Monday, December 28, 2009

Yay! Xmas gifts!



Thanks to my incredible parents I have an excellent new digital camera for the holidays. I've blogged before about the problems with our last digital camera, after a jammed lens it was never able to take sharp closeup pictures again. Now I have a camera better than the old one ever was. And how do I celebrate my new acquisition? By taking artsy pictures of my iguana of course.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tote Bag Pattern

For anyone interested I've found an awesome free tote bag pattern. I've made one already for a holiday gift and am thrilled with how it came out!

Tonight I'm spending the evening finishing up my tree and listening to Christmas carols. Snacking on some delicious treats from my friend Kayla's Caribou Gift Company. An excellent way to spend the evening.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Angel progresses




I'm loving my new gold paint. It's hard to see in the pictures but her hair is almost gilded. Love it!



Heres a little dolly I started on but am not not so fond of. Maybe she'll be finished. That's a ball of wool next to her to try out different hairstyles by the way. I promise I don't have giant hairballs just lying around my house.



And just for fun, this is my favorite Xmas decoration. My big, fat Santa. So jolly.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Work in Progress




Still fairly early as you can see. Mostly blocking out the colors at this point although I do love painting faces so much I had to start detailing there for fun. Now work is on hold until I run out to the store and pick out some gold paint for her hair, halo, wing detailing, dress detailing. I love the gilded look of Gothic angels. I used to have an antique gold paint but it seems to have wandered off. All my other paints are present and accounted for. I guess it went to seek it's fortune in the wide world where it would be used more frequently.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gobble Gobble


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Wolf Strikes Progresses



Almost done, still need to clean some stuff up around the feet and touch up the paint, add a sealant then phew! I had a lot of fun working with wood this time. I think once I move out of this apartment into a home I'll consider getting a scroll saw. Until then I'm looking at some dremel tools that are supposed to work like handheld scroll saws, I wonder how well it really works though.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Need help with wording

I'm working on a new project, a wood cutout 3-D version of my piece "The Wolf Strikes." It's still a work in progress , the little wolf boy is currently drying and the base piece needs to be cut and stained but I think it's progressing nicely. My problem is I'm not really sure how to describe this piece in my listing. You could probably tell that already from myty awkward cutout 3-D thingy description. Any suggestions? What keywords would you look for when trying to find this piece? I know you ladies and gentlemen have a way with words.

Without further ado (haha typed it out ADO first, I've been stalking the Art Dolls Only blogs too much!) The original Wolf Strikes:



And blurry camera pics:


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Busy few weeks

It's been a crazy few weeks here in South Florida. There are always things to do but it seems like every few weeks the hubs and I end up having jam packed schedules. Last weekend we had a fantastic time in Jacksonville for the Florida/Georgia game (Go Gators!). I have to say it's even more fun going to games as an alumnus than as a student. We've also had Heat games and evenings out with friends these past few weeks. Now I'm paying for my excesses with a nasty bug. Nothing as bad as swine flu thankfully but I think a few days curled up under my comforter is just what the doctor ordered. Since I've been a very bad blogger lately I have quite a bit to share

The Kite Flier



Taking to the High Seas



The Secret Life of Rabbits



And my first doll in awhile! The lovely Louise.





I have some fun ideas for some new dolls that I can't wait to get started on. It's just a balance between nursing myself and getting the work done. I love to get a jump on new ideas as soon as they're cooked when I'm still really excited about them, it seems to help propel me through the periods when my sewing machine is jamming constantly and I can't find the perfect ribbon for accents. Hopefully I'll be able to make some real strides tonight.

