I am painting a horse for the www.wildhorsessjc.com project. The project is to help benefit wild horses, Mustangs, educate the public on the history of the horse in our community of San Juan Capistrano as well as our American history and the significance of the relationship between the horse and people. Check out their website, www.wildhorsessjc.com.
This particular horse model will have butterflies, hummingbirds in a garden on the torso. The coloring on the horse’s face & tail is modeled after our Mustang horse. The horse when completed will be exhibited at the Eco Garden Expo on Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA April 23rd – 24th, 2016. Eventually auctioned along with the other horses that have been painted by different artists and with individual designs at a time and place to be announced later.
This technique is called Repousse (should be an accent grave over the last “e”). A French word literally meaning, “to push back.” This is a method of pushing, hammering from the back side of the copper metal sheet creating a relief of my design. The copper has been annealed or softened and made malleable in order to be able to hammer my design, impressions and is supported by a bowl of pitch. After many hammerings with special small metal tools (some that I made) the molecular structure of the copper begins to harden and annealing is needed to soften the copper again by applying heat. It’s a long process and the more intricate the design more time invested. The reverse of repousse is called “chasing” it’s the same process but working from the front side which I also applied to this piece. It gave me a great deal of appreciation for the work I have seen in museums. This was my first attempt at it. Everything you see has been hand crafted. I stamped the leather design, I soldered the copper pegs holding the piece inside the shadow box as well as the copper balls on each corner of the copper piece. I look forward to doing more. If you are interested in taking Katharina Stute’s class, you may call her at 949-364-6905.