Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Little Something To Tie You Over.....

That is exactly what this post is.....a little of something, but a bunch of nothing.  :-D  I merely wanted to pop in here to update you good folks on my current activities.  

The Quinlan Doll and Bear Convention has come and gone once again.  Another year of seeing all of the artist's wonderful creations, making new friends and sharing good laughs with old friends all the while creating another great bunch of memories to cherish for a life-time.  It was a fun show indeed.  Too bad a lot of you could not attend...you are really missing out! 

Now, I am making headway for the International Doll and Teddy Show that is on the weekend of June 23 and 24.  I have 2 projects on my work bench that I am striving to complete in time to make an appearance at the show.  :-)  One has turned out to be a lot more involved that I had anticipated. LOL  You know how it is, once you get going on something, you keep adding and adding and adding until you look up and think....OMG, I have created a monster!  Well, in truth, it's not a behemoth project per say, but it does have a lot of little parts that are taking me longer than I had expected.  :-P  Suffice to say, it will be pretty cute once I am finished I think.  With luck, perhaps I can get in a 3rd project, but I am not going to hold my breath on that.  :-)  At any rate, all my current WIP pictures are stuck on my phone, so you will just have to take my word for it.  :-D  Hopefully, I'll have time to share something later once I get closer to completion.  No promises on that though.  o.O

Aside from show preparations, I was just notified that my class in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the Road to Enchantment convention has been cancelled due to lack of interest.  Hmmm, probably because it was a little bit of a daunting task of trying to complete a full figure in 2 days. LOL  Can you say....over achiever?  Yeah, just a bit.  But, in my defense, this is what the organizers wanted from me.  I tried to explain to them that THAT was a bit much...even for myself, but this is what they wanted.  Initially the class was 3 days, then it dropped to 2 days.  Which made it even more of an impossible task.  At any rate, next time I am asked to teach a class, I will suggest what I think how it should be and what I am comfortable doing.  *sigh*  I guess you live and learn from these types of things.  Now, at least next time, I will know better.  :-)  Besides, what is that old saying?  When one door closes another one opens?   We shall wait and see what comes up!

If you follow along with my Face Book, you will know that I am once again participating in the Spirits in Sanford Halloween show.  This year, the show date is October 6 and 7th.  That Friday night is the artist reception.  It's an RSVP event with cocktails, fun, door prizes and early purchasing power for the Friday night attendees!  Don't forget to where your COSTUMES!!!!  It's great fun, lots of laughs, and you will always find something WICKED to take home with you.  For more information, please head over to their website now so you can be sure to schedule you and your ghoulish date for the RSVP Friday night event!   http://www.spiritsinsanford.com/Spirits_in_Sanford/Home.html

Well, folks, that is what I have for you at this moment.  Sorry no pics this time, but next time I return, I should have something nice for you to look at.  :-D  As always, thanks for stopping by my page here and taking a trip with me through The Pixie Knoll!  I'll see you next time!

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Dark Side.....

After many sleepless nights and long hours in the studio, I managed to finish up my next gallery piece for the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear show in Philly that is taking place starting on this upcoming Thursday.  

As you already know from my last post, I was heading towards the "dark side" for my next piece. Since I already create Halloween stuff, it was just befitting to participate in the "Dark Side Gallery" for the show.  However, this time, instead of creating something retro/vintage Halloween, I kept things in the world of pixie and did something that I have not done before and went to the "wild" side.  I wanted a taste of voodoo, a little bit of shaman, and something very earthy and pagan.   And, I think I hit the nail on the head!  Having only a week to complete the project, I think I did an outstanding job!  Of course, I didn't get a lot of sleep during last week, but it was well worth the efforts as you will soon see.  

So, what was my thought process for this piece?  I wanted to create something that was primal, so my thoughts were that the voodoo pixie would be drawing energy from a good magic source and turning it into bad magic.  But, without an actual illustration showing electric sparks, unearthly gases rising from the grounds and fire as motifs of energy, I had to go a different route.  So, I decided a dead unicorn skull would do the trick.  :-P  I mean, what else would have good magic?  And, a dead unicorn of all things! Only something immortal can kill another immortal being, right?   So, here you have this naughty little pixie in all her innocents, sitting on top of the skull of the unicorn, drawing magic from it's wonderful gold and pearl horn.  It's her talisman of power, the unicorn skull.  It's raw, it's pagan, it's earthy, it's shamanic, it's voodoo, it's just downright wicked.  And, as I looked at this piece, I thought, that unicorn had a bit of bad luck and so, the piece was called "Bad Juju".      

