My interest was first piqued when I took my Muse Machine arts club students to a cement sculpture workshop at K12 Gallery in Dayton. Since the group was small, just sixteen middle school students, my co-advisor and I were able to do a little sculpting of our own. Finally...a lesson planned and carried out by someone else...with time for me to just play along!
Now I need to figure out what to do to complete my piece! My inspiration was a painting that hangs in my mother's home, part of my father's collection of Native American art. "Butterfly Woman" shows a woman dancing in a swirl of colors during a festival celebration. I've always loved the painting and decided to create a cement sculpture that is part woman and part butterfly. All she needs now is some colorful beadwork in the turquoise, orange, and other colors of the American Southwest.
For now, Butterfly Woman remains unadorned, as I am off visiting my grandchildren for the next week.