Monday, March 14, 2011

Nest Art - Mother and Child

When you can’t find a suitable gift for a person, create one, it usually never fails.  Personal touch is highly appreciated.

The idea came twitting in my head when I woke up one morning last December 28, 2010 while hearing birds chirping outside my window.  So it pays when you live close to nature, your creativity is getting a little boost.

Creating the nest was a bit tricky. 
How do I blend the colors? 
What about the texture? 
Will I be able to keep the shape? 
Will it look like a nest?  Arrgghhhh…..

Anyway, I found my solution by using a glass sphere I got in Batanes during my trekking days. 
These are floatation device used by fishermen for the nets they cast out in the ocean.

I arranged all the wormy clay on top of it to take shape (making sure the colors are blended like a symphony), transferred it on a food container carefully lined with wax paper.  Then it is ready to bake.

From the oven after cooling.

 Not a bad looking nest for a start.

By January of 2011, I finally did some preliminary sketches for the face of the nest. 

There were other drawings but this one fits the nest.   It was already February 27, 2011 when I started conditioning my clay again.  Quite a long time to put this project together.

Putting the basic component of the entire project which is the
Letter D.  For the doctor whose name starts with D.

So all other details would simply have to take shape after the Letter D is placed on the nest.  You'll know the reason after a few more patient....

Getting into the details... adding a head, two in fact, a hand, a foot......
Hmmmm…. I need to add some colors and to fill-in those empty spaces. 
What about tiny dots of reds….

Red for Red Blood Cells? 
Only somebody in the medical science could think of that! 
I actually got that comment from somebody
who took up medical technology in college tee-hee.

I thought of the Rod of Asklepios being part of the entire project because the recipient is a doctor. 
Asklepios is the Greek god of medicine.  Fitting right?

I had fun making this snake... blending the brown with the green, adding the texture and twisting it on the rod.  My snake does not even have an evil look... it seems calm and subdued.

Dimpled hand and wide-toed foot.  This woman sure has a lot of hair....

I need to fix those toes, they are too wide.

 Better, don’t you think?  Aren’t all baby toes cute???

Added more details….La-La-La ….. because the doctor also loves music.  

 A mother usually sings a lullaby to put her baby to sleep.

The finished product!

The portrait of a Mother and Child...but actually this nest project is a representation of a medical doctor who takes care of women bearing children, my OB Gynecologist.  And I gave this gift to him in March.

 It glows in the dark too.   Now you know why everything has to align with the Letter D!

The End