That's all I have had on my mind for most of the day and then this after noon I started to set up and one thing led to another and he starting to emerge from a 5 lb box of 10d 3" bright steel common nails. This again was a free form attempt using no photos or drawings or measurements, just allowing the nails to conform to what a raven looks like to me.
I hope to have some video later tonight to share, I might even be surprised and this raven might even makes his full manifestation later tonight.
Exciting news, Mario.
The Raven has such significance to so many cultures, historically. Great choice. Go for it.
(A member once painted a While
Raven, and named it VIVA THE WHITE RAVEN...I treasure her thoughtful image so beautiful. )
A New Zealander artist, Ali Oppy.
The white raven very cool Viva, I am familiar with Ali Oppy's work and like it a lot. Well I just completed my Raven and I am pretty exhausted but very pleased. I will take my shower now and sip some green tea and upload the video.
I have no idea what the video captured, I started recording after I started working as my battery was dead.
Thanks Bill, I checked out John's work and it's very interesting,not exactly my cup of tea but he has some pieces that I will revisit later, but like Roger said it's a different vision. I usually try not to look at other artists work when I'm about to or in the middle of doing one, it just creates a distraction from what comes to me naturally. When I'm not working on something I do like to check out other artists works for sure. :-)
I will upload some video in a little while,but first got to cool off, they keep saying winter is coming, I say when? It felt like 92* under that welding helmet.
So here is the 7 min or so video, condensed from 2 hours of recording, the sculpture took 10 hours to make, stopping only for dinner. I used 10d bright common nails for the body and cut nails I had left from War Horse on the tail feathers and neck, I also used .030 flux core welding wire, gasless.
Tame see Mario move very fast yes. Little hammer tap tap tap make bird. Tame likes birds. Tame like woodpeckers. Woodpeckers move very fast. Woodpeckers tap tap tap head against tree. Woodpeckers eat worms[smile].
They will do that Mario. Its all of that wiggling:) Sorry that I didn't realize that it was a baby snake instead of a worm. They do wiggle similarly...at least when they are made of metal and being eaten by a metal raven.
No problem Dora, it started out as a worm and morphed on me into a baby snake, it was tough getting the weld in the beak without making a mess of a weld, so those things coming out of the side of the beak is the poor baby snakes innards not my weld, Lol!
Today among other things was the culmination of this series of sculptures I have done over the past days, from Nahum the large concrete and cement monument sculpture to War Horse the steel sculpture made of cut nails and the others that followed, The Walker, Exhausted,Elated, The Raven and today's newest The Runner which is shown in this new short 2.5 min. video.
What I learned is that when I lose myself in my art work I don't have time to dwell or think about the things in life I cannot change or have control over, mainly some health issues. Today I lost my battle with gum disease and in the next few weeks I won't have to worry about it anymore. I had a dental appointment today and to not stress over the inevitable I started and completed The Runner sculpture before the appointment.
What I realized was that when I view all these sculptures although they were not meant to be self portraits of myself, in a way, a subconscious way, I realize now as I look at the complete series that these sculptures are or have subconscious traits and attributes about how I see myself in part, those I would not communicate or verbalize about myself. This is the end of this series, that does not mean there will not be more to come down the road as I know I will have to lose myself in my work again.
It's back to the drawing board, I just purchased 2 rolls or 4 lbs of welding wire, the weather finally got cool today. Now it's like what do I want to weld? and I wait for inspiration........or a sign.....or something.....I mean there is only so much you can do with a box of nails. :-)
Thank you all for your comments, I will close this thread now as I have completed The Raven, I will try to video the making of Cheetah in another thread if I can get back from making customers rounds early, I will try like heck. :-)