Celebrating my certification in Automotive clay modelling from the College of Creative studies in Detroit, Michigan. 5/8/2018 I pulled it!!! I am also learning 3D sculpting using a program called Alias, at Schoolcraft college. This incorporates my background in AutoCAD Engineering, and my passion for sculpting.
The model is 1:4 size. I worked on it from January to May. I spent 20 plus hours a week until mid April. Then it turned into 8, 10, and 12 hours every day. I did not even go home for dinner with my kids for 3 or 4 weeks. The program is very time intensive. The philosophy behind teaching this seems to be to watch the demonstrations, practice, and find your way. I did have some Mentors, and 11 other students in the class to consult with. Each Sculptor has their own approach. I have a very good eye for scale, drawing, and sculpting what I see. Learning the surfacing was what needs the most time. My next piece will be a model with bigger surfaces. This will allow me to spend more time on continuous tangent surfaces and less time on detail. Live and learn. Art is a lifetime commitment.
I was honored to meet some very talented Sculptors and top executives from General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.Here is some of the process, Enjoy!
In March of 2017 I applied to, and was accepted to be in the Clay Sculpting Certification program at the Center of Creative Studies. Located in Detroit, Michigan, the classroom is on the 11th floor of a beautiful building.
We Sculpt cars out of clay BEFORE the real deal!! Yep. Before Manufacturing a real car, we sculpt them from clay, The clay is Hot and it hardens as it cools. This process is fascinating. I look forward to a job in this field.
This is 25% of the real size, 1/4, 1:4 !! in progress… Enjoy!
My soul is eased by music. When I meet another Soul that is finding comfort in the music, I get stoked to know them. I was blessed to meet my dancing Soul sister / on the rail dancer, Jessica. She was a pleasure to speak with, to look at, and to dance with!
I met her at Otus supply in Ferndale, Michigan. We got to see several shows in the same place, and enjoyed dancing on the rail.
I spent a weekend in Kalamazoo, Michigan this past June. Green sky blue grass plays a 3 day run at Bell’s brewery. The show was awesome. I saw Jessica there. She was wearing a fun outfit and looked so beautiful. As I saw her from a distance at first, I had to take the time to tell all the people I was standing with, “that is one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met”…I then saw her and we had our last words. I told her what I just told all the people I was standing with (none of them I knew by name). She gave me a hug, and said thank you, we spoke for a moment, and then went on….I really thought I would see her dancing that night. I did not.
The next thing I heard on Saturday was that she passed away that morning. So many people were crying and in shock. We lost a good one. The band played some tribute songs to her. It was heart felt. We all had tears.
Jessica leaves behind her son. This touches me to the core. Being that my 2 son’s lost their Dad 4 years ago.
I was commissioned to make a few pieces for an online raffle, this is on facebook. You can get to it in the greensky camper group.
You can support Jessica’s family by donating to her Go Fund me
The bead with the white dress in front of the rail is her as an Angel in her favorite place. This was inspired by the Gentleman that commissioned the piece. Her favorite color is purple. So I made a bead with her soul Gesture on there in purple. I also made a bead with souls dancing within, and Jessica is in her fun outfit from the last time I saw her. Short red skirt, black tights, and I gave her a white shirt because she is an Angel now. (I believe she was really wearing a black shirt) One other piece has her on the rail with a purple dress. All of these are made with love, to celebrate a life lost too soon. Peace and Love to all!
Made Special for Habilitat in Spring, 2017.
The Hawaiian lieu lye’s beneath,in a circle. Symbolizing affection. The volcano landscape circles the piece above, radiating red energy emerges from the volcano, circling a silhouette of two hands (a photo of my hands). A butterfly is released. A new beginning has begun. An Orb
The Eagle rises above, as each patient’s intention is set to do the same. I was actually thinking the Eagle would fly around the piece. As I was struggling communicating with the team. (It took 3 people to make this piece as is.) The fact is, the Eagle rising above is perfect. Each patient has that goal. To rise above and be the best they can be. Some things are meant to be. (Meant to be does not mean Easy.)
The team: Sheila Morley, Marc Vandenberg, Louie Sanchez