Week Six: Officially Overboard.....
Well, it has been kind of an odd week....(as though the previous weeks were "normal"?). I feel as though I have worked really hard, but have little to show for it....The details I was creating were really adding to the realism of the horse, but at the same time, they were emphasizing the parts of the horse that were not very realistic.

The design for "Ghosts of Saratoga" is meant to work on many different levels. It is intended to be enjoyed equally as a horse, and as a work of art. So I needed to decide whether it was truly important to correct some small areas.

In the end, I decided that it was......

I added more "hair"to Giuseppe's thin forelock, and I gave his ears some needed definition. I did not want to risk actually carving into the fiberglass, so I built up an edge using the epoxy-clay. This way, I have avoided damaging the ears or creating a weak spot in the sculpture, and I've been able to give the horse a more anatomically correct look.
I really debated whether to add "eyelids" to the sculpture....Without the correct formation, however, the eyes may look silly once paint is applied. It would be a shame to skip such an important detail at this point in the project.
Last but not least, I formed some "lips" on the horse's mouth where the edge of the scultpure had been sanded smooth.

Now his face is complete....

I cannot wait until all of this "prep" is finished and I can finally do some painting. Thank goodness I am almost done!

In the meantime, I have arranged an "Open Studio" event with the folks at The Market Street Art Center. Watch your mail box! Invitiations will be sent out soon....

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