The Everyday Morning Art Sessions

Early each day, my routine usually starts with breakfast and stretching. Although that's not entirely accurate- I usually skip breakfast, forget stretching and go straight to the attic studio. These days I've been sculpting in clay for about 4 hours a day, and the summer heat sometimes makes the art material softer. This can be a good thing when you're shaping the design composition, but it can also work against you when you're creating balances that work against gravity. Most of my sculptures rest on a metal connection to their bases when finished, but during their clay forms, nothing holds them in place aside from the central rod and the thin wire armature.

The best thing to do is simply add more support for hot sunny days like this. Recently I've been quite resourceful in finding structural aids for my clay modeling sessions. I've found that the Gorilla Pod for cameras is an excellent and flexible support for modeling. I just had to wrap the ends in plastic so as not to damage the pod.

Some of my more recent works have been more curvaceous at the top or torso level. This is more of a personal taste issue for me, because I really prefer artworks that look as if they defy gravity. With my sculptures' rounded lace foundations, I try to create the visual illusion of floating or free stranding on the flat wood. For every piece that comes out of my studio, I have to make sure that the balance and center of gravity is in tune with normal standards, otherwise they might become accident prone when tipped. So far, I've had no trouble with this issue anyway.

The best thing about working upstairs in the morning, is the sunlight. I sometimes work till 12pm or 1pm, but I wait for the sunlight to engulf the attic in steaks of bright ambiance. Not only is it a clear way to work, but my benefit is that I am able to see the tiny bumps and uneven surfaces on the sculptures. This is how I create an almost seamless exterior in the end. Normal lamps or pinlights don't do the trick because they are angle-biased. My attic windows are large and surround the sculpture from every angle, so a good 360 degree work station is possible. It makes me happy to go up there every day and do my sculpting in a good environment. The only thing I wish for is that aircons get cheaper so I can finally use it when I sculpt. It gets extremely hot up there.
The Everyday Morning Art Sessions
I'm a modern sculptor who circles around the possibility of creating contemporary beauty through fluid, smoothened curvatures of the human form. I have a craving for the elusive impact that abstract art can sometimes convey through its magnificent renderings of the human conditions. Once in a blue moon, I also tend to sleeptalk.

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