the body of christ

the director of the wynne home here in town (a local art and visitor center) asked me if i wanted to work on her jesus sculpture.  seems the poor chap lost his foot.  she got him in mexico years ago and it appears his arm is gone too but the thing she wanted fixed was a foot replacement.  she thought of me and i thought sure, i have scrappy wood, lets give it a go.  in the first picture you can see the one foot is gone, there is a gaping hole there.

i used goldens hard molding paste to plug the hole and stuck 3 toothpick parts into the wood which then stuck into the drying paste.  jesus was upside down for a day while it dried and alas, he has risen.  he stands....i actually made something balance (easier than a table i tell ya that).

okay so the foot is more like a i dunno what....at least the wood matches in texture and color.  part of the original foot is also missing so i have no idea what his feet actually were shaped like.  had to give it a decent amount of ground coverage so he would stand.  i'm pleased, i'm sure someone else would have tried to carve a real foot or something but you know me, i like to keep is simple.


Anonymous said...

I think it is a very professional and sympathetic restoration, yea!

ArtPropelled said...

Paula I think it's perfect. I love old weathered artefacts and a new carved foot would not have suited it (in my opinion:-) You've matched the wood so well too!

Viktoria said...

A new carved foot? ...absolutely not!
nothing is missing. It´s perfect!

Angela Recada said...

Absolutely perfect, Paula.

paula said...

haha sympathetic restoration. LOVE THAT.
thanks for the feedback, i will feel better when i present her with her piece now :)

Nellie's Needles said...

Looks perfect to me.