Tag Archives: portrait

The Ides of March

The Ides of March is almost upon us, and I don’t even know what that means. My friend and I kicked that phrase around the other day and I decided I should do some research.

According to Wikipedia: ” The ides of March (Latin: Idus Martias) is the name of March 15 in the Roman calendar…The Ides of March was a festive day  dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated in…44 B.C. In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Caesar is warned to “beware the Ides of March.”

This Roman marble carving of Caesar, which currently resides in the Vatican Museums is a wonderful portrait of  a strong ruler, who it is surprising to note, actually ruled Rome for only 5 years.  A good reproduction of this very piece can be purchased from  companies such as Statue.com.

In 2008, an exciting discovery of a portrait believed to be Julius Caesar,  and sculpted in 46 B.C.,  was dragged up from the Rhone River in France.  This is an aging Caesar, heavier in the face, but with the unmistakable features of the younger man.

I should explore this portrait further.  There is a crudeness to it that makes me question its authenticity.

Beware the Ides of March!!!


Portrait of a Young Poet

I am thankful for the interesting people I meet as I travel down the road of life.

Someone like you,  Alex Gohde:    poet,  actor, musician,  college student, all-around creator.  I was glad you became my daughter’s friend, so that I could meet you too.

Your poetry inspires me, and takes me by surprise, not unlike the unique face you turn to the world.

What a beautiful facial structure, such gentle green eyes, and every feature so classically spaced!  Thank you Alex, for letting me share your poetry in word and form.  Thanks  Be Giving.


Broken Bottle and Styrofoam Cup

In ruins from our wreckless collision
Listless from crashing into you

But I bet you have a few honeydews
Packed away in your purse
Wish I could be your avocado,
But it seems for fruit I’ve turned the worse

Sour sort of wine
The product of pits and rhines

You’re lips will have no touch to my glass
In fact I’m sure you will never thirst again
And here in this cheap carton, I ferment
No desire have you to break bread or share a drink between
Who we once were, friends.

~Alex Gohde (c. 2009)

You, Ms. Steph…

Ms. StephYou have a beautiful face Ms. Steph.  I really like that you color your hair a similar color as your eyes!

If I were to create your portrait in clay, I would definitely emphasize your peek-a-boo haircut, and I would work hard with the final finish color to capture the rich tone of that hair and  your striking, almost auburn eyes.  The shape of your lips is a lovely feature that I would play up also.

Personality?  Well yes, a lot of it, thank you very much! Tough girl, brave girl, animal lover, musician, good cook, survivor, smart, capable, energetic, dedicated, spirited, a little bit of trouble, a whole lot of nice.  There would be a wealth of internal information to work with in creating a portrait of you!

It sure is fun to know you, Steph. Thanks for letting me share your face.

Portrait by Richard W. Bock

Portrait by Richard W. BockRichard 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.

(618) 664-0068

Cost and Pricing

 It’s easy to get a stoneware Portrait into commission! 

(For custom candle prices please click on the COMMISSION A CANDLE page above.)


Total cost of a stoneware bust is:

SMALL 12″ tall: $650

LIFE-SIZE 19-21″ tall: $950


Bases are Optional. Prices range from $25-$150. See Base Ideas under Categories


SHIPPING COSTS:  small  18.95    large:  25.95

I will ship overseas and to Alaska and Hawaii, but only via UPS which is very expensive.  International Customers will pay for actual shipping costs.

Commission a Bust with Sculpted Portrait

Portrait of General Lafayette

Welcome to the Sculpted Portrait!

Since the beginning of  time, mankind  has been  compelled to create portraits of its heroes and heroines.

Whether they are  kings & queens, poets & friends, our mothers &  fathers,  our daughters & sons, the people we care about are truly Our Heros.  This is what Sculpted Portrait is about.

Recognizing that it is a gift to have lived, and to have loved and to  have known amazing people, my sculptural skills are increasingly drawn to capturing the human face – for love, recognition, & for posterity.

~ Lydia Shalanko




PO Box 383, Greenville, IL   62246

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Header design used with permission by: Todd Atteberry, Photography & Illustration

Photo of Lafayette courtesy of Statue.com, Sculpture by Lydia Shalanko