Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Seahorses are some of my favorite creatures, they rate right up there with unicorns. Except unicorns are fictional and seahorses are real. But somehow seahorses seem fictional to my mind's eye. Perhaps that's why I am so drawn to them. They're so fragile and innocent looking.
Several months ago I saw this ad in a magazine for a seahorse bath towel and I was immediately drawn to the picture. So I clipped it out to place in my journal in hopes of making a piece in clay. Last week I noticed Tracey posted about an iron seahorse she found at a flea market and it reminded me of the seahorse I wanted to make. So today I made this seahorse wall sculpture; it's about 9 x 12 inches. Now I want to make some more wall sculptures with those fish I saw in the fish tank. So many ideas and so little time.
For this sculpture first I painted the background with several shades of blue slip, then I painted the seagrass strands with several colors. Next I sculpted the seahorse sprig and painted it with slip and then applied it to the background. I wish I had made the seagrass as sprigs to make the piece more dimensional, next time. I might darken the color of the seagrass; they seem lost in comparison to the brightness of the seahorse colors. We're finally getting much needed rain. More than three and half inches yesterday and more today. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.