Thursday, May 23, 2013

www.EllenWoodbury.com is my new website.  All of my blog entries have been moved to this new website and this blogspot site will be discontinued soon.

Hello Friends and Bloggers,

My sculpture blog has moved to my new web site.  It is still the same blog, published 10 or 11 times per year, when I have a new sculpture to release.  The newest piece, posted May 21, is "Crabby Lady" carved from translucent orange alabaster.  It is luminous!  Here is the link

www.EllenWoodbury.com

Please click on the Blog heading in the menu and . . .  voila!

Please join my mailing list through the Contact Page on the web site if you would like to be notified when a new sculpture is posted.  I will not share, trade, sell, or otherwise abuse your email address.  My mailing list is only used to notify fans and friends of new sculptures I complete and post.  Nothing else, I promise.

Thanks very much for following my work here on blogspot.  I hope you will continue as a friend on my new web site.  Please visit!  See Crabby!  There is no down-side!

Have a great summer.  If you are in northern Colorado the weekend of August 10, 2013, please visit me at Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, CO.  I will be in Tent A with many of the sculptures recently posted on my blog.  I'd love to see you!

Yours,

Ellen Woodbury




Thursday, April 4, 2013


Smile!
Sculpture by Ellen Woodbury
Portuguese Pink Marble on Granite
19 x 14 x 10 inches
Completed March, 2013

Fantasy and humor have always been a large part of my reality--I don't think I could exist without either of them.  My sculptures take on a unique personality and a life of their own about half way through the creative process, something clicks and they're real.  My animated characters became real in a similar way.  For me, this is what makes being an artist so much fun.

I think I was born loving cats.  I became a cat-owner at the age of 7, and have been one ever since.  Domestic, wild, or fantastic, they all have the same fascinating blend of power and appeal that makes me want to share my life with them.  The Cheshire Cat is thought to have originated as a smiling cat on a pub sign in Cheshire, England.  I first met him in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, again in the Disney animated version of those stories, and most recently in the Tim Burton film.  I love them all, and had to make my own version.  The Cheshire Cat is quoted as saying, "You may have noticed that I'm not all there  . . . "  I used this line as the inspiration for my sculpture and as a goal to create a cat in the process of disappearing.

The stone is Portuguese Pink marble.  This particular block has green vein, which struck me as absolutely wild!  What better stone from which to carve a fantastic cat?  The marble is very dense and hard--finishing was a real finger-buster (I still have calluses from sanding) but so worth the effort.  The feel is very rich and substantial, quite different from the feel of a softer stone.  I wish I could show you the back view of this sculpture--the design is surprising and fun.  I make it a rule never to publish two views of a piece as this makes it easier to steal and copy the design.  So, I can only tease you . . . but I promise that if you like the front, you'll love the back.

All images and text copyright 2013 by Ellen Woodbury
Photo by Mel Schockner.