The sketches are organic pod-like shapes with seeds or fruit inside and a textured exterior. But I've also been thinking along the lines of fossils contained in rock, so need to do a bit of research on that. Meanwhile, the shape is much smoother, which is what reminded me of those pieces of fossil-containing rocks that you see people madly hammering on to split open on the beach!
Some more shaping and smoothing done today. I think this is going to be some sort of pod with contents. I've just realised this is another piece of Cenerino alabaster like the one I carved my second crow from. I'm really pleased as this has layers of black and ochre colours which should look very good when polished. When you're carving it's hard to see exactly what colour the stone is when it's covered in alabaster dust, until you smooth and wash it and then the darker colours show clearly.
Meanwhile.... I'm also starting on the bigger piece of alabaster that I had intended to carve a head from. It's cut from a larger slab, so is smooth on one side and very rough and craggy on the other.
I started writing this blog in December 2016, but it covers projects started in spring 2015 onwards, so it was written retrospectively until I caught up with the current term.