…that blows nobody any good.
I have discovered an unexpected and (hopefully) one-time artistic opportunity! This is my sketch for the plaque that is being carved in stone to go on the wall of my house. I wanted a face, and Medusa seemed rather appropriate. An attractive Medusa, of course, one who looks alive, not an awful beheaded version of the more traditional kind:
I am not carving it myself… obviously… having no skills whatsoever in the line of stone-carving. More on the local stone carver who’s doing it for me when I have checked he is ok with a mention here!
How did this come to pass? I may have mentioned the wall of my house fell off. Strictly speaking, it did not all fall off, but quite a lot of it did, because, as it happens, it was largely made of mud. And you may have noticed it has not stopped raining since about April, and so the water got through small cracks in the rendering (cracks we would have had fixed as a matter of urgency, had we known it was made of mud, and not stone like most of the house), and so all of a sudden… whump. Or some such noise. Nobody heard it or saw it. Shame really as it was probably weird and spectacular in an appalling kind of way.
Two days later and we had even less wall left, as the builders carefully pulled off the rest of the mud stuff, and the bricks at the top of the house that were actually supported by more mud, and the chimney stack too, which was kind of teetering on top of it all. The ‘mud’ I am told, is called ‘cob’… kind of. Cob should have straw in it and be made of something quite particular, and a lot of this looked just like Somerset clay. Maybe the straw had rotted. Or maybe it was only ever just mud! The builders say the dry stuff is like concrete. Unfortunately there was a lot that was not dry when it fell off…
And so, a few photos of the house so far, and updates to come in due course:
For the photos of the finished Medusa, see this post: https://nancyfarmer.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/turning-medusa-into-stone/