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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Holidays and Merry New Year

I wanted to take this moment to wish all of you who have been followers and supporters of me and my art a happy and healthy holiday season.  Nay your new year be prosperous and bright.  This image is a Christmas card I designed for our 2003 yearly card.  I am in one of those moods of looking back fondly of times past.  This was done with colored pencil on parchment.

I apologize for the lack of posts, but I have been really busy with my online class.  Haven't had much time to make art the last few weeks.  But, I hope to have some things to share next week.  Until then, my love to you all out there and keep on inspiring those around you.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Second Chocolat Show Piece

Happy Tuesday out there to all my artist friends and beyond.  I wanted to post a quickie picture of the second piece for the upcoming Chocolat show at the Prairie Gallery here in Cincinnati.  He is the Cocoa Goblin.  As you can see he is accompanied by some little marshmallow critters.  He's polymer clay over a paper mache armature with glass marble eyes.  He is sitting in a cup my partners mom gave me since she thinks I collect cow stuff still.  She is a wonderful mom.  So, anyway hope you find him amusing.  Now I can focus on getting a few last minute pieces for Winterfair and the Essex Studios open house both coming up rapidly.  These are the last three shows of the year.  Then I can concentrate on my online class so my students have lots to do and learn.  Cheers to you all and Happy Turkey day to those in the USA.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Secret Artworks Revealed

Hello out there in blog landia.  Hope you have had a great week so far.  If not, it will get better.  Anyway, I wanted to finally share with you all another set of works.  These were created for one of my favorite charities.  Artworks Cincinnati is celebrating their 15 year anniversary this year and five years hosting the Secret Artworks.  The premise is invite artists to create works of art that are 5x7 inches.  They can only be signed on the back.  So, when they are displayed no one knows whose work it is until it is purchased.  They have a big to do where patrons come and buy the pieces at $75 each.  A bargain for sure.  The money goes to giving teenagers and local artists a job in the summer creating public art.  The artists act as teachers and mentors to the kids.  It is a great thing here in Cincinnati.  I have participated since it's beginnings five years ago.  So, I created four polymer clay sculpts.  The first one above is called "Oohlah Bird, Goblin".  Polymer clay over artist panel and painted with acrylics.

This peice is "Forest Rabbit Goblin", which was a fun little guy to make.

Here is the "Sea Hag Goblin", she has some opalescent colors which give her a shimmer.

Last but not least is the "Tibetan Mountain Goblin" and was one of the first to be sold.  Each of these pieces also has designs embossed into the backgrounds which I tried to match to the theme of the piece.  I love doing these and will be making many more for myself to sell.  Three of the pieces sold while I was in attendance which was a proud moment for me.  It is a worthwhile cause.  I am looking forward to next years event too.  They have lots of great snacks, booze, and tons of patrons.  This provides great networking opportunities too.  It is held at a downtown hotel in their banquet rooms and is the highlight of my year.  So, I hope you all enjoyed viewing some of what I have been up to of late.  Now it is time to get back to the lair and finish up some other works.  Happy weekend to you all.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sneak Peek

Hello to all my artist friends and followers out there.  I wanted to share a sneak peek of a piece I finished for a group show.  The show is called Chocolat and as it's title suggests has the theme of chocolate.  The show opens at the Prairie Gallery located in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati on December 3rd.  So, the first of two pieces is entitled "The Chocolate Thief" he is a polymer clay over wire armature full body sculpt.  The thief is perched atop his pedestal with the remnants of his spoils all around him.  He admires the last of his spoils in anticipation of how good it will taste.  The piece is about 14" tall all together.  I am working on the second piece now and hope to have him ready by this weekend.

Also, I wanted to remind you all of the class I am teaching online.  It is called Artspell the Alchemy of M.E. and you can read about it here  The class sign up closes on December 3rd.  I hope you can join me.

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week..

Monday, November 08, 2010

Mini Me!

