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Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Brick for Breast Cancer Entry

I wanted to make sure I posted this weekend. So, here is my finished entry into this years "Bricks for Breast Cancer" charity called "Bricks Along the Journey". The premise as mentioned in an earlier post is to alter a brick and make it into an art piece. There must be a pink ribbon on it somewhere. So, above is my entry for this year. It is titled, "Taming the Monster" and the idea is that cancer is the big MONSTER, and the woman atop his head is taming him or in my eyes surviving. I have done this charity four times now and really enjoy it. I hope it goes for a bunch of money as it all goes to the cause.

I am still trying to finish a few more projects so I can move on to other things. Will post those when I finish them up. Have a good one all.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fast and Furious...

Hello again out there in blog land. I am posting on the fly as my days are getting filled with all sorts of errands and studio trips and work at the art store. So, I figured post 'em if you got 'em right? So, here is another WIP for you all to gander at. This is the unpainted, but baked Yeti Goblin. He stands around 10" high and will be decked out with some fur once he is painted. He will be placed on his own little niche type display that will hang on the wall. Anyway, thought you might like to see how some of my creatures come to life. Have a great Tuesday, again.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Monster afoot....

Not a happy sight to wake up to I am sure. This is my Bricks for Breast Cancer project for this year. Actually it is the head part of the piece and it is a work in progress, WIP. He is a paper and air dry clay over a brick. He will have a small figure of a woman reclining on the top of his head. The title of this piece will be "Taming the Monster". This is one charity art event I really love to do as it is a cause dear to my heart. I should have him finished by this weekend and will certainly post pictures of him completed. Oh, his eyes are hand blown marbles which I will be coloring yellow with alcohol based inks. Now don't get too used to me posting so often, I don't want to spoil all of you out there. Have a happy Tuesday everyone.

It's Monday! and here is another WIP teaser

Wow! It's Monday already and the start of another work week. I wish I could say in the studio, but unfortunately it isn't No, I too have a day job at a local art supply store. Fun you say? If you call standing on your feet for seven to eight hours, selling lots of art goodies but not able to play with them fun. Then I guess it is at that. Seriously, I have been doing the art store thing for over twenty years now and I am really tired. Anyhoo, off topic sorry. Below is another of my WIP pieces. He has been in the works for two months. Not because I am ignoring him. No, I haven't been to my studio away from home much this summer. That is where he resides at the moment and will probably be finished there.

This is a full body side view of him. He is the first of the earth goblin wizards. His name is Gyzel. He is considered a giant among his fellow wizards. Both in stature and accomplishments as he currently is on sabbatical from the School of Creation. Here he is being propped up until the Apoxy Sculpt is cured that is going to secure him to his base. Gyzel is polymer clay head, hands and feet. His body is a wrapped wire armature that has been covered in a layer of Apoxie Sculpt. I then applied a layer of texture with decorative papers. Then I painted him in a multi layer process to achieve his final color. He has synthetic fur hair and goatee.

Eventually he will be holding his travel spell book and a staff or walking stick.

This is a close up view of his head from the side. I couldn't position myself to get a good front view yet. One of the peculiar things about earth goblin wizards is that they all eventually end up hunch backed or bent over. No one knows why. I will post pictures of the finished Gyzel when that time comes. Hopefully by weeks end. Have a great Monday everyone.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Finished all but the base.

Here is one figure that is finished except for his base. His name is Yahyeh and represents a character in my ongoing story line in my head. He is a great to the 23rd power son of the Great Yahyeh. He comes from a long line of ascended beings, in this case a great earth goblin wizard. Here he is reflecting upon all of his accomplishments. He remembers fondly his days at the School of Creation affectionately known as SOC. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he dresses in an understated manor. Yahyeh is a firm believer in less is more unlike his famous ancestor.

He is made of polymer clay as you may recall in the precious post. I am so happy to have finished him. I am still working on a number of other WIP's. If I remember to get my camera out at the studio today, I will take some pics of those.

Another view of Yahyeh, my photography leaves a lot to be desired at the moment. It is all a matter of laziness I admit. Hope you enjoy peering into my strange world.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I'm Just a Tease!

I suppose I should explain that title. Below are some teaser pictures of one of the many projects I am working on. This guy is the last of the recycled goblin bead projects. His head is the last one finally. I made this a challenge for myself this summer. He is part of the ever growing species of earth goblins that are magically talented. He is an earth wizard or at least that is what he hopes to become. Below you can see the armature I created before I layer the clay. He stands about 8 inches high.

Here you can see him after his skin has been applied and the legs and arms sculpted. There is also a texture applied to the skin and then it is baked. I will now begin the multi step painting process. This is one of the most rewarding steps for me as I love to bring these characters to life through paint and color. He will most likely be accessorized and mounted on a custom base. I will post pictures of the finished result when that happens.

It has been a busy summer for me and I have tons of projects in various stages of completion. It is time to put the pedal to the medal and get them finished.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Artdollz Spring/Summer 2009 Challenge piece.

