I've just sold my first sculpture!
I've been making things out of papier-mâché for many years but this is the first one that I've sold.
Due to my disability it takes me a long time to make each one. Pebbles the dog has been on the go since 2005, and has been sitting around in my garage waiting for the days when I have the strength to work. By mid-January this year he was finished. The final layer was made using a papier-mache clay recipe from Jonnie Good.
This worked really effectively as I was able to mix acrylic paint into the papier-mâché which saved me painting the finished product. I stuck pebbles and stones all over the dog, using smaller pebbles near the head and feet. His eyes came from a haberdashery shop that sold eyes for stuffed toys. They really came to life when I applied a coat of acrylic varnish to them making them shine. I added a dob of varnish onto his nose as well.
Last week a friend of mine helped me take him along to the gallery to enter the open arts exhibition as he was way too heavy for me to lift. In fact I needed help during the final stages because I was unable to move him around to finish off the project. Sometimes I find it painful to lift a milk bottle so working on this scale and with this weight may be something I have to reconsider. It is wonderful to earn a few pennies from my art under the permitted work scheme, but I don't want hurt myself in the process.
Last saturday the gallery http://www.thebeetroottree.com/ held an open evening and I invited my friends to come along and look at the exhibition and enjoy a glass of wine. I hoped my sculpture would attract attention and the odd smile, but it was beyond my wildest dreams that I would actually sell it. We'd all been there about an hour and my friends were considering getting back home when Alysn Midgelow Marsden, http://alysnsburntofferings.blogspot.com/ the gallery owner, caught my eye and placed a red dot by Pebbles' paws. She winked and moved away. I looked at my friends, my jaw dropped open and then I began to grin. It was a wonderful feeling. Although it took me a very long time to create him, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am so pleased that he is now going to a good home.
It has crossed my mind to make up a small piece of papier-mâché poop to put underneath him when the exhibition closes. Won't that be a surprise?
My thanks go to all those who helped me and supported me, to the gallery and to the wonderful person who bought Pebbles.