Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sometimes carving is just inspired. Even if you don't believe in an all-knowing and directing Deity, I'll bet that once in a while it just seems like your tool just takes on a life of it's own. This happened to me with the Blooming Flowers portrait, and now it has happened again with Silva Foot Family's Gram.
I am honored to have been able to carve this for Kristina - what a privilege. And what a beautiful and special soul.
Portraits are one of my favorite things to carve. However, they are never, never perfect. If I examine them too closely, I will most certainly find things that I would want to change, fix, tweak. But there comes a point in carving a portrait that you have to just say 'that's it...no more'. If you ignore this instinct, you could ruin the whole stamp with your over-zealous modifications. Yeah, there are a couple of things on Gram I would want to change, but I know better. Experience is a good teacher. *smile*
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