Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
They are perfect. A little rough but this is what they look like fresh out of the molds.
Tomorrow I will clean them up, then rough them up with steel wool to bring out the highlights and then work on the patina, or color to finish them off.
A good days work. Now to clean up the mess.
These are the first pours of the first castings. I don't usually do three at once, in case there is a problem with the chemicals or temperature I would loose three instead of one. But the chemicals are new and it is morning so I am confident. I did this once before pouring multiple molds at once some some chemicals that were previously opened, and I lost all three castings. The castings never hardened. After two years, I can still bend and twist them.
The resin I am using is Easy-Flo Clear, equal parts of A & B. I mix a brown dye to part B, stir, add 1lb. of Bronze powder, stir until mixed together, add A to it, stir for 30 secs., I then have max two minutes to paint on the first coat and pour in and slush around the balance of the solution before it sets up. I then mix another batch and fill up the balance of the mold.
Each mold takes 32oz of resin and 2 lbs. of bronze powder. Then I wait for about 30 mins before I can demold and see if the casting is good. I want to make sure every minute detail is in the final.
Once the casting is out of the mold, it cures for 24 hours and then I do the patina to make it look finished.
Friday, October 9, 2020
These are the product of the final tests to check the molds.
I have only poured the areas of the molds where I have a concern and to make sure the details are all there.
They do look a bit like ghosts, only partially there and whispy.
After they hardened and I checked them over, it is time to clean up the molds and make sure they are super clean with no clay or resin residue in the folds and cracks. That will take the rest of the day.
I will make the first casts on Monday. Happy weekend.
Monday, September 28, 2020
After everything cured until Monday, I started to make test castings. Just to make sure that the molds were good. All of the texture was picked up and the detail was there.
I have one bad mold.
I will spend some time to see if I can save it. Then make another test cast.
If not good, I will have to start over and make the new mold.
Friday, September 25, 2020
I have poured the hard shells, wait 90 mins. then I an de-mold the pieces. Separate the hard shell from the rubber mold and separate the rubber mold from the original clay piece. Very carefully so I don't damage the original.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Now I start the rubber mold making.
First I mix the two mold chemicals together in equal parts, and I now have 8-10 mins to paint it on the clay original before it becomes too thick.
This is the first coat of six. It is important to smear the rubber over the entire surface and with the brush ... scrub it over every surface, and into every crack and crevice. This first coat picks up every little mark, and in my case fingerprints. This sets the surface texture of the final casting.
If this coat does not set correctly, I will have to start over but I wont know until the entire mold is done, the ceramic shell is made and I cast my test piece.
Now I wait 90 mins. and add the second coat, wait 90 mins. next coat, etc. until all six coats are done.
I am doing a single piece first just to get the timing correct with the mixing and coating times, as it is all according to room temp. and humidity.
Note to other sculptors
No one told me when I was in high school that I should pay more attention in chemistry and geometry and physics classes because as a sculptor I would need to know what chemicals to mix for the molds, castings ... what chemicals to use and in what amount for color patinas and timing of the coats ... how much clay, metal and foam I will need for a piece based on size and shape ... for large sculptures indoors weight of the piece based on lbs./cu foot of the materials bronze vs. marble vs. granite... and the load limit of the floors it is sitting on ... outdoors I need to be aware of temperature extremes to determine which patina chemicals to use ... wind directions and speeds in a normal year for how much torque the sculpture will take and where and how many holes I need to have for the wind to go through ... if in a rainy and snowy environment I can't have areas where the water or snow will collect but will run off...
Tomorrow I will do the other two sculptures together if this one works out well.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
First step in making the molds is actually reworking the original clay pieces, filling in all of the holes and cleaning up the undercuts. All of which makes it easier to cast the final piece. This part of it took me almost 3 days, but it will save me a lot of time and trouble later.
Next I make a box around the pieces to hold the rubber mold and the plaster shell. I am dealing with liquids, which means of there is a hole in my box, the mold materials will leak. Not a pretty site, very messy and a lot of work to clean up.
The mold material is plastic when it dries, so I can use cardboard as my box as the plastic will not stick. Below are the chemicals I use to make the rubber molds (top row), the plaster shell (boxes) and the bronze cold castings (the jugs). Each is a combination of mixing two chemicals together. Temp. and humidity is critical +- 5degrees.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
As a fine artist telling people the “back story” of a painting or sculpture is as enjoyable as creating the work. It enables me to share my thought processes, research and maybe even a bit of my soul. People may not agree with my end product but by telling the story of the piece they come away more knowledgeable and less intimidated.The Woman Patriot
First was the question of what type of woman was she?
