Friday, December 11, 2015

The Hustle and Bustle of December!

Well, folks, it seems December has finally made it here.  As usual, I'm a bit late on my post, but good grief, if you knew how busy I have been, you would understand!  Not to mention, if you seen the state of my studio, you would think that the elves have been running muck in there in preparation for Christmas Eve as if it happened yesterday and they were late for the party.   Yes, I am ashamed of the state of my special work place, but, alas, it happens after every big creative project.....in this case, several of them at once.   You know me, I like to bite off more than I can chew.  I'll work on several pieces at once and then flood you good and kindly folks with the aftermath of my elfin destruction.

At any rate, before I share some pics with you, I wanted to let the local folks know that if you are looking for something to do over the 11th and 12th of December (today and tomorrow for those of us who have lost track of time); head on over to Howey-in-the-Hills for their Christmas Celebration.  It starts this evening from 5 pm to 8 pm and tomorrow from 8 am to 5 pm.  There will be Crafters and Artisans sharing their wares (like myself) and other great stuff to be found.  The Christmas parade is tomorrow at 3 pm.  And, for the early birds, the Howey Men's Club is sponsoring a pancake breakfast starting at 8 am tomorrow morning!  I have never done the event but figured, what the heck, it's right around the corner from me so I might as well give it a whirl.  At any rate, I hope to see a few of you there!

Now, on to the good stuff.  Recently, I was commissioned to create a 40 inch African American Santa based on the "Holly King" that I did a few years ago.  I thought this would be a fun challenge so I accepted the commission.  I am pleased with the outcome.  The pics are not the best in the world because I do not have the photo set-up to photograph such large pieces at this time.  But, I think the photos are good enough that you can get an idea.  The hair and beard alone on the figure took me almost 7 hours to do alone!   But, the dedication paid off and it looks fabulous.  I would love to hear your responses.
Head bust after the bearding and hair was finished.

Another shot of the head bust.

The completed Santa.

Another view of the completed Santa.
I ran into a few challenges while working on him, but I think the efforts were well worth the end product.

Not only have I been working on this Santa, but I also had another Santa that I have been working on too; another commissioned piece.   He is titled, "We Can Build A Snowman".  I think he came out wonderful too!  See for yourself.  :-)
close-up of "We Can Build A Snowman".

"We Can Build A Snowman"

View of the Snowman.

I loved this view.  I think it would make a great postcard! 
 And, well, I had so much fun creating the one snowman, that I couldn't resist making another one!
Cute little snowman!
Aside from these, I have another Santa approximately 12" tall to finish up and also 2 that are about 6 inches tall.  Those will have to wait until this upcoming week since I have the little show event this weekend.  In the meantime, I am also working on another special commission....an angel!

Before I go, I wanted to share with you yet another commission I finished just recently.  It was based on my "World Traveler" piece.  It is a mini steam punk dragonfly without the rider.  It was a super fun piece to create.  The total piece measures about 12 x 12 x 12.  I think it came out AWESOME.  In fact, I liked creating this one so much that I would welcome taking on commissions for more similar to it in the future should anyone be interested.  Just send me an email at lori@thepixieknoll.com.   The pictures are a little dark, but they are well enough that you can see the images clearly.





Anyway, that is all I have to share with you good people in bloglandia today.  I have to get ready for the event set-up tonight!  I hope to see you in Howey!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Event: Celebrate the Season!

I would like to welcome all of you to join me in my next show event!  It is a local event for a charity fundraiser for Lake Cares Food Pantry.  It kicks off with an RSVP Gala even on Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. which features special silent auctions, regular auctions and other purchasable goods including plants, baked goods, wreaths, and unique, fine crafted items perfect for gift shopping for Christmas! If you would like to attend this special Gala Evening event, please RSVP at www.lakecares.org.  After the Gala event, you are welcome to join the continued festivities from Thursday the 18th through Saturday the 21st.  Please see the posters below for further information regarding this wonderful fundraising event for a great organization.  I would love to see all of you there! Don't forget, it's a great way to kick off your Christmas buying season! 

