Walk in the Snow
White alabaster in a matte finish provides a perfect replication of snow. The piling of the snow in front of the boots, the lean of the body and her hand resting on her thigh suggest the struggle to make her way to her destination.
After sketching the figure on the four sides of the block I did the initial stone shaping with a grinder. The body contours and limb detail were defined using small files called rifflers. Finishing the stone with a mid-grade sandpaper provides the white matte finish.
A warm embrace. A dancing posture. Follow the photos as the couple moves around the floor. This stone is an opaque white alabaster. On a hardness scale alabaster is between soapstone and limestone. I chose a matte finish as I feel it invites touching more so than a glossy finish.
Peachy orange alabaster is not an easy colour of stone to incorporate in to a sculpture. Combine a colour challenge with a thin slab of material and you get a bas relief of an embracing couple. This piece actually sold as soon as it was finished. Uniqueness of design combined with every piece being one-of-a-kind is a winning combination.