Friday, October 16, 2009



I've always been a sucker for 1960's style: the dark eye makeup, the nude lips and most of all the updos. May have something to do with the fact that the most I can get my hair to do is lay there and play dead. New work in progress, a totally swinging 60's chick.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Some new art




Have a few new colored pencil pieces I completed Monday and Tuesday. The hubs has been out of town frequently for work and school so I've been watching season 1 and 2 of Psych while scribbling away like crazy. Now I'm going to work on conquering acrylic paints. We'll see how it goes.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

This is Halloween



Having fun playing around with some small pieces of wood I found laying around. Two witches. I wasn't happy with the first, the acrylics kind of globbed around her face, second version is much smoother.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Viola



I love my colored pencil pieces but for some reason I can't get them to come out right with my scanner. Somehow it amplifies every pencil stroke and makes it look bizarrely unblended. I think Viola came out ok with some photoshop blending to help. She's a little French girl because...she's wearing a striped shirt and has a chic hairdo. Don't judge me, sometimes my imagination decides to take a vacation without me. Still waiting on my foot pedal for my sewing machine. Come on USPS!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Unproductive Weekend

I thoroughly cast off work for the weekend and traveled to Gainesville for my Alma Mater's first big game of the season. Go Gators. I did get a bit of work done before I set off, two pieces:



I'm rather meh about them both. On my recent trip to NJ I brought back my old sewing machine only to find that the pedal is missing. I'm going off in search of a replacement pedal today. Had a quick mention in a blog called Twig and Thistle http://www.twigandthistle.com/blog/2009/09/graftgawker/#comments yay. And that's all that's new and exciting in my world. Now off to peruse some blogs to see what you all are working on.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We're the same, you and I




I think this may be one of my favorite pieces I've done. Who doesn't like bears? Prints now available on my etsy.

Monday, September 14, 2009

One new piece


Sarah and Sydney enjoy playing hide and seek but poor Sydney is at a disadvantage.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Back from NJ!

I had a wonderful visit with my parents and family up north but I do miss my sunshine when I'm gone. While recuperating from the 18 hour drive and lack of sleep I did manage to get two new pieces done on some wonderful paper my parents bought me at Paper Source in Princeton. I'm in love!


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ahhh!

I just spent 20 hrs on the road driving from my home in Ft. Lauderdale to visit my parents in Atlantic City. I'm wiped! Needless to say with the family visit this week my posts are going to be even spottier than usual . I just wanted to do a little happy dance before I disappear into the ether because my print "The First Leaf" was featured on Fleur Avenue Blog! Check it out at http://www.fleuravenue.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 23, 2009

More new art



Trying out a simplistic style

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wendy the Witch


I'm starting to get the feeling that Halloween is coming up! My favorite holiday.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mr. Dodo does not believe in stereotypes



Contrary to popular belief dodos had very studious natures, often reading for hours and constructing laboratories for scientific testing. It is now believed that they are not extinct but have merely "gone to ground" in a vast dodo social experiment.

Well, it's what I'd like to believe.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

2 new WIPs




"Beach Warrior" and "Concerto in P" I'm thinking of leaving the last one black and white after I rescan it at a higher quality.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Under Da Sea

For the most part the things that inspire me don't occur in my everyday surroundings. I love a certain wintry mood, a little desolate. I love historic architecture and a certain gothic mood to cities, Savannah sends me into raptures. For every day living however I despise the cold and picture myself eternally circling the block in a city trying to work up the nerve to parallel park.

South Florida specializes in bright colors and a tropical feel. Not so much my artistic style. I would love to branch out but my brain has been so inundated by Jimmy Buffet themed rooms from northern transplants (I'm one myself) that I feel like I have a mental block. I want more of this:





And less of this!!