This is the Gala Event announcement

This is the poster announcement for the show.  See the website for further information! 
I also wanted to say that I know I have been a little quiet here on the blog lately.  The truth is that I have been working very hard behind the scenes!   Preparing for the Spirits in Sanford Halloween show really kept me burning the midnight oil and honestly, I am still burning the candle from both ends now that Christmas is around the corner.  You will find that my Website and Etsy store are now updated with tons of wonderful and unique Halloween items.  Yes, yes, I know, Halloween has now come and gone.  That is ok!  There are still those collectors that love to display their treasures all throughout the year, and those that purchase throughout the year as well.  So, really, there is no such thing as "late".  LOL   Speaking of Halloween, I have also come to the conclusion that trying to keep up a separate blog for my Halloween themed items is just too much on my plate.  Not only that, trying to keep up with a separate Halloween identity is also too much to worry about.  So, as a result and a lot of thinking, from here on out the Halloween portion will be just that....The Pixie Knoll~ Halloween.   For the life of me, I do not know why I wanted to build up another image when I am really happy enough with this one.  :-P  It makes no sense at all to go through all of the trouble.  Of course, I am always willing to listen to feedback regarding the issue.  And, if someone can convince me otherwise, I might be willing to listen.  Until then, I think it would be best to just do what I have been doing all along.  And, with that note, I will give you a small sampling of some of the items that I have left from the Spirits in Sanford show.  To see more, please check out my website or Etsy store. www.thepixieknoll.com
Pumpkin goblin figures!

Pumpkin ornaments!
Some wonderful gourd art!  I sold all of them except for the fun Scarecrow pumpkin faced gourd on the far left! 

Gourd Candy dishes that I also sold!

A close-up of the Haunted House gourd vase that sold.  The image wraps all the way around the gourd to complete a story of trick-or-treaters coming and going from the haunted house!  

Bat ornaments!

Spooky Spider ornaments!

Swamp witches and Wicked Witches!


Now, for all of those wonderful collectors who are patiently waiting for their special commissions to finish off the year,  I thank you for your patience and understanding with letting me get through my show commitments.  I am pleased to say that I am almost back on track and everyone will have their special treasures right on time as I promised.  Soon, I will have some pictures to share with you of the completed projects, and with luck, maybe one or 2 extra ones thrown into the mix as well!  And, before you know it, it will be time to prepare for the upcoming year show season once again.  I have a lot of wonderful items planned out for the near year so I'll be busy creating non-stop in preparation for the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear show in Philadelphia and the International Doll and Teddy Show in North Carolina.  I'm so excited about the new pieces I have planned, but I'll save that tidbit of information for a later date!

With that said, I want to thank all of you for your patience and not abandoning my blog this year.  As you all know, it's been a super rough year for me personally in my private life and surprisingly I have managed to hold it together for the most part.  The Halloween show and commissions have really helped to keep me focused and get me through the rough days that I have had to deal with of late. Again, I just wanted to personally thank all of you for not giving up on me here.  

As always, thank you for following along here at The Pixie Knoll!  Have a great day folks!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Happy Fall, Y'all! A Big Sale In The Etsy Shop!


Exciting news folks!  I'm so happy that there is finally a wee change in the weather here in Florida, that I have decided to have a sale to celebrate the cooler weather that is sure to come!

I am having a sale in my Etsy store to celebrate the coming of Fall!  Just enter the coupon code HAPPYFALL15 and receive 15% off of your purchase at the checkout.  The sale starts September 25, 2015 and last until October 31, 2015!  So you have PLENTY of time to make a selection.  But remember, don't delay because someone might be looking at the same item!

I also wanted to let you know that I have once again been fortunate enough to have my figures published inside the pages of Pretty Toys Magazine's September 2015 issue.  Inside you'll find some of my favorite piece that I have created.  If you want to know which ones they are, you'll have to take a peek!  The good news is that this month, you can download a FREE digital copy of the magazine!  How wonderful is that!  Just follow the link to get your free copy today!  http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/979792



I also wanted to say that I know I haven't posted anything here in a while.  Life has been getting in the way and I've been working my fingers to the bones trying to get ready for the Spirits in Sanford show that is coming up the weekend of October 9 and 10th.

