Over the past ten days, it has been quite busy, but I want to provide the latest updates.
Last week, Michael prepared two smaller sculptures for mold making: “Bruce on Bench (mini)” or B.O.B. and “Chef’s Kiss,” 1/4 scale. B.O.B. mini is a smaller version of a monument we completed last year for a client in Vail. The life-size version, currently being cast in bronze, depicts a man in ski clothing seated on a bench giving a toast, serving as a memorial to a client’s best friend. The small version is still in the molding process, a few steps behind the large version, but we aim to finish both around the same time. The other small sculpture being molded is Chef’s Kiss. This maquette was created last summer just before we started our monthly S.C.U.L.P.T. tournament. The first casting will go to the same client purchasing the B.O.B. sculptures. I am very excited about this sculpture and have already started enlarging it to half scale, with a potential future life-size version. I had a great time creating this sculpture, aiming to convey my love for cooking, despite not being a great cook myself.
While Michael has been busy with the mold making, I have been juggling several sculptures alongside paperwork for an upcoming move. Recently, I completed three portrait bas-reliefs in clay, ranging from 8 to 11 inches in height, and am awaiting approval from the clients to proceed with bronze casting. Creating these custom portrait reliefs has been enjoyable for me. I have been making them for mounting onto bronze text plaques for about six years, collaborating with a sand casting bronze and aluminum foundry in Chicago.
This morning, I started my day at 4am and spent 2-3 hours in the studio working on a life-size boy holding a dog. I created a small maquette of this sculpture last year, and Michael began blocking out the life-size version last summer. It’s unfortunate that it took me so long to work on it, but I am grateful to have the opportunity. My cousin’s son was the model, and I hope to have it completed sometime this spring.
In addition to the sculpting work, we are overseeing six life-size bronze sculptures at various stages of the casting process.
Creating all this work is a truly rewarding experience, but one of the biggest challenges, among many, is not letting the stress affect me and those around me. I tend to be calm and quiet, but overworking makes me insensitive and unsympathetic, a general weakness of mine. When I neglect self-care activities like going for walks, spending time by the lake, and eating healthily, it affects me and takes away the enjoyment. While doing what you love is a blessing, it should not consume your life.