Wednesday, December 30, 2009
This little guy ended up being almost half hat and half figure...glad I don't have to wear that big thing on my head!!!!
Before I go, I want to thank all of you for your support and encouragement in 2009. It was a very exciting year and I owe the success of Monkey-Cats Studio to my family, especially my husband, my artist-friends and my collectors. I feel I probably do not thank everyone often enough so I think that as 2009 winds down it is a good time to let you know that you are always in my heart, and I couldn't do what I do without you. Your friendships are treasured and I wish you all a bright and joyous New Year filled with love and prosperity. Thank you!
Time for me to get back to work!!
Happy New Year and celebrate safely!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
"Roller" is carrying his little cousin "Ice Cycle" and a candy cane to swirl in their hot chocolate at the end of the day...another reason perhaps why "Roller's" vest is on the snug side. "Roller's" arms and hands are wire and can gently be moved to change their position.
"Roller and Ice Cycle" have sold and will be moving to a warmer climate...they are thrilled and so am I!!
Have a great day!
Friday, December 11, 2009
First, is "Standish the Pumpkin Elf," that you already had a preview to in an earlier blog. "Standish" is one of Santa's "go to guys" at the North Pole and he is a Pumpkin boy loving his elf costume!!! He is shown grinning with pride and holding a paper mache teddy bear and paperclay candy canes. Hours and hours in sculpting and painting the hat and those boots, but so worth it!!! The jingle bells on his hat and boots are actually paper mache balls painted to look like bells.
Then, there are the jingles for the month of December, "Topper", "Siegfried and Bubo" and "Tosser"....the 3+ snowmen from Monkey-Cats!!!
"Topper" is a unique piece that functions as a tree topper, but I also designed him so he can sit on a shelf. He is the shortest and smallest of the three, but he looks adorable on top of a Christmas tree.
Next, is "Siegfried" with his wise little snow-fellow companion, "Bubo". "Siegfried" loves this little stack of snowball goodness and carries him lovingly where ever he goes. "Bubo" may be small, but he is loyal and has kept Siegfried of a hot water more than once...which is really critical to a snowman!! You might say they are made of the same....stuff.
The final snowman in the group is "Tosser." Tosser is a guy's-guy, and has the throwing arm of a major league pitcher. He is known to always have a spare snowball concealed on his body somewhere (literally), and in an instant can toss a snowball with such accuracy that any challenger doesn't stand a chance. One good thing about "Tosser"...he never throws the first snowball.
I hope one of these new pieces finds a place in your heart! They will be available at midnight tomorrow night!!!!
Time sure is flying!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
On another note...SNOW, and lots of it!! Home for the day painting because they are forecasting an inch an hour today...let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!
Have a great day all!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Below is the finished Pumpkin-Elf, "Standish". I need my head examined for putting the hours into sculpting and painting his hat and boots, but I just couldn't resist. Unlike last month's "Elf in the Ornie", this hat doesn't have real jingle bells, these are made of paper mache and painted to look like bells.
"Standish" is another one of my Pumpkin Boys that loves all holidays. He doesn't deliver presents on Christmas day, but he does help Santa with the distribution side of things up at the North Pole. He checks the names and packaging of each gift (along with a crew of "elves", if you know what I mean *wink-wink*) so that Santa successfully delivers each child the correct toy and gift. It isn't like it use to be at the North Pole as they have even gone to bar coding! "Standish" takes his responsibility very seriously to assure that Santa doesn't disappoint the children of the world and is shown here holding a teddy bear (also paper mache) and candy canes (paperclay) to be packaged for....oops, that would let the surprise out!
"Standish" is one of the more dashing of the Lumina family members and is never seen without his full elf costume except when he takes his January vacation to the Caribbean....then it is strictly island shirts and shorts for this little guy.
"Standish" hopes as Christmas approaches that you have a joyous and loving holiday season and that he doesn't see your name on the naughty list!!
