Sunday, June 26, 2016

It's official!

Now that the doll conventions have passed, I can finally start to have some "fun" in the studio.  As you might have guessed, it's that time of year when I start to get my creepy on.  Yeah, that's right, it's time to prepare for HALLOWEEN and the rest of the Holiday seasons here at The Pixie Knoll.  

You wouldn't believe the ruckus that is going on inside my studio as we speak!  All you have to do is mention Halloween and those crazy pixies went helter skelter.  They were busy trying on their favorite Halloween costumes, discussing where they wanted to go trick-or-treating, and of course they are excited to see their dark cousins....the dark pixies, witches, and other magical beings that will be coming to visit us here at The Pixie Knoll during the fall months.  What a grand party it will be when everyone arrives for Halloween.  A spooktacular event they say, none like none other in all these parts!

So, to kick off the excitement here at The Pixie Knoll, I wanted to bring you the Spirits in Sanford artist badge.  It's official, I am a participating artist!  Yay!!!   So, mark the dates folks!  As you can see, I don't have a lot of time to prepare, but rest assured, I will have a HUGE assortment of new items for all the lucky trick-or-treaters who visit me at the show.   The Show dates are September 30 and October 1, 2016.  For more information go to:  
 http://spiritsinsanford.com/Spirits_In_Sanford/Home.html

Participating artist badge for Spirits in Sanford.

One of these days, I would love to branch out and participate in some of the other big Halloween events like Ghoultide Gathering and Halloween and Vine, but for now, I will be happy to show at Spirits in Sanford.  It's a great group of artist each year, wonderful patrons, and a super neat location.  So be sure to mark your calendars as it promises to be a ton of fun!

The first piece I am working on is this monster!  Yes, this year I am bringing some monsters with me!  Something new, something, spooky and something fun.  That is what it is all about!  Here is the beginning workings of the piece.  I am a lot farther along now, but I figured I would hold off on the pics until he is completed.  :-)  Nothing like torture teasing.  LOL    I would say this creepy fella is about 16 inches tall.  What a great size for a creepy display!  Don't you think?   I hope you like him so far.  I can tell you, I think he's SUPER cool and I can't wait for you to see him all finished up!

First monster of the 2016 year Halloween Kick-off!

Well, now that we have spilled the beans on the first not-so-secret project for the Halloween season Kick-off, I wanted to also share a link to an auction that I have up and running.

I listed "Sweet Dreams Stardust" last week on Ebay, but apparently people are on vacation.  O.o  I had a lot of interested "buyers" in her when I first showed her to the public, but everyone seems to have ran away or...they are on vacation.  Which, I hope that is what the reason is.  Anyway, I have re-listed her again with a lower starting price.  Her starting price is a VERY reasonable price for this very sweet OOAK fairy.  If she doesn't sell on Ebay, I will be placing her in my Etsy store until she sells there.   Here is the link to her auction.  She really is such a sweet fairy.  You will not be disappointed if you are the lucky one to give her a home.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/122026688944?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 

