Monday, December 29, 2014

It's been a long month of December... lots of pictures!

Many of you out there who follow me on Face Book know that the month of December has been a VERY long month for me indeed.  Not only does it hold the longest day of the year, but it certainly felt like it was the longest month of the year too!

A brief explanation:  my mother became very sick and was in ICU for about a week and a half.  Leading up to that point in time, I was on the run, trying to do "house checks" on her to be sure she was ok, until it came to a point in time when I knew she was not improving and needed to be seen by a Dr.  She lives approximately an hours drive from my home so I was spending a lot of hours driving.  This, and I am the designated taxi service for my son to and from work as well...he is employed about 30 minutes from the home.  So, all of this driving to and from left me with no time to create and barely enough time to get my Christmas tree up to enjoy over the Holiday.   At any rate, she is now home and currently staying with me until she is strong enough to live on her own. 

Fortunately amid all of the hustle and bustle (and not the holiday sort of running about), I did manage to get in a little bit of time and finish up the Santa's on my work bench.   I am VERY pleased with how they all turned out and very happy to say that they have all been sold too!   Next year, I hope to have more available for purchase.  At least, that will be the goal anyway.  At any rate, here are the pics of the 3 completed Santa's.  I hope you like them! 

Bodach na Nollaig,  Scots Gaelic for Old Man of Christmas

Bodach na Nollaig, Scots Gaelic for Old Man of Christmas

Santa of Peace

Santa of Peace

The Holly King, 3rd Version
 
The Holly King, 3rd Version
Now that Christmas has past and we are off to the New Year, I wanted to share with you the auction that I have running at this time.  It's the last one of the year and the first of the New Year!  Nothing like killing off 2 birds with one stone, heh?  LOL   I have finally decided to put up one of my favorite pieces, "Cricket"!  He is such a cute little critter.  Whomever wins this auction will be taking a piece of my heart with them.  I just love his cute little dimpled smile and those freckles....oh my!  I know he will not last long at his low starting price.  So don't miss out on "Cricket's" auction.  If you do, you are missing out on a real treat!  http://www.ebay.com/itm/121530283593?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Cricket
 http://www.ebay.com/itm/121530283593?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
Aside from these, I have been looking into "gourd art".   About a month ago, I was lucky to find a gourd farm going out of business within a reasonable driving distance from my house.  I drove over and bought a butt load of dried gourds to try my hand at this ancient art form.   Of course, with all of the unfortunate happenings, I have not had an opportunity to even mess with them...until last night, when I stuck them in the wash basin to soak so I could clean them.  Unfortunately, some of them will have to soak a bit longer, AND, I could only soak a few at a time.  Suffice to say, they will all eventually be cleaned over the next few weeks I hope.  HAHA  Anyway, since I am new to this craft, I wanted to show you the process of cleaning dried gourds....at least, what I have learned so far.
This is an uncleaned gourd that has not completely dried yet.  I grew this one myself and it was supposed to be a bottle gourd.  As you can see, the top rotted but the bottom portion will still dry and possible make a nice bowl or something.  :-D The dirty portion on the gourd is actually the rotting debris of the outer skin and it is dried mold.  Once it is completely dried, that will have to be scrubbed off. 

I bought 4 HUGE bags full of different types of dried gourds in different shapes and sizes. These still need to be soaked and cleaned. 

Here is the wash basin and a copper scrubbing pad.  I have a wet towel over the top of the gourds to help soak the top portions of the gourds that are not immersed into the water.  The cleaning solution is warm soapy water with 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.  I admit, I did not do the exact measurement...it was more an "eyeball" measurement. LOL   

Here I have removed the towel and started to scrub some of the gourds.  You can see where some are still dirty with the mold and you can see the portions that have been scrubbed. 

A couple of cleaned gourds.

