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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Trying New Things

Hello my friends out there in blogland. I hope your week has been going well. It has been warm and rainy here in Southwest Ohio. But, that hasn't stopped me from progressing on my projects both creative and non. I have been going crazy ordering dolls off of Ebay lately for use in my photo illustration projects. Specifically the Monster High dolls. Now, as some of you may realize, these dolls come in a variety of conditions. The purpose for me was to try and rehab them into a usable character. So, let me show you my first ever redo in progress. I am not quite done yet.

This poor thing came with her hair cut off to the scalp and missing her lower arms and hands. Not to mention she was not wearing any cloths. I decided to put some extra arms and hands I had left over on her. They aren't really a match for her but, I think this will add a fun element to her back story once I am finished with her. I gave her a bright crimson red head of hair that was made from some fake fur I had. Next I made her a cute little black and white dress.

I am still deciding on whether to make her eyes open or closed. I like the idea of sleeping characters too. Part of the hesitation is that I am not brave enough to tackle painting eyes yet. But, so far I really like her. She will make a fine addition to the character set. I gave her a little cat nose and pinkish lips. It suits her I think.

Plus, I have been taking lots of photographs of different things. Trying to keep my eye sharpened for composition and such. Took a few of the big box of Bratz dolls I received the other day. It was like seeing an impromptu teen kids party.

Here are a few of the pictures I took. I like using available light as much as possible just because it is handy and a challenge too.

It would seem someone in this picture is feeling a bit isolated.

Well, that's it for this update. Hope you all have a great holiday weekend for those that celebrate in the US. It's Memorial Day weekend here. Be safe and have fun.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Moving Forward

Today I thought I would show you a few things I am working on. I purchased the above and the below items from Ebay. They are props for my photo illustrations I am working on. As with most manufactured doll size furniture, they are plastic and kind of ugly. I am not a big fan of the color pink. So I took it to task to change things up a bit.

I like the shape and structure of both the cafe table set and this little arm chair. So, I dug out my acrylic paints and went to work. The first to get a make over was the cafe table set.

I used Liquitex brand Glossies acrylic paints and some metallic acrylics to repaint this set. The Glossies paints give the chairs and table legs a lacquer look and made them really glossy as the name of the paint implies. I also wanted them to be a bit of retro modern. Hence the color scheme. The table top is a mixture of antique silver, graphite and micaceous iron oxide paints. The look achieved also gives the set a bit of an industrial feel.

Next we have the arm chair. I decided to fancy it up just a we bit. I painted it with a maroon colored acrylic and then glazed it with some interference colors to give it a bit of shimmer. the legs are painted with that Glossies black paint to give them a nice shine. Of course I was thinking the gloss may not be such a good thing when it comes to photographing these pieces. But, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

I am still collecting a variety of dolls from a wide range of sets. Now I am venturing into the Monster High dolls and some of those types. I like the exaggerated proportions. While sketching out ideas I realized that I needed to have some reoccurring characters that will be in most every scene. So, I am in the process of sculpting, yes you heard it right, sculpting two little boys. Not very good at little kid faces so this is a bit of a challenge for me, Not to mention the stress on the hands. Fortunately my partner Buck, is going to be conditioning my clay for me. Excited to start sharing some snippets of the process with you all. I am hauling tons of my stuff to the Essex studio space as that is where the sets will be built. Well that's it for now. I will keep you all posted on how things progress. I finally have a concrete plan and goal to work towards. In addition I have some great images at least to me anyway, planned. Lots to do and to keep me busy.

Have a great weekend one and all.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Beauty of Mothers

On the eve of Mothers day I would like to offer up my adoration for two mothers. Geneva Goodin pictured above in her early 20's. So beautiful and very missed in my life. I remember in my heart the great love she had for her children even as a very young boy. I felt protected and safe with her always at my side. Thank you mamma for giving me life and a chance to discover who I am and what I am to do here on this little planet. She would have been 84 this year.

Next is my second mamma Ms.Margaret Bauer. My partner Bucks's mom. She is the most kind and loving person I know. Wouldn't hurt a flea and great lover of nature. She just turned 87 in April. Still lives in her own home, active and very much on top of all the current goings on in the world. I remember the first time she signed a birthday card to me with "Love Mamma Bauer". I knew I had been welcomed into her family with open arms and with such great love and affection. I have had many wonderful visits and talks with her over the years. I love you mamma Bauer for softening the absence of my own mother and adopting me as your own. Happy mothers day to you both. I look upon you both with great adoration and love.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Introducing Claudette Racine

Happy Saturday to one and ll out there in cyber land. I hope it is treating you well. Today I would like to introduce you to the newest citizen of Codyland. Her name is Claudette Racine and she is a fashion designer and stylist all the way from Paris. Her motto is that she has never met an ugly person. Which inspires her to create works of art from each person she designs for. Claudette is a free spirited artist who loves helping others transform their image into something that they wish to be. She says that it just takes the right coaxing and an understanding of the persons natural color palette that brings the inner beauty out for all the world to see. The other Grand Dames of Codyland are really excited to meet and become clients of Ms. Claudette.

She is a polymer clay head and feet with store purchased hands. The body is a wire armature wrapped in layers of cotton batting and then the costume applied. Her hair is Aussie wool. Claudette stands at about 12-13" high. I am thinking of offering some of my Grand ladies for sale here on the blog. They are all one of a kinds. What do you think? Once the current Essex open studios is over I will be focusing much attention on the photo series. There is one more Grand lady in waiting and after she is complete there will not be very many new ones to come. So, I am hoping that they will be collectors items. One can dream anyway.

In other news, the first night of the Essex open studios was rather meager. Not the greatest turnout.But, there is hope that tonight will be busier and more lively. I will have some friends stopping by which is always a treat.  Hope you have a fabulous Saturday one and all.