Now that I have once again tossed my fairy out to you with her Ebay auction link, I wanted to share a bit with all of you...perhaps it might persuade some of you to bid to help me in my cause.  You see, I have a goal in mind.  Of course, I want to sell my work just as much as the next fellow artist, after all, we all need to put food on the table and a roof over our heads.  But, I have a specific need at this time.  Well, perhaps it's not a viable "need" per say like food, but, it is an artistic need at any rate.  I am trying to raise the funds to purchase an artist show tent, like the ones you see at out door art festivals and the likes.  I did have a tent, but it was pretty cheap I guess.  After using it a couple of times, the darn aluminum bars bent when it was being folded up during the tear down process.  NO kidding.  All 4 sides literally broke right in the middle of the aluminum bars.  Easy Up.....not so easy down.  :-P  I honestly have no idea how it happened since we followed the directions accordingly, but either way, it is no longer use-able. This was very heart breaking, but it was also a lesson learned.  In the end, you get what you pay for.  So, long story short, I am now tent-less.   At any rate, I am now in the process of trying to sell my pieces in order to raise the funds to purchase a new tent.  After having done a lot of research, I have chosen a specific tent that will last a VERY long time (if not a life-time).  As you might have guessed, along with the longevity of the product, this will bring an expense.  Again, you get what you pay for!   I am looking for something permanent, durable, and dependable.  I don't want "accident's" where the tent bars snap in two, or my tent flies away into another exhibitor's space.  I need protections from the rain and from the glare of the sun as well, not to mention, these cute pixies need a good home for protection too!   So there, you have it folks.  I am willing to work hard and create new and wonderful pieces, but I need you to help me out by giving them a home.  So, here is the deal,  if you see something in my etsy store that you would love to give a home too, let me know.  If you have a reasonable offer, let me know, I might make you a deal.  :-)  I also do lay-a-ways too.  So don't be afraid to ask.  And, if you would rather just make a donation to the tent fund, I would be forever grateful for that too.  It's not a lofty goal, but one that is important to me.  Perhaps there is a patron of the arts out there willing to help give some support?   Anyway, the tent I am looking into purchasing is the Flourish Canopy Trimline tent.   If you would like to read about it, here is the link:    http://www.flourish.com/   So, what do you folks say?  Help an artist out?  Thanks for the support ahead of time as you have no idea how much it is appreciated!

Well, since the summer days are now getting shorter, I suppose I need to head back to the studio and bring some order to all of the chaos going on in there.  There is a monster lurking to be finished!  LOL

Happy Sunday to all of you out there and again, thanks for stopping by to sit a spell at The Pixie Knoll!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Closer View....

Since my post yesterday, I was asked by a few if it were possible to post up some close-up views of the new pieces.  So,  that is what this picture heavy post is all about.  I took these pics before I left for my show in Asheville.  I hope that between these pics and the pics from last night, you will find what you are looking for.  :-)

 I'd like to thank all of you kind folks that have taken an interest in my new pieces.  Again, pictures never do these justice.  I can only tell you how darn cute these are in person and hope that you think so too.   :-D     Enjoy!  And, as always, thank you so much for stopping by to visit me here at The Pixie Knoll!

"Sweet Dreams Stardust"

"Sweet Dreams Stardust"

"Sweet Dreams Stardust"

"Sweet Dreams Stardust"

"Sweet Dreams Stardust"

"Marigold"

"Marigold"

"Marigold"

"Marigold"

"Nap Time"

"Nap Time"

"Nap Time"

"Nap Time"

"Brock"

"Brock"

"Brock"

"Brock"

"Brock"

"Brock"

"Meadow"

"Meadow"

"Meadow"

"Meadow"

"Meadow"

"Meadow"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Finally, some time to post! Lots and Lots of PICTURES!!!

It is hard to believe it has been since the middle of March when I last posted.  But, believe me when I say that I have been working VERY hard to bring new and wonderful creations to tantalize your collector taste buds!

As most of you know, I had 2 shows to prepare for; the Quinlan Show in Philly and the IDTS  in Asheville, North Carolina.  I can honestly say that I created some fantastic pieces for these shows.  In fact, not sure how I did it, but some how, I managed to create 5 pieces after the Quinlan show for the IDTS! Talk about a lot of sleepless nights.  If you were unable to attend either show and could not see the pieces in person, don't worry, I have some pictures for you.

The first set of pictures are of the gourd dolls I was working on previous to the Quinlan show.  Yes, I created 2 of them.  The 2nd one was a secret. LOL   Ok, so, anyway, the first one is called "My Moment of Zen".  Here, I played with the idea of "zentangle" drawing/coloring and the zen you find with yoga. Her hands are held in the yoga pose for "creativity".  In other words, my moment of zen is "creativity"!  She took me 2 months to complete.  As you know, the gourd is wood burned and painted with both alcohol inks and acrylic paints.  Her upper body is made from polymer clay and the base and band around the waist is paper clay.  She also has a galvanized pipe inside and epoxy for added strength and stability.  I hope you like her.  She is really AWESOME!!!   And....she's still available if you are interested!

"My Moment of Zen"

"My Moment of Zen" close-up of the face.

