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A sculptor can travel down an interesting road when translating a two dimensional drawing into a three dimensional form. Generally, the construction of a piece goes pretty much as planned in a preliminary sketch. Sometimes there are subtle variations made during the process... size relationships, the positioning on a base, the tilt of the head. And, sometimes, there can be significant changes. These can be the result of the challenges presented by a specific medium or simply because of the nature of the creative process. The artist's mind is in a continual state of problem solving and an original idea can morph into a myriad of different forms from the moment of conception right through the various stages of construction. This can be both a challenge and a benefit. There may be an initial frustration at the often mercurial nature of the process, but then there is the satisfaction achieved in the revelation of the finished piece.
Cynthia Smith, Maine artist, originally from Connecticut. Taught art at secondary level for 35 years, retired in 2004. Sculpts in bronze, wood, stone, clay & plaster. Her work can be seen at several mid-coast Maine galleries and shows.