Individually unique mixed-media figures incorporating the natural beauty of wood.
I am overjoyed to announce that for many months I have been collaborating with my Marvellous HIM and having ‘launched’ them into the world this week, I am absolutely delighted to say that two of my Sculptured Spirits have already found their new homes! ❤️
Life is about challenging ourselves, learning, discovering, not playing it safe, and all of a sudden I wanted to have a go at a new way of creating more arty havoc in my home! (My poor HIM! He soon realised if he couldn’t beat me, he ‘wood’ simply HAVE to join me!!)
The bespoke hand-turned wooden plinths he creates for each of my figurative sculptures are simply superb and I love the way the natural grain adds an extra dimension and texture to each piece, showcasing my little figures in the most beautiful way.
I am creating ‘little spirits’ each with their own emotion. As with my drawing and painting ‘it’s a feeling’ I get when I create, and I am loving it large! To date there are 10 Sculptures, some of which are on driftwood from our local shores but most are on bespoke wooden plinths and housed within glass domes.
My individual 3D sculptures…hopefully contain the essence of life, ‘La Joi De Vivre’ that celebrates the fact that we are here and we ARE alive and kicking!
These little spirits really are a labour of love and take me many many hours and many many days and many many processes to create. They are made initially of wire armatures and then I add a secret recipe of magic and imagination, a sprinkling of pure fantasy and voila!…my spirits are born. Each one represents just how fragile and delicate we appear, yet how strong we REALLY are within!
My sculpted spirits are delicate in appearance yet far stronger than they look and deliberately have parts that appear to be coming away or fraying, representing the way we have to ‘unravel’ in order to show who we really are, that we are all a little vulnerable and a little frayed around the edges.
My little spirits aren’t going to be perfect, they aren’t smooth, they are ‘rough around the edges’ and are all imaginative, completely from my fuzzy little head so it is incredibly exciting for me to see them ’emerging’ into their own little characters as I create them….and as with the majority of my art, I do just love the way the eye and the soul can work out the parts that simply aren’t there.
I love the ‘weathered’ metal statue effect which has taken me so many hours to obtain. My sculpted, weathered little verdigris and rusty souls are all ‘pigments of my imagination’ and I love that! No rules! Anything goes! 🥳🥳
Over time we age and, try as we may, of course we cannot change that, but there is an honest beauty in how we ‘weather’ or age naturally in my opinion. The patina hues acquired through exposure to life are hues of raw beauty, the parts that ‘rust’ and maybe don’t work quite so well as they used to, yet are still there, whether they are visible to the eye or not.
My Sculptured Spirits are currently on display in the TAAG Christmas Art Exhibition in the Beachcomber opposite Teignmouth Pier. It is their first ever ‘outing’ and I am thrilled that they have been received so well!
I am lucky enough to have some incredibly special angels in my life and even though their rich patina is multi-coloured and maybe also tarnished with dark hues from wear and tear and the challenges that they have faced in life, their hearts of gold are most definitely visible in their kindness and actions and therefore in their spirits so I aim to show hints of that loving ‘golden glow’ here and there in my sculptures.
I have deliberately decided from the off that my little spirits need to be ‘raw’ and faceless, with all their imperfect knobbles and bobbles and wibbles and wobbles.
You may or may not be able to tell just how wibbly wobbly others are.
We humans are very accomplished at hiding our wobbles and I know that more than most, but we must somehow learn to embrace them, both the mental and the physical wobbles, because they are what we are ‘made of’ and we are made of fragments of our life experiences.
Lockdown and all the uncertainty has been such a terrible time for mental wobbles across the world and is still causing a great deal of anxiety on so many levels. I know what rock bottom feels like BUT I also know that weebles wobble but they won’t fall down!
Keep your spirit alive and kicking, my sculptures will be doing just that too!
As always, thank you for following me on my wibbly wobbly arty journey and for supporting me, please do leave a comment and let me know you are ok?
It IS OK not to be ok. The more we can all talk openly about our wobbles together, the straighter we will become!
So all of you lovely peeps out there, show me your ‘patina’ and be proud of every hue!! 🥳❤️
PS Due to events of the last year or so, it is a long time since I wrote a newsletter here on my site but of course I have been painting almost non-stop, my art and the support of my wonderful family and close friends will always get me through!
You may wish to visit the following links to see what artwork I have been creating since you last heard from me, apart from my new ‘Spirited Sculptures’ featured here, if you don’t already follow me on social media, there is muchly lots for you to see!
From a cheerful collection of whizzy busy Canvas Bumble Bee Paintings to many more figurative canvas paintings of dancers, and my new recent discovery of JOYFUL Oil Pastels! Eeeeeek! I instantly fell in love with those delicious beauties! ❤️
Bumble Bee Collection :
Original Paintings For Sale :
Prints For Sale :