Friday, July 31, 2009
Hope you liked the peek at this spider loving character....he tries to wear one everyday to go with his attire . (They do his tailor work after all!!)
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I've played around here with a couple of ideas for the studio's new stickers that I need to talk to a blogging friend about, plus I know I'm not a graphic designer, don't pretend to be, so I am going to be sending some of my figure images out to be made into cards along with these two silly faces to hopefully be incorporated in the design some way.
Just wanted to show you I'm not being a slacker!! I really am trying to get some things done.
Wow, can you believe July is almost over?!!! Where is our summer going and will I get everything done for Halloween and Vine by September 26? I see late nights in my future!
Have a great day everyone!!
Friday, July 24, 2009
I made one more squash figure as well with a big forehead and a stem hat.
I also finished the new coat on the paper mache bowl. The bowl is now drying, and I have about three cups of paper mache clay left over to work with so I better get back to work on the new skelly heads. La Te Dah Te Dah....squishy stuff!!
Have a great weekend!!! (I'll be in the clay again, but might have to break out some paints for a change of pace for a few hours!!)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
This photo shows some of the figures with their heads painted, which establishes the personality for me and helps base my decisions on how they would dress and what type of additional accouterments they might need. Often the original sketch I begin with doesn't match the finished figure as anything more than the origin of the idea.
I need to get back to work now!! As I finish some of the WIPs (Works in Progress) I will pull a few together for peeks at their progression.
Have a great day!!!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
After the hubby got home the cats lost interest in me and I was able to complete the figure. To balance the bat-winged skelly on the opposite side, I gave this little witch a set of wings as well. She changed a bit from the original sketch, but I think she works with the other three figures.
Now, just a few jack-o'-lanterns placed here and there, a few other little elements and the orb will be done, varnished and ready to take to Halloween and Vine. Whew!!!!
Have a great day!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
the second figure is the lumina pumpkin-vine figure carrying his "comfort" pumpkin (kind of like us with a teddy bear) and his cat bucket. I also added more stars and swirls to the spiderweb sky.
One more major figure goes on the orb today and then the background filling begins. If all goes well I will have another peek available for you tomorrow or Friday.
Fingers and toes crossed hoping for another great day of painting!!! (Toes are hard to cross!!)
Have a great day!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I have been having such fun glazing over the cream colored background making the lumps and bumps of the paper mache more visible. I really love that quality of paper mache and I am so glad I discovered the material I'm currently working with. It is very forgiving of my scrubbing (don't read this Carolee) with my paint brushes and fingers.
I obviously have much more to do on this sphere, but thought it might be fun to see it develop over the next few days.
Have a great week!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
To thank you for your support and encouragement we will be offering free shipping this month on STJ, except for the unusual works that may need additional postage. Plus, 10% of all of my sales will be going to the Kearney Area Humane Society in the name of the buyers. As an animal owner and lover I just think supporting such organizations in their efforts is a good thing and I hope you will agree with me. Many of the STJ artists will be making similar donations. Another thing to look for this month are the door prizes. I know there are currently over 20, so give the works a look and when you register mention which work you would like to receive as your door prize. When possible, the work and winner will be matched. Now, how is that for customer service!!!!! **giggle** (For buyers...25 extra door prize entries will be given for the purchase of a Christmas piece, and 31 extra door prize entries will be given for the purchase of a Halloween piece....that helps the odds of winning!!)
This is the Monkey-Cats Studio's ACEO door prize...remember, the ACEO works only measure 2.5" x 3.5", so I think the work is actually larger in this picture than it really is. He is a cute little guy, celebrating his love for his small pumpkin friend who is singing under the moonlight. These little cards are adorable framed and placed amongst your Halloween collectibles.
I will have three little spooks offered this month...."Bertram Goodhue", "Mr. Purrsonality" and "Squish Squash". If you want to read more about them and for additional views just look to my recent past posts.
I hope you discover a new original you need to add to your collection this month on SpookyTime Jingles...where sweet and spooky commingle!!
SpookyTime Jingles updates Sunday night at 12:00 a.m. Eastern time. I think it might be worth staying up for!!
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
When I finished the lumina pumpkin figure below, the name Bertram Goodhue jumped in my head and wouldn't go away (no, I don't hear voices!!). So I decided his face was made up of "good hues" and certainly Bertram was a great name, so why not?!! The name seems to suit him for some reason.
Bertram is shown above with his spindly vein fingers holding onto his skelly bucket, and below you can see a close up. Lots of good little details on this piece.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I put a little more gold in his eyes, worked on the cheeks, painted a peppermint button on his vest, a snowflake on his hat and....
gave him striped socks to match his vest and trimmed his boots in holly leaves and berries to match his jacket collar.
More peeks to come! Enjoy the day.
Monday, July 6, 2009
As part of the 1st anniversary celebration the artist will be participating by giving back in two ways. First, the shipping will be free site wide on most pieces (except those unique pieces that require additional shipping expenses due to size or weight) and two; the artists will be giving a portion of their sales to the ASPCA or to their local animal shelters.
Monkey-Cats Studio will be participating in both, and because of their good work in our community I have designated the Kearney Area Humane Society as the recipient for the donations from my sales. For each work sold by Monkey-Cats Studio in July, 10% of the sale price will be given to the Kearney Area Humane Society in the name of the buyer. I love animals and know how much they can improve our quality of life so I think this is a really great idea for us to embrace. I hope you all agree.
Below are two of the pieces that will be coming up in July on STJ. Below is "Mr. Purrsonality" that will be one of the Halloween offerings. He still needs his bucket so he isn't completely finished yet.
"Mr. Purrsonality" is a smiler and has a bit of a twinkle in his eye. He learned as a kitten that if he smiled it would make those around him smile back so it is a lesson he never forgot...smart little kitty!!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
ODE TO AN ORB
Laurie, how I love the orb.
So many details to absorb!
When it arrived on this morn,
the packaging was very quickly torn.
The drawing is oh, so intricate
You are a wonder just to think of it.
Many hours of careful labor
I will stare, marvel and savor!
It is so perfect for Halloween,
but other times it should be seen.
We thank you so very, very much
To have an Edward Gorey tribute of such.
Cindy gave me permission to post the poem. I was so touched she took the time to compose the poem and wanted her to know how much it meant to me.
Have a great week all!!!!
Wanting to be known for more than his ear piercing scream, "Squeal" decided to do something else associated with his name...yes, his attire is giving him away, he is a biker dude and he loves to accelerate quickly and "squeal" his rear tire. This isn't something his mother is proud of and hopes that he will outgrow, but in the mean time he wears his black leather boots and outerwear, and having watched old biker movies he also slicked his vine into a spit curl of sorts. "Squeal" thinks it makes him look a little more like a rebel. Silly little squash!
My hands are getting better each day, but I learned something yesterday. While I was holding an unpainted figure that I had made from that batch of paper mache clay that irritated my hands so badly I started to feel a burn going again. I've decided its like a chemical burn...too acidic or too alkaline, it just doesn't like my skin. The minute the figures are sealed with paint I don't have a problem. I'm hoping my remaining 175+ pounds of fastmache aren't like the current bag I was attempting to use. Thank you all for your suggestions and recommendations on how to treat my sore little phalanges!!!
Have a great day!!