Happy Monday everyone.  I hope you all are doing well out there.  Well, I managed to finish my self portrait challenge doll and earlier than I thought this time.  I still have time to get some ornaments made.  In the meantime, here's my mini me.  The story is, this is myself twenty years into the future.  I have become an eccentric old wizard.  But, I am not the robe wearing type, so I am dressing myself in something a bit more modern.  A little rough around the edges and I have let my hair and beard grow out a bit.  When you're old and magical you can get away with it.  He's a polymer clay head, hands and feet.  His coat is a pieced together one made out of leather scraps from a leather coat I once wore.  His hat is also made from the same leather as are his boot cuffs.  Every piece of clothing is either hand sewn or glued.

Here is the close view of my head.  The glasses were made by my partner Buck.  He is really good at detail and these look like the ones I currently wear.  I think I will hire him to make all of my accessories from no on.  Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing my mini me.  I hope to post about my ornaments and Chocolat show pieces soon.  Until then, have a great week.  Cio!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Self Portrait WIP

Well I finally have time to post a work in progress.  It is the self portrait challenge piece for the local doll guilds annual show.  This years challenge was creating a self portrait.  Now, we could take liberties.  Meaning, we could do a portrait that reflects who we wish to be, see ourselves or a literal portrait.  So, I opted for how I might appear as one of my favorite fantasies, a wise old wizard.

I don't know about you, but having to do this challenge was just that.  It was difficult looking at myself and trying to be objective.  Also, it is really odd trying to project myself into the future and also capture the essence of my dream self.  What was really exciting was I got the figure to stand on his own.  I hope that I can maintain this delicate balance.

Here is a close up of my head.  I am about half way there.  I still need to cloth me and add what hair I may want.  This is a polymer clay head hands and feet.  His body is a wire armature wrapped with layers of batting.  I am still debating on how to skin this one.  I have several techniques I use and I am not sure how I am costuming myself.  So, I an gong to walk away for a few minutes to let this one percolate a bit.  So, until next time, have a good weekend everyone.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

RiverCity Figurative Artist' Guild Annual Show and Sale

Just a quick post to let you all know about a show i;ll be in here in good ole Cincinnati.  It is the RiverCity Figurative Artist' Guild annual show and sale.  Hope to have a bunch of new work and my self portrait challenge piece there.  Hope you all out there are having a good week so far.  It's getting cold already here.  Oh, and don't forget about my class that starts on December 1st.  You can read about it here and sing up in the left side of the blog.  Hope to post some art later this week.  Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

And the Winner is!

Since I am making an early night of it.  I pulled the name of the winner of my Halloween giveaway.  So the winner of the Dark Angel Baby is

Joyce from Pittsburgh.  

Please contact me with your snail mail info and I will send off your prize.  Thank you to everyone who played along.  It was truly fun.  Don't forget I am doing my first internet class starting December 1st, you can read about it in the precious post.  Have a great evening everyone.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Artspell - The Alchemy of M.E. Class

At long last I am now ready to offer this class to the world.  It is something that is near and dear to my heart.  Ten years in the making.  This class combines many elements from previous classes to create a comprehensive art experience.  So, what is this class about you are thinking.  Artspell is a class designed to do several things.  One, it is a great resource for some interesting and fun art techniques.  It is designed for those who want to learn how I sculpt, create figures, do mixed media, use of acrylic mediums and paints and so on. Secondly, it is a multi step process that helps you to discover who you are as an artist, as a creator.  We explore the three elements of the self and how that shapes the artist in you.  Thirdly, it is a beginning approach to using art as a trans-formative and healing tool for you and others that you love.

I use a variety of spiritual, psychological and philosophical views and information that I have learned over some 30 years of my life.  Yes, the mystical arts are covered as well some interesting psychology, mythology and cultural information.  This class will be offered in a closed blog format.  This will serve as a forum for each student to post his or her ideas in the comments section in a safe and secure way.  The class will be six weeks long.  Which means there will be six lessons with lots of information, how to pictures, hopefully some video too.  There will be exercises for each of the lessons resulting in a work of art or two.  Also, the class will guide you in the making of your own healing doll, figure or mixed media art piece.  Thus, this class isn't just for doll makers, sculptors or mixed media.  It is for anyone wanting to expand their creative horizons.

OK, here is the break down:

Week #1 - Introduction and Basics.  You will learn to create your own book if you wish as well as sculpting basics, creating your own simple patterns.Why journaling is really important for self discovery and documentation.  How the five elements work for you.

