Can I sculpt the sky?



Sometimes all the conditions contrive to make the start to the day feel incredibly good.  This is one such morning – frost, mist, and cloud burst through with a gold and copper sun.  It made me stand still and look – feeling awe.

sunrise view from my workshop

This is the view from my workshop, if I take a moment away from my stone carving and look out, the farmland, trees and hillside are what I see.  This morning it looks wondrous and fills me with glee and energy.  I breath deep and shout, let this day in!

Seed heads in the misty light

It makes me wish for a moment that I could paint – to capture it and re-live it by putting it on paper.  Better still to be able to sculpt it – that is my real desire.  A way of doing so has eluded me.  My thoughts of how it would take shape, and what the form would look like, haven’t as yet come up to the intensity of feeling from seeing it.   And that’s the thing – making a solid stone sculpture which is the feeling of this morning’s beautiful sky, frost and cloud.

I’m using up the brightness and added verve it has filled me with and pouring it into everything I do today.

Leaf tipped with frost

The day ended as beautifully as it had begun.  Perhaps it is the night sky that I should make in stone.

night sky

Beautiful sunset




  1. Comment by Marina Walsh:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I am a sculptor living in Johannesburg , South Africa. I have been admiring your work and would like to just connect. I have been using sandstone in my work and was inspired to see the detail and beauty that you have managed to get out of it. It is especially inspiring to see woman doing hard manual work in sculpture . Staying strong and fit enough to do what we want to do is a challenge in itself. warm regards, Marina

  2. Comment by Jennifer:

    Hello Marina – thankyou for popping by – I’ve had a little peek at your site too and loved your Rhino! Part of the appeal of stone carving for me, is that it is physically demanding, I love the labour of chiseling away layers, and I’m reminded every inch of the way about respect for material. Hope we’ll speak often!

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