View Full Version : Charging Bull (XP from Southwest/Western Art)

03-09-2017, 10:21 PM
This guy, I have to admit, was so much fun to sculpt! I was commissioned to make a wire sculpture of a charging bull for someone, and was asked not to use embellishments. At first, I was bummed out about that, but in the end, it made me use my wire in new and fascinating ways. And I was able to use found items for the bull's horns after showing them to my client. I was glad for that; this sculpture needed a pop of shine and color.

This is my heaviest sculpture to date, weighing in at over 6 and 1/2 pounds. It measures 12 inches long by 6 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide. It is made with dark annealed wire of gauges 16, 18, 19, 22, and 28. The only embellishments on this one are the horns, which are jewelry pendants from an art store. I was able to make cloven hooves, and also made the ears out of wire for a change. The tail was just fun. The wiry long hairs at the tip are made with twisty pieces of wire of various gauges. Being limited in my embellishments has forced creative thinking in my use of wire, so I think this piece was good for me.

This fellow is boxed up and will go out in the mail tomorrow. I hope this doesn't sound like bragging, but it has been hard to pack this one up. I would rather have liked to keep him for awhile. ;)

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking!












Just for giggles, here's a bottom view. I took it to help me remember how I did the hooves, but I've seen cattle wipe out, and this is pretty much how they look. :lol:


03-09-2017, 11:16 PM
Excellent work...and that's no bull!;) :lol:

03-10-2017, 12:43 AM
Wow! Love it!

03-10-2017, 01:25 AM
Another fabulous sculpture.


03-10-2017, 01:30 AM
Great job as always

03-10-2017, 02:22 AM
I love it. You are so creative with how you use the wire. I love the way the head is angled, it has a lot of power. And the mood of the piece completely changes when you tip it over :)

03-10-2017, 05:37 AM
WOW!! I can see why you want to keep it for yourself. I think this is your best piece to date. Very creative.

03-10-2017, 11:22 AM
Jenna, this bull is your best creation so far, wow!

Vivien Maloney
03-10-2017, 12:26 PM
Fabulous! What a talented artist you are! Youve caught the emotion of the moment with this sculpture! I can feel the earth tremble as he snorts and begins to charge!
Everytime we think weve seen your best - you come up with another! :clap:

03-11-2017, 12:25 AM
Thank you, Jon. :lol:

Thanks so much, Christel!

Doug, thanks so much for the nice comment!

Thank you, Robert. :)

Thank you, Kay. I appreciate your kind comment. :lol: He looks kind of comical tipped over, doesn't he?

Sheila, that is most kind of you. Thanks so much!

Thanks so very much, Kay. I really appreciate that. :)

Thank you so much for the wonderful comments, Viv. It just means so much to have a supportive forum in which to share art. I wouldn't create art half as often if not for the support of fellow artists. Thanks again for the generous comments. :)

chammi kaiser
03-11-2017, 07:21 AM
Olé , Olé, Olé. What a fantastic Toro. Love it.

Equus Art
03-11-2017, 10:12 AM
This bull is phenomenal, Jenna! Conveys his strength, his menace and power. Love your photography as well. He looked like he was in the middle of an arena waiting to face that matador.


03-11-2017, 12:59 PM
Thanks so much, Chammi! :D

Cat, thank you so very much for the kind words. I really appreciate it. I'm glad you like the photography, too. It was windy outside, so I knew that wouldn't work. Often, my attempts at indoor sculpture photography don't work out, but this one panned out nicely. Thanks so much!