Tuesday, June 30, 2009
When I first made the head my husband said it reminded him of a conehead, but I was just going for a big head to hold lots of brains. Kind of like the intellect of the squash family. You see, there are terribly nasty squash vine borers and cucumber beetles that carry viruses that kill the entire vine and consequently all of the squash. So in my crazy little brain I dream up that nature being as wonderful as it is, develops this "super smart" squash (still with me) that also due to the size of it's head is heavier than normal. This smart little squash has the ability to recognize these nasty pests in the garden and can roll over and squish the nasty bugs before they can do any damage, thus protecting his brothers and sisters on the vine. Because this little guy was the first to develop this technique he was given the nickname, "Squish." He is a proud little guy and very willing to share his knowledge and that explains him being all dressed up...he is now doing a lecture tour to gardens around the country. He just might show up in your neighborhood so keep an eye out for him...I know the bugs are!!
Have a great week!!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Lillian Lumina and Squish Squash....they are distant cousins.
Lillian has a bit more work to be done on her lips as I got carried away with her lip gloss....
and I have more layers of glazing to do on the surface of Squish Squash's head. You'll learn more about his name as the figure is completed.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Dancing pumpkin figure shown...
The cemetery keeper's house with the ghost...
This was such an interesting experience for me and I was shocked that this 5.5" diameter sphere took so long to complete. Then I measured the circumference and realized it is 16 inches around and it started to make more sense to me why I went through 5 India Ink pens over the 3 days and 24 hours it took me to complete this. Lots of little details and no idea how many lines are on the surface of this piece. As I finished the orb my admiration for Edward Gorey and his work soared and I need to thank the EHAG Moderators for giving me this challenge!!
This will be a one-time piece. I love pen and ink, but it is not suited for the paper mache surface and it is better left to those whose work I admire so much!! With that said, I hope to have the auction link up later tonight or tomorrow!
Have a great weekend and thank you for all of the support this week. Now, go to the bookstore and pick up one of Edward Gorey's books and enjoy the illustrations. He is so inspiring!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Below is the dancing pumpkin fellow with his vine like limbs...he loves his little JOL companion in his hand and the fact he has the tree leaning toward him joining in the dance. Ms. Moon is smiling at his performance because she is sure he is doing it just to amuse her. I think there is a crush thing going on between the two of them, but it is a romance destined not to be.
Little Gorey shaped bats and one tombstone with the initials E. G.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
My piece isn't finished yet. I thought I would try to combine my paper mache work and cover the surface with pen and ink instead of paint. This is the culmination of 8 hours of working with two India Ink XS tip pens that I completely used up. I had no idea that even with burnishing and priming the paper mache ball how hard it would be on the ink pen tips. I used a Monkey-Cats Studio spider web and sky at the top of the piece and added a Ms. Moon on one side and a "Gorey" cat (with a Monkey-Cats' twist) on a monument stone on the other side. I still easily have another 8 to 12 hours of work on this little guy and I'm currently evaluating why I thought this would be the way to go for the challenge.
What I came up with is that I'm just crazy for working on an irregular curved textured surface and obvious like to push the limitations of the medium I'm working in. Plus it has been years since I worked in pen and ink, so kind of like a woman who has given birth I forgot about the time involved and any pain involved in the process.
The kitty looks a little scared of me!!! Giggle!
I'll post the finished product and auction link when I finish.
Have a great day!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Below is this weekends bounty of WIPs plus I loaded the bowls with Halloween eggs and balls that need to be painted. I was able to get both bowls formed and partially dried (we are so humid here that it will take days for them to really be dry even with the dehumidifier running). I was also able to cover forms for 11 bodies and started on a series of Ghoulish Garden concepts for heads this month. I also have 2 scepters started, but of course this is just all roughed out right now and things slow down as I start adding the details, but I'm feeling energized and excited to get more mache mixed to begin work again today.
Below are the 2 bowls....will they be pumpkin, cat or skelly bowls?.....hmmmm....
Below is a little squash head with a big grin wishing you a great week!!
I'm kind of thinking with that big forehead he has to be a bit of a "brain-iac"...the geek of the garden so to speak. We'll see how he evolves.
Have a great week all!
Friday, June 12, 2009
I have 2 Patriotic Spooks....
and one little Jingle, "This is for You."
Hope one of them catches your fancy!!
Have a fantastic weekend and see you next week!! I'm off to mix clay now... ♫ gourd heads and pumpkins and ♪ whiskers on kittens ♪ ...I think I'm in to Broadway musicals today ♫ !
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Each family member seems to have a special vocal skill, and "I. B.'s" happens to be the fine art of purring. He can purr in the range of a soft deep tone similar to the gentle humming of a computer fan to his kicked up roaring purr resembling a lawnmower. It is a talent limited to a special few, and "I.B." is more than happy to share his skills with anyone willing to scratch him behind his ear and provide him a tiny piece of salmon.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
He has searched the world over for the best caramel apple, gooey popcorn ball, handmade ganache, cookie, cupcake and other divine treats trying to identify the one premier confection to make him stay and live with the maker of such a tantalizing creation. Alas, "Purr-cival's" search continues, but he knows in his heart he will persevere.
Have a great week all...one more kitty to paint and then it is back to the clay!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Little Penrod wears a celestial star hat with copper glitter trim, a Halloween orange jacket with white piping and a black scalloped-edge cape with a star motif to match his hat and star button on his jacket. You can tell this little pumpkin attended Halloween prep school.
Friday, June 5, 2009
He wears a huge grin and is shown hanging on to his inflated star so it doesn't soar into the sky. He has a large collar with stars, a bow tie with stars and a vest with stars and selected striped pants to match his lovely top hat. (Those skelly boys really know how to put a patriotic outfit together!!)
He really is quite a dapper little guy!
Hope you enjoy him and have a great weekend!!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Before you ask, yes, he is related to "Uncle Skelly" that carries the star. The two are brothers and were raised to celebrate "the land of the free and the home of the brave," they just seem to have a problem giving up their Halloween colors.
A slight difference between the brothers, besides their attire being different ("Uncle Skelly" likes a more formal look) and having similar yet different faces, is that "Star Spangled Skelly" has an affinity for anything that rockets into the sky and explodes. If it booms, sends embers flowing down, flashes, spirals, crackles or bangs...it is all good in his book!! He loves a good aerial show, especially if he is the one managing the fireworks. He has a little bit of the pyro in his nature, but fortunately it is in a good way. He is shown below posing in his patriotic finery and holding one of his special celebration rockets.
Have a great day and happy creating!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Here is the little guy in full figure below. Not only does his cape bear the constellation, but so does his hat and bucket.
You may remember that this little guy has a problem with ...uh, "borrowing" candy from others (I think some people call it theft or stealing, but he prefers the word borrow). You see, Little Dipper is particular about his candy and treat selections, so he lets other children go door to door and do all of the work, and then when they are away from their evening spoils, he sorts through their containers taking out his favorites. Since he is small in stature and dips into the candy of others, he was given the nickname, Little Dipper...that is when he decided to have the heavenly constellation sewn or painted onto his belongings.
He loves his fellow "stars", so he wears them on his boots, bucket, cape (look at that collar), vest and hat. It sort of makes it easy for him to coordinate anything he wears since it all has a similar motif.
He has a very painterly complexion that you can see in the photo above.
Hope you like the little guy...because he really LOVES your candy!!
Have a great day and happy creating!