As I write this, I’m still a little shell-shocked – can’t believe I got to go;
I can’t believe the town of San Miguel de Allende and the Easter celebration; Two words: SIMPLY AMAZING! This is a video of the Easter Sunday Morning Celebration – blowing up Judas and various other nefarious creations.
I can’t believe I was in the company of such great artists, people, friends, mentors;
I can’t believe how much I’ve learned, felt, experienced.
It was all a bit heady – surreal – and being back in Australia makes me a bit homesick for all that culture, colour, food, laid back feel and the feeling of possibilities.
Here are a few pics to give you a taste of the town, the food, the people and the workshop:
I really don’t know what I expected this workshop to be, but it was not a step-by-step class on how to sculpt the figure! Most of the participants had sculpted before and knew the basics. I did not…
It was more like performance art with three artists working simultaneously and individually.
The very first day about 1 hour into the workshop, we had a LIVE model arrive in a robe and a g-string! I wasn’t’ expecting that!
We had to sculpt a maquette of our model. I started on the back side of him, so the buttocks were in the right place….until I got back around (we moved in a circular fashion and sculpted what we saw from that vantage point) to his back side, it was totally in the wrong place! I thought it was hilarious, but I’m not sure anyone else did! I was in the midst of serious sculptors.
But, man o man! Can these ladies sculpt, teach, entertain, mentor and enthuse!
Lisa Clague, Cristina Cordova-Soto and Kelly Garrett Rathbone are each superstars in their own right in the world of Figurative Sculpture! They weaved their information and magic in a two and fro fashion for the group of 20 students, all the while entrancing us with their vast knowledge, talent, humor and fabulous personas!
Throughout the workshop they were being assisted by Adria, Alberto and Shae to keep the show rolling.
One couldn’t ask for a more challenging, yet inspiring, atmosphere.
I’m back home, recuperating from a surgery, and dying to try my hand at sculptures! My head is so full of images and ideas.
So another area of ceramics that I love and want to learn more about! Focus, Marian, Focus!!!
Love to all,