She was the woman left behind as her husband went to war; to raise the family, work the farm, run the store, teach children, be the politician at social events, work in the shops, be the lady of the house, make the decisions to keep a roof over her family’s head and food on the table. She was capable, hardworking and proud.
How did she participate in the war effort?
She participated by boycotting British goods, producing goods for soldiers, spying on the British, and serving in the armed forces disguised as men, served on the battlefield as nurses, water bearers, cooks, launderers and saboteurs.
What did she wear in the 1770’s?
I looked at paintings, read journals and books on the fashions of the time from 1770-1790. She dressed depending on her station in life. They all wore the same basic articles of clothing, but it was about the quality, fashion, and materials. Her gown could have been wool or cotton or silk, and her undergarments were linen.
The question was who was the Woman Patriot in my mind?
I had the image of a woman who was not the farm girl, but slightly better dressed and who could be a camp follower and yet pass herself off as a educated lady when it became necessary. Not a socialite but working class like a teacher or shop keeper.
She is wearing a typical fitted long full dress and an over skirt with a tight waist, 3/4 length sleeves and a shawl over her shoulders. Her cap is a cloth cap that covers the top of her head and ties so that the edges scallop. In her left hand she carries a basket of vegetables or flowers.
Through my research, I found a lady that was the persona I wanted.
Mercy Otis Warren. An avid patriot, Warren began writing political dramas that denounced British policies. Her 1772 satire, “The Adulator", criticized the British colonial governor’s policies a full four years before Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Warren also published two additional plays skewering British colonial leaders, Defeat (1773) and The Group (1775.) She supported the Boston Tea Party, boycotts of British imports and urged other women to follow suit.
This then is the back story of the Woman Patriot and why I have created her as I did.
The Black soldier of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment.
The 1st Rhode Island Regiment became known as the “Black Regiment” due to its allowing the recruitment of African Americans in 1778. This decision, designed to help fill dwindling ranks among the Rhode Island regiments, is regarded as having produced the first African American military regiment. This is incorrect, however, since its ranks were never exclusively African American.
His cover (or hat), is very unique to them. The front panel is teardrop shaped, black with white piping and a white anchor on the face. Behind the face panel they have red and black feathers.
The Oneida Warrior
I have deleted the red and blue blanket over his left shoulder and over the arm. He is carrying a short barrelled rifle and a very distinctly shaped tomahawk.
The Oneida Indian Nation’s legacy of supporting the United States military dates back to the Revolutionary War, when Oneidas fought alongside the colonists in the battle against the British. Having fought valiantly in several key battles of the American War for Independence including the battles of Oriskany, and Saratoga, the Oneida Indian Nation, the only member of the Six Nation Haudenosaunee Confederacy to side with the Americans, became known as the United State’s first allies.
Since the American Revolution, Oneidas have fought in every American military conflict, memorializing their longstanding support, friendship and reverence for the United States and the values it holds.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
The Black soldier of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
I need to do a bit more detail work on rifle, and maybe take off the blanket he is wearing. It is a nice addition to soften up the piece a bit and add an air of royalty, but in battle he would not wear it.
Something to think about.
Monday, August 3, 2020
A Zoom meeting was held at 10:02 am on
Saturday August 1, 2020
Fundraising/Grants - Gene Foley, Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen, Dave Witter.
Two new members were added to the Committee– Joel Simmons and Craig Keller.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
This woman is wearing a typical fitted two part long full dress ( looks like a short dress over the dress) with a tight waist, 3/4 length sleeves and a shawl over her shoulders. Her cap is a cloth cap that covers the top of her head and ties so that the edges scallop. In her left hand she carries a basket of vegetables (hard to see from this angle).
I have completed the basic model and I will let her sit for a while and live with it. Make a change here and there over time until she is what she wants to be.
Then ready to cast into maquette sculptures to add to the first three Soldiers.
Time to move on to the next sculpture,I think I will work on the Oneida Warrior next.
Monday, July 20, 2020
After a lot of research and many drawings, I have decided on the poses of the three new sculptures...more or less.
In the first photo on the left I have drawn the outline of the new figures on the base boards. From here I will start to build the figures in clay.