Yeah, that's right, I said it...life has been getting in the way.  It seems that this has been a pretty tough year for me this year.  Recently my son was in the hospital for pneumonia and cellulitis with an abscess in his elbow.  At one point in time they thought he might have a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in his lung).  o.O  But, do not worry, everything is fine now.  Thank goodness!  I have to admit though, it caused me a lot of stress and put me behind on my production for the show and commissions.  So, now, I am having to burn the candle at both ends to catch up.  Although, the candle has been burning slowly lately because I am suffering from a severe sinus issue.  When it rains it pours.  LOL  It is amazing how hard it is to focus when your face feels like it has a ton of bricks sitting on it!  NO lie there.  So, as a result, it was a trip to the ENT Dr. and now a trip to have a CT scan of my sinus'.  Like I said, it's been a tough year.  One thing after the other.  Good thing I do not give up so easily otherwise I might have thrown in the towel a long time ago.

At any rate, I have quite a few new Halloween pieces finished and ready for the Spirits in Sanford show.  I haven't had the opportunity to take pictures of the items just yet but I will soon enough.  So stay tuned for pics of the new items to come soon!

In the meantime, thanks for always checking in here to see what is going on.  Again, sorry there has not been anything new of late, but, sometimes life is just "boring" and not eventful enough to post.

As always, have a great evening and thanks for stopping by The Pixie Knoll!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Felting Fun with Fiber! Bring on the GNOME!!

As an artist, I am always exploring different mediums to use in my work.  Some new adventures fall to the way side for many different reasons, and then, there are others that turn out too cute not to share.

Which brings me to this post.  Earlier this year, when I was at the Quinlan Show in Philly, some of my doll making friends were talking about how addicting needle felting was to do.  At the time, I didn't give it much thought other than the fact of how cute some of the items were.  Never in my world of creating would I have thought that I would be taking up a felting needle to give it a whirl.  But, I did.  LOL

Funny enough, I already had a nice big package of felting needles tucked away in my stash of "stuff". There is no telling how long I have had these needles, or rather, what I had initially intended to use them for.  I wager that I was going to use them to root doll hair into cloth doll heads.  As you might have guessed, like most artistic people, I have tried many different mediums out there, including cloth doll making, before I landed into the world of polymer clay.

Anyway, since I have been busy working on Halloween projects for the Spirits in Sanford show event, I was needing a little break from the monotony.  A little "change of scenery" you might say to keep the creative juices flowing.  Sometimes, you need to change it up to keep your mind fresh to prevent creative clogs.  :-P   (In case you are interested in my Halloween items, you can see my progress at www.covenofcrones.blogspot.com.)

At any rate, my change of scenery brought me to the felting needles.   I thought, what the heck?  Why not give it a hand!  So, I decided to try my hand at some little garden gnomes.  I have to admit, it was kind of addicting but also a little tiring when you use a single needled to punch wool for hours on end for one little item.  HAHA   Anyway, my final results were so darn cute, that I have decided I will continue to do these needle felted garden gnomes when I have "down time" or need a change of pace.  The beauty of these little guys are that they are safe for little hands (unless I add buttons and such), the price is right, and they are light weight for shipping too! Not only that, but each one is a unique one-of-a-kind creation!

Allow me to introduce to you the beginning of the Garden Gnome Family here at The Pixie Knoll!  Here is a direct link to my Etsy store where you can find some cute little gnomes I have just added today.  You will also find a witch and a Christmas gnome too.  I will be adding more Halloween and Christmas gnomes along with more Garden Gnomes over time.  But, these are the first of many.  I have to tell you, pictures DO NOT do these gnomes any justice whatsoever!!!  These are cute as buttons.  They range from 8.5" to 11 inches in length and fit comfortably in your hand and stand on their own.  I hope you like the new Gnomes!  Enjoy!
 https://www.etsy.com/shop/Pixieknoll?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 
A collection of Garden Gnomes!

A Wicked Witch with her Pumpkin!

A Christmas Gnome!


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Publication Announcement!

Hiya folks!

I just found out that I will be in the July 2015 issue of Pretty Toys Magazine!   YAY!!!!

