Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures – The finishing touches

The four commissioned animal sculptures for the Loch Arkaig Public Art trail are almost completed. The final stage will be to check that they are secure and inspect them closely for any areas that need extra treatment.

The Roe Deer – on the alert for predators

The Roe deer seemed to develop quite quickly, perhaps because it is a subject that I have tackled before. We have lots of roe deer in this part of Dumfries & Galloway and I see them regularly when making the short trip over to the Frugaldom project.

The Wild Boar – Foraging

The Wild boar presented a slightly different challenge, mainly because of its rugged appearance. I managed to achieve this look by working some glue and shavings into the head and then toning them in with the rest of the sculpture.

The Lynx – stalking its prey

The Lynx did not need too much alteration once I had created the body using some suitably marked driftwood. The head required some special attention, blending in some intricate pieces of wood sent down from Loch Arkaig.

The Capercaillie – in full display

The Capercaillie was always likely to be the most challenging of the four pieces but I’m pleased with how well it has gone. Having started out with a gnarled and twisted root, the strips of pine transformed the sculpture in making the tail feathers. The iridescent paint has worked well in providing the finishing touches to the sculpture.

I will be going over each sculpture in painstaking detail this week to make sure they are in tip-top shape when they arrive at their final destination. It has been a real privilege to be included in this exciting project and I can’t wait to see what the other artists have produced!

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 8: Final phase begins

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The Loch Arkaig sculptures are now approaching the final phase. As the subjects chosen for this commission are so varied, each has set its own challenges. The lynx has not posed too many problems, although it is the first time … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 7: Capercaillie colour

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With detailed work already well under way last week on the capercaillie, it was time to start thinking about colouring the sculpture. I often choose to leave my driftwood sculptures as bare wood but if any creature merits colour then … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 6: Roe Deer & Wild Boar detail

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With some of the more detailed work already started on the lynx ¬†and capercaillie, it was time to devote a couple of days to the roe deer and wild boar sculptures. Much of the wood salvaged from Loch Arkaig has … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 5: Capercaillie detail

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Work on the four commissioned sculptures is now progressing at a rapid rate. After a full day on the lynx sculpture yesterday, today is was the turn of the capercaillie to receive some special attention. The delivery of the wood … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 4: Lynx detail

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The next stage of the creation of the four Loch Arkaig sculptures is the most exciting. Having created a solid framework and built it up with the wood salvaged from the site, now is the time when the sculptures really … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 3: Wild Boar and Capercaillie

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Sculptures 3 and 4 for the Loch Arkaig project are a wild boar and a capercaillie. The Wild Boar can be quite a sizeable beast and a solid frame was created from locally sourced driftwood. As soon as the delivery … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig project part 2: Roe Deer and Lynx

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Work is moving forward at a good pace now on the Loch Arkaig sculptures. Having sorted through the delivery of driftwood and assorted pieces salvaged from Loch Arkaig, the next phase of the project is to start building up the … Continue reading

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Loch Arkaig Animal Sculptures part 1: The Commission

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I am delighted to have been selected as one of ten artists to contribute to the Public Art project at Loch Arkaig Pine Forest in the Highlands. The ancient Caledonian pine forest was acquired by a partnership between Arkaig Community … Continue reading

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Tips for gathering wood for sculptures

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Most of my sculptures are made using driftwood collected from nearby beaches. There are certain rules regarding the removal of items from beaches in the UK, many of which are explained here. The key points are not to stray above … Continue reading

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