I am sorry to the current generation of TV chefs, I do not mean to offend but NONE live up to Keith Floyd, they may be good at cooking, they may have some TV something … but Floyd was not only as brilliant a cook as most of them, he was a real and honest enthusiast that is infectious to all of us…Floyd’s cooking was a language, as all art forms are he spoke his language very well indeed and how I agree that a glass of wine SO helps the creative process… Woopee to Floyd!
Enough of that…!
I have had such a fun time in my new studio… credit crunch time is a daft time to build a studio, I guess but by golly has it turned my life around! Space, light, height and an injection of bounce! The fact that things have slowed down a wee bit in the economic world has bounced me into the free use of Plaster of Paris, a medium that I have not really played with much before. I love using plasticine, I use it throughout the world, as a material it is brilliant. I have used it in the high arctic, the himalaya, the vertcal heat of the equator, on the back of an elephant (sculpting tiger)…it is a great and durable material. Clay is fast and immediate… so exciting to use. With clay in half an hour and a bundle of high energy enthusiasm one can produce some exciting sculpture… so long as you can see in your minds eye the finished article. BUT plaster is durable… it sets, it is grindeable, it does not allow the sculptor total control… which is actually very exciting! My last month or two has been plastered… not in the Kieth Floyd sense (always), dust covers the studio, and as the early morning sun rises, the mist and clear skies of September fills me with a buzz that makes me so chuffed I was not born to be a banker (although I could then afford life!) or an accountant when I would be good with numbers and I suspect an easier bet with my bank manager… No I am a very VERY happy sculptor… who sculpts what he sees and uses sculpture as a language.
PS if I have got the flip video down load right my latest attempt should be on Youtube… or utube or what ever it is… look it up!