Untitled Limestone and Steel Sculpture by Mike McCarthy
       
     
New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy
       
     
New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy
       
     
New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy
       
     
New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy
       
     
Progress Shot of an Indiana Limestone Vessel by Mike McCarthy
       
     
Progress Shot of an Indiana Limestone Vessel by Mike McCarthy
       
     
The Limestone Horse Head is Ready for the Interview
       
     
Progress Shot of a New Indiana Limestone Horse Head Sculpture by Mike McCarthy
       
     
In Progress Shot of a new Indiana Limestone Horse Head by Mike McCarthy
       
     
Indiana Limestone Horse Head
       
     
Soapstone Sculpture Progress Shot - "Baboon Mask"
       
     
New Steel and Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
New Steel and Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
Untitled Nude (for now)
       
     
In Progress Tortoise Shell Alabaster Carving
       
     
In Progress Tortoise Shell Alabaster Carving
       
     
Progress Shot of New Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
Progress Shot of New Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
Untitled Indiana Limestone piece (progress shot)
       
     
History Pillars and Benches for "Cor Liberum"
       
     
Bordiglio Marble Sculpture Progress Shot
       
     
Bordiglio Marble Sculpture Progress Shot
       
     
In Progress Bardiglio Marble Sculpture
       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot
       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot - One of the Birds
       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot - Large Figure
       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot - Large Figure
       
     
"Cor Liberum" - Large Figure
       
     
"Cor Liberum" - Small Figure
       
     
Progress Shot of Untitled Nude (for now)
       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot
       
     
       
     
Not a Great Site to See. The Premature End of a Sculpture
       
     
Untitled Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot
       
     
Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot
       
     
Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot
       
     
Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot
       
     
Indiana Limestone Sculpture Progress Shot
       
     
In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Shot of my Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
Progress Shot of New Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
More Progress on this Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
New Work in Progress - Indiana Limestone
       
     
New In Progress Work - Indiana Limestone
       
     
Indiana Limestone Vessel Sculpture by Mike McCarthy
       
     
Untitled Limestone and Steel Sculpture by Mike McCarthy
       
     
Untitled Limestone and Steel Sculpture by Mike McCarthy

This Indiana limestone and steel sculpture was inspired by a wood sculpture I did several years ago. That one was more of a sphere. With this piece, I originally intended it to be round not oval. However, as I was carving, it started to really look cooler the more oval it got. the center hole is offset as well which I think provides some more interest.

The previous 5 photos show the progress on this piece. You can also take a look at my YouTube channel for a progress video (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZ4k8l6V2l_otGckDxxQ5A?view_as=subscriber) to see progress videos.

New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy
       
     
New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy

A few more days of carving on this new piece, and the idea is progressing nicely. You are seeing it on its side right here. It will be on a steel post probably about 12” off the base. I am thinking that it will be sanded will on the outside with lines on the inside.

Check back often to see it as I move forward, or take a look at my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZ4k8l6V2l_otGckDxxQ5A?view_as=subscriber) to see progress videos.

New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy
       
     
New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy

A few more days of carving on this new piece, and the idea is progressing nicely. You are seeing it on its side right here. It will be on a steel post probably about 12” off the base. I am thinking that it will be sanded will on the outside with lines on the inside.

Check back often to see it as I move forward, or take a look at my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZ4k8l6V2l_otGckDxxQ5A?view_as=subscriber) to see progress videos.

New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy
       
     
New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy

After two days of carving on this new piece, I am starting to see the idea come to life. This piece will be a circular piece that has a twist in the middle. Check back often to see it as I move forward, or take a look at my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZ4k8l6V2l_otGckDxxQ5A?view_as=subscriber) to see progress videos.

New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy
       
     
New In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture By Mike McCarthy

After two days of carving on this new piece, I am starting to see the idea come to life. This piece will be a circular piece that has a twist in the middle. Check back often to see it as I move forward, or take a look at my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZ4k8l6V2l_otGckDxxQ5A?view_as=subscriber) to see progress videos.

