Same fish different , different side
Okay, I am a fan of Brazilian Soapstone, not so much of limestone, maybe alabaster is a close second. The reasoning is as simple as, that I think the beauty of Brazilian soapstone has a depth of colour that marble and limestone don’t have.This is shown with this fish that I carved a little while ago. It is one piece of stone.
One ‘rock’ gives ; browns , blues and I have left the base essentially in it’s raw state with just some hint of watermarks. A client who purchases this piece would get two fish for the price of one if you think of these things in terms of home decor. Can you pick the wet, muddy stream and the fish catching the light so in one turn he or she is brown and at the next jump he looks green?
The beauty of soapstone. The artist has to work with the stone but, the inherent colours and lines of the stone, lend themselves so well to this jumping fish.
Are people tired yet that I say; soapstone carver instead of stone artist or just artist? Maybe , and the general public may not care at first glance whether my art is made from soapstone or any other type of stone. But, I do.
And anyone that looks at my art or any other stone artist feels the intrinsic love of the colours that show up in the stone. For me it is particularly satisfying when I work with Brazilian soapstone.
I am a carver, I carve what I see in the stone, (yes mostly bears but, other things like this fish as well).
Can’t you just picture being at a stream and seeing the fish jump up and catch a bit of the reflection of the water? The beauty of stone art.