Sunday, 7 August 2016

The deep

 The shell which inspired thousands of 17th and 18th century Grotesque décor details. I just bought it yesterday.
You don't have to look to closely to see the familiar resemblances on all those bits of Venetian furniture...

... do you?

Soon, it will be transofrmed into a three-foot wide version in Portland stone, like this one I made a few years ago.

Good King Neptune makes our lives so much easier. All I have to do is copy it.


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  1. I have to say, you are clever !!! XXXX

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    1. Copying stuff is not clever, Jack@. Creating it is.

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    2. Copy sculpture is just a 3D version of drawing - it's all about observation.

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    3. You're still very good at it !!!!! XXXX

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    4. Well I'm better than Peter Randall-Page, I have to admit.

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    5. But - in his defence - he tends to ignore the observation and go straight in with the creativity.

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    6. I had dinner with him once at a pizza restaurant in Bristol. He is a very nice chap.

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  2. Tom, where is Rachel? Has something happened?

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    1. Not that I am aware of. She'll be back.

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  3. Now i enjoyed that, well sort of...
    Jennifer i want to know where Rach is too.......

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    1. You just like looking at pretty pictures, don't you (sort of)? Why don't you give her a call and ask her?

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  4. I use one of those shells as my toothbrush holder. I shall appreciate it more from now on.

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    1. We have a few different shells knocking around the bathroom too - something to do with water. Do you remember when everyone used scallop shells as ashtrays? That always seemed a bit disrespectful to me, like stubbing your fag out in an unwanted fried egg after breakfast.

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    2. I saw a man holding a shell out like that at Chartres or Chambourg once. I was touched by his use of the shell for begging.

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  5. I've always thought that shells were very beautiful, insides and outsides. The way that their subtle colors change when wet seemed like magic to me when I was a child. As a young adult, I did a series of very large colored pencil drawings of shells, which were to form an exhibit...and then the gallery ceased operation. Oh well. I still like shells.

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    1. Don't let the bastard galleries put you off objects like these!

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