Many of my friends and family asked me to post photos of my finished pieces so here they are. My first attempts at working in Cement to create figurative sculpture has been quite challenging. The most challenging aspect of using cement has been the fact that it eats up my skin on my poor hands! Sheesh! This aspect of working with cement is nothing like clay! The lime in the cement just soaks up all the moisture in the skin and man, is it painful! I had bought a big box of latex gloves for doing my hair color and tried using them instead of kitchen gloves. The kitchen gloves just get holes in them too easily but if I wear the latex gloves under the kitchen gloves while I’m mixing up the cement it really works well. Also, while I’m sculpting I can wear the latex gloves because the cement doesn’t stick to them like it does to the kitchen gloves. The process of sculpting with cement requires layers and drying in between the layers so there’s really not the same instant gratification that you get when sculpting with clay, which is not fun! But I think as I get a bit more experience and have more than one piece in process I’ll have more to work on and wont have to wait until the next day to work. Another aspect of creating figurative sculpture that I’m going to have to get used to is not having a live model to use as a reference! Hah! They don’t have a lot of people who pose nude here in Boquete! Darn!! LOL! I’ll just have to rely on photos and memory. I really enjoyed making the birdbath and the little leaf plates make fantastic gifts, they are perfect to be used as a soap dish or a place to put your jewelry. I got this tip from Mindy! Thanks so much! As a matter of fact all these are gifts for certain people who will remain secret! If I mentioned your names it wouldn’t be a surprise….but… I’ll be seeing you three friends soon!! Hah! You may know who you are!!! I’m just horrible at keeping ‘secrets’! Sheesh! So, as you can see, I have finally found a medium to play with and I’m looking forward to making lot’s more fun things. Chris McCall, the artist who taught the class, also gives classes in Stained glass! I’ll be learning that next! I’m envisioning a couple of pendent lights for our casita!! I’m excited to learn yet another new art form that looks like lot’s of fun! In my mind, there’s really not much that is more fun and gives me more pleasure than making something beautiful, especially when it’s something useful! This Adventure just get’s better and better! And now, it’s only 16 more day’s until Mariah is here in Panama with me!! I can barely wait!!! Cheers!
FANTASTIC, HOLLY! They look great!
Thanks Allison!!! 🙂
Thanks for posting the finished products, they look fantastic, I love how the bird bath turned out, the detail of the leaf is remarkable, it amazing what a person can do with cement, keep up the good work.
Oh, Edie, I posted those pics just for you my dear!! Glad you liked it!! Love seeing your name in my comment section!! Cheers Mi Amiga!
Wow! Love the leaves especially the big bowl at the bottom. Wonder if you could make it thick enough and water resistant to use it as a vessel sink? Spek-tac-ooo-lar!
Karen, Thanks! Yes, I’m sure you could do a sink, why not? My mind is just racing, thinking about all the possibilities!
You never cease to amaze me, Holly! Your artwork is beautiful!
Oh Shucks! Thanks Linda! It’s so great to have a cheering section! Love Ya!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Cudos! I love them.
Thanks Deb! I hope to see some cement art from you one day!!!
The leaf birdbath is magnific
Thanks so much! I gave it to a new friend, a Panamanian friend, and I just learned today that it’s her birthday! How Perfect!
Every piece is magnificent and I know will make your home more beautiful. A stained glass window or windows as a feature would be so special. and with the sun shining through would give you and Scott many times of pleasure.
I like the bird bath. Very appropriate for the in which you live. Nicely done!!
Wow I love these! I can’t believe Scott doesn’t volunteer to model. Just kidding! I can’t wait to see what will be next
You are the talented lady for sure!
I am looking forward to taking this class. Sounds awesome.
Thanks for sharing.
Wow, those are fantastic! How beautiful. We need to talk. Maybe I can commission you to make me a birdbath 😉
Hola Kris! Yes, your right, we do need to talk, it’s about time to start Strategizing about our quickly approaching girl trip! And youbetcha, we’ll get right on that birdbath for you! I’d love to make one for you my friend!! 🙂
I know, only a week and a half now! We’re headed to CR today but plan to return later tomorrow. A birdbath! Oooh, nice, thank you amiga 🙂