These 4 have been cleaned and are now drying once again in the sun.  It will probably take a full day of drying before I can do anything to the outside of them.  Once they are dried, then I will decide which ones are cut open, etc.  If they are cut open, then I must also clean the inside portion. There will be a lot of mold dust inside, so I will have to wear a face mask to do that job.  But, once they are cleaned, they are safe and can be used for drinking and eating out of just like in the ancient times by tribal folks. 
So that is where I am with the gourds.  Looks like a lot of fun, huh?  Hopefully I will be able to create something very unique and fun with them.  You will just have to check back at a later date to see what I do with them.  :-D   In the meantime, I wanted to remind all of you good folks that it is now open registration for the Quinlan Show in Philadelphia coming up in April/May.  Here is the link to the website for more information.  http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention/registration.html   Also, I will be attending the IDS show in Asheville, North Carolina.  For more information, you can follow this link http://www.internationaldollshow.com/

In closing, I wanted to get a little feed back if I could from you kind folks out there in bloglandia.  I was considering closing my Halloween themed blog and just keeping everything here on the one blog.  It's not that it is too difficult to keep up with the 2 blogs, but truthfully, they are pretty much the same things and I feel as if I am double posting.  That might get a bit boring for some of you out there.  Speaking for myself, I would not want to re-read something I just read....unless I was having trouble understanding what it I was reading.  LOL  At any rate, I would appreciate your input on the thought.  I'm torn with the idea, but I think it would make things a bit more simplistic.  What do you think?   And, with that notion....I'm off to try and clean more gourds.  :-D 

Thanks for stopping by The Pixie Knoll!  Have a wonderful day! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Special Thank You!

As always, there are many things to be "thankful" for through out the year, but Thanksgiving is a special time of the year that we show our gratitude for the abundances we have in our lives. 

This year, I want to say a special Thank You to all of you out there in the world who have been supportive of my artistic endeavors in the doll and figurative arts.  In doing so, I have created a special sale in my Etsy store for this Holiday weekend to show my gratitude for your continued support.  

Put in coupon code Thanksgiving15 and receive 15% off of your total purchase from now until December 2, 2014!   That's right!  The sale stretches from Thanksgiving day right through Cyber Monday!  So, if you've had your eye on an item but were waiting on a special time to make the purchase, now is the time!    https://www.etsy.com/shop/Pixieknoll?page=2

As a special note, I also do lay-away plans as well.  You can break the payments up into 2 or 3 installments.

As always, thanks for following along here at The Pixie Knoll!

Happy Thanksgiving Folks!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho!

The time has come and there is a flurry of white whiskers flying about my workbench once again!  Well, I haven't made it to the white whiskers yet, but rest assured, I'll be there soon enough!  If you haven't guessed what I'm working on yet then bah humbug to you too!  That's right, it's Santa making time! 

Now, I would love to show you pictures of what I am currently working on, but unfortunately you will just have to take a seat and sip on your cup of hot chocolate and wait this one out.  Why?  Well, because one of these Kringles is a very special gift to a very special person out there and I am not permitted to spoil the fun.  It's almost like the gift under the tree that says "Do Not Open Before Christmas"!  I know, I know, how very cruel of me.  Most likely, I will end up with coal in my stocking for this one.  But, hopefully your wait will be well worth it and you will have enjoyed your cup of hot cocoa too!

So, now that you know I have been a very busy little elf, I should probably take the time to let you know of the next two hometown events where I will be showing some of my creations.  The first one is the Special Holiday Art Stroll this coming Friday on the 14th in Mount Dora, Florida.  The location is at 431 Donnelly Street (between 4th and 5th on Donnelly).  As I understand it, there will be about 20 local artisans showing off their wares for purchase.  So, if you are looking to do some early Christmas shopping, I would not want to miss out on this event to pick up something for that special art lover on your list. 

The second event is the Howey Christmas Festival Event on December 12 and 13th in the Town of Howey-in-the-Hills.  There will be a lots of craft vendors and a Christmas parade on that Saturday in the afternoon.  I believe the location is on Lakeshore but do not worry on the exact address.  Howey-in-the-Hills is one of those towns that if you blink...you will miss it.  Just follow the crowd and you will be there.  HAHA  

In the meantime, to get you in the mood for Christmas deals, I have listed up on Ebay my current prized possession, "Spring Awakening".  This is the piece that recently won one of the Dolls in Excellence awards from Dolls Magazine this summer and was also published in both Dolls Magazine and Pretty Toys Magazine (July 2014 issue) too.  It has a super low starting bid priced right for the collectors in mind.  Here is your chance to take home that award winning piece so don't delay! 


"Spring Awakening"  http://www.ebay.com/itm/121483566440?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  In the meantime, thanks for following along at The Pixie Knoll! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

'Tis the Season...

