Today I made the mold for the relief bust that will be on plaques the award winners can take home. My studio is always cold and the mold material has to be cast at 73 degrees, so I put my space heater on the counter by the mold box and also put a light right over the bust and the mold material jugs to warm everything up. When the thermometer I also had sitting there said it was between 72 and 75, I cast the mold. Hopefully it will be a good one! I don't cast molds nearly as often as I should to stay in practice, but they're expensive to cast and I don't really need to cast any for practice. I actually do have a clue about what I'm doing!
I started cleaning up my studio (again . . . it's an ongoing process), organizing pictures and tools, cleaning tools and working surfaces, etc. to get ready for my next piece, which will be a 3D bronze of a 1/8th lifesize Grand Prix horse and rider doing a piaffe. I told our daughter years ago that when her horse got to Grand Prix, I'd sculpt him, so here I am, keeping my promise! I'll start on it at Equine Affaire. I'm excited about it - I haven't done one with a rider in a while, and that's always an interesting challenge! I hope it gets chosen to be a trophy at a big show like many of my others have.
When John and I were in Florida visiting our daughter, Jen Truett, recently, she was showing in the National side of the Palm Beach Dressage Derby. I was so excited to be there, not only because she's showing GP in such a prestigious show, but two of my bronzes are trophies for that show! "Harmony" is the GP Freestyle trophy and "Harmony" the Grand Prix trophy, both for the CDI part of the show. John, Jen and I got to see "Harmony" presented at the Freestyle. That was so exciting for me!
Happy Spring, y'all! I hope to see you at Equine Affaire in Ohio, April 7-10! I'll be in the Bricker building, booth 529-530. I'm on the left side of the center aisle, facing the main doors, and you can see my booth from the doors. Hope to see you there!