Have a great weekend!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
As you know if you follow my blog, I believe that elves are born from ornaments. Below is little "Onslow" bursting from his ornament from both the top and the bottom with a small Christmas tree and Christmas gift present in the foreground. This is a 7" x 8.75" hand-painted original on 140 lb. weight watercolor paper, signed by me and created just for the PFATT December giveaway. How do you win this you ask? Click on the link above and go to the PFATT blog to register!!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I also roughed in several snowmen this week. The little fellow below has a carrot nose and an over sized top hat. and two "stick" arms. I think he gets a scarf today... he needs it to break up that large body of his.
That's this weeks peek into the studio and my artsy little mind.
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Hope you all are having a great week. We have sunshine so it looks like a great afternoon to sculpt and play!
Monday, November 16, 2009
I will start new pieces this week so as I get things put together I will post a WIP or two! Hope you had a great weekend!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
the "Christmas Count" and "Pumpkin Claus." These three pieces will be available tonight at midnight on that very special marketplace!!
We can all use a little jingle in our lives... don't you think?! Hope to hear from you at midnight Eastern time (11 Central, 10 Mountain and 9 Pacific).
Have a great day!
Monday, November 9, 2009
The other little pumpkins laughed and called him names, and didn't let him join in any pumpkin games....oh oops, that's another story. Anyway, he developed an affinity for anything peppermint (starlight mints, candy canes, ribbon candy, etc.) and begged his Mother for a Santa hat and elf-like attire. Being a good Mom, she succumbed to his requests and also named him "Pumpkin Claus."
Santa heard about this little fellow, and when he met him he loved what he saw! Santa contracted with him so that on Christmas Eve he travels to an assigned area delivering gifts to good little boys and girls.
You didn't really believe Santa could deliver all of those presents all by himself did you? Oh, and if you leave out pumpkin cake or cookies for "Santa" on Christmas Eve and they are still there in the morning...you had a visit from "Pumpkin Claus." It would be like eating a cousin so he chooses to pass on anything made with pumpkin.
"Pumpkin Claus" is made of fastmache and wood and painted with acrylic paints. His candy canes and ornament are removable for safe storage.
Have a great day!
Friday, November 6, 2009
He is full of little details on his hat (striped hat-band and holly), his cape (dots and stars on the front, and holly and a swirled-mint button on the back), his vest (a swirl-mint button, matching trim and kerchief to the hat-band pattern), swirl-mint stud cuff links, 2 removable candy canes and shading to round his form.
He is hoping to sit down for a nice cup of herbal tea flavored by his candy canes with his sweety after she sees what the present contains. Because they are vegetarians, you guessed it, it has "carrots" inside!!!
Have a great weekend all!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The thing Phineas was the most pleased with was the addition of tiny jingle bells to the tips of his hat trim. Every elf needs a little jingle!!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thank you to all of you that have put up with me through all of this and my fall madness. I wish everyone the same good fortune!
Happy Halloween to you all!!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
You will also notice there are a few pumpkin boys in clay standing behind Phineas. They are both in the works and I hope to have one dressed for Christmas. We will see if my idea has merit or not once I execute it, and if you find there isn't one on SpookyTime Jingles next month then you will know it didn't work for me. So many ideas, so little time!!! ** giggle**
Hope you are having a great week and that you have fun plans for Halloween!! Only 3 days away--Boo!
I'll be back with a photo later today after I get my hair cut.
Have a great afternoon!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
I was also interviewed on Tuesday by a local newspaper writer and the article is suppose to be in the Halloween edition next weekend. Of course the two cats weren't the least bit concerned with that interviewer and jumped on the studio table and drank from their water dish and behaved normally... very cat-like!! I had this little fellow's head loosely sitting in the cracked ornament opening and had to move it during the interview to insure I had a piece left to finish. Those two cats have an extreme interest in my art and what I'm doing!!! (They must know I pay for the cat food and kitty litter.)