Most of you may know already, but for those that do not, this is an internationally distributed magazine, which means it is published in many different languages and is far reaching.  How exciting is that!  In fact, my work is not only inside the magazine but my name landed on the front cover too!   I am super pleased to hear this news as you can imagine.  This makes the 3rd time I have made an issue of Pretty Toys Magazine and the 2nd time my name has been mentioned on the cover.  What an HONOR!

This magazine is a wonderful copy to hold in your hands. I admit, it is a bit pricey, but, it is chock full of wonderful eye candy of artist dolls from all around the world and hardly NO advertisement.  So what you get is cover to cover goodies to feast your eyes upon!  And that says a lot.  Not only that but the magazine is extremely well made with beautiful glossy heavy pages of gorgeous pieces of work.    You can buy either a digital copy or the hard copy.  Obviously, the digital copy is VERY budget friendly.  :-)   But there is just something about holding that fabulous publication in your hands that is gratifying beyond words.   To get your copy just go to:


Pretty Toys Magazine issue for July 2015. The release date is July 20th!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing the great news with me here at The Pixie Knoll. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

It's Time To Vote!

That's right folks!  It's that time of year once again where we head out and vote for our favorite figurative art doll artist!

The People's Choice Award is a HUGE award among the doll artist because this is an award that is voted on by our collectors and peers, not a selected panel of judges.  Artist that are up for awards are those artist who have received the 2015 Dolls Awards in Excellence by Dolls Magazine back in June, 2015.

There is only ONE vote per household, and you can do it quickly on the internet at their website.  It only takes about 5 minutes of your time to go through the entire voting process.  There are a number of categories with figures listed in them ranging from artist play doll to one-of-a-kind artist dolls.  And, at the end, you get to select your favorite artist by writing their name in on an "write-in" ballot.
Where do you go to vote?  Well, that is the easy part.  Just head on over to www.dollsmagazine.com  and you should see the top portion of the page is designated for the People's Choice Award event.  Just follow the links and they will guide you through the voting order.  Very, very easy to do.

This year, my piece, "World Traveler" is up for People's Choice Award!  I hope that you will all do him the honor of selecting him in his category.  But, by all means, you are welcome to vote for who you like. :-D    So, GET OUT THERE AND VOTE and support your favorite doll artist!
"World Traveler"

"World Traveler" close-up

"World Traveler" at the IDTS in North Carolina with his DAE award from Dolls Magazine!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Halloween Show Announcement!!




Hi there folks!

I just wanted to jump in here to let you know that my next upcoming show is at the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery in Sanford, Florida on October 9 and 10, 2015.

The champagne reception and preview party begins on October 9 from 6 - 8 pm. (And YES, costumes are allowed! So please dress up to add to the spooktacular fun!)  The preview reception is by RESERVATION ONLY, so please call 407-323-2774 or email info@jtfolkart.com. The $20 fee includes gormet hors d'oeuvres, first look and early buy, plus entry to the show on Saturday as well.

The Saturday show is open to the public from 9 am to 3 pm with a $5.00 admission fee.

For more information regarding the event and the location, check out their website at
www.spiritsinsanford.com

Spirits in Sanford
October 9-10, 2015
Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery
211 East First Street
Historic Downtown Sanford, FL 32771

I hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Now available...

Just as I promised earlier in my previous post, my newest finished piece "Summer School" is now available on Ebay this week! 

Her auction begins Sunday, June 21, 2015 and will end next Sunday, June 28, 2015.   I am most certain this class clown has already found a special place in your hearts just as she has mine.  So don't let her swim away before you have had your chance to place your bid!  For more details, be sure to check out the auction link! 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121684548645?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

"Summer School"
  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Calm After the Storm.....(with pics too!)

Just as I was getting ready to sit and make my blog post about the past week at the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show in North Carolina, we had a torrential downpour here and we lost our power for a little while.  With all of the excitement of the thunderstorm, it made me think that the time period after a show is very much like the "calm after the storm". 

Amidst all of the chaos during a show, there comes a time afterwards where we reflect on the recent events that have taken place.  For me, I think of all the wonderful people I have had the opportunity to meet, the new friends I have made, areas that I can improve on my work and display and those things that I have accomplished.  All of these things are of great importance to me.  After each show there is always something fun and exciting I have taken home with me, whether it be a physical item or a special thought or memory. 

