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" 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" size to hand comparison.


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


"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!

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