I'm excited to have this piece dry so that I can put some paint on both the ornament and the Elf figure. I also plan to paint the front of the small base that the ornament will set on. Something new for me so we will see if it works!!
Well, I better get ready to set up for tomorrow's show!! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We have also been cold, overcast and wet here recently, which doesn't make for good picture taking, but I promise to show pictures of a new WIP tomorrow even if the sun is absent!
Have a great night!
Monday, October 12, 2009
They look innocent, but the three are full of mischief!!!
We have our new computer set up now and I can see...my goodness the screen is big and bright!! I love it and hopefully we won't have a "fatal error" show up on a black screen for quite some time!! Thanks to my hubby for working so hard transferring information and getting this set up for us!!
Have a great day and happy creating. I'm off to go mix some clay!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Poor Scott, I was like a groupie you always hear about meeting someone they admire for the first time!! He was a trooper and posed for a photograph with me. His work is inspiring and if you can attend Ghoultide Gathering this Saturday, October 3, in Mill Race Village, Northville, MI, Scott will be there along with another great group of Halloween artists I so admire! Fellow EHAG artists Carolee Clark, Kristen Beason, Pam Gracia and Lori Brechlin will also be there. It would be so worth the trip, trust me!
There will be other artists posting about both events in the coming days so keep an eye out for some great displays!!
Have a great day!
Friday, September 25, 2009
This little fellow also has a pumpkin body as well as a pumpkin head. Don't let his smile fool you...he is pure mischief!!
Setting up this afternoon for Halloween and Vine...it all happens tomorrow!!!
Have a great weekend all!!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Not to fear, Hephaestus is a LITTLE devil and he only does small devilish deeds. (Okay, he has been know to fling a jack-o'-lantern or two, but only if they were already rotting and begging to be put out of their shriveling misery.) He is also shown with Horace, his Bat out of He-- (I didn't name him!!). It is actually Horace that you might have to watch...he has been known to fly off with a shiny thing or two, so if you adopt him and you can't locate one of your earrings, pretty pins or car keys (so naughty), you might want to check his favorite hiding spot, which is usually right over the top of your drapes. Of course when you go to look over the drapes he will have moved them and then put the object in plain site to make you feel pretty silly for not seeing them when you looked in the same spot the first time. Maybe you have already experienced the mischief of Horace!!
Well it is off to last minute details for me and maybe a margarita. Hope to see you Saturday!
Monday, September 21, 2009
It is much better in person and will be available on Saturday at the show in Petaluma, CA. If you aren't familiar with the show just click on Halloween and Vine and it will take you to the site for you to gather more information on the event, location and artists taking part in the show. Hope to see you there!!
Friday, September 18, 2009
While I was without a computer I had time to do a little more painting and finished a new orb for Halloween and Vine. Below is the Monkey-Cat, that caught the rat, that snagged the spider that.....well, you get the idea! There are four figures about the orb, a Ms. Moon on top to illuminate the night sky, a Sir Jack Spinner on the bottom and lots of lumina pumpkins around the bottom border.
Smile for the camera Ms Moon....
and Batty Boy is out trick or treating with the Count and one of the Wicked sisters.
Hope you like what you see!!! Wow, only a week away before we set up for Halloween and Vine! Time does fly!
Have a great weekend!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
In my absence from blogging and emailing I was able to get quite a bit of work done and I'm feeling so much better about what I have finished for Halloween and Vine. Just 10 days from now I hope to meet many of you in person for the first time at this wonderful Halloween event.
I'm thrilled to be included with such talent!!! If you are free on the 26th and need a trip to Petaluma, come give us a look!!!
Have a great day and we will hopefully share something new tomorrow!!
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, also, if you are not aware, Johanna Parker, of Johanna Parker Designs was selected by Martha Stewart as one of 10 nominees for Favorite Doer of the Week. If you have not voted yet please go to:
and go to the right side of Martha's blog and vote for Johanna. She is such a talent and so deserving of the award. Please go vote for her and give her blog and website a look....http://johannaparkerdesign.blogspot.com/ Such talent just needs to be recognized!!!
