite a learning experience! This piece was done in a variation of the common brown/bay dun [aka "brunblaak"] that this breed comes in, with darker facial masking. Available for purchase.
"Buster" - resculpted version of "Bjorn" bas-relief sculpture. Artist oils on cast resin. Approx. 4x4 in.
#2/9 limited-edition resincast.
"Buster" was a re-worked version of the "Bjorn" clay original that I did for an article on sculpting, molding and casting bas-relief pieces for the RESS Technique Booklet IV. The mold was actually made from a tube of silicone kitchen caulk available at your local Walmart. I wanted a generic-breed pony with a slightly whimsical edge - hence, the tongue and teeth. I purposely left the base/background as a blank "canvas", primarily as I have begun to incorporate more landscape elements into my bas-relief pieces when I can.
I probably should title this piece "Pictures don't lie", because it wasn't until I took this photo and looked at it in PS that I noticed the problem with it: the cloud line is tilted! I honestly am not sure how I missed this, but I did. The pony was done as an Icelandic in red silver dapple [a very common color in this breed] and the mountains, foothills and foreground meadow were loosely based on photos of Iceland that I had in some reference books. I really love clouds, so I had to add a patch of cumulis to the mini-landscape. I clearly was not using the bottom edge of the base for a reference when painting the clouds (and the foothills could stand to be a bit more level as well). This is a reminder to me to be more mindful of such things. After I do the requisite touch-ups, this piece will also be available for purchase.