"Bad Juju" came out way better than I had ever expected and I am very pleased with the results.  I hope you will be just as pleased as I am.  You will have to let me know what you think.  I REALLY do appreciate your comments, so feel free to say what is on your mind.    And, here is "Bad Juju" for your viewing pleasure!  
"Bad Juju"

"Bad Juju"

"Bad Juju"

"Bad Juju close-up" 
"Bad Juju close-up"


"Bad Juju"

"Bad Juju"

"Bad Juju"
I admit, I REALLY enjoyed creating "Bad Juju".  Most likely, I will create more primal and wild pixies that have a touch of shaman/voodoo in their bones in the future.  :-)   But for the moment, I am already tackling the final pieces for the next gallery theme for the show.  The theme is "Things That Make You Smile".   I am near completion, but I still have a lot to do.  Hopefully, I will be finished by late tonight or tomorrow.....just in time to toss it into my suitcase and hit the door running for the airport on Wednesday morning.  I'm hoping to have the time to upload a quick post before then to show you the end results.  I'll keep my fingers crossed.   But, until then, it's back to work for me!  Lots to do yet if I want to complete it in time.  :-)

Thanks for stopping in and for your comments too!  I will talk to you folks real soon!  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trash to Treasures, In the land of Nod....

At least, that is where I have been over the last month.  Quite literally!  Since the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Convention is just around the corner with only a couple of weeks to spare, I have been lost in a fantasy world inside my own studio!

If you are not familiar with this show, you should be.  It features some of the leading artist in the doll artist industry AND it only permits one-of-a-kind pieces. Not only that, but there is a great competition that you can judge for your favorite show piece as well as several different themed categories where artist create pieces to fit the themes.  And to top it all off, there are many different types of classes offered by artist and seminars you can attend while you are there too.  It's great fun had by all and definitely not a dull moment.  If you live in Philadelphia and/or surrounding area, you should consider attending.  Here is the link for more information.        http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention/

Now, back to the land of Nod that I was referring to a moment ago.  My latest finished piece is based on that wonderful poem by Eugene Field, "Wynken, Blynken and Nod".  If you have never heard of it, here is a link so you can read it.  Don't worry, it only takes a moment or two.  :-)  https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/wynken-blynken-and-nod   And, for those who want to forgo the link, here is the brief  rundown.  It's a classic little tale of a child whose mother sings him to sleep.  He nods off to sleep into a wonderful dreamland where he is fishing upon wooden shoe boat with Wynken and Blynken, in the clouds.  While he is there, he and Wynken and Blynken have a conversation with the Moon about catching the herring fish.  As it turns out, their nets of silver and gold only catch the shining stars.  Wynken and Blynken turn out to be a pair of eyes, and Nod....nods his head off to sleep.  It's quite a magical little poem, one that I remember well from my childhood.  Perhaps you do too.

Remember that old wooden vintage shoe from my trip to the flea market back in February?  Yep, that is what it became!  Nothing better than a trash to treasures story.  :-)   As you will find, the shoe fit and it made for wonderful inspiration.  The finished piece ended up being about 19 inches tall and 16 inches in length.  The figures are approximately 7 inches tall and sculpted from polymer clay with a wire armature and hand-made eyes.  The wooden shoe was put in place with apoxie and wire, then lower base was sculpted from paper clay.  I hope you like them.  Enjoy!

Introducing "Wynken, Blynken and Nod".  Let me know what you think!

The old vintage wooden shoe in the "BEFORE" state when I found it at the flea market.

Vintage wooden shoe after I had spent countless hours sanding and putting a fresh coat of stain on it. It turned out quite lovely, don't you think?

"Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

"Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

Close-up of "Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

Close-up of "Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

Close-up of "Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

"Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

This is one piece of work that I have really enjoyed creating.  Perhaps I will make more fairy tale pieces in the future.  We will just have to wait and see.

But for now, I have to turn my muse' s thinking cap toward the next gallery theme for the show.  I have roughly a week to complete it if I want to ship all of my work out in time for the show.  Yeah, I know, nothing like working down to the very last minute.  I swear, every show I say I will not do this to myself and yet, here I am once again doing the same thing.  However, in my defense, I was not able to work for almost a month because I became sick so unfortunately, do to unforeseen obstacles, I am behind schedule.  :-P    What is the next theme you ask?  The DARK SIDE!!!    Pixie-styled, of course.  :-D   Sweet and innocent meets wicked.  You got to love how the mind works, heh?  ha ha

Anyway, I'm off to the studio.  I hope you guys enjoyed my latest piece.  As always, thank you for looking!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Leesburg Art Festival Recap and the Unexpected Roller Coaster Ride of Events.....

