"Oriata" marble torso in progress


Here, I’ve used a compressor to clear off the tool marks and further clarify the forms. I’ve begun to notice something that I don’t like — the proportion of the head seems too small!

The thing about carving — its subtractive nature — is that once material is carved away, it’s gone. If too much is taken off, it can’t be added back. I had no choice but to rethink this piece. I stopped working on it, and decided to wait for the time when I’d have enough experience to know what to do with it. I didn’t know then that I would wait for almost eight years.

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2 Responses
  1. Hi, I can totally relate to everything you’re saying. I’ll often put down a piece I,m working on and come back to it when I,ve caught up with the stone. It’s good too, because it’s fresh again. I really like how your piece is turning out, beautiful. Peace J.A.M.

    1. Thank you for your comment, J.A.M.! And your expression “…when I’ve caught up with the stone…” Is so true! I’m glad you like the piece. Hope you visit again soon!