accidental image, art, foundry, hidden picture, lost wax, mermaid, mermaids, photography, sculpting, sculpture, wax
The photo above is from a ‘photowalk’ around the streets of Boston. It’s one of my collection of “Accidental Images” or things that I see in images that are hidden in plain view waiting to be discovered. I host a group on-line that finds and posts the hidden pictures that we find. (More later on that… ) In this image of a broken and repaired sidewalk near a construction site, I see a mermaid. Do you see her?
At the hardware store I found small cans of alcohol used for camp stoves. I was told that most people now use Sterno, a solid fuel… but the alcohol gave off no odor and was a lot hotter than a candle. And, best of all made no soot. So, I broke out some clay tools and had a go at some shaping the rough sketch of the mermaid from yesterday’s post. She is emerging… but I’ve already decided that I like some of the tool marks and her wild hair gathered with a ribbon in a couple places in the back. I don’t feel she should be too ‘finished’. A face is probably a good idea as well. :) Still a lot of shaping to do and find something that I can press into the wax that will give the impression of fish scales. She’s emerging but far from done. If she turns out to be something that I’d want bronzed, we’ll visit the foundry in Boston.
Imagery Photography said:
This is pretty cool!
Susana Weber said:
Thanks, Richard! Getting the hand of it… wax, blog, whatever… ha! Not enough hours…
karen betts said:
She is lovely, love the tumbling of her hair and colour of it. How about an end of a tea spoon to create the scales or end of a ring can the bit that fits on to the can not the pull end.
Susana Weber said:
Hi Karen! Nice to connect with you here! Love that you’re making suggestions… I think the end of the can ring is bigger here than it is in the UK if I remember from our last trip there. And a spoon is too big, too. It’s got to be about the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil. I’m going to try the top from a lip pencil I have that is metal. It has to withstand the hot wax. Thanks, Ms Bettes!!