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Bleeding Wings Sculpture Series

Updated on June 28, 2014

Bleeding Wings Sculpture Series by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

I am a painter and a sculptor, creating from my heart all the things I cannot say with mere words. My background is 20 years in production pottery so I know what clay can do in regards to expression and form. After walking away from my production pottery studio 16 years ago I did not want to touch another piece of clay again in my life. After a few years I got over that. Now I know that I could never let go of that medium and have come home again to embrace it.

I have been concentrating more on sculpture, primarily my "Bleeding Wings" series. My goal is to create strength, sexuality, pain, power, a force of intensity, emotional qualities that generate a reaction. I want to create in art the dominance of the wind that caused it to be felt on ones skin,sculptures in the form of a women. I pick up clay between my fingers and consider a certain belligerence, an attitude of confidence that meets the power I need to form an energy outside myself and I welcome it in. I paint or sculpt until I hear them breathing and their breath becomes my own. It is an awesome task that leave me in tears many a session. I seek the goddess in me as well as the goddess in all women. I move forward though as art is my life, art is who I am.

Great Sculptors

There will "always" be better and lesser than you in just about everything, no matter how much you try to master something. Thank goodness! The day you think you have arrived, and mastered something to the point you can no longer grow, that journey and perhaps life itself, will be over. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo left us with a legacy of brilliance that has never been surpassed.


Ya gotta have music to do any kind of art to. How about some Lisa Gerrard...

Bleeding Wings Sculpture by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

I also write poetry.

"Inside the Belly of a Crime I Never Committed"

I think it is crucial for an artist to write about their work as it lends to understanding as well as new ideas. This poem, "Inside the Belly of a Crime I Never Committed", has nothing to do with this sculpture series and yet maybe it has everything to do with it.

"Inside the Belly of a Crime I Never Committed"

I feel hidden inside the belly of a crime I never committed.

I feel coaxed toward the pleasure of a sin not yet known

guilt in mind

I set focus on the betrayal of my own self worth.

As I wind my heart around it all

like a ball of yarn

lines that have been added to

with the intention of meeting other things

the warmth of a sweater

a blanket to cover me at night

or a mind that screams

when I feel vulnerable.

I am not so disillusioned by the dwelling of introspection

that I am not safe though.

My palm shows generous stories

just like any one else's.

I tend the garden ofcomplacency

grieving for lost artwork.

I hold tea parties at midnight

when no one is watching

and I call on every demon angel I have ever met there.

They tend to sing too loud though

and so

I quiet them by sharing my poems

and brushing my hair with remote intentions.

Be safe

I whisper

and we will all find shelter in a far off cove

that was always meant for lovers.

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

27 October 2010

Copyright 2010/2011


To Sculpt or Not to Sculpt

What's easier, sculpting or painting?



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    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I like to sculpt with polymer clays. Painting is one one of my artistic talents. Really enjoy both!

    • Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I like all three dimensions. Ooops, did I say three? I like all dimensions!


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      • Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

        I think painting is easier, I am not good at it. It's a great hobby.

      • Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

        I've never tried sculpting (yet) so at this point it'd have to be painting.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I'm thinking painting may be a little easier but both require a gift. Both bring something from the inside and create beauty.

      • julieannbrady 5 years ago

        Those of us who can sculpt are the chosen, the few who stretch their imagination and fingers to create a remarkably tactile art. Me? Well, I can paint.

      • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

        painting is easier. sculpting is more difficult because you have to remove the particles that are not supposed to be in your sculpture.

      • niceman91 lm 5 years ago

        I prefer painting,since sculping can be quite difficult.just my 2 cents :)

      Lisa Gerrard

      Here is some music by Lisa Gerrard. It is PERFECT for sculpting.

      "Bleeding Wings 4" by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

      "Bleeding Wings 4" by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
      "Bleeding Wings 4" by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

      Sculpture Lessons


      Let me just say here, DON'T get carried away with tools. Tools are fun and some are helpful but you don't need to go coo coo banana over them. Do you know what my VERY BEST FAVORITE TOOL IS? A manicure tool. One of those wooden manicure tools that you use to push back cuticles. It costs about a dollar. The other best tool? Your fingers. Don't get me wrong, as I actually do have most of the tools shown below, but before you invest in them, check out your kitchen drawers and your manicure tools. Hugs all day!

