About a year ago I returned from my foundry with the first casting of 'Larches Woodcock', and was pretty pleased with the final result. A few weeks later I was planning my stand for the Game Fair and decided that it needed to be displayed on a different background to my watercolours on the stand. I settled on a circular back board as a background and this was painted a pale yellow to contrast with the dark patination of the bronze.
When it was all set up I realised that this round yellow disc looked a little like the moon. This set off a train of thought that led me to a number of experiments.
The first was to cover the backboard with a print of the moon with its craters in glorious detail
I then decided that this looked clumsy and the proportions didn't work well. I then thought about making a smaller disc onto which the elements of the bronze would hang. A few drawing later and I was beginning to like this additional element to the already graceful composition of the branch and bird. A few weeks later I collected a polished brass disk from my foundry. On getting home I hung the disc, branch, and bird together and soon realised that this polished surface reflected everything from the opposite studio wall and completely destroy the simplicity of the piece
My final we tweek was to get the brass disc shot blasted to give it a non-reflective surface and yet still look like a full moon.
This whole process has been fun resulting in the purchaser of 'Larches Woodcock' having a couple of options on how they wish to display their edition.
I will have my bronzes on show on my stand (A10/11) at the Field & Country Fair Cornbury, 10th - 12th June. Come and see my art and listen to my talks about woodcock ringing and how it is teaching us some fascinating details about this mysterious bird.