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.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dogs, kids and deer…

Animals are not my forte.  Wasn’t it W. C. Fields that said, “Anyone that hates dogs and kids can’t be all bad”? 

Having said that, my first sculpture commission in the UK was to replace a pair of bronze deer that had been nicked from the entrance to a Grade One Listed Building.  That led to another commission from the owner of a deer park.  In turn, that led me to the owner of a deer farm.   Anxious that my sculpture should be anatomically correct, he presenting me with the carcass of a deer.  I drove it home in the back of my Volvo Estate and promptly gave it a decent burial.   

Here are some of the preliminary sketches for that commission. 

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