"My Moment of Zen" detail base.
 The 2nd gourd doll is called "Zippity-doo-dah-Day" and is my nod to the "Song of the South" with Uncle Remus and Mr. Bluebird.  :-)  Yes, she is an antebellum darling with Mr. Bluebird on her shoulder and one on her parasol as well as a tree on the inner part of the gourd with a couple more bluebirds and a nest.  The inside of the gourd also has lights that light up for the "day time" effect.  The lights are removable and run off of watch batteries.  :-D  The outside of the gourd is wood burned with the entire song of "Zippity-doo-dah" complete with little bluebirds flying about the music notation.  It is guaranteed to get you singing a sprite little tune to get your day started off in the right direction.  She is also available for purchase as well.  Just send me an email at lori@thepixieknoll.com for any questions regarding these 2 figures.  
"Zippity-doo-dah-Day" 
"Zippity-doo-dah-Day" back.

"Zippity-doo-dah-Day" inner detail.
The other piece I had been working on is a slightly pose-able pixie boy figure.  This piece is called "Knight Training Begins Here!"  Basically, it is about a page/squire pixie who wants to become a knight.  In order to become a knight though, he must train to become stronger in the ways of knighthood.  And, wouldn't you know it, the first objective is that of "dragon slaying"!!!!  So, he builds himself a stone dragon and grabs up his little wooden sword and sets off on his task of learning to slay dragons!   He is an absolute wonderful creation.  Pictures do NOT do this cutie justice what-so-ever because I know you will love him if you seen him in person.  He was definitely one of the show favorites.  Unfortunately, the pictures aren't the best, so I hope you can forgive me.  Large pieces are sometimes hard to get good pics of for some reason.  One day I will be able to afford one of the fancy set-ups with a nice back drop and fancy lighting system. In the meantime, we will have to make due with what there is.  :-P    Anyway, I think you will like him anyway.  Enjoy!

"Knight Training Begins Here"

"Knight Training Begins Here" detail of face.

"Knight Training Beings Here" detail of stone dragon and sign.

"Knight Training Begins Here" different view.
As I explained earlier, I came home from the Quinlan show and had a FIRE lit under my rear for some reason.  I can't explain it but I had this urge to create like never before.   And, I did just that....I created, and created, and created some more and ended up with 5 wonderful pieces to show you.   In truth, these pieces all came out so well and so darling that I am shocked I drove home with them after the show.  That, and I like these pieces so much that I have a feeling you will be seeing a lot more of this type of work from me.  I would love to hear your feedback on what you think as I think they are absolutely delightful.  I admit, I am hard-pressed to pick a favorite.  Perhaps you have one that is your favorite you might like to give a home?
"Sweet Dreams Stardust"

"Sweet Dreams Stardust" close-up

"Nap Time"

"Nap Time" different view.

"Marigold"

"Marigold" size to hand comparison.

"Brock"

"Brock" close-up with his cute little freckled face!

"Meadow"

"Meadow" different view. 
I hope that you have enjoyed these new pieces as much as I have creating them.  Each one is a testament to my love of creating artist dolls.  I love each piece just as much as the next.  I hope that you folks love them as much.  I look forward to bringing you more pieces similar to these in the near future.  If you have a favorite, let me know!  All of the above pieces are available for purchase.  If you have questions regarding any one of them, feel free to email me at lori@thepixieknoll.com.  And remember, I take lay-a-ways too!  Just ask about the details.  I would rather work directly with a collector than to work through Ebay or Etsy.  So, please, don't be afraid to ask and work directly with me.  It saves cost for you in the end.

Anyway, I do hope that you like all of the new pieces.  And, as always, thank you all for your interest and your patience.  I know I'm not always posting, but I do try to put something here in a reasonable amount of time.  :-P   At any rate, as most of you know my working schedule, now I'll be working towards the Spirits in Sanford show that will be September 30 and October 1 in Sanford, Florida.  That.....and Christmas stuff.  You all know how much I LOVE to make Santa! Gosh...this year is flying by!  I better hang on to that broom tighter! HAHA     Again....thanks for your interest here at The Pixie Knoll!