This week I began to apply paper mache in earnest, a very messy process, but satisfying somehow. It is interesting to watch the wire internal frame disappear, and large lumpy objects emerge. The frame had a certain elegance that the paper mache does not–at least, not right now.
I am struggling with the large-scale drawing of Lolong in his Agusan Marsh home–it is a little challenging to edit the image while jumping on and off the ladder. I think I may let the drawing rest for a while, and concentrate my time on Lolong himself and his small attendants.
I had some great visitors last Friday–a small pod of campers (7-8 years old?) exploring Golden Belt’s studios. We had a good time talking about Lolong–they asked really interesting questions about his life and his time in captivity. I have also had a small but steady stream of grownup visitors, which has been really enjoyable.