I am sure I am not the only one who becomes a bit disgruntled when you begin seeing Christmas decorations on the shelves in stores located an isle over from the Halloween d├ęcor.  I for one, would love to get through the fall season with all it's decorating splendor without the notion and reality that Christmas is fast on it's heels to haunt my purse strings.   Unfortunately it is the way of the marketing world of free enterprise.  The Christmas holiday season is the time when most companies make their biggest profits for the year.  Unfortunately, they are not alone in their endeavor, as I too, being an entrepreneur in the arts, fall victim to the same theme of the season. 

With that said, kick me if you like, but as the artsy, crafty type, you have to work a year ahead when it comes to holiday created creations.  The countless hours creating and the little to no pay for each item sold.  Creating for the sake of creating in hopes that someone out there in the world will love the item you created and want it as their own to love as much as you did when you created it.  (Of course, this rule applies to any hand-made item created whether it is holiday related or not!)   And too, not to mention, going it single-handedly,  as the artsy, crafty type, you take on the big business industry with their mass reproductions and their flood gate of surplus on the shelves in every huge chain store in the world!  Unfortunately, as I am just one of the crafty types in the world, I put my meager, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind wares on the table for the world to see, much like the days of old in the markets, showing and sharing my wares to barter for small bits of coin to put supper on the table whilst the big companies shower you with their reproduced goods

So, you wonder, what is the point to all of this?   The point here is simple really.  Before you head out to the big chain stores and are hit by the glitz and glamour of holiday reproductions and before you go and buy the gifts for your loved ones that are mass produced......why not consider something a little bit more home-spun from the heart?  Something that is special and hand-made with love and countless hours pouring over each tiny little detail that most fail to consider?  There are many artisans out there who create many types of wonderful hand-crafted goods, from very useful and practical items to those that hold special meaning to collectors.  With that said, I encourage each and every one of you to consider making at least one of your purchases...just one.....from a entrepreneur of hand-crafted items such as myself.  That is my only request for this holiday season.   If each person can go out and purchase just one single item from an artist, the world would be a much better place.  Big business will always be there as they make millions of dollars each year.  But the artist down the road might truly be struggling to put food on the table and buy gifts for their own children and their creations are the only way they know how to supplement their incomes to make ends meet.    So, the point is this holiday season BUY hand-crafted items instead of the mass produced items from big business!!!

Alright, I'm done preaching to the choir about making that one special purchase for the year, so now, I'm going to show you what I have been up to lately since it seems like forever since my last post!  I'm sure most thought I fell off the end of the world again, but in truth, I feel like I haven't even seen the light of day in forever!  

As you all know, I recently did a huge Halloween collection of one-of-a-kind items for the Sprits in Sanford show.  I had at the least 16 items created especially for the show, not to mention a total of 20 bat ornaments too for those that collect Halloween themed ornaments for Halloween trees!  It's true, it's all the fad....Halloween trees!  In fact, next year, I will be putting up my very own Halloween themed tree just because I can.  LOL    Speaking of ornaments, here is a sample pic of one of the bat ornaments.  Granted, it's not the best pic, but good enough for you to get an idea.  Believe it or not, these nifty bat ornaments measure about 5 to 6 inches across and about 3-4 inches tall.  I have a few left in the orange glittered wings, but most are the black or reddish colored glitter wings.  Each is an OOAK, but all look similar.  If you are interested in a purchase for your own decorations, just send me an email.  They are $20.00 each plus shipping.  I still have a lot of items left over from the show as well.  Feel free to check out the "Coven of Crones" section on my website for available items.  If you see something you like, again, just email me at lori@thepixieknoll.com  I haven't had a chance to load the items up to my Etsy store just yet because I have been extremely busy preparing for the show in Mount Dora!
Speaking of the Mount Dora Craft Festival......    That will be this coming weekend!  So, if you are in the local area here in Central Florida, you might consider coming to see it.  It's HUGE with a ton of great things to see and buy.  As I mentioned, I will be there with my OOAK creations, art dolls and ornaments alike.  My location is an inside location at the Congregational Church of Mount Dora, 650 N. Donnelly Street, Mount Dora, Florida 32757.  If you can make it....please be sure to stop by and say hello and check out my wares! 

