Wednesday, March 31, 2010
This is the final peek at "Sergio" before his unveiling at 9 pm ET tonight on the EHAG Emporium. There are soooooo many talented artists in the EHAG group so if you are a fan of Halloween this is the place to look!!! "Serg" will be looking for you!!
Hope to see you there!!
Monday, March 29, 2010
This piece and other Halloween goodies will be available Wednesday night at 9 pm, ET, on the EHAG Emporium!!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
"Serg" will debut on Wednesday, March 31!! Hope you like him!!
Enjoy your Sunday!
Friday, March 26, 2010
I just received a message that fellow PFATT member, Penny McAllister, lost her fight with leukemia this afternoon. Penny's family now needs your thoughts and prayers. We lost a really great one today.
Here is wishing you a wonderful weekend and remember to let your loved ones know how much you care for them.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Here is a link to Penny Vs. Cancer blog
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I decided to take time to go thrift and antique shop hunting this morning and found a lovely $150 antique Halloween paper lantern, which didn't come home with me. I did come home with a rhinestone Halloween-colored brooch for an upcoming project, however, and some stainless steel containers for storing studio items in. I've decided to go out again in two weeks to see what else I can find!! It was fun and I found some really wild things I need to think about between now and then....decisions, decisions!!
Hope you had a great day too!
Monday, March 22, 2010
I'm not able to work without them and that is just fine with me!!
Have a great week creating and don't forget to give your fur buddies a hug for me!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
UPDATE: I'm so pleased to tell you that "Teacher's Pet" sold at the Class Act Banquet and helped raise money for the upcoming school projects in the 2010-11 school year! Thank you Tanya!
Close up of his head, pencils and book shown below. Thought I would inscribe "sketchbook" on the cover, but leaving it open lets the new owner determine the contents of the book he is holding.
Tiny graphite encased wood pencils with pink erasers were added (actually made from wood picks), a polka dot bow tie and skinny branch like fingers are shown in the close up below.
Hope you like the end result!! A couple days to let the glues dry and he is off to school.
Off to go paint in the sunshine now so have a great afternoon!!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Late last fall I was contacted regarding the donation of a piece for our local school system's fundraising event this month, and of course I said yes...after all, where did I get my interest in art and have such fabulous art instruction under Paul Fell, but in a public school system. I don't know if Paul realizes the important impact he had on me as as my art instructor, but he certainly is a major reason I pursued art as a career. Teachers can be very special people that help guide us into the adults we become, so as I was creating this piece and thinking back to my school days, I thought of Paul.
This is what evolved from those memories. School books, wood pencils, penny loafers and of course an "apple" for the teacher. My husband looked at the piece and made a comment about being the teacher's pet, and that became the title of the piece. It just seemed to fit.
This work will be auctioned off in just a little over a week so I better get him finished!! I hope he makes you smile and coaxes someone to be generous to help make the fundraiser a success!!
Have a great week!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
"Purkins Goodnight" and "Winston Wabbit" will be searching for new homes to keep them warm (poor Winston even has his bunny slippers on!). They are tired of the Plains' winter this year and they are hoping they can find a location with Spring beginning to warm the air to help uplift their spirits. Do you know of such a place?
I have seen some of the "sneak peeks" being shown by the other artists of SpookyTime Jingles this month and it promises to be a visual delight to tempt collectors!!! Don't miss out!
Happy shopping Friday night!!!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
As with many of my figures there is a story about this little guy. "Purkins" comes from a long line of black cats from the rural high plains. The family name, "Goodnight", came from a farmer's wife. One summer, night after night she would hear the cats howling in the farm yard outside her bedroom, and finally one evening after a day of hard work she couldn't take the feline serenade any longer. She went to the window and yelled to the fur-boys below, "enough already, good night!!" To her surprise, the howling stopped. The next night she tried it again and the howling stopped again. Eventually, the tone of her voice became more gentle, almost like the Walton family's nightly exchange, and she received the same response from the cats -- silence. Finally, she began to simply say, "good night" out the window to the gathering below. As the cats began to raise kittens the question finally was asked , "what is our name?" Well, "Goodnight" of course was the response, just ask the farmer's wife. And so it was that the "Goodnight" clan was established.
"Purkins" comes from the second generation of the "Goodnight" family. Still a little more country in his taste, he favors polka dots and sweater vests over pin stripes and fitted garments. The farmer's wife found him very charming when he was a tiny kitten and named him Perkins, but his mother misspelled the name on his birth certificate and so he became known as "Purkins." Kind of like Oprah was suppose to actually be Orpah....but the name was misspelled. It happens.
A happy little feline, it is said that if you just give him a scratch under the chin he will purr like there is no tomorrow. Perhaps his mother was correct in the spelling of his name..."Purkins" seems to fit him quite nicely!
I'm off to work on my SpookyTime Jingles' update!! You will find this little fellow amongst the offerings for the month on Friday night at midnight. Let's hope he makes it a good night!!
Monday, March 8, 2010
On another note, we have a predator in our yard again, but it wasn't the kestrel this time. We had noticed the squirrels weren't out and about in the yard over the weekend and the birds weren't feeding on the bird feeders. Hubby noticed something large fly by the window and land on our fence and look what it is...another raptor!!! We have a birding friend looking at the picture because the hawk is in his winter color and also appears to be a juvenile. I think it might be a Goshawk, but will let Brian confirm that for us. (UPDATE: I'm wrong, it is a Cooper's Hawk according to Brian and he would know.) Who would have thought!! It surprises me since we also have owls in the neighborhood and the two are notorious for not getting along.
Oh, the wonders of nature!!
Have a great week all...back to the paint for me!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Click on the logo above and it will take you directly to the EHAG Emporium blog. Good luck!!!
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Those silly slippers took me hours to paint, but "Winston" likes the look so isn't that really all that matters? After all, you can't name something like "Puff" and "Fluff", and not give them some detail and character.
"Winston" is now a happy little wabbit!!
Below, is a new little squash head I worked on last night. So much work yet to be done on him, but his head just clicked for me and that made me a very happy painter. He hasn't told me his name yet so I will have to introduce you at a later date.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Winston loves his bunny slippers, "Puff" and "Fluff". They keep his toes warm!
Below is a close up of "Winston's" face. I still have some finish work to do on his face and as you can see I have lots of painting to finish on his Easter egg decorated body.
What was I thinking when I sketched out his body paint design? Circles inside circles with stripes...remind me not to do that again because I then have to outline them with the finishing color to antique the surface.