Wednesday, August 24, 2011
White Ibis and Pelican
My plans for today included making two more 5 x 12 inch wall sculptures with a pelican and a roseate spoonbill. After hand painting all the chartreuse slip into the carved leaves for this white ibis sculpture, I decided to quit while I was ahead. It's about a three hour process to get to this greenware state. This stylized ibis is flying in front of a palm tree in the dark of the night. He looks more like he's floating though.
Here's the ibis on Honeymoon Island which inspired me. I thought his beak was too long, but it looks like I could have made it longer. Like previous wall sculptures in this series, the bird is a separately carved sprig which is slip painted, then attached on top of the underlying carved tile.
Oh, I had another burst of energy after dinner, so I made this stylized white pelican. I think I should add two more leaves to the branch on the left. There's a larger space between two sets near the bottom. Now that I see a photo of a pelican on the net, I may change his beak to a yellow color. His beak is full of food. Sorry this one is out of focus since it's darker in the studio now and the flash would reflect back from the black slip.
Update: I made some modifications to the pelican, I like this one better. I'm having fun making these, I can't wait to fire some of these. Since Hurricane Irene isn't expected to land here, I may fire some wall sculptures I made a few weeks ago very soon. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.