Week#2 - The physical world around you, your environment, color and light, earth element.  Food and it's creative affect.  Music and sound.

Week#3 - The Emotions and your brain.  Mythology and the hero's journey, dreams, the water element, what's your story?

Week#4 - The spirit, mystical tradition, arcane knowledge, tarot, fortune telling, seeing the signs.

Week#5 - Your story, putting it all together, your self portrait. The Alchemy of My Experiences.

Week#6 - Creating art that heals and comforts.  Conclusion, final thoughts.

There you have it.  If this sounds like a class you can learn something in, then join us.  The class will begin on December 1st. and a new lesson will be posted each successive Wednesday.  I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  I am offering this comprehensive class for first time students $45. I only have room for 100 students in each session.   So, if you want to get in on this ground breaking class and be one of the first then click the buy now button to the left in the sidebar.  I will add your name to the list along with your email so you can have access to the class when it starts.  I would like to thank several people for encouraging me to get this off the ground.  Kajy a great friend and my coworker at Plaza Art, my partner Buck, MarZel of The Play of Light and Shadow and last but certainly not least Michelle of Crow Haven  Farm.

 I hope you will join me for this fun class experience.

Creepy Orphan Society Sept/Oct Challenge

Well, I finally finished my September/October challenge, "Morbid Curiosity" for the Creepy Orphan SOciety.  I have to say I don't do creepy that often.  The last was my Halloween giveaway piece.  But here is the "Great Horned Boney Bird".  He is a polymer clay sculpt over a wood and wire armature.  That is wrapped with batting and fabric strips to fill out the gody.  I made his talons out of wire and paper.  His tail is another piece of fantail willow.  I just love using those.  The skin of his body is strips of decorative paper applied.  Once that was dry, I applied the black netting over it as a drape or cloak like piece.  Then he was finished with little pieces of a pink and dark gray fake fur.  I like how he finally turned out.  The cool thing about some of the more artsy pieces I have made in the last few months, is that I have been developing some fun techniques.  I plan on using these for future projects.

This is a close up of his upper body.  So, there is the first challenge for our fledgling group.  I enjoy the Creepy Orphan Society, a great group of artists and it is fun to share.  It gives me a chance to explore a bit of the darker side of things.  Have a great fun Saturday my friends out there in blog land.  Tomorrow I announce the details of my new class.  I hope you will come back and check it out.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Long Week!!!!

Hello, and welcome back to my little art blog.  It's been a week, as in odd and somewhat stressful.  Not all bad, but it keeps you exhausted and anxious.  Anyway, I wanted to share with you this little guy.  He's another in the Dweedle series.  His name is Ozloh, and he gets lost in thought a lot.  Even while walking through his forest he suddenly starts going off into some far away thought.  So, far he has escaped serious injury.  Ozloh is a polymer clay sculpt over a paper mache and wire armature.  He stands about 6 inches high.  His wisp of hair is wool from a local provider.

Well, that's it for show and tell.  I am hoping to announce the details of my big class that I have been working on for a very long time.  So, stay tuned this weekend.  Don't forget to enter my Halloween giveaway.  Just scroll down to the next post for details.  Have a great Friday everyone.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halloween Giveaway!

1st Annual Halloween Giveaway!!!

I am doing one last giveaway for the year.  So, without further ado, here is Dark Angel Baby for my tribute to Halloween.  In order to have a chance at winning him you must fulfill the requirements below.

1.  Be a follower of this blog.
2. Leave a comment on this post and make sure I have contact information.
3. Tell me about your favorite Halloween thing.

That's it, the winner will be chosen on Halloween.  You can leave more than one comment if you wish.  Hope you all have a ghoulishly wonderful Halloween season.  Good luck my friends.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Monday Catch Up

OK, two posts in one week is rare for me I know.  But, I thought I'd play catch up while I can.  This is a busy season for me and I have lots of creating to do.  In addition to that, I decided to give my blog a new look for October.  Hope you like it.  It needed a bit of something.  I am not sure this is it.  But, in the spirit of adventure and creativity I thought what the heck.  This little guy is the first in a limited series of characters.  He is a Dweedle.  They are little magical beings that aren't quite convinced that they are magical.  So, whenever they make magic it tends to be accidental and without intention.  This little one is trying to lift something quite heavy and out of reach to make way for his walking.  He hasn't quite got it yet.