First off, the Leesburg Fine Art Festival here in Florida turned out to be a great event!  To be my very first fine art outdoor show, I have NO COMPLAINTS whatsoever.  The first day of the event was fabulous.  The weather was cooperative (beyond gorgeous) and the people were FANTASTIC!

Notice I said, "first day".  LOL  I'll get more into that in a moment.  But before I do, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for all of the people who came in to my booth to see what I offered at the show instead of just merely walking by like often times happens to many artist.

To all of you who took the time to stop by:  You have no idea how special you made me feel.  Thank you!  Thank you to each of you who took the time to listen about my art form; why I sculpt the characters that I do and the processes of how I create my sculptures.  Thank you for taking an interest and considering my work as a "fine art" and for embracing it's uniqueness.  Thank you for all of your wonderful compliments and comments.  Because of all of you who stopped by, you made my world so wonderful and I am both gracious and humble for it.  I truly can not say "thank you" enough.
"Penelope" with her "Selected for Judging" ribbon at The 40th Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival.

To the judges:  It was a great honor to have my piece, "Penelope", selected for judging.  Again, for it being my first fine art outdoor show event with my figurative work, I was very honored with your selection.  Albeit, I did not win in the end, but for me, this was a milestone for me and thus, very special.  So, thank you for the consideration and acknowledging my art form as "fine art".  My intent on attending the festival was to help build awareness of the wonders of my particular medium and style of art, and thanks to you, you helped me to place it on the map.  THANK YOU!

And, finally, a very special thank you goes out to the kind gentleman, Mr. Millard Ives, from the Daily Commercial who was inspired enough by my work to make me and my work the feature part of his article when writing about the fine art festival.  You, good sir, lifted my spirits and brightened my weekend beyond measure with this pleasant surprise.  Thank you for your kindness in sharing my work with our wonderful community.  Trust me when I say I will be framing this piece of paper!
A wonderful article by Mr. Millard Ives of the Daily Commercial featuring "yours truly".  Thank you again, Mr. Ives! Article dated,  Sunday, March 12, 2017, The Daily Commercial.

So, now that I have taken care of that, I wanted to get to DAY 2.  And, I start that with expressing my DEEPEST AND MOST SINCERE apologies to EVERY SINGLE PERSON who visited me and to those of you who came out on Sunday to find my tent closed up.

First, I want to say 'NOT TO PANIC!!!!   But, I feel the need to let you all know that it is quite possible I "might" have infected some individuals unknowingly.  Apparently, at the start of the festival, and I mean, starting with that Friday of setting up my booth, I thought I might have been coming down with the flu since I wasn't really feeling my best and I started with a sore throat.  Later Friday evening (after I had taken some cold medicine that I had not tried before) I noticed that I had started to break out with a "rash" on my hands; I thought maybe it was my imagination or that I could be having an allergic reaction.  By the time Saturday rolled around (the first day of the festival) I noticed this "rash" was getting worse as the day progressed.  WELL, by Sunday morning, I was in so much pain on my hands and feet with blisters and intense redness due to this mysterious rash, that I got up and proceeded immediately to the walk-in emergency care clinic.  The pain was SO BAD, I could NOT even bend my fingers or even barely walk.  What was it?    You betcha, something BAD and CONTAGIOUS.   At the time, it was assumed I had Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease, but to be sure, I had to seek the consultation of a Dermatologist since I had such a severe case of it and all over my body, not just in the "traditional" areas of the skin.

Anyway, I really wanted to let all of you know that I am truly so very sorry if any of you managed to contract this from me.  If I had known, I would NEVER have exposed any of you with this.  Apparently, for those who live local to me in the Lake County area, there have been cases of break outs over the last couple of months.  There is no telling where I picked it up at because I do not have little ones in  my midst, but it could have been any where because it is EASILY spread via droplets and spray from coughing and sneezing and oozing blisters/touch.   So, please, forgive me if any of you managed to contract this from me.  I would not wish this stuff on anyone.....it is that miserable!  If you have never heard of Hands, Foot and Mouth Disease, please read about it here from the CDC:   https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/   I had never heard of this before, or at least, I do not remember it from way back in my nursing days 20+ years ago.

