A steel wire armature for a polymer clay hose sculpture

A red horse – Part 1

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This time my aim is to create a big, friendly, fat horse with sturdy legs. Welcome to follow my blog in the next weeks to see how the horse develops. The main color of this horse will be red.

Steel wire and pliers to create the "skeleton" of a horse
Yes, this is the start of a polymer clay horse. Like all other horses it needs to have a skeleton. I make it in 1,5 mm steel wire. Can you identify what will be the four legs? And the head and back?
Disposable gloves and Apoxie Sculpt
To make the skeleton/armature really stable, I use a modeling compound called Apoxie Sculpt. I use disposable gloves to protect my skin when I mix the two parts of this compound.
Steel wire armature for a horse sculture and Apoxie Sculpt
Now you can ”see” the horse, can’t you? As the Apoxie Sculpt adheres very well to the steel wire this will be a very strong and reliable armature to build the rest of the horse around. Ordinary masking tape is used to hold the legs in place until the armature has hardened.
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Painting: Grazing Horses – Finished!

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Can you imagine anything more healing to your soul than watching grazing horses? In this painting I have combined several details that I love a lot – the dawn where the first rays of the sun paint the trees with gold, the autumn that gives peace after an intense summer, the fog that adds magic and of course the grazing horses that convey beauty, peace and life.

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Here the horses start to appear as individuals, and the trees has got more branches and twigs.

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The grass gets more color and more details.

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The sunrays are coming in. When you paint with acrylics, the highlights are the hardest ones, because acrylics darken when they dry. So you do not really see what you paint. You have to wait for the result and then paint the hightlights over and over again, until you are satisfied with their brightness.

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Even more highlights – especially in the trees, also the fog gets to be more intense.

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Here is the finished painting – I had some wonderful weeks painting it.
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Painting: Grazing horses, Part 2

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In my last blog post, I promised that the fog would come rolling in, and that the grazing horses would start to appear. Here they are…

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Here the fog comes rolling in…

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I am ”reappearing” the trees, beginning from the left.

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All the trees and their little ”island” in the pasture has reappeared through the fog.

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I know that you have been waiting – here are the horses! They are still just sketches.

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Beginning from the left, the trees get more branches.

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Even more branches on the very big trees.

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Painting: Grazing horses, part 1

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This is a pasture nearby. It is located near the magical lake Roxen, and one day last autumn when I passed by, the low fog had created a fantastic scene where it wrapped the trees. I picked up my phone and took a picture. By then, I already knew that I wanted to develop this as a painting.

Now I have started on it.

Even if you have a photo to start from and to look at, a painting will never be an exact image. A painting is an interpretation of how I as a painter see things, so even though I have a photo, I use the photo mostly as just inspiration. For example, there were no horses in the pasture when I took the photo. But I promise, I will place some grazing horses there. Later.

In my next blog post, the fog will roll in…

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First, I cover the canvas with a layer of paint. As you can see, I choose mostly earthy colors, and going more to blue in the centre of the canvas, where most of the ”action” will happen. You will probably not see this layer in the finished painting, but it will still be there under the other layers of color, giving the painting a special depth.

Now, you can imagine the forest in the background, and some of the important objects in the overall composition.

The sky is important, this is the first layer with sky colors.

Here I have added more color – both red and blue – to the sky. Now it is more bright and is really a background to everything else on the canvas. You can also see a small ”island” in the middle of the pasture.

Here, the ”island” has grown in size. And you can also guess that it will have trees on it.

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Lighthouse – lights up your life

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I have often been told that my horses provide comfort and light up life in difficult situations.

Hästskulptur i polymerleraThat makes me so happy and thankful – because that is a proof that I have managed to transfer the magical properties from a living horse to my horse sculptures. It is not everyone who is lucky to have real, living horses around them all the time.

With these healing properties in mind I created Lighthouse – the horse that lights up your life. It has a golden shimmer that shows you there is something special about this very horse, and when you look at her (yes, it’s a female horse) face you understand the calm and the happiness that she sends to you.

Hästskulptur i polymerleraHästskulptur i polymerlera Hästskulptur i polymerleraAnd it can actually light up your darkness as well. Place a small battery-powered candle inside the sculpture and it becomes an exciting lantern.

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Corona Sunset

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Art often comments on what is happening around us, what we think about and what touch us. This three-dimensional painting is created in the heart of the pandemic.

