Ok, so it wasn’t a beam. But it was a big splinter that shot into my eye, and I had to remove it with tweezers. Ouch! That will teach me to never again make just one more cut without the safety glasses!!
The top bar beehive I am building is almost finished, and except for the splinter in the eye, has come together without a hitch. Download this wonderful design for free at www.biobees.com. I have ordered bees, which are slotted to come on May 2nd, and I just can’t wait. Hope they stay with me for at least one season!
As a portrait sculptor, who really must pay attention to the shapes of peoples faces, I have found that eyes are truly the hardest feature to capture well. It is interesting to note the many different ways that eyes have been sculpted through the centuries. There is that strange blank stare of many Greek works, and a variety of ways to suggest both corneas and pupils. These three eyes are by Richard W. Bock, sculptor for Frank Lloyd Wright.
Houdon, the renowned 18th c. portrait artist who sculpted the faces of numerous American forefathers developed a style in which he captured a gleam in the eye. I think that is an important quality, and one I strive for in my own work. These two eyes below are mine, the second one replicated directly from Houdon.
In with the gleam, out with the beam. 😀
(Sculptor: Lydia Shalanko, last two photos courtesy of Statue.com)