Friday, August 29, 2008
The center figure is the oldest bother, "Gourdon", holding his belly and giving a hardy laugh because of the witch joke they just heard at the carnival. Those Pumpkin brothers do like their witch jokes. "Gourdon" is shown with his two younger brothers, "Sliver" and "Slice".
Close up of "Gourdon" below
"Gourdon" with his younger brother, "Slice, the Bat Toting Pumpkin Brother"
"Slice, the Bat Toting Pumpkin Brother" full figure
Close up of "Slice" with "Count"
"Sliver the Boo-loon Toting Pumpkin Brother"
Close up of Boo-loon and Sliver
Let's just hope that the boys hang onto to those strings tight and that "Gourdon" is able to keep Slice and Sliver in line at the carnival. No spiders in the punch please!!!!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Close up of Santa 1 holding his belly as he giggles. His bottom glove has a hole through it to suspend a small little dolly I made which is just primed and not painted yet.
Close up of the Santa with the bag. I still need to add the tiny bits of blue to form the iris of the eyes and then the box base needs to be painted inside and out.
Side view of the Santa carrying the bag...you can also see his round ball buttons on his shirt in this view.
I just bought more of the FastMache (yes, it is one word according to the manufacturer) and plan on using it on a few more pieces. If these had both been celluclay I wouldn't have been able to paint them yet due to the drying time so this new mix is helping me with increasing my output. I'm still experimenting with a paperclay/celluclay blend that does what I want it to, but I'm still messing with the proportions that will give me the textural look of celluclay while decreasing the drying time. I feel I'm pretty close and have used a mix several times that is sort of working, but I think I need to decrease the amount of paperclay just a little bit...I cook like this too. Pretty scary isn't it!
Happy creating and have a great day!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Now, I have to pass the award on to 7 more deserving bloggers that I drool over regularly!
Carolee -- King of Mice Studios
Tonya -- BaCk PorCh PiCkins
Christy --CC's Whimsies
Lance --Crescent Hill Designs
Joyce --Enchanted Productions
Johanna -- Johanna Parker Design
Sheila- Pieces of Me
Thank you for the award Kim, and thank you to the above listed artists that give me such pleasure in viewing and reading their blogs!!
Have a great day...I'm painting the Santa figures and maybe later mixing some clay!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
When I put the mask on the hand and angled it toward the forehead I thought he looked like he was playing peek-a-boo....so that is his name, "Peek-a-Boo!!" I also did something new for me in this piece. The sleeves and cuffs aren't clay, but are made of ribbon. It allowed me to give a softer look to the clay piece and I think I like it in combination with the feathers and pearls on the mask.
Peek-a-Boo!! Hope you like him!!
Have a great day and happy creating!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Deb contacted me and asked me if I was interested...you betcha!! Below is my new precious. Love this piece from the tip of it's ears to the bottom of the mary jane soles of those cute little shoes. The rabbit carries an orange and black swirl carnival sucker and a small trick or treat bag and look at those stockings!!! (love stripes) I just pick it up and smile. The box also came with some other goodies and to say I was pleased is an understatement! Deb rocks!!
I hope to add to the new collection soon!! I'm watching!!!
Have a great day!!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Go take a peek and then go to eBay when you see what needs to come to your house!!
This is going to cost me money I'm afraid!
Close up of the face on this Santa with another big moustache and beard. The FastMache holds detail well as it dries and I really like that. I found the celluclay to warp some and a straight nose could become crooked overnight as it dried...which worked for me sometimes and frustrated me other times!!
Side view below shows Santa's coat collar, edge of his bag of goodies, facial profile and round tummy.
The humidity has been really high here with fog in the mornings, and of course means a longer drying time for the clays. I am going to sculpt again today to try to build some more inventory to paint and then paint some dry pieces tonight starting with Santa. I purchased another Ott-lite over the weekend and wonder why it took me so long to get them. They are magic for me!!!
I have a piece from HipHopJingleBoo artist, Deb Schoch that just had to come to my house to live to show you tomorrow. It is my new "precious."
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wow, I feel such relief!! The auction is for 7 days so will end next Saturday. In the future I will post on Mondays and end on Sundays. That's my plan anyway!!
WHOO HOO!! Something new tomorrow!
Friday, August 15, 2008
What a week!! Pieces have gone out of my inventory to new homes, probably cleaner homes than mine at the moment, to begin new lives in Canada, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina and Missouri. I am humbled and overwhelmed with the enthusiasm that many of you expressed this week over the SpookyTime Jingles posting for August. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and encouragement. Obviously some of our STJ artists and their friends have spread the word to their buyers about STJ, and they gave my work a look and enjoyed it enough to purchase the little spooks and jingles. I'm speechless...and that doesn't happen with me as many of you know by now!!!!
I started this journey June 14, and I had no idea it would take me on this path that I am so happy I started. Kim, I know I have thanked you before for telling me to just do it, but something led me to you for me to hear those words and I am forever in your debt.
With that, I am going to the studio for some clay therapy. Too much time on the computer makes Laurie a dull girl! Have some cake as Sam would say, and she also insists that you not bother with forks so use your fingers, but wash the clay off first, please!!!
Have a great weekend and happy creating!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Below are a set of dental tools I use for the really detailed areas (eyes, mouths, etc.), a plastic knitting needle with lovely rounded yet pointy ends, a weaving needle with a rounded end, scissors and tweezers to pick up and hold small pieces.
