This is what I was doing at evening classes in the late 60s. Seahouses Senior School, in Northumberland.
I got the idea of the shape from a very worn/sliced conical sea shell, which I carved in polystyrene, using a homemade hot wire cutter. The carving was packed in sand and old aluminium TV aerials melted and poured in, (using the lost wax method). Then finished and polished by hand. Mounted on a hardwood block and guitar wires were then added. (I think there should be 6). I called it “Woman playing a Guitar” as it was the cool thing to do back then, man. I was trying for Modern Art style.(Henry Moore).
As it is a 3D object I’ve photographed the back and front. Height 9inches/ 23cm.
Featured in ♥ Painters Universe ♥ 12 May 2012
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3d art, carving, guitar, modern, playing, sculpture, seashell, woodie

My main interest is painting Aviation Art.
I get a lot of enjoyment researching the historical background behind the picture I’ve been commissioned to paint.
I work in acrylic on my big paintings on canvas board but use water colors, pastels, soft and oil, for smaller pieces.
I also enjoy doing pet portraits in soft pastels on tinted paper, from photographs. Ideal presents for Xmas and birthdays.

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  • mgadise
    mgadisealmost 7 years ago

    nice one. i love the description too. like it when people give you an overview of where the work ideas come from. makes me appreciate and understand their work ethics better. well done on these sculptures.

  • Woodie
    Woodiealmost 7 years ago

    The background to art always interests me as well but a description should not be needed for a good piece of art. Thanks for all your comments.

  • xssif
    xssifalmost 7 years ago


  • Chookas
    Chookasover 5 years ago

    Yes I can see the shape of woman & guitar and a brilliant ekphrasis of that … they made guitars Violins Cello’s Basses etc, to resemble the silhouette of a desirable woman an ekphrasis in itself!
    Then composing the collage of front & back views making an ekphrasis of the sculpture is brilliant too!
    By my reckoning this is therefore
    an ekphrasis of an ekphrasis of an ekphrasis!

  • Wow thanks for that. I didn’t know I was so brilliant !!!LOL
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 5 years ago

    stunning work !!!! so well done from a sea shell !!!!!! amazing. yes, I have seen seashells as this. what imagination !.. and the woman playing guitar.. oh, you are so full of amazing eyes and heart.. just totally wonderful !.. the presentation here is superb in light and background. bravo !!

  • Thanks Isa for your encouraging words. Love your folio!!
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • amarica
    amaricaover 5 years ago

    Great job Neil!! Congratulations on being featured in the “Exceptional Ekphrasis” group!!!

  • Thank you Ann!!!

    – Woodie

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightover 5 years ago

    I’d like to sculpt one day, Neil. But now I’ve my hands full with watercolour – both my own and that of the Masters!

    An interesting interpretation, along the lines of Henry Moore. And inspiration from a shell? Excellent.
    Good photo of the lustre and textures.

  • Thanks Colin for encouraging comments!!
    Cheers Neil

    – Woodie

  • Tim Everding
    Tim Everdingover 5 years ago

    Really cool work mate! Love the texture of it! Congrats on the feature!! :)

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 5 years ago

    I love the description of the process as much as the actual piece. In this era of instant gratification, it’s nice to remember the ways of taking time for a piece to evolve.

  • Like you, I always like the story behind a piece of art work.
    Thanks for looking!

    – Woodie

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanabout 2 years ago

    Woodie.. these are really good! I wonder if you have ever considered the lost wax process of bronze sculpting??
    Please post this in our Art At Its Best group!~

  • Thanks for fave an invite to post in Art at its Best.
    I haven’t access to bronze casting or even ali casting nowadays. Great idea though !! Cheers

    – Woodie

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