Progress Shot of an Indiana Limestone Vessel by Mike McCarthy
       
     
Progress Shot of an Indiana Limestone Vessel by Mike McCarthy

I had a piece that I completed about a year ago that I titled “Peace Lilly” that I really liked. I have wanted to do another similar one ever since I traded that one. That piece was not a vessel as it was open all the way through. This one, is truly a vessel. I am in the sanding phase of the piece now. I will be sanding this one all the way to 400 grit paper just like “Peace Lilly” and then putting a high polish in it.

Progress Shot of an Indiana Limestone Vessel by Mike McCarthy
       
     
Progress Shot of an Indiana Limestone Vessel by Mike McCarthy

I had a piece that I completed about a year ago that I titled “Peace Lilly” that I really liked. I have wanted to do another similar one ever since I traded that one. That piece was not a vessel as it was open all the way through. This one, is truly a vessel. I am in the sanding phase of the piece now. I will be sanding this one all the way to 400 grit paper just like “Peace Lilly” and then putting a high polish in it.

The Limestone Horse Head is Ready for the Interview
       
     
The Limestone Horse Head is Ready for the Interview

I finished the Indiana Limestone horse head and it is ready for the interview on Tuesday. If they like it and choose my piece, this will be turned into a 5’tall piece.

Progress Shot of a New Indiana Limestone Horse Head Sculpture by Mike McCarthy
       
     
Progress Shot of a New Indiana Limestone Horse Head Sculpture by Mike McCarthy

I am making steady progress on a new Indiana Limestone horse head sculpture. This piece is a large version moquette for a commissioner which I been invited to apply. I did a clay model and they asked for a different type of mane. I have decided to make it a little more flowing than the clay model. I have to finish it for an August 7th interview. No pressure!!

In Progress Shot of a new Indiana Limestone Horse Head by Mike McCarthy
       
     
In Progress Shot of a new Indiana Limestone Horse Head by Mike McCarthy

I started a new sculpture a few days ago. This is a moquette for a commission I have been invited to interview for. I did a clay model for the initial invite. I made it to the final round and am doing this for the next interview. This started as a 250 pound block of limestone. It is roughly 18” tall x 18” wide x 9” wide. The interview is in August so I am ahead of schedule.

Indiana Limestone Horse Head
       
     
Indiana Limestone Horse Head

I started a new piece two days ago, this Indiana Limestone Horse Head. The block started off at around 250 pounds but has quickly lost weight. Stay tuned for additional progress photos and videos.

Soapstone Sculpture Progress Shot - "Baboon Mask"
       
     
Soapstone Sculpture Progress Shot - "Baboon Mask"

While waiting for my Dalmatian to recover from an infection, I have suspended work on some larger work to be able to be in the

New Steel and Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
New Steel and Indiana Limestone Sculpture

Several years ago, I started welding up an abstract sculpture of a sail boat. the plan was to have a piece of angle iron serve as the ship with a steel sail. I am really not doing any metal sculpture now, however, As I had this welded piece, I thought it would be nice to finish it. I have decided to try a limestone sail to see if that works with the rest of the sculpture. Stay tuned to see how it goes.

New Steel and Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
New Steel and Indiana Limestone Sculpture

Several years ago, I started welding up an abstract sculpture of a sail boat. the plan was to have a piece of angle iron serve as the ship with a steel sail. I am really not doing any metal sculpture now, however, As I had this welded piece, I thought it would be nice to finish it. I have decided to try a limestone sail to see if that works with the rest of the sculpture. Stay tuned to see how it goes.

Untitled Nude (for now)
       
     
Untitled Nude (for now)

This figure will end up being about 2/3 scale. I am carving it from a block of Bottticino marble from Italy. It is slow going as I decided to do most of it by hand and only use the air hammer a little.

In Progress Tortoise Shell Alabaster Carving
       
     
In Progress Tortoise Shell Alabaster Carving

This is a really cool piece of alabaster I have had for about a year. It has such great color and dimension, all you have to do is cut some shapes and it works.