Here's another view of the guy.  No, he doesn't have a name yet.  When I try to ask him he mumbles something that sounds like Moot.  So, maybe I will call him Mumbbly Moot.  He is a polymer clay sculpt over a cotton egg and wire armature.  His face is a recycled goblin head bead I made two years ago. I didn't use the beads as they were too heavy for the necklace I was making.  Nothing like recycling to spur creativity.  Have a great week one and all.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Essex open house Pictures

Well, another Essex Studios open house come and gone.  It was a little lack luster this time around.  I guess there was more stuff going on in the city.  We had perfect October weather for it though.  I decided to show you some pics I took in the studio.  I didn't get to walk around much.  Yes, I did sell some small items.  Anything is better than none.

So, to start off the pictures here is a picture of "The Keeper of Ancient Knowledge" in her finished state hanging on the wall.  She looked so elegant and otherworldly there.  I received many positive comments on all of my work.  Her costume is made from fabric and torn pieces of decorative papers from Thailand saturated with Ultra Matte Medium.  I love this stuff.  She is approximately 24" tall.\

Here is a close of the Keeper.  Her hair is a hand dyed wool from a local sheep and goat farmer.

Next we have another recently completed piece entitled "What Till They Get a Load of Me" and he was a really fun piece that made people laugh out loud.

This is a shot of my table full of my children as I call them.  Since I am one of three in the studio at this time, I have one whole side to myself.  Starting in the new year there will just be myself and my partner in the studio.  More room for stuff and I will be offering classes there.

Hah and Zah are there perched on the wall together where they love it.

Another new piece called "Yayeh".  He was fun to make.  He is a polymer clay sculpt.  His head is made from a bead that I made two years ago.

Lastly I end with Willow Woman in all her glory hanging out in the main hall greeting passersby.  It was a nice weekend all in all.  The visitors were very engaging and the questions were great fun to answer.  Our next open house is in December.  That is the holiday open house.  I am planning some fun ornaments this year.  Have a great week everyone.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Works in progress....

Howdy out there in bloggoland.  I am popping in to share some WIP's with ya'll.  Spending today at home in the studio home base trying to get two last minute pieces finished for the Essex Studios open house this weekend.  I will be hanging these puppies up just minutes before the opening.  But, hey that's how most of work some days anyway right?  The first offering is one I am calling, warning long title sequence here. "Wait till they get a load of me or Even Cowpokes get the Blues".  Told ya it was a long one.  He is a tongue in cheek tribute to cross dressing cowboys of sorts.

The next sneak peak is one I am calling "Keeper of the Ancient Knowledge".  Oh, and these pieces are not in their final poses or colors yet.  I have applied layers of decorative papers and fabrics with a ultra heavy matte medium.  They are both polymer clay heads and hands.  Then they were built over a wire and wood armature.  This was then covered in layered cotton batting and fabric.  The Keeper still needs her hair and hair ornament plus the cool thing that she will be holding.  Don't worry I will get pictures of these two once they are done and hanging up on the walls at the studio.  Plus, I will try and get pictures of the show too.  I have two studio mates that will be showing as well.  We three all have new work to show this time around.  Well, that's it for now.  Have a good one out there.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mondays Offering

Todays art piece is my Punkinhead Scarecrow.  I had been mulling this one over a bit.  I wasn't sure if he was finished or not.  But, I like the simplicity of him this way and have decided he is indeed finished.  His head and hands are polymer clay.  The support is willow, paper birch on a wood plaque.  His tattered garb is made from a handmade paper that was obtained in the damaged goods section at my job.  We get first dibs on any damaged stuff.  I used ultra heavy matte medium to stiffen and attach the paper to the body.  He was a great deal of fun.  Hope you enjoy him.  Have a great week out there all my blog friends.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Show News

Todays post is to let you all know about two of the five shows coming up for me here in Cincinnati.  The first one is for the annual show the local guild I belong to hosts each year.  We are the RiverCity Figurative Artists Guild.  It's the second weekend in November at the Kennedy Heights Art Center.  It is always filled with all sorts of art dolls and a few displays too.  This years viewers choice display is the theme of self portraits.  It should be fun.

