My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

My diary pages are followed by thousands of artists, art students and art lovers in over 50 countries.

Friday, February 24, 2017

From all angles

A painting is judged from one vantage point, whereas sculpture is judged from all angles. A feature that appears correct from one perspective may appear flawed from another. Moreover, the eye is not static. It continually roams over the form and in doing so ignores minor irregularities. And the eye of the artist, critical as it may be, nevertheless dwells on the best vantage points.

Photographs of the work in progress are a valuable aid in highlighting errors. The click of the camera arrests the wondering eye and dispassionately focuses on that angle alone. In the early days of photography, the sculptor Rodin marked on prints of his work weaknesses that needed correction.

Today’s pictures shows the figure in its entirety.

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