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.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

The plaster cast…

Although the saying claims that clay is the life, plaster the death, and bronze the resurrection, I have a liking for the plaster cast.  Both as an intermediate stage and as an end in itself the plaster cast has something of the purity of marble.  Now, with the advent of polymers and non-ferrous armatures, plaster can be made to withstand the rigours of the outdoor environment.  A torso that I cast in polymer plaster eight years ago has survived the rain, sleet, snow and frost of England.

Today’s picture shows a detail, at the plaster cast stage, of one my controversial NHS nudes.  The sculpture takes its theme and title from Alan & Marilyn Bergman’s lyric You Must Believe in Spring.  The model is Ganeen, a born artist’s model if ever there was one.  Thank you Ganeen for all the weeks you devoted to modelling and sorry again for not recognising you when one day you stood beside me (fully clothed) in the queue at the post office! 

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