The second show is actually in a few weeks.  It is the October open studio tour of the Essex Studios where I have a studio space.  It is the anniversary show as this was the month they had their first show some ten years ago.  There are over 100 artists and performing arts groups located there in one building.  So, if you are in the area please come out and join us.  It is October 1st and 2nd from 6-11pm.

Well, I hope to post a new piece or two by the end of the weekend.  I have been working slowly on getting sme pieces done for these upcoming shows plus a few charity events.  So stay tuned.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Monday Not Such A Mystery

Squeaking in by the seat of my pants on this post.  I have been trying to do at least one or two a week.  Here is Mondays offering.  It isn't a mystery this week.  Here is the first witch I have made in a good five years.  I like the challenge of creating a character.  The symbol of the witch is such a powerful one spiritually speaking to me. Her name is Miranda and she is a skilled practitioner of the magical arts.  Her specialty is healing the soul.  She does whatever it takes for her seekers of healing to discover what lies at the root of their discomfort or ill health.  In addition to the healing arts she loves gardening and communing with tress.  However she is dressed here in her finest attire for a special whirlwind speaking tour of Europe and the far east.

This is a closer view of Miranda.  She is polymer clay head and hands.  Her body is a stump body style made out of black suede cloth.  She is weighted with small glass pellets to keep her upright.  She has layers of black lace and some type of fancy black sheer material.  She is wearing a gold necklace with her magical stones in it.  Her hair is New Zealand sheep skin that was cut to size and trimmed to fit.  The wand is made of a thin maple dowel and stained to look like ebony.  Her belt is a fancy antiqued gold metallic ribbon.   Her eyes are small hematite beads.

Well, that's Mondays offerings.  I hope you enjoyed the fruit of my labor this weekend.  I still have several more pieces to finish.  But, I am not sure I will get anymore done by weeks end.  Have a good one everyone.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Brick Finished

I finally finished the altered brick for the "Bricks Along the Journey" brick auction.  It is a local charity that raises money for women who are dealing with breast cancer.  It covers care and assistance.  I love this local charity and it has a lot of personal meaning for me.  Anyway, here is this years offering.  I can't say it is my best work.  But, I really wanted to participate this year.  It was hard to come up with an idea this time around.  So, it hit me one day that I could do a tree of life.  Now mind you, this is not a great photo of it.  The brick is done in all sorts of metallic and shimmering finishes which are hard to photograph.  It is hard to see here, but the tree has a little set of steps leading up to a doorway in the trunk.  The faces represent the faces of humanity and how we are all connected to one another.  So, I hope it raises some much needed money for the cause.  The auction is in October.

Have a great weekend everyone and if the art Gods are smiling upon me, I shall have some new pieces to share later this weekend.  Cio baby.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Giveaway Winner!!!

The winner of my giveaway is....


Thanks you to everyone who played.  MarZel, contact me so I can arrange to get the prize to you.  Have a great Wednesday everyone.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday's Mysteries

This is my Monday Mystery offering this week.  These are some of the beginnings of projects that I will be working on this week.  I need to really get some pieces done for an upcoming show my local figurative art guild is participating in.  We as members can show some work there and hopefully sell.  So, as you can see I have a nice collection of heads.  The orange one is my pumpkin head almost complete.  The gray one is a witch in progress, she needs more work on her head too.  The yellow lady is also going to be a magical being, not sure what yet.  As you can see lots of possibilities.

Have a great day everyone.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Sunny Sunday

Not exactly sunny, todays offerings are of a piece I was able to finish yesterday.  He is called Sandman.  You may recall in an earlier post the twig figure that had some batting wrapped around his body and a wire for arms?  So, here he is finished.  His head and hands are polymer clay.  I embellished him with some bone beads and a leather sack full of his special sand.  This fella is ready to put you to sleep even if you don't think you can get there.  Just try to stop him.  He measures about 16 inches tall.  His body is a fantail willow twig wrapped with cotton batting and hand dyed fabric.  His cloak is purchased cotton and a hand dyed cheesecloth scarf.

