I finally have my Retreat piece to a place where I feel that she is structurally stable enough to really start going to town on her, and so here she is.
My main problem was caused by my stubborn insistance on using the head and hands that I sculpted out of polymer clay especially for her. They are VERY large (3" from chin to forehead) and HEAVY, and the wings-stand just wasn't sturdy enough to support all that weight. Also, her torso is stuffed fabric and the armature wire she is built on wasn't heavy enough to support the weight of that head either. Most of what I have been doing to her since I got her home has been building, rebuilding, enforcing, and reinforcing her inner architecture, but now I think she's ready for her makeover.
The second wing is lying on the floor because I haven't yet reamed out the hole it sits in. I want to try this wings-as-stand concept again, but next time I will protect those holes with a lot more care, LOL!
I see now that she could use a little more chin, but I was so proud of this head that I just really really BADLY wanted to use it.
I practiced for weeks sculpting hands and there was no way I was going to let these babies go to the spare parts basket.
Oops... didn't mean to get gesso on her fingers, but right now I just don't care. I finally get to start on the fun stuff!