Step 1:  A small reference model

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Before I make a large bronze sculpture, I make a small model called a "maquette".   The maquette for Spring Snow (pictured above) is more refined than most.   Usually, I just make a rough clay "sketch" allowing me to work out the idea without moving tons of clay around.   Sometimes, I also draw my ideas on paper before beginning the maquette.  But the three dimensional maquette is considerably more helpful for seeing the way a change I might make on the side, affects the view from the back, and so on.  

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Live reference, pictures in library books and pictures from Internet research were all used while making this sculpture.

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