On day 5 I removed more stone from under the arm and sanded the whole piece with medium grit sandpaper in water. This is an intriguing discovery phase revealing details of the stone's character. A beautiful green vein appeared up the back of the sculpture (great news) but the white blotch on the man's belly persisted. I find the belly blotch distracting and intend to resand the area with rough paper to remove a skin of stone from the entire belly and hopefully decrease the blotch's intensity. Out damn spot. like Lady MacBeth, my scrubbing intensifies.
Thousands of potential sculptures lie within each and every uncut stone. Sometimes the destiny is obvious when I see a stone and sometimes releasing the sculpture within is a long journey following countless hints and inspirations.