Sunday, September 19, 2010

Course on Drawing and Bronze Sculpture, Priego 2010 (My work)

Northern Lapwings,
Bronze and iron, about 50 cm3.

Creation process

Casting wax model

Casting wax model with casting tree

Plaster blend coating (tabular alumina+colloidal silica+graphite+talc)

Adding of molochite

Removing wax hood at work

Pulling out the piece after removing casting wax. We get the ceramics shell mould

Ceramics shell mould

Crucible full of pieces of bronze ready to melt the piece

Micro melting kiln-the technique we used

The kiln during the melting process

Pulling out the piece. After melting bronze, it is placed in a container full of sand to cover the piece in order to avoid the knocking over and leaking of material in case the mould breaks down.

Removing the ceramics shell

Brushing the piece

Making the pedestal to assemble the piece

Course on Drawing and Bronze Sculpture, Priego 2010 (Drawings)

Nude portraits
Charcoal pencil on paper, 42x29,7 cm.

Luna, our fantastic model. Here she is almost asleep at the workshop waiting for the melting of a small spoon she had moulded.

Showing my drawings to Mr. Venancio Blanco to make the selection for the exhibition. I exhibited the two drawings at the beginning of this post.

Course on Drawing and Bronze Sculpture, Priego 2010 (Carmen Marcos' lecture)

Doctor of Fine Arts and Full Professor in Valencia Polytechnic, Mrs. Carmen Marcos, gave two lectures: one on her work (`Walking through a problem and its several solutions: sculpture as a vital need´) and in the other one she showed her work as a Professor and her specialization studies on ceramics shell.
A very interesting complement for the training we were receiving.

From left to right: Luis Cordero, Mrs. Marta Campos, Mª José, Santi, Bego, Bea, Lolita, Eusebio, Jorge, Irene, Vanesa, Gil, Andrés Ortega, Belén, Mr. José Antonio Aguilar, Rocío, the Town Councillor of Culture at Priego Town Hall, Andrés Naranjo, Paco, Dª Carmen Marcos, me and David.

Group photo of those present at the lecture in the Adolfo Lozano Sidro Museum, head office of the Municipal Foundation which organizes this course and the place where we drew in the mornings.

Course on Drawing and Bronze Sculpture, Priego 2010 (Closing ceremony)

Mr. Venancio Blanco, who, for personal reasons, arrived at the closing of the course. That night a dinner took place to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the course. I take the liberty of giving thanks, on behalf of those who have attended the course, to the teachers who have devoted their summer holidays to train us as sculptors.

From left to right: Jorge, Belén, Mª Carmen, Manuel, Mª José, Rocío, me, Luis Cordero, Yolanda, Andrés Naranjo, Ana, Mr. Venancio Blanco, Bea, Lolita, Mr. José Antonio Aguilar, Cristina, Irene, Gil, Andrés, Eusebio, Bego, Paco, Mr. Luis García and Mrs. Marta Campos.

As the saying goes: 'If you like the scratch, then you do not mind the lice', and, the same as last summer, I have devoted this August to improve my knowledge of Bronze Melting.It´s hard work but sharing my holidays with these marvellous people is worth it. I take this opportunity to send them all a warm hug.

These are the awarded pupils this year: Award for Sculpture to Irene; Consolation prize for Sculpture to Eusebio; Award for Drawing to Gil and Consolation prize for Drawing to Bea.

Andrés Naranjo, Yolanda, me, Luis and Tannia, with Luis's work.

Lolita -a lovely and hard-working person- and me, with my work.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The lesser kestrels at the Cathedral

Oil painting on wood, 150x70 cm

In this post I show you the works (and some details of them) which I have presented to the exhibition:`The lesser kestrels at the cathedral´. It will be open to the public until November 21st at the Forum for Dioversity, Patio de Banderas, 16, in Seville, next to the Cathedral.

Giraldillo, Detail.

Lesser kestrel nestbox
Polychromed polyester, 52x40x25 cm

Falco naumanni male, detail

Inside of the nestbox, detail

Chicks, detail

Members of the AEAN who went to the opening. From right to left:Francis Hernández, José A. Sencianes, Manuel D. Galeote, Gabriel de la Riva and me.
Click here to see the catalogue.