Tuesday, 27 November 2012

#350 In the studio and in the field: Moose

This year has been the year of the moose:  I spent the summer completing an enormous moose monument for the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming -  see post #312, Sept. 16.  In Sept., I completed a one hour quick-draw study of a moose at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming - see post #319, Sept, 26.
Thirteen castings sold at their auction.

This fall, at the Canadian studio, I completed a moose study that was started over a year ago which will be introduced next year.  Also, while in the North country, moose venison fills the freezer as a result of a hunting trip north of Kenora - See post #337, Nov. 3.  Reference material and measurements gathered on the hunt were vital to the success of the new work.

Shown below is the Cody quick-draw moose bust before it was molded earlier this fall.  The green wax bar that
supports the antlers prevented sagging under the weight of the rubber mold material.  In the distance, the new moose study can be seen in progress.  The gray clay used on the bust was Jolly King and Chavant's Le Beau Touche was used for the full-figure study.  Different types of clay impart a different surface and texture.

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