What am I bringing you ask?  Well, again, I'll have a little bit of everything, Halloween to Christmas and my usual items from the Pixie Knoll!  In fact, my latest creations have been some super cute snowmen ornaments.  They measure about 5-6 inches in length and are made from paper clay.  So, they are considerably light-weight.   Each one is a unique creation since I do not use molds to create any of my items.  If you see one you like, again, just send me a description of it to my email to see if it is still available.   They are $20.00 each.   Here, you can see the process of their creation.  The sculpting, drying time, sanding, primer and the finished painting.  Over a weeks time went in to creating just these 20 ornaments!  Hard to believe really.  But, the finished product was extremely worth it!  They are seriously adorable!  Just see for yourself.  :-D 





Anyway, aside from these snowmen ornaments, I also sculpted a nice face for an upcoming project that I would like to share with you.  I would say the size of the head measures close to a baseball size.  So, it's a pretty good size and will be a doll about 18" tall if I had to guesstimate.  She will be a beauty when she is finished I think.  Only time will tell.  I'm not sure when she will be finished as I have a TON of stuff on my work bench at the moment.  Just know she is just one of many things to come in the near future!  
 
 
At any rate, thanks to all of you who stuck it out during what seemed to be a "down time period" here on my blog.  As you can see, I have been extremely busy over the last month.  Again, I encourage you to stop by my website and see all of the Halloween goodies that I have available too.  Or, just stop by to see all of the things that I created in the last couple of months.  Then, you will see how extremely busy I have been since my last post and know why I have barely seen the light of day of late!  LOL  You will be amazed at all the creations!  http://www.thepixieknoll.com/coven-of-crones.html 
 
As always thanks for stopping by my blog and seeing what I have had on the work bench here at The Pixie Knoll!   And, don't forget to stop by the Mount Dora Craft Festival to say hello!  I look forward to seeing you there!!!   

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Show Announcements!

I hope all of you folks are doing well and have been busy catching the last bit of rays from the summer sun before the cool breezes of autumn sweeps in Jack Frost to nip at your noses! 

As for myself, I have been extremely busy working toward the Halloween show event Spirits in Sanford that is coming up at the beginning of October, the 3rd and 4th to be exact!  You can find all sorts of one-of-a-kind Halloween themed art by many international artist at the show that is located at the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Museum in down town Sanford, Florida.  For more information on the show and all the ghoulish details, be sure to stop by their website at www.spiritsinsanford.com  If you love all things Halloween and miss the old folk-styled art of the Halloween of yesteryear, then this is an event you do not want to miss out on!   I know I am looking forward to attending the event, so I do hope you guys will take the time to stop by for a visit!  And, for those that are curious as to what I might have on display at the show here is a sneak peek of a few items you will see on my table!
"Gertrude's New Familiar"

"Jinx"

"Matilda's Flight"


But, this is not the only show event that I will be attending during the month of October!  I know, it's crazy to think I would be doing a second one in the same month, and I probably need my head examined for this, but hey, it's all par for the course, and when you are in this line of business, this is just part of the job.  :-)   At any rate, I will also be showing at the annual Mount Dora Craft Festival.  I usually try to set-up a table at this event, but this time, I will be at a new location  AND I will be showing for 2 full days as well!  I'm REALLY excited to be able to set-up for 2 days.  Up until now, I have only been able to display for one day, so I'm really pleased to have the opportunity to show for the additional day.  I will still be located inside of a building, so if you are looking to get out of the sun and cool off for a bit, please stop by and see me.  Heck, stop by and see me anyway!  Stop by and see me TWICE!!  That would be awesome!!  So, if you haven't seen the information on my website yet, then, I figured I would post it here for all of you good folks and save you the time and trouble of having to click.  :-D  

My location address that I will be displaying my work is:
Congregational Church of Mount Dora
650 North Donnelly Street
Mount Dora, Florida 32757

This way, you have the address and can add it to your GPS so you can come and find me.  I'm not sure of the EXACT spot yet, but it should be right near the main street of the event, (within a block I think)  but remember, I will be inside the building!  So please, do not hesitate to stop in and see me there!  I will have all sorts of goodies up for offer from the latest pixies, some Halloween stuff (whatever I have left-over from Spirits in Sanford)  and also some Christmas stuff too!  Of course, every thing is one-of-a-kind too, so it's a good time to get in some early Christmas shopping too!

