at 8" x 8" this will be the first "full size" version of popular Celtic symbolic imagery. Subtle moon...
A more realistic treatment for this piece compared to the stylized intricacies that has been closer to the norm for the last few years.
I can't begin to say how much I enjoyed working on this. I'll just say it was to the extent I just want to find more Celtic Animals to play with! The following six shots were taken over the course of four days.
This began as an inquiry for a custom order. My fees are relatively high for custom work because generally that is where the money is most generous since it is usually commissioned by local and state agencies or contractors. But when a potential retail client asks, I try to find a way to do it, whether it be by way of compromise to keep cost down, or take a chance it will pay for itself over time by adding it to an already large, yet still growing portfolio. This way she will end up paying about $25 for this, as opposed to many hundreds it it were purely custom, such as a grave marker, for example.
This carving took three days to complete, as shown below in slides of carved plaster.
This was done in two days in a modified Intaglio as the subject will be slightly elevated over the background, but mostly in one plane. Dates here are Jan 2 & 3 2014