Having cast the base to plaster, I re-scribe the outline of the map and cut registration holes in for the figure etc
I cut the inscription 'CAPT. MATTHEW FLINDERS 1774 - 1814' into the plaster
I place Trim the cat on the base. I had originally felt that Trim might look good being closer to Matthew; perhaps leaning in against his leg in that cat affectionate way that cats have. But I could not make it work without un-balancing the feeling in the figure. This seems to work a lot better...and also balances the contact points. See later pic.
Thinking about mapping instruments as relief design. I am trying all kinds of combinations, but feel that the base is beginning to look too cluttered. I have decided to simplify things for the time being and keep only Trim and a telescope.
The yellow stain is, believe it or not, pigeon poo. Yesterday, a pigeon flew down my chimney and into the studio with a theatrical flourish. What kind of bird flies down a dark chimney on a sunny day? It panicked and shat everywhere...narrowly missing me but hitting the base just as I was filling in some chipped sections on the side.
And lastly, at Castle Fine Arts Foundry with manager Steve Page discussing the casting to bronze.