At any rate, I really wanted to explain to all of you good folk why my booth was closed up tight come Sunday for the show.  My intent was to be there, but it was truly for the best that I did not show up.  I could NOT risk affecting anyone (or anymore people) with this cursed condition.  I'm sure all of you will understand my reasoning for my decision and know it was the smart decision to make.  With that said, for those who did come to see me on Saturday, I really hope that NONE of you caught this from me.  And, if, by some chance that you did, I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me after you have cursed my name a million times over.  (I truly do not blame you if you did.)

Here are a few pics to give you an idea what to look for.  Keep in mind, these pics really do not do this stuff justice because my hands and feet were extremely red and felt like they were on FIRE!.
Sunday morning at the Emergency walk in clinic.

Sunday morning at the Emergency walk in clinic.

Sunday morning at the emergency walk in clinic. 

Late Monday afternoon progression post Dermatologist appointment.

Thursday afternoon. I can finally fold my hands into a "fist" and the redness and swelling have disappeared after mega doses of Prednisone, antibiotics and a medicated skin ointment that was much like Vaseline.

Thursday afternoon:  The skin is starting to slough off.  Oddly, it is like a snake peeling, except the skin is like 5 layers of hard-tack epidermis shedding.  Here it had peeled back from my index finger and I had to literally cut the skin away so that I could "touch" my keyboard in order to type.  o.O  Disgusting!!!!  EWWWWW!

So, as you can see, my weekend was a HUGE roller coaster ride!  Ups and downs, here and there.  But, I am here to say that aside from the set-back of this horrid infection I managed to pick-up, it was one of the BEST weekends in my artistic career EVER!!!   And for that,  THANK YOU with all my heart!  

P.S.  I really and truly hope that no one caught this from me.  I would feel absolutely horrible if you had.  Again, please forgive me if you did, I had no idea this was happening.<3 all="" and="" love="" nbsp="" p="" to="" ugs="">

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Forward movement.... with PICTURES!!!

This year is really moving forward like a whirlwind in Oz!  Here it is already towards the end of February and I have only made one post here so far this year.  Now, to some, that might be a shame, but honestly, if you really think about it, my absence here usually means I am busy working away in the studio!

Looking back, I now realize I was supposed to put up some pictures of the latest finished gourds.  But alas, that will have to wait another day.  Today, I have other goodies to share with you!

First off, I want to remind everyone that the Leesburg Art Festival is just a couple of weeks away. If you live in or near Lake County, Florida area, you will not want to miss the event.  It is March 11th and 12th.  I will be located in booth 105!  I am super excited about this event because it earmarks my very first official outdoor artist festival. So please, come out and show your support for the arts....and The Pixie Knoll.  For more information on the event, here is a link:                    https://www.facebook.com/LeesburgArtFestival/

I also wanted to let everyone know that I have officially created a "business" page on Facebook.  If you are wanting to know what I am working on more "frequently" please head on over the Facebook and follow The Pixie Knoll.  Here is a link to make it easier for you!  Remember to "like" the page!
https://www.facebook.com/thepixieknoll/  You will know you have landed in the right spot if you see these pictures on the header.  :-)   Of course, these are subject to change at a later date depending on my pixie temperament for the day.   But for now, they will let you know you are at the right location.

"Meadow" by Lori Platt of The Pixie Knoll.

The Pixie Knoll header.

Aside from creating the new business page on Facebook, I have also created a new logo that I will be using for my Certificates of Authenticity.   I am still fine tuning the details but I wanted to share with you what this image will look like.  I hope to have this completed in time for the upcoming art festival.   I would love to hear what you think about it!  Let me know.  :-)

The new Pixie Knoll logo that I will be using for Certificates of Authenticity! 

As long as I am here, I thought I would also share with you some up and coming projects.  The first project is a super cool flea market find.  It is a vintage wine bottle holder, or was, just wait and see what it becomes later!  I have finished sanding it and still need to stain it etc.  But this great little find is destined for far better things than at the junk yard in the local flea market.  Unfortunately, it has currently been set to the side for other more pressing projects that I will share with you in just a quick moment.
Vintage wine bottle holder.