In Progress Tortoise Shell Alabaster Carving
       
     
In Progress Tortoise Shell Alabaster Carving

This is a really cool piece of alabaster I have had for about a year. It has such great color and dimension, all you have to do is cut some shapes and it works.

Progress Shot of New Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
Progress Shot of New Indiana Limestone Sculpture

It started out as the leg of "Cor Liberum", then it took a turn as a stand alone piece. It has evolved into a very different piece form its beginning. Sometimes the rock determines its own path.

Progress Shot of New Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
Progress Shot of New Indiana Limestone Sculpture

It started out as the leg of "Cor Liberum", then it took a turn as a stand alone piece. It has evolved into a very different piece form its beginning. Sometimes the rock determines its own path.

Untitled Indiana Limestone piece (progress shot)
       
     
Untitled Indiana Limestone piece (progress shot)

This piece started off as a part of the "Caregiver" in "Cor Liberum". When I stood it up, this book off the front leg. I think it is a cool shape, so I am gong to see what it tells me it wants to be.

History Pillars and Benches for "Cor Liberum"
       
     
History Pillars and Benches for "Cor Liberum"

The History Pillars and the benches are on site for my Norton Commission, "Cor Liberum". These are the last two elements. Nothing like pushing the schedule, the opening is in a little over a week.

Bordiglio Marble Sculpture Progress Shot
       
     
Bordiglio Marble Sculpture Progress Shot

I love this Bordiglio Marble piece I am working on. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it is a little difficult to hold an edge over some of the graining. But, it is worth it for such a beautiful stone.

Bordiglio Marble Sculpture Progress Shot
       
     
Bordiglio Marble Sculpture Progress Shot

I love this Bordiglio Marble piece I am working on. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it is a little difficult to hold an edge over some of the graining. But, it is worth it for such a beautiful stone.

In Progress Bardiglio Marble Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Bardiglio Marble Sculpture

This small sculpture is a split off piece from the Large figure I am working on. I love the graining of this marble. It may be a little distracting for the figure, but for this abstract, it is really beautiful.

"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot
       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot

This is the small figure. It is right before I broke off a 1000 pound chunk of stone. I am using feathers and wedges to break off the large corner to save time as well as keeping a big chunk of off fall material to use for a different sculpture.

"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot - One of the Birds
       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot - One of the Birds

Progress shot of one of the birds for my Norton Healthcare commssion, "Cor Liberum"

"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot - Large Figure
       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot - Large Figure

Progress shot of the large central figure for my Norton Healthcare commssion, "Cor Liberum"

"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot - Large Figure
       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot - Large Figure

Progress shot of the large central figure for my Norton Healthcare commssion, "Cor Liberum"

"Cor Liberum" - Large Figure
       
     
"Cor Liberum" - Large Figure

Progress shot of the large central figure for my Norton Healthcare commssion, "Cor Liberum"

"Cor Liberum" - Small Figure
       
     
"Cor Liberum" - Small Figure

Progress shot of the small central figure for my Norton Healthcare commssion, "Cor Liberum".

Progress Shot of Untitled Nude (for now)
       
     
Progress Shot of Untitled Nude (for now)

Very slow progress on this marble piece. She will be worth it, but it will take a while to get there.

"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot
       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress Shot

Progress shot of the large central figure for my Norton Healthcare commssion, "Cor Liberum"

       
     
"Cor Liberum" Progress

The large figure for "Cor Liberum" is really moving along. Here is a short time lapse video to show the progress.

Not a Great Site to See. The Premature End of a Sculpture
       
     
Not a Great Site to See. The Premature End of a Sculpture

Yes, that is a sculpture sitting in a trash can! In my quest to thin out a large scale Indiana Limestone sculpture, I broke the piece when my sander got caught in a curve that was too narrow for the tool. I was pretty upset at loosing several months of work that I couldn’t bring myself to try to salvage any piece of this one.

Untitled Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot
       
     
Untitled Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot

Even more progress on this Indiana Limestone sculpture.It is due in a week, so I need to finish up!

Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot
       
     
Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot

I am moving further down this Indiana Limestone sculpture. I have been really opening this piece up to lighten it up and give it an elegance. My ultimate goal will be to have this piece have the nice thin tails and curve you see in the top third of the piece. It is getting there, but it still has a journey in front of it.

Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot
       
     
Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot

I am moving further down this Indiana Limestone sculpture. I have been really opening this piece up to lighten it up and give it an elegance. My ultimate goal will be to have this piece have the nice thin tails and curve you see in the top third of the piece. It is getting there, but it still has a journey in front of it.

Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot
       
     
Indiana Limestone Sculpture - Progress Shot

Really opening this piece up now. Still have about the bottom quarter to figure out. After that, I will start thinning out the pieces. My goal is for this to be a very light and elegant piece.

Indiana Limestone Sculpture Progress Shot
       
     
Indiana Limestone Sculpture Progress Shot

I am closing in on having all of the shapes figured out on this sculpture. Once I finish that part, I will really thin out the piece. I want this to have a really light feel even though it will weigh over 300 pounds when it is all finished.

In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture

I am closing in on having all of the shapes figured out on this sculpture. Once I finish that part, I will really thin out the piece. I want this to have a really light feel even though it will weigh over 300 pounds when it is all finished.

Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture

I am closing in on having all of the shapes figured out on this sculpture. Once I finish that part, I will really thin out the piece. I want this to have a really light feel even though it will weigh over 300 pounds when it is all finished.

In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Indiana Limestone Sculpture

I am closing in on having all of the shapes figured out on this sculpture. Once I finish that part, I will really thin out the piece. I want this to have a really light feel even though it will weigh over 300 pounds when it is all finished.

In Progress Shot of my Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Shot of my Indiana Limestone Sculpture

This guy has been moving along well. The top 2/3 is figured out. I am still working on how the bottom of the piece terminates. The current plan is to have about 2” squared off at the bottom. The piece will go on a 18” x 18” x 3’ limestone base. I can’t decide how much stone I want to get rid of at the bottom. I am leaning towards getting this guy pretty thin.

In Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture

This Indiana Limestone piece is moving along nicely. It is roughly 4.75 feet tall and I am leaning towards putting it on a base that is 3’ tall. I really like the verticality of the piece. I want to get some more air in the bottom section as I move along, but in general, I am happy with the progression.

In Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture

This Indiana Limestone piece is moving along nicely. It is roughly 4.75 feet tall and I am leaning towards putting it on a base that is 3’ tall. I really like the verticality of the piece. I want to get some more air in the bottom section as I move along, but in general, I am happy with the progression.

In Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
In Progress Shot of Indiana Limestone Sculpture

This Indiana Limestone piece is moving along nicely. It is roughly 4.75 feet tall and I am leaning towards putting it on a base that is 3’ tall. I really like the verticality of the piece. I want to get some more air in the bottom section as I move along, but in general, I am happy with the progression.

Progress Shot of New Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
Progress Shot of New Indiana Limestone Sculpture
More Progress on this Indiana Limestone Sculpture
       
     
More Progress on this Indiana Limestone Sculpture

I am back to working on this piece. It need to sit and let me understand where it wanted to go. I think I have a better understanding. It is funny how stone communicates with you. Sometimes it says that it wants to go in a different direction. You just have to listen.

New Work in Progress - Indiana Limestone
       
     
New Work in Progress - Indiana Limestone

I have spent the last 7 months working almost exclusively on my Norton Commission, "Cor Liberum" That one is out of the studio, so I finally get to work on a different piece! All of the ideas in my head are about to explode if I don't get some of them in stone!!

New In Progress Work - Indiana Limestone
       
     
New In Progress Work - Indiana Limestone

I have spent the last 7 months working almost exclusively on my Norton Commission, "Cor Liberum" That one is out of the studio, so I finally get to work on a different piece! All of the ideas in my head are about to explode if I don't get some of them in stone!!

Indiana Limestone Vessel Sculpture by Mike McCarthy
       
     
Indiana Limestone Vessel Sculpture by Mike McCarthy