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Blue Skies of Spring

Spring has always energized me and this year the effect is stronger than ever. The heavy rains of winter have given my garden a beautiful explosion of flowers and fruits. How inspirational is that?! Under the intoxicating influence of Spring, a number of new pieces have tumbled out. You may notice, a new direction in theme with one of the new, steel-on-cradled board pieces, pictured here. Who Wants to Play, vignettes a young lion emerging from the shelter of foliage in the Serengeti to look for play dates. The piece has a strong presence at 3 feet wide and is one of my first works to take advantage of a technique, I’m delighted to say, enhances the beauty of the steel carving. It is a c

Blue Skies of Spring

Blue Skies of Spring Spring has always energized me and this year the effect is stronger than ever. The heavy rains of winter have given my garden a beautiful explosion of flowers and fruits. How inspirational is that?! Under the intoxicating influence of Spring, a number of new pieces have tumbled out. You may notice, a new direction in theme with one of the new, steel-on-cradled board pieces, pictured here. Who Wants to Play, vignettes a young lion emerging from the shelter of foliage in the Serengeti to look for play dates. The piece has a strong presence at 3 feet wide and is one of my first works to take advantage of a technique, I’m delighted to say, enhances the beauty of the stee

Steel Carving Revisited

Although I have been using this technique of freehand cutting and carving steel for a number of years many people still jump to inaccurate conclusions regarding how the sculptural pieces are produced. For some reason, the idea of using a plasma cutter to "paint" in steel is so unusual that some people cannot wrap their heads around it. ​ I have had people assume that the work was the result of laser templates, engraving tools, or some sort of stamping technique. In fact, I do not use templates; I do not sketch or draw the pieces out ahead of time. I use the plasma cutter much as other artists would use a brush or pen or a palette knife. I achieve the shading, shine, and coloration on the

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Welcome to Whim of Iron, featuring Barbara McDonald's one-of-a-kind steel wall sculptures. 

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