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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Revving Up

Hello my friends out in blog land.  I decided to post an update that is somewhat doll related.  I finally unpacked my supply cart from my trip to AFICC.  I didn't get around to it until today as I have been busy with the Essex show last week, work at the art supply store and computer stuff.  So, today was the day.  After that I began to get my small cramped studio space at home a bit more organized.  As you can see in the above picture, my creation station is cleaned off a bit and ready for new work.

This next picture is my sewing area and it still needs the tidy man touch.

Here in the third picture are some boxes of supplies that will eventually be transported to the Essex studio space.  That is where the bulk of my work will be happening this summer.

Finally, a picture of two stuffed boxes filled with all the Barbies, Kens and GI joes I have collected these past few months.  I still have a few more coming from a friend in Indy.  This should be enough to get me through many character needs for my photo illustration projects.

I have many goals for myself in the next few months.  The hardest part for me is getting busy doing what I need to do to accomplish all that needs to be done.  My first task is to have a list of goals, a schedule all be it loose one, of what needs to  be done in what order.  My ultimate goal is to have a book ready to print by the end of the year.

One of my goals is to actually get my act together and start playing around with making marionettes   I love the look of one puppet maker in particular   Ronnie Burkett, has been a major influence on me.  His style is so sharp and witty.  His sense of humor seems to mirror my own in many ways.  Check out his work.  I hope some day to actually see a live performance. The biggest issue for me is finding someone I can be mentored by.  I have sent out inquires explaining that I am willing to volunteer to help for free just for the chance to learn under someone.  So far no takers.  But, I know when the time is right a person will show up in my life. Teachers always have a way of doing that.

Well, that's it for now.  I have a commission piece, first one in many years to start.  I am looking forward to the challenge of it.  Otherwise, I will be finishing up my photography class.  I have two more sessions.  One is tonight and the other next week.  It was a great class.  Well worth the money.

Until next time my awesome followers and friends, Cio.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Another Essex Studios show come and gone

Hello my friends.  I hope you are finding this Sunday treating you well.  I wanted to post some pictures I took at the Essex Studios open house this weekend.  As you can see Fitzy made his debut and has found a new home.  His new parent will take good care of him and Fitzy will give much inpsiration back.   The show was a great success for me and my partner.  Summer will be a good time to catch up and get busy making new things and finally getting my photo illustration project rolling in earnest.

Here is the other doll I made at AFICC last weekend.  She was created in Michelle Lynch's class.  I made her in one day.  She too has a new home. Granny Robot will be winding her way to Washington D>C> soon.

Next we have Gus, the tiny headed dancer.  He is a special fella for sure.  He has always dreamt of being a ballerina.  But, being born in the 1940's that wasn't something a little boy was allowed to become.  Now in his mid 70's and becoming a child again in his mind, he is the ballerina he always wanted to be.  He sports his favorite baseball hat.  Unable to stand much he performs his exercises in his chair.

Lastly, we have my version of Oz the Great and Powerful.  He was created for the Wizard of Oz challenge to appear at the AFICC gathering under the DollStreet Dreamers online doll club banner.

So, there you have a few new dolls to keep you entertained for a few minutes.  Thanks as always for stopping by and hope you enjoyed your visit.  The guys always appreciate comments.  Have a great week my friends.  Hope it is inspiring.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Back From Columbus

Howdy gang.  I just returned a few days ago from the Artistic Figures In Cloth and Clay conference held in Columbus Ohio.  It was fours days of fun classes and meets and greets.  It sure was fun hobnobbing with old friends and meeting new ones.  I had three days of classes that helped to fill the old creative well.  One of the classes I took was from Dawn (Dee) Schiller of Odd Fae fame.  It  was her Fetch class.

A quick photo of the side view of my finished Fetch.  He is made from polymer clay and cloth.

This is a front view of him.  He has decided his name is Fitzgerald or Fitzzy for short.  He will be making his debut appearance in Cincinnati at the Essex Studios art walk this coming weekend.

See I told you dolls were in the works.  I will post the finished picture of my other class doll later.  I need to go make dinner now.  Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, adios amigos and amigas.