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!