is a Portrait Made?
Creating a portrait involves the sitter being
looked at for some considerable time! Some people may feel a little self-conscious, initially. So
Ruth prefers, adults especially, to talk to her. This leads to
a much more lively portrait. Children usually find it more pleasurable
to listen to a story tape, some of the time, while artist and sitter
are getting to know each other.
Six or eight sittings of an hour and a half is usually enough to complete
the first stage of the sculpture. Clay is built up on an armature and
is satisfied with the results, a cast is made.
This is then converted
into bronze or resin bronze (imitation bronze) which is a complicated
process. Then a coloured patina is applied to the surface. The sculpture
is then mounted on a base for more stability.