      Sculpture by the Masters

      Sculpting Demo,by Philippe Faraut

      Teach Me to Sculpt

      There are many books on the subject of learning to sculpt. My advice would be to learn anatomy, which is something I am doing, and to never lose the idea of play. Don't be too hard on yourself in other words.

      Nothing is impossible!


      What kind of art do YOU like to do?

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      Reliefs and Sculptures by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen - Wuthering Heights (part six) (Artworks by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen)

      My friend Rudolf Dierckx (The Netherlands) made this UTube of my some of my reliefs and sculptures for me. The music, Albinoni `Adagio in G Minor, was a brilliant choice I think. It is one of my favorites. The version I have played of this song so many times, while creating, is by Sarah Brightman.

      I have these "Bleeding Wings"

      "Shooting Stars"

      I have these bleeding wings

      I try to tell people why they are significant to me

      and maybe to them

      I am clumsy though.

      Words come out of my mouth

      like mud

      and it feels like I am a blank space.


      and yet

      somehow I hope

      I hope

      that someone will understand it all

      even if...

      I don't.

      I wonder if I will survive today.

      Yesterday surprises me.. I will admit it



      I think every single human being should be noticed

      WAY beyond Warhol's 15 shooting stars

      and yet

      MOST will not feel that pleasure


      shooting stars will be missed


      and never feel a single pleasure

      at all.

      I feel sad today

      and in that space feel a consolation


      because for some reason

      I feel

      I deserve it.

      ~Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

      copyright 2011

      Leonardo da Vinci Was a Hero

      I have this book on my coffee table. It reminds me that a hero lived amongst us. Leonardo da Vinci was a hero to me because he never lost the zest for learning. He kept a notebook and sketchbook with him "always" to write down questions, sketch a birds feather and measure life as an unending journey of miracles.

      In this book are da Vinci's note on many subjects, from sculpture to as I mentioned birds, the wings of birds and the suggestions of how to fly like one. Can't you just imagine his face now as we fly into space?

      The book I mention is not that much money. So funny considering what it give back to me personally. It is like having a view into his mind. Wow, as I write this I want to go and get that book and put it in my lap. What a lovely gift.

      Love to connect with fellow artists or lovers of art!

      Let me know you were here!

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          kathysart 3 years ago

          @flinnie lm: Awe.. thanks so much!

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          Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

          You have a lot of beautiful sculptures. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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          Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

          What a multi-talented person you are. Your sculptures are beautiful and the videos very informative.

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          Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

          I appreciate your poetry so much! (kindred spirit) Your sculptures are magnificent.

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          lionmom100 4 years ago

          Last year I was in Italy and had an opportunity to see many fine sculptures by Michaelangelo, and other great Renaissance artists. It was heavenly.

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          winging back to bring some blessings for the bleeding wings.

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          queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

          Your sculptures are amazing!

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          patriciapeppy 5 years ago

          amazing art work thanks for sharing

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          Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

          I really like visiting your art and poetry lenses. Thank you for your lovely visit today that was really kind of you

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          A thing of beauty is a joy are a joy Kathy!

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          Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

          Thumbs up for the artists!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

          Beautiful! Bot the poetry and the sculptures.

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          Inkhand 5 years ago

          Your "Bleeding Wings" sculpture series conveys to me a strong sense of suffering beauty and inner-pain. A very interesting lens.

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          Wow - quite amazing pieces of art you've created here. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Very artistic and beautiful. What a great talent!

          Thanks so much for blessing my "Angeline Quinto" lens. As a token of appreciation, I have featured this lens on my newest lens "Top 10 Most Favorite Divas in The Philippines" lens.



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          Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

          You're such a wonderful clay artist!

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          Ruthi 5 years ago

          Your work with clay is amazing! And I feel your poem "Inside the Belly of a Crime I Never Committed" has much to do with this sculpture series, especially the photo you included alongside the poem. Excellent work and words.

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          as sculptor and painter, you do your crafts at your best

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          niceman91 lm 5 years ago

          Nice lens you have here :)