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Monday, April 7, 2014

AWAY FROM HOME, JEZ EDEN

MY FIRST STONE CARVING

AMMONITE IN PROGRESS - Jez
Pitt Artists Pen and Coloured Pencils in A4 Sketchbook
We've always enjoyed activity holidays, and courses where we learn something new.  We went on one that was an introduction to stone carving.  Although my main subject in my art degree was sculpture, I had never done any stone carving, even though I would have loved to.

We had four afternoons for the workshops, each lasting three hours.  They were held in gazebos on a school playing field.  In my sketch, using a photograph Dev took, you can see the essential equipment:  hammer, gloves, chisel, pencil, scriber, another chisel in use, and most important of all an old toothbrush.

After 3 lessons - one more class to come
I was given a square chunk of stone and decided to carve an ammonite, which would look good in the garden.  This is what I had achieved at the end of the third lesson.  At the end of each lesson we had to carry our carving over to the side of the playing field near a hedge.

When we turned up for the final lesson my carving was nowhere to be found, though everyone else's was there.  I was - and still am - so disappointed, even though the sculptor-tutor tried to console me by saying that someone must have stolen it because they thought it was a real ammonite.  Ah well, so glad we kept a photographic record of what was a fantastic 'time away from home'.

11 comments:

  1. Jez, you are one very talented artist! Such variety in what you can do! At first I thought you were unveiling a fossil found in rock, something my husband enjoys doing. But no, you carved in stone this beautiful ammonite! I'm so impressed! Your drawing of your tools and process pop with color, depth and details! I am so, so sorry someone made off with your finished art! How sad and disappointing! Shame on them! Thanks for sharing this great memory!

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    1. I never got to finish it, Lynn, because there was still that lesson time and I still had a lot to do.
      Thank you for your very encouraging comment, I appreciate it very much. So glad I found PPPP, and this theme is so interesting not just seeing and reading people'e posts, but also the stories commenters leave.

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  2. Wow, this is very good Jez. What a great lesson in stone carving. Great job.

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  3. Your carving is so beautiful. I'm sorry you lost it, but I'm glad you got a picture of it! Love your sketch of your carving, too.

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  4. Thank you Gloria and Margaret, your comments give me a boost.

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  5. What a great class to have joined...so sorry your carving went missing though, like your tutor said, it must have looked so real.

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  6. I would have been upset too. That really looks like an ammonite and would have been beautiful in a garden. Some people! Stone carving is not easy eaither.

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  7. Stone carving looks like fun and this piece was lovely! Too bad someone took it. It would have made a wonderful addition to your garden. Sorry!

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  8. Wow, that is so cool! I'm sorry some horrible person stole it. I hope you get a chance to do another carving someday. Really nice work on the sketch too, with the hands!

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  9. Your painting of the job is wonderful and the story to it.The stone carving is hard work and you had made it so beautiful! I can understand that you miss it still. But can´t understand that somebody can be so cruel taking it away. I feel sorry for that, Jez. You must do a new one!

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    1. Thank you Sikka, I'd love to, but in an apartment that is easier said than done!

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