'Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.' ~ JFK
I have always wished I could sculpt. I watched my close friends sculpt these most incredible babies and I swooned over the idea that I could one day do it too.
The moment clay was put into my hands I knew immediately..... I am not a natural talent. It was as foreign to me as having claws for hands with dirt to sculpt and it felt like there was no hope for me. I tried and tried to make something resemble human out of a lump and it just didn't work.
It reminded me of the feeling of when I draw... if you ask me to draw a tree or a cup or a car from memory, my work looks very child-like. But if I have a picture in front of me and you just give me time, I actually can replicate an image quite well. But nothing on the fly and nothing out of memory.
I was taught to draw a certain way as a child.
And I did need to be taught when it came to sculpting... and there is a story behind my start with clay and my teacher... a story I will forever treasure and will be forever grateful for.
She taught me how to really look at something to recreate it and when the lightbulb finally went on, I suddenly understood a concept that was so incomprehensible seconds before. My Ah-ha moment felt like pure joy.
I will not say that this made sculpting not hard. My gosh, it is so hard.
But it did allow me to sculpt Poe.
Poe took me two years to complete. Does that give testament to how difficult I find sculpting?
I have recorded step by step my work on him here
And with great pleasure and ultimate satisfaction, I give you
I don't know yet if I will make him an edition or a kit or even sell him at all.... but I do know, for now, I love him and I feel very blessed to be able to finally get to share him with you.