Here is his closeup.  He has fresh water pearl eyes.  You will notice that thee are no pupils.  He is a blind sandman.  He uses the power of his psychic third eye to find his victims, I mean patients.  He floats poised to fling the sands of sleep into your eyes.  He does actually hang on the wall.  I have made a hand hammered copper loop to hang him from.  I am off to work some more.  I have a ton of projects in various stages of completion.  Thank you to all my followers out there.  I appreciate all of your feedback and time you take to visit my humble art place.  One more reminder about my give away.  You can go here to enter.  Cio.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Another Blast from the Past

I thought I'd share a pic of one of the figures I made awhile back.  These guys are called personal Mojos.  They were the precursor to my current wall based stick sculpts.  This guy is the white flower cowboy.  He is supposed to bring a southern flair to your gardening experience.  He is sporting some stylish white go go boots.  I am proposing a class in making these mixed media figures for Artiscape 2011 in Columbus Ohio.  It is a fun mixed media workshop weekend.  Lisa Olmer who runs it does a fabulous job.  There must be something good in the water of Columbus Ohio.  Because two of the best conferences are held there and run by two amazing women.  Anyway, I will keep you all posted if I make it in.

Don't forget I am having a giveaway and you still have a few days to enter.  You can get to it here.

Today I am working in my studio again, trying like mad to get as much done before the middle of September.  Work will be hell then and I will not feel up to making much art for a couple of weeks.  Then it is the start of the fall show season for me.  So, stay tuned.  There will be a witch, pumpkin head and who knows what else will be coming here to make their debuts.  Have a great Saturday everyone.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday's Strange Brew

Saturday's strange brew feature.  Since I am exploring some darker things in my art of late, I thought I'd introduce you to Cotu.  He is the mascot of my new series I am working on in regards to the Carnival of the Unseen.  He is certainly one of those beings from somewhere else.  You never know what he will do or say.  He is the quintessential bad kid.  But, he has fleeting moments of niceness.

Cotu is pure assemblage.  He is made from part of a vinyl toy baby and a glass Christmas ornament.  Plastic wings finish him off in ghoulish style.  A rather simple offering from me.  But, you know sometimes I think less is more.  Have a great Saturday everyone.  Oh, and don't forget about my giveaway.  You can revisit the post here.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fridays Finished Works

 How's your Friday shaping up?  Mine, is going pretty well.  I have this set of rituals I like to observe on Fridays.  After my morning run of errands, I return home for an afternoon of fun.  First thing I do is get a loaf of peasant herb bread going in my bread machine.  I developed the recipe and it is mighty tasty if I say so myself.  Next I spend some time in the home studio working on projects.  Well today I was able to finish the two WIPs you saw last time.  So, I am presenting them here to you today.  After this I am heading to the kitchen again to make a rustic veggie soup and a pineapple exotica cocktail to go with it.

Now, about the figures.  If you remember, they were cloth wrapped wire armatures with clay heads and hands.  Here is the female figure all finished.  These two are the first in my series of work called the Carnival of the Unseen.  I will explain more on that in a later post.  But, these two were a little bit of a departure for me.

Here you can see the male figure.  Yes, his hands are a bit big.  They were made that way on purpose.  These figures will introduce a very personal series for me.  I am exploring the idea of sideshows, freaks etc. But, you will have to wait until later to see how that relates to my personal story.

This is a picture of the two together.  They will be hanging on the wall in performance.  These figures were wrapped with a second layer of fabric that became the skin and clothing all in one.  I then wrapped a variety of fibers around the body.  The shoes have couched fibers around the edge and a little bead ornament.  Each one has it's own little chest ornament.  A clock for the female and a Pisces charm for the male.  It is to represent me as I am a Pisces by birth.  I haven't named them yet.  Any ideas?  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the finished results as much as I do.  I had a blast making them.  As I said a bit of a departure for me.  They are a kind of throw back to earlier works I have done in cloth.

