Aware of my limited experience working with stone on a larger scale I lost heart for a few days, I literally did. The constant thinking about the carving, the forms, the drive to get to the workshop…where did it all go? It gave way to the sinking feeling that I can’t do this without help of lifting equipment on a very practical level as on another level strangely detached from the forms that have not got the perfection I am used to reach with hand tools…I am in a new land, walking in the dark. I am learning to ask for help, learning to not give up. Thank you Paul Grellier (a fellow sculptor who is exhibiting at “Art in the Garden” 2013) for arranging a meeting with Caroline in the Rococo Garden, being there is inspiring, I love this place, despite not carving in the garden this year I have grown a strong connection with the garden and the people who care for it over the last two years…as we leave I am starting to get excited about “Art in the Garden” and the weeks leading up to it. Away from the sculptures I am working on right now, we had Open Studios in Stroud, two weekends full of interesting conversations, this year I sold two carvings and had positiv feedback about my work generally, I am chuffed! I installed the pieces last week, in places where they are appreciated and observed through the seasons over years to come. I often wonder, why I am doing what I do…. one reason is to give enjoyment to others, delivering my work personally made me realise that I am able to do that.
I had a bit of time last week to work the best I can on “Stone 1”, carved by hand as well as using the grinder gently to move towards perfection within the existing forms….