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......


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Knocking at the Door.....

While Father Time is steadily ticking away, a fresh New Year is rapidly knocking at our doors.  It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone so quickly.  Where does all that time go anyway?I guess we'll never know.  Tomorrow, we will all wake up with a fresh new page in our books for a new chapter in our lives. What will the New Year unfold for the lot of us?

Saturday Evening Post Father Time and Baby New Year

In retrospect, 2016 was indeed a very busy year for me.  I added on more shows than the year before and I felt as if I was creating the entire year!  In fact, there were days where I don't even remember seeing the sun shining outside because I was so busy working!   Why, this year my work even made the cover of Pretty Toys Magazine!  What an honor that is to say the least!  I must have forgotten to make a post about it here.  How one earth could I have forgot to mention something as important as that?  See, this is what happens when you are so busy that you don't know if you are coming or going!  At any rate, here is a pic of the cover.  I was also on the cover of the Russian version for this issue as well.  I'm sure you know how excited I was when I seen it.  I had no idea.  Albeit, it's a small corner of the cover, however, it was still pretty awesome to me!   "My Moment of Zen" is the piece that made the cover and a nice write up on the inside as well.  If you would like to purchase either a hard copy or a digital copy, here is the link for you!    http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1190390  I was also fortunate enough to be published in there September 2016 issue as well.  You will see that one below.  You can pick up your copy here:  http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1166040


"My Moment of Zen" gourd doll

September 2016 cover of Pretty Toys Magazine.  I was published in this one too! 

Aside from the publications, I managed to do 5 pretty big shows this year and numerous art stroll events in Lake Mary, Florida.  What were the shows you ask?  The Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The International Doll and Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, North Carolina,  The Spirits in Sanford Show in Sanford, Florida,  The Fairy and Earth Festival in Osteen, Florida, and the Atomic Holiday Bazaar Show in Sarasota, Florida.   Needless to say, after working so hard towards all of these shows this year, I was WIPED out!   All I have to say is that it has truly been a VERY busy year for creating!

As many of you know, I was finally able to get my hands on an artist canopy tent so that I can begin doing outdoor shows.   I have already started to make my "game plan" for which shows to try my luck on.  Some of the shows I have already missed the application deadlines for the upcoming show season, but I have those particular shows marked on my calendar so that I will not miss them on the 2018 show year.   At any rate, I am not sure if my figure work will be permitted into certain shows simply because of the description of the show categories.  The only way I can apply for shows with my figure work is if they permit 3D mixed media sculpture works.  So, that limits the shows I can participate with.  :-P   However, I am not a one-trick pony!  I have gourd work I can submit and my drawing/painting skills to fall back on as well.   Anyway, we shall see what unfolds at a later date where the outdoor show circuit is concerned.  

In the meantime, what is slotted for the New Year of 2017?  

As you know, I will be at the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Show at the beginning of May in Philadelphia and the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show in June in Asheville once again.   So far, in July, it looks as if I will be teaching a 3 day class in New Mexico.  I have not signed a contract on that just yet , but let's just say at this time it is still in the planning/finalizing stages.  If it goes through, it will be towards the end of July.   It will consist of a show and classes by various artist such as myself.   Just these 3 events alone are enough to keep me busy for the next few months.  But, of course, as you know, I am looking at outdoor show events as well.  Most likely something local to me towards the end of the year around October/November/December.  This way I do not have the travel expenses like I do when I go out of state.  You would be amazed at how much that adds up to travel out of the state!  

As for New Year's resolutions?  I haven't thought of anything yet pertaining to The Pixie Knoll.  Maybe it will simply be to maintain the status quo.   With the exception....I would rather sell more than I keep.  :-D  But, what artist does not wish for such a thing?  Perhaps, I should be a little more exploratory this year.  Maybe I should not be so rigid it what I create.  Perhaps I should think outside of the box?  Maybe I can work in a "theme" this year.  Hmmmm, *scratches head*, the possibilities are ENDLESS!!!!  This is what is so nice about having a creative job....everything and anything GOES!   I think I met my goals I set for myself last year.  They were good goals I think.  Perhaps this year, the goal is just to maintain.  We shall see.  As for my personal life?  I need to work on "myself". I have neglected myself for a very long time, so I need to do a little focusing on ME for a change.  That does not mean I will slack on the pixies by any means.  What it REALLY means is that I need to work on improving me and my image and in turn, this will improve the pixies!  

So, with that said, I would like to thank EVERYONE for following me here at The Pixie Knoll. It is because of all of you, that I continue with my whimsical creations.  It brings me great happiness and joy to create my figures and I hope it brings you just as much happiness to see and own them as well.  
Wishing you all a very 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!   
 I wish you all to have a 
Healthy and Prosperous 
New Year 
filled with 
Love and Happiness!




Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sleigh Bells Ring....


The stockings have been hung, the gifts are nestled under the boughs of the Christmas tree, and the milk and cookies have been laid out for Santa's arrival, it is finally time for me to find my way to bed so that visions of sugar plums can dance in my head.   Even at this moment, sleigh bells ring high in the sky with St. Nick working steadfast throughout the night to deliver gifts to the good boys and girls in the world.

Even as I write, on the other side of the world, the good children are already waking to find what delightful gifts Santa has brought them this year.  The joys of Christmas morning!  The gathering of family and friends, the love and laughter had by all, and the acts of kindness through sharing.   What a delightful scene in each and every home.  Here and there, far and wide, it's Christmas once again!

In keeping with the Spirit of Christmas, I wish you all the most joyous day!  
The Merriest of them all! 
 A Very Merry Christmas!  

A little something special I found.  A wonderful illustration by Eva Melhuish.
I absolutely love her Christmas gnomes, don't you?  You should check her work out, it's wonderful!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Merry Christmas
and
Happy New Year
to ALL