Violet - Close-up
Had a wonderful, and hot, 89 degrees, first ever women’s competition in Ft. Myers. I carved a section symbolising of our human roots, dominating Nature and a large Gaia hand holding a daisy and titled it Love me. Love me not. There were ten participants, and I managed to win third. A very difficult, but satisfying victory considering the excellent field of competitors.
I won most of the contests I did as a captain and designer with three or ten person teams. This is the fifth time I’ve sculpted as a solo, and on one of two trips I’ve made to China, I wasn’t allowed to compete, only create a demonstration piece.
The following weekend, six of the participating women , doubled up into three teams of two and put another twenty six hours into the powdered sugar like sand.. My partner was Suzanne Altamar, who has been carving nearly as long as I have, but I first carved with her late husband Marc, on the East Coast in the eighties.. We carved three “goddesses” painting the sky, mending the continents, and knitting the oceans. The title letters took me a couple of hours to do, but it gave the piece some cut-through elements that count. The three builds, so diverse, tied for first place. It was good, as usual, to see some old and make some new sand sculpting buddies.
Love me Love me not