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of the show patrons who came to see the show and those that made purchases from all of the artist.   Without the support of the collectors, it would not be possible for the artist to continue doing the shows.  So thank you to all who did come and a special thank you to those that made purchases during the show. 

I also want to give a special thank you to those individuals who stopped by my table who took the time to really look and appreciate my art, and for all of the wonderful compliments, encouragement and congratulations you bestowed upon me.  I very much enjoyed the conversations with each and every one of you. All of you made my show all the more wonderful because of the time you took to visit me and my work.....this especially applies to the super nice fella who comes to read my blog on a regular basis.  You know who you are!  :-)   It is always nice to share in an intelligible conversation about art and the many ways to approach similar processes as well as those art forms that are unique but still in a figurative form.  Thank you for the delightful conversation we shared.   And, of course, the wonderful women who stopped by and asked how I went about my creative process to create my figures.   If you had not noticed, I LOVE to talk about the creative process and what each of my creations mean to me.  I feel like a kid on Christmas morning when I get to talk about how I create.  Thank you for all the moments of happiness your brought to me.  I am so very thankful to each of you for taking the time to stop and talk, not only to discuss what I do, but also with what you other creative souls do in your spare time.  :-)  Since I had such a good time at the show, I wanted to let you all know that I have already signed up to return to the show next year!  So, once again, if things work out, I will be returning to both the Quinlan show in Philadelphia and the IDTS in North Carolina!  So, be sure to mark your calendars now this way you do not miss out on these fantastic events!

Anyway, now that I am back home and have "calmed" down a bit from my worldly travels, I wanted to share a bit of my excitement from the show events.   For those that have not heard yet, my dragonfly piece "World Traveler" took a Dolls Award in Excellence from Dolls Magazine!  I am so thrilled and honored to have received this prestigious award!!  This is the 3rd year in a row that I have been recognized for my artist dolls by Dolls Magazine and that is a big accomplishment for me!  So, a special thank you goes out to Dolls Magazine for selecting my World Traveler
"World Traveler" with his award!

Here I am at the Dolls Magazine booth collecting my award.  Yes, I was being goofy.  LOL

The IDTS team was about the show room taking pics and they snapped this one of me at my table. 
Boy was I sleepy in this picture. 
Before I left for the IDTS in North Carolina, many of you might remember that I was working on one last project to take with me.  I did manage to get it finished in time, unfortunately I did not have the time to add pictures to the blog here before I left.  You know how it is, most of us work up to the last and final minutes before we head to our show.  Anyway, I wanted to add the pics up for those of you who might not follow me on Face Book or did not make it to the show.  The new piece is called "Summer School".  The idea is that she is the class clown in her school of fish.  :-P   I hope you like her!  Pictures never do these justice on here.  She is a lot prettier in person and the colors really pop out at you.  She is a very bright and cheerful piece.  I will be putting her up for auction once I get it ready.  So stay tuned for that.  In the meantime, enjoy "Summer School"!
"Summer School"

"Summer School"

"Summer School" rear view

"Summer School" hand detail.

"Summer School" rear view (literally)  HAHA



Now that I have brought you good folks up to date on my latest accomplishment and finished piece of work, it's time to head back into the studio and work on some Halloween projects for my upcoming show "Spirits in Sanford" that is in Sanford, Florida!  

As always, thanks for stopping by and encouraging my artistic endeavors! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Swimming into Summer: the next WIP

While many of you folks around the country are still enjoying your Spring weather, and others of you at the other end of the globe are heading into your Winter months,  here in Florida, the Summer swelter is upon us and the humidity is climbing higher as the days go on.  No matter where in the world we call home, occasionally, as the weather changes, we find ourselves thinking about beautiful tropical places, vacation holidays, and swimming in the ocean with the warm summer breezes caressing our skin while the sun bakes down upon us. 