So, that only leaves one other show announcement that is up and coming.  Albeit, it is way down the road and into next year, next June 2015 to be exact, but I'm pretty excited about it.  I have signed up for the IDS show or the International Doll and Teddy Show 2015.  This is the "replacement" show for what was known as IDEX, except it is run by a different group of people.  From what I understand, it is very much the same show for the most part.  So, if you used to attend the IDEX show in Orlando and you miss seeing all of the wonderful collectors items created by international artist, then this is the next show to attend.  (Aside from the Quinlan show that is)  At any rate, the full list has not been completed yet of all the artist show attendees but you can go to their website and see who will be attending the event so far and make plans to attend for yourself!  http://www.internationaldollshow.com/    Anyway, it is not completely written in stone yet that I will be attending, but I have staked claim to a table for the show.   There is a lot that will hinge on this decision to make it possible and that is financing.  So, in order to be able to show there and the Quinlan show this coming year, I need to move some of the pieces I have created thus far.
It has been said that, "a journey of a 1000 miles begins with the first step", and so, I take my first step of this journey by adding some items up on Ebay auction in hopes that all of you are starting to think about your Christmas shopping.  Perhaps we can help each other out...you get a great deal for a one-of-a-kind piece of art at a spectacular price....and I am able to fund the trips I need to take as a working artist!  It's a win-win situation....how can you go wrong!

So, to start the fun off right, this week I have up for auction 3 items.  Pictures truly do not do these guys any justice what-so-ever!  You will not be disappointed.  Why don't you stop by and take one home with you! 


"Captured"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121431058892?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

"Blue Belle and Blue Bird"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121431058636?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


"Pixie Bunting Mica"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121431058892?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

 
As always, thank you very much for stopping by The Pixie Knoll and for following along on my doll making journey!  

Have a great day.  :-)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The People's Choice Awards from Dolls Magazine!

Just a quick post here for my fellow bloggers and followers to let you know that it is once again time to get out and support you favorite doll artist and cast your votes for the People's Choice Awards from the Dolls Awards of Excellence! 

This is a very important and prestigious competition for the doll artist who have been selected for awards.  The people's vote IS the MOST IMPORTANT of them all.  After all, it's the people who are the collectors and decide which artist move to the top.  Without your support, doll artist like myself, could not do what we love to do. 

Voting is limited to one vote per household.  The deadline for votes is October 6, 2014.  So, get your votes in early and get it out of the way!  It only takes a few minutes of your time.  I can assure you that your votes are greatly appreciated by each and every artist up for vote in the competition.  

As for myself, I have 2 pieces up for vote, "Spring Awakening" and "Pixie King Faegan", both are in the same category of "one-of-a-kind dolls under $1250.00" category.  I would be very honored to have your votes for either of my pieces that are up for votes in the competition. 

You will find a link directly to Dolls Magazine where you can place your votes.  In the meantime, thank you to everyone who places your vote with me.  I am very appreciative to each and every vote I receive.   :-)   Thank you for your continued support in my doll artist journey!

By the way, both pieces are available for purchase in my Etsy store!  Just follow the link on the right side bar.  :-) 
My two awards for being a selected artist of the 2014 Industry's Choice Awards of Excellence from Dolls Magazine!

http://dollsmagazine.com/component/content/article/72-dolls-awards-of-excellence/735-cast-your-vote-for-the-2014-publics-choice-dolls-awards-of-excellence.html

"Spring Awakening"

"Pixie King Faegan"

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Polar Bear....finished! The show and tell!

I am certain that most of you have been thinking that I fell off of the face of the world into parts unknown.  To a certain extent, that would be true.   I have been pretty busy working on a lot of stuff, and, of course, that is when personal life always seems to get in the way....when you are extremely busy just to slow you down.  I'm pretty sure that our friend Murphy wrote a law on that some place.  But, either way, I finally managed to get the polar bear finished!

So, this is the show and tell for the finished bear that I have been working on.  The sculpting was actually the easy part.  I managed to get through the stages of the project much as I had expected without event.  The part that held me up was the "jewelry ensemble" around his neck.  LOL  He is supposed to be some what "kingly and royal" as he is the "king of bears".  But, I am here to tell you, no matter what "necklace" design I came up with, it just wasn't satisfactory enough.  The main problem is that I am not a jewelry designer and have limited knowledge of doing such things.  Regardless of that, I kept trudging along until I found something that worked.  And, at long last, it was decided to settle on an "ornate metal" feel bordered with round hematite beads...giving way to strength and simplicity.  Which is what I should have stuck with in the first place because that is what my "gut" wanted to do.  Instead, I kept trying to create elaborate pieces.  Shame on me....I know the KISS rule.  I'm sure you do too.  KISS =  Keep It Simple Stupid. LOL  I need to work by that rule more often. 

