I've held off for as long as I can. Below are some recent photos of the madonna and child statue I've been working on. I'm using some very nice plasticine, which is just like regular clay except that it is oil-based rather than water-based. This is fantastic because it doesn't dry! No spray bottle! It stands about 34 cm high, and there is no armature underneath the clay, just a small block of wood.
The design is based on a few mediaeval Madonnas (and forgeries of mediaeval Madonnas) that I found in a book here at the house, and otherwise I just followed my nose. Please feel free to post feedback!