This page was up for ages and no one told me most of the pictures were missing.
LATEST WORK COMPLETED 22.05.05: HARE FLIGHT.
LATEST WORK COMPLETED 23.05.04: THE BOXING HARES
After completing the Nail Hare I decided that I'd like to work on something a bit smaller and thinner and less labourious to work on. The idea of tall thin hares appealed to me and so I started "Tall Hare".
Things started well with this one but the first set of legs were a bit half hearted and short. So I increased them to higher up the body. Looking at them now I am still unhappy about them. The head and chest look elegant enough but the legs look clumsy and geometric.
There needs to be a rethink and more curvaceous haunches should be made rising even higher up to the shoulders of the beast. The forelegs likewise should be more elegant. Right! time to reach for the cutting discs! Drastic action needed here.
I thought I'd like to do a squatter version of the hare almost circular in side profile. So I've started this one.
Covering such a broad area of the body with nails was growing tedious and since I invariably totally cover the joins and gaps between them with weld, I decided to usesome broader strips of 2mm thick metal to make it quicker to fill.
A couple of days solid work and I should see this one finished?
THE RUNNING HARE.
Now this one I did complete! I think all the previous ones were "run-ups" to this one. Almost everything went right with this one. Better curves were accomplished by slicing partially through the metal skeleton, then bending it, then welding over the cuts. I've been bending metal cold which makes it a bit awkward.
Time later on to consider using a friends forge and or getting myself an anvil.
Rusting the piece was speeded up by coating it with some "spent" etching acid (waste not , want not) which firstly gave it a copper sheen then turned black after a few hours.
Leaving it for a few days in the rain ( and boy did it rain that week!) rinsed it off and the rusting rapidly took hold. The piece was then lightly sprayed with acrylic clear varnish.
SMALLER HARE STUDIES.
Since a number of galleries selling my etchings that I have shown some of these works to at various stages have asked to exhibit and sell them. I have recognised that smaller pieces should be considered. Some of the larger pieces have dragged on for months and it has been a struggle to keep up the momentum somewhat.
So pieces that I can complete in about a week have been attempted. Here are some of them.
THE HALF HARE.
Partially complete. Some texturing to be done over the bodywork and the forehead to be filled in . Sold 2 days after it was finished. Cripes ! I must be doing something right?
RUNNING HARE HEAD AND SHOULDERS.
Whilst working on Running Hare the idea appealed to me of just a head and shoulders piece.
SOLD !!!!! Yippee Gosh! Off to buy some more nails.
THE BOXING HARES PAGE.