Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Show Schedule and other details.....

A new year means a new show schedule!  So I wanted to pop in here and let you all know where I will be heading for my first 2 major shows of the year.  Currently I am scheduled to show at the Quinlan Show in Philadelphia, Pa.  This event features all one-of-a-kind doll and teddy bears.  So, if OOAK is your thing, then this is the show you must see!  Follow the link to read more about it and all it has to offer for this year.  If you are interested in attending the show, then be sure to check out the section for "registration" on the right side of the screen.   http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention/   

The second show that I will be attending is the IDS show in Asheville, North Carolina.  This show will also feature doll makers from around the world, just as the Quinlan show will do, but you will also see limited editions as well as the coveted baby doll.  If you are looking for a quick summer get-a-way on the East Coast, then you might be interested in checking out this beautiful locale!  Again, follow the link for more information and to see a list of all the vendors who will be in attendance.  This will be my first time attending the IDS show so I really do not have a lot of information regarding the show.  However, with that said, I can tell you that so far there is a nice list of artist who will be in attendance!  And, not to mention, Asheville, N.C. is a beautiful place to visit too. 
http://www.internationaldollshow.com/ 


At any rate, these are the 2 shows I have listed on my schedule so far.  I am looking into other local show venues.  By local, I mean within the Central Florida area.  There are a couple of one day events towards the end of the year that I am considering, and of course, who can forget Spirits in Sanford!  I plan on aiming for that show once again too....if they haven't barred me from entering the premises yet.  LOL  
Anyway, I will keep you good folks updated if I add more shows in to the schedule.  But, at the moment, these are the 2 I'm shooting for. 

In other news, it might seem that I am off to a slow start this year as compared to last year.  In the public eye, this would be very true.  Behind the scenes, however, there has been a lot of activity! Granted, I haven't been as productive as I would love to be at this moment, but, even still, there has been movement in the studio from something other than long forgotten fur balls in the corner and wayward pixies.   As you might have guessed from my previous post, my creative time has been cut back due to the fact that my mother is temporarily staying with me while she is on the mend from her recent vacation in the ICU at the hospital.  Adding one extra person to the house hold mix will through the routine out of whack.  Not that she is a problem by any means, it's just that one extra step during the day that one has to come accustomed to working with.  :-P   That, and the typical daily life situations that seem to keep popping up every day of the week that have kept me running non-stop since day 1 of this new year!  For example, early last week my son was complaining of a terrible tooth pain, which in turn ended up in a visit to the dentist, and then a consultation with an oral surgeon, which lead to finally today my son having his wisdom teeth removed.  Then, in between all of that, you throw in a problem with the water pump and a visit with the plumber, other Dr. visits, etc.  You get the idea!  It seems like non-stop so far this year and I hope it doesn't continue  like this for the rest of the year!! 

Anyway, in between all of this rushing around to and from with no end in sight, I finally managed to find some time to begin working on my first project of the year.  Everything was going wonderful.  I had a face I was happy with, a great armature, even made some fantastic headway with sculpting the torso, then it came time to bake.  (By the way,  I am one of those sculptors who like to series bake their projects).  Anyway, everything was great until I pulled it out of the oven.  OMG!!!!  What the heck happened!!!!  I nearly fainted.  I had "over baked" my poor doll!  All of the hard work into the trash.  So very disheartening it was to see that sweet, innocent little face in such a sad state.  *sigh*  Apparently, one should not be distracted by trying to meet the needs of everyone else while trying to bake your doll in the oven.  Hard lesson learned.   Needless to say, with so many distractions and being yanked and pulled in several demanding different directions that just "had" to be taken care of at those "exact" moments, (because everyone else's issues were much greater than mine).... I ended up over baking her.  Depending on how you look at the situation, it might not be so terrible after all.   I do have a few options on how to approach the fix, one of which is the clothing details.  The other is making her a dark-skinned fairy.  Which is actually where I am leaning toward for the attempted fix.  I will finish sculpting her at some point and give the ole paint brush technique a whirl.  It could be that what I thought was a terrible tragedy might actually turn out to be a wonderful and very happy accident!  In the meantime though, this poor little pixie will have to move to the back burner until I have the time to focus on the "fix".  I mean really, the damage is not really that bad. Perhaps all that is needed is a wee bit of creative ingenuity!  Anyway, here she is for your viewing pleasure.  Any thoughts or suggestions, whether bad or good, feel free to chime in and add your 2 cents.  I'm always open to suggestions.  :-D 
Completed and baked head.

Another view of the completed and baked head.

Addition of the torso before bake.

The aftermath!  You can distinctly see the line of 2 clay bakes...one is darker...
over the face, and the lighter to the back of the head.

Another view of the darker face and lighter torso over bake.

Torso back view of the over bake.
  In the meantime, I guess the moral of the story is to slow down and take your time.  Being in a rush and trying to complete stages of a project is just not worth it if you do not have the necessary time to devote to it in the first place.  I knew better before I placed her in the oven to bake.  So, in hind sight, I should have waited to bake her until I had the time allotted to me that I knew it would take to finish the task.  In this situation, some areas of her torso were thicker than other portions of the body, so I had to let her bake a bit longer than usual do to manufacturer's instructions.  Unfortunately though, I was distracted with baking her, cooking dinner, answering the whims of family members in the household, the phone ringing, etc.  All of these distractions were enough to upset the process.  Multi-tasking I can do, but this time, it was a bit too much.  LOL  

So, trust me when I say, if you don't have the time to work on a project, you might as well wait for another day.  Because, rushing through a project will get you know where fast but 2 steps backwards toward the beginning! 

And on that note....I'm off to the next project!   Thanks for stopping by The Pixie Knoll!