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THE BIRTH OF WHISTLEJACKET-THE YEAR OF THE HORSE

   by Nance McManus for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: WHISTLEJACKET,THE BIRTH OF VENUS, GREAT WAVE

Inspiration Artist: Stubbs, Bottecelli, Hokusai

Starting with opening the box there was a plethora of materials that I had never seen much less used before. So I mulled over the materials for awhile while thinking of my favorite paintings that had an influence in my art history. I consulted a sculptor with the idea of actually sculpting WHISTLEJACKET however I got stumped at the armature. Then I proceeded to a very large learning curve of the nuance of plywood and Dremel tool. After getting the image of the horse on plywood I used hacksaw, Dremel tool, files, sandpaper, and knives to try to get a a good silhouette of the horse. I then used acrylic paint to get the color likeness....learning that brushes and paints from college all need to be replaced. I chose not to do that and just roll with what came up. However with cue tips and finger tips and various blending brushes and a hair dryer I like what I got for a representation. For the shell I used the Sculpey polymer clay (after reading more about the product online). I put it between pieces of baking parchment and rolled it out with a wooden rolling pin. I used an abalone shell as a form for the shell as well as its support while it baked in the oven. Then I applied acrylic paint to finish the shell. The background is again acrylic paint on the supplied canvas board. I shot the image flat on the floor with the pieces of hardwood surrounding the canvas board.
Thanks for the great challenge and opportunity to live outside my box! It was tons of fun!

 


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