Friday, August 21, 2015

Kiss the frog they said........

Happy Friday peoples!!! School has started back and that means some kind of normal route has returned. Notice I said "some kind" Bahahaha!! I'm still trying to figure out how to balance working and keeping at my art but adding "some" normal route can only help to balance it all out, ri iight??

My muse has been so busy whispering to me about new ooaks she wants me to get started on. I thought that we had decided on beginning a new Santa. Apparently, I was sooo wrong. I didn't know that I was suppose to change directions until I was writing to a friend (waving at Johanna....hope you're feeling better) and telling her about the vintage carousel horse I was planning on using for the Santa piece. Once I posted a picture of the horse, my muse saw something else and immediately started pestering me. Hate when that happens. Don't you? Ummmm, your muse does do that to you too, yes?

 Beautiful horse isn't it? I can't wait to start on the Santa that will be riding it. However, like I said, it seems I'm going to be using the little blue jar that has the word "KISSES" on the front and starting another ooaks (one of a kind sculpt) before I get to start on Santa.

Y'all know I love to write stories or poems to go with my ooaks. All of my characters have a story behind them. My imagination really lets their story or poem bring them to life and I feel as though I need to share it as well as the piece itself. I'm also starting a new way to do my COA (certificate of authenticity) when someone adopts one of my characters. I'm going to put their story/poem in a little handmade book. Like getting two pieces of art with one. Here's the poem that is going to go with the little KISSES jar.

What's all that noise?
That noise, that noise

It's coming from town square
It's floating in the air

Don't they know there's something amiss?
Oh no, they're in perfect bliss

Witches are a missing
Makes me feel like hexing and hissing

I'm going down to see
Then hopefully the noise will let me be

Not mention
I need to find those witches
To many town folks are superstitious

What's that I see?
A booth set up for KISSES?
Hmm, this could be rather delicious

To find a prince you kiss the frog
SMACK...I think I just discovered
the witches epilogue

To kiss the frog
Not a prince to be
but rather a change to HIS identity

Soooo, can you picture where this ooaks might be headed? I've already started on it by getting the armature made for the witch. Her body is wire wrapped in white floral tape. I just had to "fill in" some important areas so that when I wrap it in yarn they will pop out. HEHE  Such a shame that I can't take away some areas from my own body so easily. Muahahaha!!! 

I'll be posting some WIP pics as I work on this piece so follow along. If you have any questions please feel free to ask away. I'm an artist that loves to share with other fellow artist about the way I do things. We can learn so much from each other. Sharing is a very good thing!!!!

Until next time,

P.S.  Johanna....sending healing thoughts my sweet friend. Get better SOON!!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

No more Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde :(

Let's all take a moment and just shhhhh!!! (tapping fingers on desk for moment to pass..hehe) It seems that Piwacket (my pesky at times lil kitty) decided that poor Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde did not need to be completed.

Do NOT let the shining angel light fool ya peoples!!

I came into my art studio.....well, that's what I call it but it's really my back room that serves as laundry room, art studio, computer room, reading room....yesterday morning and found the gruesome discovery. OMGOSH....gruesome it was too. Poor him/thems (affectionately named by my friend Johanna) was laying on the floor with *GULP* their head laying over to the side and bite marks and pieces chewed completely off. Horrible I tell ya peoples...simply horrible. Needless to say, him/thems was put to rest. Dang kitty!!!!

Now if you come and sit under the old Southern ooak tree then you know that I'm a member of a really FUN group called EVeRy WiTcH WaY LaNe. Psst...they also have a blog so go and visit AFTER you finish reading my post of course. Each month we have a challenge and August's challenge is to pick our favorite Halloween catch phrase, saying,quote or poem. Patrick even said that we could write our own poem if we so chose to and well....that's what I did!!!

Hocus Pocus Nooooo Pocus Hocus
Ohhh me Ohhhh my
What spell did I cast?
I turned my poor cat 
into a frog at last.

I love my cat and NOT
this dang frog.
This thing ribbets and
belongs in a bog.

My cat, my cat, my beloved pet
This major mishap has my
stomach upset.

I need that spell book
I need it right NOW
Oh wait, how did I forget
The spell book is under 
my foot, my pet.

I've got it now
The spell that I need
Hocus Pocus and abracadabra
Turn that frog back into my cat
Ohhh me Ohhh my
NOW it's a bat.

Not only did I write my own poem but I also did a tiny witch sculpt to go along with it. Meet Tabitha and her cat ummm I mean bat. Muahahahahaha!!!

Tabitha sits right at 6 inches from the base of her spell books to the tip of her wings. She was completely hand sculpted from clay. Her face detailed using acrylic paints. Her hair is pulled wool yarn. Her bodice is clay, her skirt is tulle and her sleeves are black lace. Her hat is made from felt with a tulle bow. Her wings are some of my embroidered ones made from a black silk scarf, wire and has beads on the tips and bottom of wings. Her books were made from clay and then painted. Her wand is made from a tiny piece of wood. Her poor cat ummm bat was sculpted from clay and then dry brushed with black. Cat/bat's eyes are black beads. 

I had so much fun with this challenge and am hoping that I can participate in many more in the future.....without any mishaps. Bahahahahaha!!!  Please follow along with this fun group as at the end of each challenge the pieces are put on the blog for sale. Yeppers, YOU could own a unique piece of Halloween art peoples. There are some amazing artist in the group and a range of mediums are used. 

Until next time..............Hugs,

P.S. For those that know, keep me in your prayers as this Tuesday is my appointment with the surgeon. I must admit that I'm a wee bit nervous. Okay....okay...I'm a BIG bit nervous. ^_^

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Well this old chickie didn't make the June EWWL Horror character challenge deadline BUT it doesn't mean I'm not going to finish this piece.

I had put him/them in my art cabinet and had kinda forgotten about them with everything else that's going on but every time I passed by it I had this overwhelming feeling I was being stared at. Oh yes....he/them was giving me that "Finish us NOW or pay artist person". Bahahahaha

Yesterday and today I have been working on his block base. Painted it orange and then dry brushed black on edges and then put a light coating of orange glitter paint over that. Why does glitter not show up in images on here? LOVE glitter even for horror items!!  I placed black and white old movie poster signs on each side. This was for a vintage horror character and the first time I saw the movie it was one of the black and white ones so I thought it very appropriate. I added a coating of varnish to protect them. The top of base is one of my gold scrapbook papers.

Now today I'm hoping to get most of him/them costumed. I'm getting really tired of being stared at!!!!!

Until next time........