To celebrate the coming of Summer I decided I would create something tropical to take along with me to the IDS show coming up on June 5-7 in Asheville, North Carolina.  It's been a long while since I created a mermaid figure, and in fact it is a rarity to see one come out of The Pixie Knoll, but, believe it or not, there are indeed mermaids who live in the waters in the kingdom of The Pixie Knoll!  So, while we wait for this mermaid to make her rare appearance, I thought I would tantalize you good folks with a few WIP pictures of what will be her underwater home.  :-)  All of the sculpting so far is created with Premiere Paper Clay.  I am still in the sculpting process on the base.  Then, I will seal it and paint it to mimic what you might see in a coral reef.  With luck, I will have the project finished in time.  :-)  Nothing like pushing the envelope before a show, but I guess I'm just one of those crazy artist that like to work up to the last minute. 

At any rate, I hope you enjoy the few pics of what I'm working on.  I would love to hear what you think about it!   For more information on the IDS show coming up, please follow the link to read more about the show!  http://www.internationaldollshow.com/ 

In the meantime, thanks for following along at The Pixie Knoll! 



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Moving forward....

As most of you already know, my dear mother passed away April 27 after a very long stay in the hospital ICU for a total of 5 weeks.  When she came to live with me back in December, I knew her health was fair to poor with stage 3 COPD and Diabetes.  Even still, her entry to the hospital came unexpectedly and her death an even greater shock, because all things considered, she was doing quite well until she developed necrotizing pneumonia which came on fast and furious and turned almost immediately into septic shock.   At this time, I want to thank my friends, family and collectors for their patience, love, prayers and continued support with what has been a very difficult time for me.  I also want to thank you for giving me the space I needed to grieve, heal and come to terms with the changes that are taking place in my life.   Unfortunately, most of us, if not all of us, will go through difficult times such as a death of a parent.  It is not an easy task, but in the end, it is the cycle of life.  The ones left behind must learn to carry on and live as we are expected to do.  With that said, it is time for me to move forward and celebrate life.....and that is exactly what I plan to do.

In the spirit of moving forward, I wanted to share with you my latest pieces that I brought to the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Convention in Philadelphia over the May 1st weekend.  The show was a lot of fun and a much needed deviation for me.  It is still a relatively new show that is only in its 5th year of running now.  While the teddy bear artist do very well at the show with sales, the collector base for the doll and figure artist are still lacking in attendance.  Which to me, is very surprising for the simple reason that this show has some of the top names in the one-of-a-kind doll and figure world to date on it's roster.  Some of the top doll artist from this year's show are Mark Dennis, Diane Keeler, Ankie Daanen, Joy Calhoon, Natalie Ruiz, Roxanna Maria Sullivan, and Nina Tugarina.  (and myself of course :-D)  LOL   Since I have been in attendance to the show for the past 3 years now, I still find it difficult to believe that the OOAK doll and figure collectors are still NOT flooding the showroom to grab up the fabulous pieces of art available to them in one centralized location.  Every year, I am awestruck by the work that artist bring to the show, and dumbfounded by the pieces that return back home due to not being sold at the show.  At any rate, what I'm trying to say is that I would love to see the collector base grow substantially for this show in the near future or the doll artist may stop attending.  There is no other show out there that you will be able to see as many of the top artist out there in one location.  It is well worth the investment if you are a collector of one-of-a-kind pieces. 

Anyway, here are a couple of the pieces that I managed to finish and bring with me to the show this year.  "World Traveler" and "Natalia"  I hope you like them!   Since they did not sell at Quinlan, I will be bringing them with me to the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, North Carolina in June.  
"World Traveler"

 







"Natalia"



And, while I'm at it, I thought I would show you a couple of other pieces that are on my work bench at the moment.  With any luck, I'll have them completed before the IDS show in Asheville, North Carolina next month! 
WIPS
WIP

WIP
Last but not least, I wanted to leave you with a few pictures of the warm Florida scenery that I see here at The Pixie Knoll on a daily basis.  Enjoy! 
Cypress tree and knots.  I think this is where the pixies live! 

Some warm Florida scenery on my nature trail hike this past weekend.

A Florida native and his Brim friends in the canal in my back yard.  LOL
As always, thank you for stopping by The Pixie Knoll and for your continued support in my artist journey!