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Sirena Mermaid Stone Carving Black Sea Art Symposium Rusalka Kavarna Bulgaria 2014
Seeing the real color had I highly polished this stone Sirena Mermaid Art Symposium Rusalka Kavarna Bulgaria 2014
My Mermaid with some small pieces another stone carver created Sirena Mermaid Art Symposium Rusalka Kavarna Bulgaria 2014
Sirena Mermaid Art Symposium Rusalka Kavarna Bulgaria 2014
  • Charger l'image dans la galerie, Sirena Mermaid Stone Carving Black Sea Art Symposium Rusalka Kavarna Bulgaria 2014
  • Charger l'image dans la galerie, Seeing the real color had I highly polished this stone Sirena Mermaid Art Symposium Rusalka Kavarna Bulgaria 2014
  • Charger l'image dans la galerie, My Mermaid with some small pieces another stone carver created Sirena Mermaid Art Symposium Rusalka Kavarna Bulgaria 2014
  • Charger l'image dans la galerie, Sirena Mermaid Art Symposium Rusalka Kavarna Bulgaria 2014

Sirena Mermaid Art Symposium Rusalka Kavarna Bulgaria 2014

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Art Symposium Rusalka Kavarna Bulgaria 2014

     I am happy with the sculpture of an abstracted mermaid (Sirena is Italian for 'mermaid') that I carved for Rusalka Resort during the symposium in Bulgaria.  However, I was disappointed to have been promised a stone of at least a meter long, only to arrive and be told that I could only choose a rock on the shore that one man may may pick up and put on a beach table! 

     The stone was filled with holes, making the patterns on the rock rather busy.  Therefore, a simple shape was the best option.  And it had a reddish color, likely due to some iron in the mud-filed spaces.  I still love the figure and the challenge of direct carving (meaning not using a model to copy exactly).

     Given that we got to carve on the beach of the Black Sea, a mermaid seemed a suitable choice of subject.  My friend Kumiko and I went together to this symposium and the trip was an adventure for us.  We flew into Sofia and visited with a friend of hers.  And then took the long bus ride across Bulgaria.  We were picked up in a car where the bus dropped us off and driven to the resort.

See Crayon marks on the stone for the Mermaid design while carving WIP

I used Crayons to mark my design directly on the stone ~ WIP.

 

     It was an interesting experience, to say the least.  I met many different sorts of people.  The symposium was not just sculpture, but also painting.  And there were nightly performances on the stage from a variety of groups, including children.  It was an interesting mix of activities, and dancing! 

     We ate rather well there and I loved carving on the beach in my bikini, taking swim breaks whenever I felt like it.

     My understanding after the ceremonies is that each of our sculptures would be permanently mounted around the resort, as pieces from previous symposiums there were.

 

A large group of international artists and art symposium organizers Rusalka Bulgaria

 A large group of international artists and art symposium organizers Rusalka Bulgaria

 

Kumiko and I went exploring around Rusalka Resort the last day of the Art Symposium, Bulgaria.

Kumiko and I went exploring around Rusalka Resort the last day of the Art Symposium, Bulgaria.

Kumiko and I went exploring around Rusalka Resort the last day of the Art Symposium, Bulgaria.

Kumiko and I went exploring around Rusalka Resort the last day of the Art Symposium, Bulgaria.

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