Okay -- this morning I took a look at the totally dry "really wet" collage. Sue and I looked at it yesterday and each time I turned it and changed the orientation we both saw different creatures...but it was going to need more done to it no matter what. Today when I turned it I immediately saw two horses...that is what this one is about. With all of the build up of the matte medium the collage nearly looks like an encaustic (for a brief second). The color of the green marbled paper is called "Forest" so I think I will be calling these guys Forest Horses, or something along that theme.
|The "really wet" collage is now very dry.|
I needed to tear some paper for ears for both of them and a few pieces for faces but I really love this collage (so far).
|These are the shapes I needed to tear new paper for.|
The other thing I need to address today is the eye situation for the really long horns guy and for the (former) rocking (horse) creature. Luckily I think I can dig out the old eyes and replace them with different ones and repair the missing chunks by the time I go to bed. I cannot afford to let them go much beyond tonight because I am starting to get into crunch time for the plaster cloth to dry and get papered and do the final surface and seal it with a protective coat of varnish if I want to have them in the show and I DO want/need them in the show, for sure!
Here is the (former) rocking (horse) creature with the new eyes already in place. I am very happy with the way the eyes are "aimed" -- I will never ever get them perfect...I am not a machine, I am not a trained/schooled sculptor...I just make stuff up as I go along.
|The new eyes for the (former) rocking (horse) creature. They look even better in person. I don't think the camera can see exactly what a person can.|
And here is the really long horns guy. His eyes were a lot tougher to dig/chisel out. I wasn't able to save them...the edges cracked and chipped...oh well. I need to re-figure his forehead, too.
I narrowed my choice down to just these two pairs of taxidermy eyes...the blue ones meant for a carousel horse (in the catalog) that I have are just too large for this guy.
|The new eyes are a lot larger than the ones I tried out first.|
And here is approximately how he would look with each set of eyes. Obviously, the goat eyes make all kinds of sense but I think I like the look of the other ones more.
|The goat eyes.|
|The other eyes -- I think they are some kind of big cat eyes.|