I'm embarrassed to show my poor palette knives...one is from the 1970's and the other is only about 2 years old, but heavily used, plus a pot scraper...not a ceramic pot scraper but a kitchen pot scraper I use in the same way. I have 3 of them from pampered chef and I will never let them out of the studio for domestic use!!! I use all three for smoothing the clay surface.
Below are the workhorses, a multi-tipped screwdriver, pliers, needle-nose pliers, wire cutters and jewelry loop pliers.
A rolling pin...I work a great deal in the slab technique with the clays so I have a rolling pin specifically designated for clay use only.
Close up of "Posing" at the Carnival below. I'm thinking special makeup needs to be worn by the little pumpkin head and maybe some bling on the mask...feathers, baby pearls and jewels perhaps? We will see!!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
This morning Dietrich von Pumpkin started his journey to Canada to join a new family. I hope he doesn't keep anyone in his new family up at night because my cats have blamed him for a multitude of things in our home...you don't suppose my little kitty angels could have been blaming him for something they were doing, do you?!!!! HA!!!
Speaking of kitty angels...Jake decided to help me photograph this morning. Elwood is one of those cats that could go through a china cabinet with no space and not knock a thing over and Jake is the bull breaking and knocking everything over, so when he decided to get near the new
Santa I was photographing this morning I got a little nervous. So, here is Jake with the new work in progress made in another new clay for me. It is another air drying clay, but sets up faster than celluclay and works similar to paperclay. It has some "bugs" I don't find desirable, like it will set up in a sealed plastic bag so there is some sort of chemical reaction in firming up with this clay I haven't experienced in any other clay.
As far as details the clay works great for me. It sets up just enough you can use clay tools to create texture in the beard, moustache and eye brows of the Santa, and in the smoother areas of the body it has a textural surface like the celluclay, which I like. Bought another bag this morning so I'm done experimenting with this material.
Below is a young praying mantis in my hail torn hosta leaves. He was actually hanging upside down and did not like my camera stuck in his face so I only got 2 shots before he moved. I rotated the photo so you could see him better. I never treat my flower beds with chemicals because of these guys. When they first hatch you can't find them they are so small, and I usually don't see them until they are about one half inch long, but this boy was just over an inch. There is a larger one in the same area that is over 1.5 inches long, but had moved off of the lily when I was looking for one to photograph. In the fall when they are full size I will have both this variety and a brown variety that flies. We leave our tall grasses up over the winter because they will lay their egg casings in the grass and we want them hatched before we cut the grass down.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Jacque at the Carnival is a painting I created for the August creative theme, halloween carnival, for EHAG (Eclectic Halloween Artist Group). I am so excited to be associated with this wonderful group of artist that share a love of halloween!! It is pretty intimidating to be in their company and I hope to hold up my end because of the faith they have shown me by allowing me to participate. Very humbling.
Anyway, little Jacque is a pumpkin head dressed in traditional carnival attire (except for boo buttons instead of pom pons on the shirt) and is sooooo into masks that he has both a plain mask on his hat and carries one he just purchased at the carnival. Because it is a Halloween Carnival, he also purchased a pumpkin balloon with a carnival hat and ghoulish smirk. The green hat and tie under Mr. P. Balloon's chin is meant to "soften" the look of his less than cheery disposition, but I'm not so sure having to wear the hat isn't the reason for his displeasure. Mr. Pumpkin Balloon has been seen before in some of the borders of my work and I still feel he needs to be watched carefully even though he hasn't nudged another pumpkin off of the shelf yet!!
In the background is a tent and animal trailer for the creatures at the carnival.
Below is a close up of little Jacque with his silk scarf flowing from the top of his hat and another wrapping his head under his hat. I just thought he needed a ruffled collar to go with his attire so I gave him a nice cream colored one with a black border. Yo-Mo the spider didn't make it into this painting and she is a tad miffed, but the 8" x 10" work was getting alittle tight with all of the other elements so she will have to wait for the next painting.
I'm loving this theme idea...makes me think outside of my little studio world!! Hope you like Jacque and look for him on eBay on August 15!!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Since it is such a dark day today I will probably work on the computer this afternoon getting my SpookyTime Jingles Halloween and Christmas pages done for the August 13 update. Whoooo-hooo...new things for sale from such a good group of artists?!!!! Below is a Father Christmas figure that I'm considering for the Christmas page. He is made from a clay blend with wood dowel legs...oh, I just realized you can't see his boots and base in either of these photographs...OOPS!! (I'll fix that later) Father Christmas wears a long hooded coat with the bottom edge blown back, and has his hands tucked up his sleeves. He has a textured beard and moustache to hold the darker accents on the facial area.
Father Christmas has light blue eyes and just faint eyebrows that almost match his coloring. His cheeks and tip of his nose are lightly tinted to indicate the effect the chill in the air has on giving his face a rosy glow, and you can also see his rosy lips just above his beard.
I don't know how many more of the Father Christmas or Belsnickels figures I will be making. I have one more started but I'm really a Santa girl at heart and love a jollier figure. No coal or switches ever came from the Santas of my youth, bad costumes maybe, but always a Thomas Nast type Santa !!
Tomorrow I'll be showing my first EHAG piece which will be selling on eBay. I thought I would have all of the eBay sales stuff all figured out, but I need to kick myself in the rear and just do it, learn from it, and try not to be "perfect" the first time out. So hard to get past the Virgo in me!!!