Thank you all!!!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I am on the deck of some friends that kindly lent me their little notebook to type a quick note. I have no email, no blogging capabilities and no addresses so hang in there with me...and so it goes!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Sigmund's smile tells us he is pleased with his mischief so lets hope for the best!! Bad Sigmund, such a bad skelly!!!
Have a great Thursday!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Vladimir moved to the United States recently, somewhere around 1798, or so...(no, the date isn't a typo, it's just that 2 or 3 hundred years is recent in terms of his family's history.) He decided to settle in the Southern states because he has found that he can find the most tender green morsels beloved by his palate almost year round in this region with minimal travel. Broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, algae, collard and dandelion greens suit this little guy's cravings just fine.
Vladimir can be found carrying his walking stick, Jasper, on most nights, and always on Halloween night. Unlike Vlad, Jasper craves chocolate and he isn't particular whether it is dark or milk chocolate, just as long as he gets a small stash on Halloween night. To keep Jasper content and free from howling episodes, Vlad will take him door to door to trick-or-treat for chocolate morsels. Their affection for food and each other is so very special!!!
Look for Vlad and Jasper on Halloween night, or should I say listen for them. Jasper can usually be heard sounding like an old siren in the early hours of the evening as he persuades Vladimir to go door-to-door for his chocolate treats. If you see them, let them know where you found your chocolate candies so Jasper will quiet down. Vlad will be most appreciative!!
Have a great week!!
Friday, August 21, 2009
"Alphonse" is shown in one of his many designs inspired from the night sky. In this grouping, he selected the theme of the stars and placed them on his cape, kerchief and magician's cap. He then selected a coordinating vest and bow tie that accentuate, but don't detract from the star motif, plus he added a cat bucket with small stars in which he could carry his Halloween treats, and yet it compliments the total look. (A classic functional style accessory. ) If you asked him....he would tell you it was just a little something he threw together!!
"Alphonse" also loves to travel so he will be taking a trip to California...wish him luck that some fashion diva needs to give him a new home. He would love to do Tim Gunn proud!!!
Have a great weekend!!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Look at the shading on the mouse, the detail of the face and whiskers, the little cap made from a sheet of music, Celebrate's magic wand, her tutu and bow tie, how she used the safety pins as arms and nails for the feet, the bell at the tip of her tail, the painting on the box...it goes on and on !! Fabulous!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Oh sure, she is shown here with a smile on her face as she carries her night companion scepter, Osiris, managing to look rather harmless....but, that is because she just turned all of the chocolate in the candy factory to mud, the sugar to sand and the flavoring to, well, you can guess!! That is the reason for her smile and giggling!!! She is naughty and she is fast!!Take note of the back of her cape because this may be all you see of her. If you see this on Halloween night check your treats, pets and porch statuary because some sort of spell has been cast and you need to take care!
Have a great Tuesday!!!
Monday, August 17, 2009
The pumpkin elders knew what was happening in their pumpkin patch. They knew they had been given a special gift and they began to nurture the talents of this young magician pumpkin. After a series of tests the elders unveiled the pumpkin pages of old and presented Lumina with the knowledge of his Halloween ancestors. He learned of his family's ancient ways and of the celebrations and dances of Halloweens past. The elders also presented Lumina with a magic wand made from a very special piece of pumpkin vine tipped in gold and orange....but the best gift was the cap and cape they presented Lumina from their prior great wizard, Hubbard the Great, that had lived generations before Lumina.
Young Lumina read and read, practiced and practiced, sought out the knowledge of the best and brightest of his time and grew to be a truly wonderful pumpkin magician. His greatest gift to us is the spirit of Halloween. He wants everyone to enjoy the harvest of the day, the festival of the spirits, the celebration of the night and the greeting of "Trick or Treat", and above all else for us to believe in magic. He does!! (I do too!!)