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"Oriata" Carrara torso in progress

Off With Her Head!

I had to take off the too-small head. It was painful, but necessary. From then on, I've only used the material to carve pieces directly. No more maquettes.
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"Oriata" marble torso in progress

What Do We Have Here?

After cleaning off many of the tool marks, it starts to dawn on me that if a maquette doesn't have good proportions the finished piece won't either!
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Carrara marble block

Blocking

I'm still working with my maquette. I didn't know the joys of direct carving at the time. Makes me cringe to think about that now.
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Carrara marble with maquette

How “Oriata” Began

I began working this gorgeous block of Carrara marble before I knew what direct carving was. I didn't know then that the finished piece would be nothing like I envisioned.
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