Have a fabulous weekend out there all my wonderful artist friends and admirers.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mystery Monday Four

It's time for another installment of Mystery Mondays.  Even though you can see these two pretty well.  Not withstanding my poor photography not much of a mystery really.  The mystery is what will these two figures become.  They are an experiment actually in creating pieces that will still hang on the wall, but instead of branches for there bottom third, I gave them legs and feet.  They are destined to be performers in the Carnival of the Unseen.  At least that is the story the have given me.  We shall see if that is true or not.  I used two of the heads that I sculpted last week.

Still need to sculpt hands to match the other heads I sculpted.  All in good time I suppose.

Also, a reminder of my give away that you can still get in on.  You can find the details here.

Have a great and wonderful Monday as well as beautiful week ahead.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Saying Thank You in a Giveaway

You aren't seeing things.  I have posted this piece before.  But, this time is different.  I wanted to celebrate two things in my little life.  First is hitting 140 followers here on this blog.  I am so honored by the loyal friends who come and visit me and my art goings on.  Thank you for that support and encouragement.  Secondly, a good friend and artist I know really inspired me with her own unique spiritual perspectives on giving.  So, MarZel this is to honor your wonderful contribution to my world as well.

The above piece is only about 6x8 inches in size.  But, it's spirit is mighty.  At least to me it is.  The intention while creating it was to honor the trees that are constantly sacrificed sometimes without thought or honor for humankind.  In many cases without a thought, just discarded because they are in our way.  The trees are our guardians, give us food, shelter, many things we use in our everyday lives.  They help clean up our airand cool down the planet.  So, this is my humble offering.

So, I am offering this as a giveaway, to one of my followers.  Just leave a comment on this post, be a follower, and on September 1st I will draw a name at random.  To make it easier to keep track I will not comment back.  I want to make sure everyone has a chance.   Thank you for your support of my humble blog and art it is most appreciated.  Have a great weekend.

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Mystery Mondays part 3

It's time once again for mystery Mondays.  Here are a few of the heads I have sculpted this past weekend.  These are experiments for a few new pieces I am hoping to get finished for some of the fall shows I am going to be participating in this year.  The above is a shot of the four I was able to make.  These heads are made from a blend of super sculpey and sculpey III polymer clay.  The green ones have a sea shell embedded on the top back of the scull.  I was looking for a more alien kind of look for them.

Jere is a close up of the green heads.  It will be a surprise as to who or what they will be come.  I know, but I am not telling yet.  It'll be a mystery befitting a Monday.

This is a bad photo of the cubic head.  In revisiting my past I did a series of three pieces I called block heads.  So, this is in homage to them.  As a matter of fact, I am going to recycle the original three a bit.  It is funny how we can see what we would have done differently on something we have made.  At least I have a chance to do that this time.

Last but certainly not least is the yellow head with a bit of Mr. Blockhead trying to get in on the shot.  The yellow head is feminine but, has an extended skull.  Sorry you can't really see that here.  Well, there you have it.  My mystery Monday offerings for this week.  I hope I can continue the trend for a while.  Now I need to make hands to match the heads.  In addition to these, I still have the heads from the last installment to make hands for.  Have a fabulous week my artsy friends.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Frresh Start Friday

Don't you just love those cutesy titles.  Hey I am having a fun day in the home studio.  I've been painting and glazing heads that I sculpted earlier.  Hopefully, I will get some more sculpting in as well.  Anyway, here is the beginnings of a new wall piece I am working on.  I am not quite sure who he'll be yet.  He seems to think he should be dispensing sand to get people to fall asleep.  Boy could I use some of that stuff.  But, the identity usually doesn't show up until I get hands and the body covering on.  So, who knows who will show up.  Oh, yes I know the picture is less than desirable quality.  It just adds to the mystery.  Hopefully the finished piece will be better photographed.  Well, my wonderful friends out there, have a great weekend.  With any luck, I'll be posting some more fun stuff.  Until then, Cio!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Mystery Mondays part 2

Well, it's Monday once again.  That means another mystery piece or pieces.  Here are two heads I sculpted from two of the armatures I showed you all last Monday.  It was good to get back into sculpting again.  Now the fun of seeing what these two become.  I have a few more to sculpt so hopefully something a little further along will show up soon.  Have a great Monday out there.