I could write so much about all the thoughts, all the joy, all the worries, all the things I read, listened to and thought about while I was creating. But if I do, it will get in the way of how you encounter this painting, and what thoughts and associations it creates within you. Then you will no longer be a co-creator, but only a viewer.

The canvas itself is 98 x 98 cm, and the technique is a mixture of acrylic painting and polymer clay in saturated colors.

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Adam

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If I chose to paint following a photo, I almost always use one of my own photos. In that way I can be sure that I have captured all the details and nuances that I need to be able to create. But sometimes it happens that I come across a picture that is created by someone else and that has something extra in it.

Thank you!

Porträtt av vitt hästhuvudThis happened a few weeks ago. In my social media feed, a very beautiful photo of a horse named Adam appeared. The photographer was Matilda, 8 years old. So I asked Matilda and her mother if I could use that photo to paint a portrait of Adam. And to my great joy, they said yes. Thank you so much, Matilda!

So I started  working. As always, the beginning is a sketch. Then I put on a base where I blocked in the slightly more noticeable parts. By doing this, I could get an idea of ​​how the image would function.

Not an exact copy

Porträtt av vitt hästhuvudWhen you paint, you are not making an exact copy of what you see, whether it is a photo or the real world, but you add your own interpretations, you reinforce some details, you change colors, you highlight some things and tone down others. A portrait is about showing the personality of the horse, not about making a cold and totally accurate image.

Porträtt av vitt hästhuvudThen I gradually started the time consuming process of creating what is special about Adam, adding details and working layer upon layer. Hour after hour. A couple of hours per day when the daylight was good. You see, in the winter, we just have a couple of hours of good daylight in here Sweden.

Horses have whiskers

Porträtt av vitt hästhuvudAs you can see, I used a rather limited color scheme from white to black, including different shades of blue and yellow. What I painted last was the whiskers on the nose.

That is true – just as cats have whiskers, horses also have sensory hairs near their mouths. Among other things, they use them when they graze, because they cannot see what is on the ground near their mouth.

Porträtt av vitt hästhuvudMålning av huvudet på en vit häst mot svart bakgrundHope you like Adam – he is a really nice and friendly horse!

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MoseAik – Part 3 – Finished!

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One of my very dear polymer clay friends is Christi Friesen. A couple of years ago, when we were cruising and polymerclay-workshopping in the Caribbean, she encouraged me to do some mosaic work with polymer clay.  I created a little something, but I was not happy with it. As you understand – the idea started to grow inside my creative mind and a couple of weeks ago I started the creation of this mosaic horse – MoseAik (as he comes from Mosebacke Horse Sculptures).

Now he is finished, and in the pictures below you can see what he looks like. His height is 27 cms to the neck.

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The mane is made of polymer clay beads on steel wire. That means that you can create what ever mane-style you want on this very expressive horse sculpture.
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Close-up of the neck of MoseAik.
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The horse shoe is made of pure silver. And yes – it is of course created by me here at Mosebacke Horse Sculptures.
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The mosaic is colorful and follows the shape of the horse.
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Left side of the MoseAik head.
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The body of MoseAik is very bold, because MoseAik is a very bold horse, and he wants everyone to understand it. The base is created of polymer clay canes in colors that come from the landscape of cyan and magenta.
A polymer clay horse sculpture is cured in the oven

MoseAik Part 2

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So, let’s continue with this special horse.

Now, I have put on even more of these small pieces of mosaic. As I told you in the last blog post, I have cut out small pieces from thin sheets of cured polymer clay in different colors. Then I have carefully placed them on the raw black clay.

Look out for the next blog post to follow the creation of this horse.

Small pieces of cured clay on the body of a polymer clay horse sculpture

 

 

Small pieces of cured clay on the body of a polymer clay horse sculpture

MoseAik Part 1

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This is the start of a brand new horse sculpture. He will be called MoseAik, and later on you will understand why I choose that name.

This is the start of a polymer clay horse sculpture. It has an armature, a ”skeleton” of steel wire. Now I am using pink clay to create the basic shape of the body.

When the horse has got it’s proportions, I continue by ”dressing” it in black clay. To get really thin sheets of clay, I use a pasta machine.

The start of a polymer clay horse sculpture, now in black clay
All black! I have covered the horse’s body with black, and if you look carefully, you can see that I have added details.

Small pieces of cured clay on the body of a polymer clay horse sculpture
Now I start placing very small pieces of cured clay on the black clay.

In the next blog post you will be able to see how this horse sculpture develops with more patterns, more color, more…

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