On a lighter note today, I am posting a picture of my challenge piece for the Yahoo group Artdollz. It was created for the Spring/Summer 2009 Challenge. The theme I chose among the ones offered was My Secret Garden.

He is called Raptagoblus. A Dodo Goblin bird. He inhabits my secret goblin garden. His feathers are reputed to give extreme intelligence for a brief period. The only problem is they have a nasty side effect. The more you use them to get smarter, the dumber you become when the effects of the feathers wear off. Hence the saying dumb as a dodo bird. So, anyone out there who runs accross one of these guys, leave their feathers alone. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ode to a Friend

In loving memory, my Shadow

As I sat beside you on your final day of life. I watch as your spirit vanished like the sun at dusk. In that moment I am reminded of the love you gave, of a life made richer by your being in it. Your eyes seemed to say it is OK. I am at peace now. Those kind green eyes speak of comforting me, even as your last breath escapes your silent lips. Oh, dear friend you teach me humility, unconditional acceptance of what is and must be. I can feel your gratitude fill me. And I too will find comfort and peace.

I say a sad and heartfelt goodbye to a beautiful spirit and friend. My kitty Shadow passed on today. I am grateful for the time we shared on this earth together.

Friday, August 07, 2009

And the Winner is.....

Well, the wait is over. The winner of my DAG (Dark Artist Guild) treasure hunt is Sonia. Sonia could you please send me your snail mail addy in order for me to send you the prize you have won. Email me at Congratulations... I wish to thank all of you who have become followers of my humble blog. I appreciate each and every one of you and your input. Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Pretty Pics...

As promised in my last post here are some really nice pictures of the pieces my students did in the latest Wire Myth and Magic class I taught. You can read more about it in my previous post.

All of the pictures here were taken by my hostess for the class, Sharon Andrews.

Here is Kris' man in the moon again.

Kim's moody piece.

My friend and assistant Ingrid's warrior and little old man.

Barbara's goddess that looks like an ancient stature fit for a museum.

Jenn's lady of the sea. She wasn't sure what she was going to be yet.

Me posing with my class.

Shara's bird person. Not finished yet she says.

Sharon's white witch.

Ellen's Asian inspired goddess that she Incorporated glass elements.

So there you have it. Thank you to Sharon for these great pictures and to my students once again for creating wonderful art.

OK, a reminder that you have two more days to get into the Dark Artist Guild Treasure hunt. It ends on the 7th of August. I will be picking a winner at random. Oh, and if you need to see the rules, they are posted in a previous post, about two earlier. To those that have commented, I did not respond as I didn't want to clutter up the comment section to make it easier to count the commenter's. Thank you to all who have taken the chance to play. Later gators.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Wire Myth and Magic Class Rerun....

Well, I spent this past weekend as one of the luckiest teachers in the world. Sharon Andrews invited me up to teach a wonderfully talented bunch of artists my Wire Myth and Magic mixed media sculpture class. It was such a great time and my students were just the best bunch of talented and fun artists. Most of them were not doll makers but, artists from diverse mediums. We had paper and book arts, jewelery, collage artists and most all of them new to making figurative sculpture. My hostess Sharon had made dolls in the past and wanted to return to doll making as an art form. I had such a great time showing them my techniques and process. Each of them made a wonderful sculpture and brought much of what they new to the class. Pictured below are the wonderful ladies. I will state here and now that Sharon is a teachers dream for hosting classes. Thank you Sharon for a wonderful experience and opportunity.

I decided to give a teaser or taste of the pieces made in class. Sharon has taken some really nice posed photos of the individual pieces I will share later. But, for a quick glance here is Sharon's doll. I think she said she was making a witch character.

Here we have Shara's sculpture. She decided to make her into a bird like character. She used Apoxie Sculpt to alter the head I provided. She isn't finished as she wanted to add some fabric embellishments from what she had at home. I found out that Shara is from my home of Cincinnati.

Here we have Kris' doll that she is making a man in the moon character. Sharon emailed me to ask if I could create a man in the moon face as that was what Kris really wanted to try and make. I was happy to oblige. Isn't he cute?

This awesome piece is the creation of Kim. Kim is a jewelery maker and this is her first journey into sculpture. I think she has found herself another art form.

This amazing piece was created by Jenn. She made a awesome shadow box for her sculpture. I think it is a sea themed. character.

My dear friend Ingrid came along to be my assistant and driver. She created along with the class so she wouldn't be bored. My students got the bonus of her knowledge as well. Ingrid has been creating a series of figures she calls the warriors.

This is Ellen's piece and she hails from Arkansas. She works in polymer clay and makes jewelery. She incorporated some glass skewers she found at a local import store to use as the star burst on the back. Very serene feeling from this piece. This was her first figure sculpture venture too.

This is Barbara's piece. She calls it her museum piece. A goddess figure. Barbara is a paper artist and makes wonderful cards, ATCs and books. Barbara is another sculpture newbie.

My students did an outstanding job. Can you believe that many of them were new to sculpture? If you or your group would be interested in having me teach this class just send me an email for information at