Anyway, I don't want to keep you good folks waiting too much longer.  So, here is the great reveal of the polar bear....the great "Siku"!  Yes...that is his name as chosen by my client.  "Siku"

"Siku"

"Siku"

"Siku"

"Siku"

"Siku"

Detail of fur color for "Siku".  His fur is appears "kissed" by the northern lights!

Detail size reference for "Siku".

"Siku's" underbelly.  Notice the different neck piece.  One of the "many" attempts at beadwork.  LOL

Size reference of "Siku" next to a baseball. 
Well, there ya have it folks!  I hope you have enjoyed the creative process for "Siku".   He took me a bit longer than I had initially expected to create him, but  I am very pleased with how he turned out in the end.  The fact is, you simply can not rush creativity! 

At any rate, aside from completing "Siku", I have also completed my Halloween witch too.  So, once you have finished up here, why not head on over to the Coven of Crones and check out the new finished piece!  www.covenofcrones.blogspot.com   See ya there!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Publication announcement and some progress pics!

I have to say, this past week, I was pretty darn busy working on the polar bear commission and trying to finish up a Halloween piece for the Every Witch Way Lane blog store as well.

But, before I get on with all the daily happenings, I REALLY wanted to share my latest news with all of you!!  I found out this week that I made it into the internationally distributed Pretty Toys Magazine for the month of July!  I simply can not express how excited I am about it.  :-)    I knew it would be coming up at some point, but did not know which issue I would be placed in.  I am also thrilled with the fact that this issue contains my first ever tutorial!  So, if you want to know what the tutorial is all about, you will have to get the magazine!! 

I am delighted to be included in this issue and honored to share it with some very talented artist from around the world.  This magazine is really fantastic with limited advertisements and chock-full of the stuff you want to see and read about! Pretty Toys Magazine is available in both digital format and hard copy.   Just in case you were wondering why the price for the hard copy is so high, it is because it contains very little advertisement AND it is a beautiful, high quality magazine.  When I received my first hard copy back in January, I was really impressed by how well it is made...it's almost a book!  It's gorgeous!  You will not be disappointed.  To purchase your copy, you can follow this link:  http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/781758


Now that we have that bit of news out of the way, it's time for show and tell!  In truth, I am not sure you will be able to really see all the work that I have accomplished in this past week.  Especially since what was left is the "fur" details.  I still have a little bit more clay to add to the face area in order to blend the facial hair to the neck, then obviously the sanding must be done.  And yes, it is going to be a bear of a job to sand this critter. :-D  But, it will be all worth it in the end I think.  Sorry about the poor lighting.  I was in a hurry when I snapped the photos, but I think they are well enough for you to see the detail work.  You will have to let me know what you think of the progress so far.  I really do enjoy hearing your feedback on my projects!  Of course, looking at the pics here on my monitor...they look horrid!  LOL  So, you might want to click on the picture so that it will enlarge for you to give you more details and a better view.  :-P 




The final thing I have to share with you this evening is that I have listed 4 items up for auction this week. Yes...FOUR!!  I know, I must be crazy.  But the truth is, I REALLY need to make some room in my studio because I'm bursting at the seems for needed space.  It would be wonderful if you folks would help me clear out my inventory.  You will find the items are listed at super great starting prices, not to mention, there is a little something for everyone in different price ranges too!  Three of the items are relisted items, but there is one new one up on the block today, "Jack-Be-Nimble"!  I really love this piece, especially if he is displayed with the correct lighting, he makes for a FABULOUS display because his shadow seems to dance with him...like the shadows from a flickering flame!  Whomever takes this one home will be getting a real treat! Then, of course, there is my coveted "Joy Ride".  I know someone really wants to buy this one and in truth, I am shocked he has not sold yet.  His starting price is so stinking low it does him a disservice! But, nonetheless, I can not keep these forever.  I create them for the satisfaction of passing them on to you, the collectors.  So, please, someone out there, make me EXTREMELY happy and buy "Joy Ride" and give this lovely beast a home that will cherish him as a family heirloom as he deserves!  And, then there is the troll, "Captured" because you can not have a dragon without a troll. And, I have to say, the pictures do not do this piece any justice whatsoever.  He is awesome!  Ever since I moved back in October, I have found it VERY difficult to get good pictures of my work. I just have not found the right set-up yet, though I keep searching for it.  Anyway, I thought he deserved another whirl round in the town of Ebay.  And, since he was so dark and scary, I thought I might as well put "Ruby" up too since to me, she is somewhat "gothic" in a way.  LOL  At any rate, I hope that there are 4 collectors out there who would fall in love with one of these and give them a forever loving home.  They are great pieces and worthy of an collection...big or small.  Again, there is something here for everyone, from the new collector all the way to the distinguished collector. 

