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"Life Balance", a Sculpture in African Wonderstone - The First Time I have Carved this Stone by Mike McCarthy

This contemporary sculpture titled “Life Balance” is the first time I have carved a piece in African wonderstone. It is a bit of a deceptive stone in that it is easy to shape, but difficult to polish. The other difficulty I had with this piece was basing it. I had the piece completed for over 3 months ago but couldn’t figure out the size and shape of the base. I think I finally got it. I like the way the small base emphasizes the balancing of the piece. It has a very small point of connection that gives it that precarious feel and further emphasizes the balance aspect. I am forever trying to get tiny connection points on my sculptures! Sometimes, I drive myself nuts!!

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Mike McCarthy Joins Kentucky Fine Art Gallery by Mike McCarthy

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A new opportunity has presented itself for my art career. In December, I joined a new gallery. I have not been represented by a gallery since April of 2017. At that point, I left Pyro gallery to complete a large commissioned work for Norton Audubon Hospital. While I still had work on display at Kore Gallery, Revelry Boutique and the Kentucky Artisan Center, I was not represented as one of their core artists.

The Kentucky Fine Art Gallery is a smaller gallery than I have previously been associated with. There are only five other artists besides me in the gallery. While only with the gallery less than a month, it already has a different, more intimate feel. The other thing that is different is that the other five artists are 2D artists. I am the only sculptor of the bunch. In other galleries I have been with, there have been a lot more artists and other 3D artists. It will be interesting to see how these differences play out as far as my sales. Check out the web page for Kentucky Fine Art Gallery at http://www.kentuckyfineartgallery.com

See My Indiana Limestone Vessel Carved from Beginning to End by Mike McCarthy

Over the last few weeks, I have taken a little time away from a larger project to carve a smaller piece. I always have several pieces going at the same time, especially when I am working on a larger work. In the video below, I have recorded a time lapse of the carving of this sculpture from its start as a rough block, all the way to the finish process. You will see that the most time spent is the sanding. It is the part that makes this piece of limestone able to hold the gloss sheen that the sealer adds. I also used linseed oil on this piece to give it some color. Watch the video and let me know what you think.