New and improved item on it's way to being something wonderful!
The other "projects" I am working on are actually part of a huge commission for pixie head ornaments!  You remember in my last post that cute little pixie head ornament? Well, as luck would have it, that little fella managed to find a wonderful collector whom has requested a lot of them for her Christmas Tree this coming holiday season.  I am thrilled with this commission to say the least!  So, while I am busy working on her commission, I am in dire need of heads for finished doll figures for the upcoming shows.  It's almost like killing 3 birds with one stone.  :-D  Yes, I say 3 because aside from the commission, there is the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Show and the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show too.   
Cute little pixie head ornaments and upcoming doll projects on their way!

I have to admit, I feel like I am busier than a worker bee these days with so much going on, but you know, I am LOVING every minute of it.  I look forward to sharing my next post of finished works with you already.  But first, I will be busy sculpting more heads before I will have something "finished" to share.  In the meantime, thank you all so very much for your "likes" to my business page on Facebook, and too for your continued support of The Pixie Knoll.  Without all of you, the pixies would be so lost!  

Happy Sunday! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Little Show and Tell....

It's a funny kind of limbo when you are waiting for more supplies to arrive so you can get back to sculpting.   Your mind starts to wander thinking of all the projects you could make....better yet....ones you could be working on RIGHT now at this very instant had you not run out of glass eyes.   Shame on me for letting this happen.  I should know better.   

However, do not fret, it will all be alright because all of the day dreams that are currently plaguing my mind of all the future creative possibilities have not disappeared and turned to mush.  I can envision grand things to come from the workbench in the near future.  Wondrous possibilities in fact!  Within the scheme of things, all is not lost. This has now turned into the planning stage!  In fact, sometimes having a little downtime is a good thing for a creative person.  This is the time when we re-collect our imaginations and make them brighter, bolder and more refreshed than ever before.  We refill our creative wells during these moments.  It's as necessary as breathing air. 

So, while I am letting my creative well replenish itself, in the meantime I am working on a few gourds to bring with me to the Lake Mary Art Stroll coming up on the 1st of February.   Why gourds?  Well, I'm a bit curious to see what the crowds might think of them.  It's a trial and error thing.  Sometimes you have to do that sort of thing to see if it is worth wasting your time on them.  Of course, since I have a TON of gourds laying about here, it will be a while before I call it quits on gourd artistry.   At any rate, one of the gourds I am working on is a bowl.  It measures approximately 5.5 inches tall and just over 8 inches wide.  It's a pretty good sized bowl.  I thought you might like to see some pics of the different stages.  My final step is to paint it.  Hopefully I will have it finished this weekend along with a few others that are sitting and waiting to be finished up.  It's amazing how long these gourd projects really take.  I think that I have almost a weeks worth of work into this gourd alone. :-D   I hope once I am finished with it, it will have been worth the effort.  





Recently I was commissioned to create a pixie head ornament to go on a Christmas tree.  With the hectic pace of the holidays, I was not able to get to it before Christmas, but the collector was in no hurry what-so-ever and it did not matter if it arrived in time for Christmas.  That was super nice as it took a lot of pressure of the creative process.  Nothing worse than feeling the "crunch" when trying to get something completed in a hurry.  At any rate, their patience paid off as the cutest little pixie head sprouted out of the clay.  I admit, it was tempting to keep him for myself.  LOL  I could imagine at what a cute little doll figure he would have made had I been given the privileged to make him into a doll. Here are a few snap shots.  I am sure you would agree.  :-)  



Anyway, this is what I have for now.  I'm sure that early next week, I will have some gourd pics for you all since I have quite a few of them on my bench to be finished over the next few days.  Once I finish with Lake Mary next week, I will probably be taking a break from gourd work for a few months so that I can fully prepare for the upcoming shows. 

In the meantime, it's time for me to get out of here and get back to work!  Thanks for checking in here at The Pixie Knoll!  I hope you all have a LOVELY weekend!  


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Starting Off On The Right Foot....

Well, folks, it's official!

I have been accepted into the Leesburg Art Festival for this coming March 11th and 12th in downtown Leesburg, Florida!  As you might have imagined, I am EXTREMELY excited about this new adventure!

I am already planning on a few items that give my work a new artistic twist.  It's like a breath of fresh air for my creative mind.   Don't worry, I will still be creating my cute little figures, but I am expanding just a wee bit to incorporate some wonderful figures with a more "artsy" view.  At least, that is the plan.  I simply can't wait for these projects to unfold.  And, I can't wait to bring you along on this new pixie adventure in The Pixie Knoll.

Stay tuned while I gather my supplies and my thoughts!  I think you will be pleasantly surprised where this new path will lead......