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.
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!
|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|