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Monday, February 13, 2012

Bittersweet, Beginnings

This week is beginning on a bittersweet note.  I am loosing a coworker whom I really have enjoyed working with.  She is the awesomely talented Alex who designed my banner image.  Alex is moving on to Chicago with her boyfriend.  I wish them both much success.  Yes, I can keep in touch.  So, all is not lost there.  But, it isn't the same.  So, to honor our friendship, I made her this going away present.  I think I will know him by the name of Bittersweet.  He is a personal house monster.  His purpose is to keep all other unwanted monsters away.  To bring good luck and fortune to the household that hosts his presence is another bonus.  He is a polymer clay body and head with feather hair and fiber neck wrap.  It is based on a design I learned in Dayle Dorashow class a few years back.  The surface of the body is covered in cane slices.  I really like this process and may give a few more a try.

Hope you all have a wonderful start to your week.  I am beginning my new visualization process today.  We shall see how it works.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Kali in Motion

Greetings out there in blog land.  I have been under the weather this week so, Kali energy has taken hold of me and my studio.  The reason for this major upheaval is one of surrender.  You may be wondering what I am talking about.  Over the past few years I have been exploring what makes me truly passionate in my art.  That conversation with myself has lead me down a truly eye opening road of conclusion.

I have discovered that I am really a big kid at heart.  Last year I decided to explore the idea of my own mythic journey and begin to try and tell my personal story of my lifes journey through my art. I discovered that I really love fantasy and the fantasticness of it.  It is a fun and sometimes challenging way to tell stories about our world.

So, it is with this mind set that I have begun to explore a variety of ways to express my views of life and beyond.  The interesting thing is that when you take it out of the ordinary and into the realm of fantasy or make believe, people tend to look and listen to what you have to say.  I think that is what attracted me to doll making so many years ago.

My goal now is to really transition myself away from using the more realistic subject matter and using the human form realistically.  Through this process of play and trying out ideas, I began recycling works that were in process or just taking some old toys and other objects and transforming them into something fantastical.  I want to live in my world of make believe.  My monsters aren't all scary or bad creatures.  They just look menacing but really are great friends and can tell great stories.

As the title of this post suggests, I have been channeling the energy of Kali.  She is the destroyer goddess and this allows something new to emerge.  Thus allowing me to emerge with something closer to my heart and with a renewed passion for creating. I have posted a few pictures of my work tables in my home studio to show you the chaos of Kali energy.  In the next few weeks I can hopefully show you the regenerative results.

Thanks for following my roller coaster creative life.  Oh, and I have decided to test drive a new look for the blog.  My coworker who is a fabulous comic artist designed my banner image.  She is moving to Chicago and will be sorely missed.  Good luck Alex, may you find much success in the big city.

Until next time.