Sailboat Saga ~ Paint Girl & Telescope Boy

Paint girl work-in-progress picsToday I thought I’d show you how I made my paint girl and telescope boy sculptures for my sailboat project. The photos above feature some work-in-progress stages of creating the paint girl. I used scraps of styrofoam material to form her dress. It worked out well to fill in the volume and shape of the dress.

Paint girl in sunlightThis gal will be standing alongside my “ladder” boy while she holds up a bucket of paint for the ladder boy to paint with. I don’t know if I have revealed any pics of my ladder boy yet, but he will soon appear at my blog. The other day the sun was shining on my paint girl and I loved how she looked with the sun bursting through her arms.

Paint girl sculptureMy paint girl threw her arms up in despair. She wanted braids in her hair and after some brainstorming, using the foil just was not going to work out well for creating braids. In a drastic move, I snipped off the foil extensions and carefully placed some wires on her head to help support the braid work.

Paint girl braidsThe photo above shows I used the wires to support the braids. After I had the braids attached and cured, I decided to add another layer of Apoxie Sculpt to help thicken and strengthen the braids.

Paint girl & telescope boyAnd here is my telescope boy and paint girl hanging out in my studio enjoying the sunlight. Once they are on the sailboat they will no longer be able to hang out together since one will be on the night side of the boat and the other on the day side.

Telescope boy work-in-progress picsThe photos above show how little by little my telescope boy came together. Eventually he will be standing atop two other kids searching for stars in the night sky.

Telescope Boy sculptureMy telescope boy exclaimed, “Look!” He’s on the lookout for more sailboat updates and he can see another coming soon. Don’t miss my next update.

Catch up on other Sailboat updates by clicking on the images below.

Sailboat "Before"

The "After" photo of the painted cloudy sky.

Painting the sail

Star Catchin' Boy sculpture

Star Catching Boy

About christine

A watercolor and sculpture artist and avid crafter/designer. Working creatively with my hands is what gives me joy and contentment and makes me want to get up in the morning.
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4 Responses to Sailboat Saga ~ Paint Girl & Telescope Boy

  1. So sweet…. so beautifully done!

  2. Oh my word, this is wonderful!

    I came here by accident. I’m working on a novel, and I was looking for information on telescope mounts on sailboats. Your page came up in the search. And I love sculpture, so I had to take a look.

    This is a fascinating look behind the scenes. I’m used to seeing only finished sculpture, so this is really cool to see the process that leads to the final work. I’m going to look through your site for updates.


    • christine says:

      Thank you, Martin! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the “work in progress” and that you found my blog by accident. I just finished putting together a book about making my sailboat and the day my sailboat was auctioned off.

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