02.05.2014 A Winter’s Whimsy

As I type, dry powdery snow flutters down from the heavens. It’s been doing so since the pre-dawn hours.  By Saturday forecasters say we could have as much as nine inches on the ground.  That’s actually big news for Boise. Framed by mountains to the north and east our valley tends to be a “banana belt” of little snow and relatively mild winter temps.

But this is exactly the kind of day I imagined when I was working on Winter’s Whimsy, my new draft mare sculpture.  Stoic and grounded, Miss Whimsy is coated in a thick fluffy winter coat, so those chilly flakes are simply tongue tickling entertainment.

Whimsy started last winter as a demo during a private tutoring session, and then sat in the closet many long months; mere wire and a few loops of clay giving the outline of the torso, neck and head.  This past autumn I had the opportunity to work as an Artist in Residence in downtown Boise for four weeks.  It was blissful.  I focused on two pieces, Whimsy and a larger jumper. The dedicated time allowed me to get a great deal done in a short amount of time.  Here are some photos!

Barry has created a waste mold of the original and I have been cleaning and fine tuning the resin he poured for me from that first mold.  I will be done with the master resin in the next day or so, then it will go back out to Barry’s workshop for him to create the production mold for Whimsy.  On February 14, you will be able to order your own Winter’s Whimsy!