"Jack-Be-Nimble"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121385315501?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649


"Captured"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121385316267?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
"Joy Ride"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121385314349?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
"Ruby"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121385314772?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

So, there ya have it folks, that's been my past week in a nutshell.  So stay tuned and hopefully soon you will see the finishing of the mighty polar bear project!  I hope you have enjoyed reading and following along so far.  Again, I really enjoy your feedback and comments.  It is always nice to hear from all of you out there.  And, don't forget, I also have my other blog running too.  Hopefully tomorrow, I will be debuting the next item for the Every Witch Way Lane blog store.   You can get an early sneak peek of the item over there at www.covenofcrones.blogspot.com  

As always, thanks for following along with me on my figure sculpting journey at The Pixie Knoll!
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

More Commission Progress...

Slowly but surely, the commission piece is coming along very nicely.  I have to say, I am very pleased with the results so far.  It actually looks like a polar bear!  Albeit, I still have a lot of work to do yet on the sculpting,  In particular, I need to build up around the face area more (the jaw area) and I need to sculpt in the fur to bring it to life, but otherwise, I am nearing completion of this portion of the project.

Once that has been completed, then, I have the dreaded job of the entire creative process to do...the SANDING!   That is my least favorite part of the entire process.  Well, I can't say it's my "least" really.  To be honest, sometimes it is quite relaxing and you can loose yourself with the music and the constant steady grinding rhythm of the sandpaper.  LOL  And too, there are those times when your hands become cramped or that moment you realize you have a HUGE dusty mess to clean up afterwards.  But, truthfully, it is all just part of the creative process, love it or hate it, you can't have one part with out the other!

At any rate, I am still not ready to do the sanding yet.  But, once you see the pictures of where I am currently, you will see I am in fact nearing completion.  As for the sanding, I will need to narrow down the sides of his nose and lip area.  This I have already determined since I'm not as pleased with this part of his face right now.  The nose and lips/mouth are too thick and wide in my opinion, and the nose needs to be a little tiny bit more pointed. Which, I will build that part up when I build out the sides of his jaw line towards the back section of his head.  Of course it could be just how I am viewing it.  Either way, I have learned with the creative process it is best to walk away from a project, no matter how big or small it may be, and come back to view it again with fresh eyes at a later date and time.  This gives you a clearer viewing point to see areas of concern that could have a design flaw or any other problem.  For example, one arm longer than another, one eye lower/higher than another, just about anything really.  These types of issues you might not notice if you work on a project steadily for long periods of time without taking a break from it.  And, sometimes, you notice them too late and you either end up starting over completely, or you have to back track to fix them and lose a lot of valuable time and/or materials. 

Anyway, he is dry and ready for the addition of more clay, which is what I will be working on tomorrow. Once the clay is dry again and finally sanded, then I will paint him with gesso to seal up the paper clay.  At this point, I will have to decide how I want to approach the completion of the project.  I have been tossing around the idea of trying my hand at flocking.  But, I'm really being torn here because my gut tells me I want to paint him some what fantasy styled.  My heart feels subtle hues of soft pastels in ice blues, cool purples and hints of rose mixed with the white of the fur.  The more I think of these colors, the more I like the idea of the cool, wintry effect they can really play with his character!  It has been a battle of creative wills since I began this project and I am still not certain which way I should lean creatively for the project.  *sigh*  The decisions of a creative mind....will my muse ever listen to what my heart says?  Probably not.  LOL 

So, here is where we are today on our polar bear.  Granted, the pictures are not the best, but they are good enough to give you an idea. And, as all of you know, you can click on the picture to view a larger image.  :-)   
 
 
 

 
 
As you can see, he is a pretty large project and I am enjoying the process of creating him.  It's not something I typically do, but I admit, it does open up some doorways for possible projects later on down the road.  To say the least, I am still tempted to try my hand at flocking, though I don't know if it will be on this project or some other creature later on.  Only time will tell.  In the meantime, thanks for following along with me here at The Pixie Knoll.   I would love to hear your feedback and comments!  Feel free to chime in whenever you like.  :-D