This casting turned out even better than the first one.
While I was waiting for it set up, I made a template for cutting sandpaper to fit my sander. It's called a 1/4 sheet sander, but I assure you that if one uses that size, it is too narrow.
I started by opening the complete mold and cleaning it up. Then covered the inside with vaseline for a mold separator and then poured my first casting. I waited for awhile and then opened the mold, removed the casting, and spent about 20 minutes cleaning up the mold lines.
While I was waiting for the casting to set up, I sharpened my drawknife and then worked on a third torch.
Started my day by pouring part five on my six part mold. I really hope it turns out.
Then I finished constructing my knife sharpening stand and spent about 45 minutes beginning the long task of honing the drawknife. I need to spend another session getting it super sharp, but it's getting better.
Then I used the freshly sharpened knife to finish carving two torches. I'm excited about the mistake that I discovered. There are curved wood burs that collect all around the neck of the torch and at first I began to remove them, but then stopped when I realized how excellent they look.
My goals for last week:
1) begin to read Chapter 1 and figure a good place for group to stop
I started reading Chapter 1, but didn't find the exact place to stop reading.
2) create part five of my six-part mold
There was a problem with part 4 of the mold, so spent much of the time today fixing that and cleaning up the rest of the mold.
3) meditate for 10 minutes
I meditated this week and it felt really great.
4) work on screenplay for 15 minutes
I did not complete this.
5) read short article on the Greek god Asclepius and record notes in art notebook
I did not complete this.
My goals for next week:
1) create part five of my six-part mold
2) meditate for 10 minutes
3) work on screenplay for 15 minutes
4) read short article on the Greek god Asclepius and record notes in art notebook
5) spend 20 minutes reviewing Artist in Residency programs
My friend Andy and I helped fabricate an architectural model for artist friend Stephanie Syjuco's upcoming New York art show. I'm really pleased with the final result.
Started my afternoon by stopping at Paxton Gate to look at their entomological pins. During this visit, I found this amazing piece of work, which is a cat skull covered in crystallized minerals!
Then I continued on to my studio where I took apart my mold to examine the new piece. I had to make some adjustments and then unfortunately discovered that the third piece no longer fit correctly. I spent the rest of the evening, cleaning up all the pieces, and finally attempting to fix the third piece.
It was raining earlier, but I decided to stop by my studio to pour the fourth part of the mold I'm working. This section is the same as the previous side.
Tonight I attended the new art exhibit at Root Division. It featured my artist friend, Michael's new work, which consisted of a large wooden pyramid and desalination of Bay water.
In the back table, the public was invited to create simple ink prints. I quietly sat with my whisky and water and created this modest piece.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.