In the second photo, I have started on the "Patriot Woman" figure. Up next to one of the Soldiers, I have tried to keep her smaller in proportion. She will stand about 5'3" in the full size version.
If you look at the drawing on the back board above, you should notice that as I was working on her in clay she developed an "attitude". Look familiar? That is the confidence and strength look coming through. A no-nonsense "I can get it done" attitude.
Go with it. She will tell me how she wants to be seen.
Even though the figure will be covered with a huge full dress and apron, the figure underneath has to be done correctly and fully so that she wears the clothes convincingly. And yes, underneath all of that clay is her heart.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
“Artist Michael Tieman Announces Three Additional Life-Size Sculptures for the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial”
I have completed the maquettes of the three soldiers depicted on the Memorial, the Continental, the Militia and the Minuteman, and I am working on the first of the three full sized sculptures. Over the last several years my DAR friends have asked if I would add a woman sculpture to the Memorial, and I have agreed but it was not part of the original cost of the Memorial so I suggested they could raise some funds for the sculpture and I would donate my time. I even have made drawings but have set it aside. My bad.
The plus to setting it aside is that it has gelled in my mind and I have made many changes to the original sketches. She has grown in stature and importance for her contribution to the War.
So has the importance of two other groups. The Black soldiers and the Native American Nations, both almost lost in history.
The Memorial is a living, breathing ever changing interactive educational tool. Used to tell the story of the American Revolution, not just a list of names Honoring those who fought and died for Freedom. It is a Memorial to ALL who helped win the fight for Freedom.
I have decided that I will sculpt three additional life-sized sculptures of those three lost groups of Patriots.
The Woman to honor the ladies who were left at home to keep the family, farms, businesses and towns going during the War. Yes, they even had to take up arms for protection.
The Black freemen and slaves who fought for their freedom as well as the country.
The Native American nations who fought to keep their lands and help build a new country for all.
To represent the Black soldier’s contributions, I will make the Memorial figure represent a soldier of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, the first Black military regiment. Many more than these 225 men fought on the Patriot side, about 5,000-9,000, but this regiment will be a great group to honor all Black Patriots.
To represent the Native American warriors, I have chosen the Oneida Nation. The Oneida Indian Nation became the first ally to America when they joined the colonists in their fight for independence during the American Revolutionary War at Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill and their diplomats attended the June 11, 1776 Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
I am adding links to a 1st RI regiment www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/first-rhode-island-regiment/ and the Oneida Nation website www.oneidaindiannation.com so you can become familiar with who these Patriots were.
Research is the key to accuracy, and I have started that research. This will take some time and many drawings to get the proper figures. When I start a sculpture, my drawings always begin with the faces, that sets the right attitude I am looking for and that attitude sets the pose. The heart is the first thing I sculpt and then build the clay figure around it. Even though it is hidden, it gives the sculpture it’s soul. Attitude and soul make a sculpture “alive”.
Stay tuned to the ORWM blog as I will update it with the results of my research, sketches and final clay sculptures.
Other links for your enjoyment: Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial web site and blog, Artist Michael Tieman’s web site and his Blog.
Friday, June 5, 2020
This has been a challenging year for all of us during the Covid-19 pandemic. Especially if you are a non-profit organization trying to raise money to build the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial.
This year all of the usual events we do to raise money have been cancelled.
They included the Beaverton Memorial Day Musket Volley Salute, Beaverton, OR: Lake Oswego Fourth of July Parade: July 10-16 National SAR Congress in Richmond, VA: Aug 15 Multnomah Village Parade Portland, OR. Plus we could not get out to organizations and schools to promote the Memorial. The balance of the year is up in the air for all of us, we can only pray it will be a better second half of the year.
Having said that, we do have good news to share.
In the last year we met our goal of selling all 13 of the State Benches. Our wreath sales for 2019 were 64 wreaths sold and we had good overall cash donations. In total our donations for 2019 amounted to over $28,000.
So far in 2020 we are doing better than we thought we would considering we cannot get out. We have sold 42 wreaths, and brought in over $3300 in donations. Most from the DONATE page of our website. Please continue to go to our website for more information and to make your donations. www.ORWM.org
All in all a positive start of the year.
We want to thank all of you who have contributed to the Oregon Revolutionary War Memorial and we look forward to raising more funds and awareness to the Memorial this year.