Boxing Day was yesterday and as I gathered up the wrapping paper and empty boxes from under the tree I also took time to leaf through one of my gifts tucked under there.
What a lovely book, by Matthew Powell, O.P.
It is entitled:
“The Christmas Creche: Treasure of Faith, Art and Theater.”
I found the variety of styles and materials that the Creche has been crafted out of quite fascinating. Consider this primitive, carved stone set above by Irish sculptor Kieran Ford, inspired by ancient Celtic statues and ruins.
Or….how about this one below, which I couldn’t help but think of as Extreme Creche! How amazing, right?!!!! This looks like a painting, but Click closer…..these are actually hundreds of small figurines in a 3-dimensional landscape. This is the “Cuciniello Creche” housed at the Museo di San Martino, Naples, Italy. According to my book: “this exemplifies the elaborate and extensive Nativities of eighteenth-century Naples.” I’m beginning to think I was born in the wrong century.
It takes time (and money) to create such wonderful works as these. I would like to challenge you to consider commissioning your own personal family creche.
Perhaps you might commission one piece of your creche each year to build something extraordinary to pass on to your children.
Just look at this beautiful Christ Child cast in wax and surrounded by a real crest of wheat. I love it! I could create a piece like this for you. Maybe it could bear the face of your very own child.
Don’t hesitate to call and just chat. I am always happy to answer questions and describe all the possibilities. As we approach yet another New Year, I am even more certain that dreams & faith are what life is made of!
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Tagged artisans, Boxing Day, castings, Catholic traditions, Celtic, Christmas statues, Christmas traditions, commission a creche, creche, Daughters of St. Paul, faith, figurative, figurines, hope, human hair, Kieran Ford, Matthew Powell, Naples, New Year, Quebec nuns, sacramental figures, sculptors, The Christmas Creche, wax figures, wheat
It’s that time of year where we’re thinking about our Halloween faces once again. On Facebook I’ve been compeled to paint my face a time or two already.
I have a favorite TV celebrity face, and I realized just the other day I love this face because it is almost perfect as a mask!
I simply can not watch CNN without analyzing the interesting face of Anderson Cooper! There is something inherently stylized in the nearly rectangular top and sides of his head, enhanced by the crisp cut of his hair. The perfect triangular jaw is echoed by the V and the suggested X of his dress collar. And I am so intrigued by how the lines of the head continue visually down the front of the suit almost as if they were drawn in the geometricizing technique of a Manga or Anime artist.
In fact Mr. Anderson Cooper, you actually remind me of the perfect anime man. 🙂 I am certain this entitles you to one Free Portrait Bust! You may redeem your coupon at any time.
A lilt, a tip of the head, a curve, a sway…… these gestures give sense of life to something as humble as this gentle Virgin candle.
The ancient sculptural technique of the contropposto stance, the sense of the figure shifting its weight to one leg, imbues a feeling of both movement, grace, and relaxation to the human form.
Gesture is everything in portraiture.
For more information, or to purchase this handmade candle please click HERE.
Posted in Sculpted Candles, Style in Portraiture
Tagged beeswax, candle, contraposto, contropposto, curve, devotional, devotional statue, figurative candles, gesture, Marian, Mary statue, Sculpted Candle, Sculpted Portrait, soy wax, sway, Virgin Mary
Richard W. Bock was renowned as Frank Lloyd Wright’s primary sculptor. I often go to the Bock Museum (which we are lucky to have right here in Greenville, Illinois) when I want a little portrait inspiration.
My favorite portrait is this elegant woman, finished in pea soup green! Who knew how lovely a green finish could be? Besides the grace of the elongated form, and the unusual finish color, I have admired the way Bock sculpted this base.
At Sculpted Portrait we can finish off your portrait bust any way that you can imagine. As you can see, the best bases are often sculpted as an integral part of the piece.
Feel free to call and just chat if you are unsure of exactly what you want in terms of finish or base for the portrait you are needing.
Posted in Base Ideas, Style in Portraiture
Tagged bust, ceramic portrait, commissions, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright's sculptor, Greenville Illinois, portrait, portrait bust service, Richard W. Bock, Richard W. Bock Museum, Sculpted Portrait, sculptor
As a sculptor involved in portraiture, I find inspiration in faces everywhere I go. Whether I am at the antique store admiring vintage “junk” or watching the local high school play, I see expressions that catch my eye.
Something about this mannequin’s expression brings to mind the moving face of an ecstatic saint. It compelled me to look up the word pathos, and along the way I discovered the word bathos.
||bathetic – effusively or insincerely emotional; “a bathetic novel”; “maudlin expressions of sympathy”; “mushy effusiveness”; “a schmaltzy song”; “sentimental soap operas”; “slushy poetry”
– of more than usual emotion; “his behavior was highly emotional”
A new, useful word for a portrait sculptors repetoire!
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Tagged bathetic, bathos, custom portraiture, emotional, expressions, facial expressions, insincere, inspiration, pathos, portraiture, Sculpted Portrait