The one inspiration I currently have from my "real" life is the local marine life. When we got back from the keys we went snorkeling off of my local beach. There is a reef a few yards out from shore and we take more experienced snorkelers there when they come visit. With the ocean currents and depth (roughly 12-14 feet at low tide) fins are a must and it can be tricky for weaker or younger swimmers. But it is definitely worth it and my parents and sister loved it! We saw a wide variety of fish from parrot fish to puffers to cow fish and tarpon. At one point I had moved slightly away from the group and thought I had seen a trumpet fish in a cave of the reef. As I swam down for a closer look I noticed the shape kept going and going into the crevice and I realized I was not seeing a trumpet fish but part of a much larger animal. My goggles were getting fogged so as I surfaced to clear them I called everyone over and my father dove down to the rocks for a closer look. It was the tail of a small nurse shark who was hiding out in the reef. My first in water experience with a shark! Luckily he was a baby and seemed mostly interested in hiding in his little hole. Nurse sharks are fairly common here especially on the reef and are mostly non-aggressive. We have had some bites from them but we also have idiots who try to ride them because they are so known for their mild temperment. Aside from swimming with the sea turtles in Mexico it was my most exciting snorkel yet. If the youngster's mommy or daddy had shown up I'd probably feel differently. I once encountered a barracuda roughly my own size which resulted in some fast backpedaling on my part.

Here's my attempt to blend my love for the local marine life and a more sedate style. Prints are now available in my etsy shop.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Tanned and Relaxed



Just got back from a relaxing week in the Florida Keys with my family. We stayed at Tranquility Bay in Marathon and enjoyed swimming, snorkeling, boating and fishing all week. The hubs even caught his first tuna. Now I'm back and ready to finish some dolls. I also found this cute pattern that I'd like to try out for some storage around the house. http://vlijtig.blogspot.com/2008/11/here-it-is.html

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Some new art and scans



I think animals with incongruous objects is my new theme for some reason. Finally got my new scanner! I'm so excited.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Porcupine and Badger go to market


Just got home from a fun weekend in Gainesville. It was nice to spend some time with my sister and see all my long lost alligator friends. Is it strange I think gators are adorable? They're fat with short chubby legs and big cheeks for pinching, right up my alley. Now I'm back in South Florida with internet connection again. Hooray! I sketched this picture over my trip and am thinking about coloring it in photoshop. We'll see. Porcupine and Badger are off to the market, unfortunately Porcupine drew the short straw and has to pull.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Missing



Just a one off photoshop today in the case of the missing bird Horatio and Edgar the cat who was the last to see him. Hoping to get back to work on some of my dolls this afternoon.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sorry!

I have been a very bad blogger. I recently had a commission to sculpt an Anne of Green Gables doll of polymer clay. The customer wanted Anne to be slightly older, more like the teen who went to the concerts with Diana to recite. I feel like I'm overly cautious with my commission pieces. They take me a ridiculously long time. With my own work if something ends up looking somewhat different from my original intentions I can work that into the theme. With commission pieces I feel like everything must be perfect and I obsess over the smallest detail. So for the past 3 weeks I've been agonizing over a shade of red hair or the perfect lace for an Edwardian tea dress.




During my time away I also completed Eliza who started out as the girl from the frog prince story. Unfortunately the frog was never to my satisfaction so now she has a more mysterious back story although I admit I named her while reading Pride and Prejudice for the umpteenth time. Sorry about the pics. My camera is as blurry as always (I'll blame the camera over my shaky hands).



After Eliza my dolls all seemed mad at me. Nothing I did was to their satisfaction so I've taken a two day break from them and decided to paint for a little relief. Unfortunately I don't have any canvases lying around so I had to make due with Adobe Photoshop on my computer. To add to the difficulty I don't have a proper mouse only the touchpad on my laptop so any intricate painting was out of the question but I'm happy with these two little girls who have come along. I think their simplicity is part of their charm.







Personally I've had and will continue to have a busy schedule all through August. All fun stuff though! The Hubs and I took a snorkeling trip up to Peanut Island, walked around South Beach and are going on vacation with my family for a week to Marathon in the Keys. There is nothing like summer in Florida. Yes, it's oppressively hot and muggy but I love snorkeling and the ocean temp is in the 80's. Also good for fishing and boating. Should be a fantastic summer!