Saturday, December 31, 2016

Knocking at the Door.....

While Father Time is steadily ticking away, a fresh New Year is rapidly knocking at our doors.  It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone so quickly.  Where does all that time go anyway?I guess we'll never know.  Tomorrow, we will all wake up with a fresh new page in our books for a new chapter in our lives. What will the New Year unfold for the lot of us?

Saturday Evening Post Father Time and Baby New Year

In retrospect, 2016 was indeed a very busy year for me.  I added on more shows than the year before and I felt as if I was creating the entire year!  In fact, there were days where I don't even remember seeing the sun shining outside because I was so busy working!   Why, this year my work even made the cover of Pretty Toys Magazine!  What an honor that is to say the least!  I must have forgotten to make a post about it here.  How one earth could I have forgot to mention something as important as that?  See, this is what happens when you are so busy that you don't know if you are coming or going!  At any rate, here is a pic of the cover.  I was also on the cover of the Russian version for this issue as well.  I'm sure you know how excited I was when I seen it.  I had no idea.  Albeit, it's a small corner of the cover, however, it was still pretty awesome to me!   "My Moment of Zen" is the piece that made the cover and a nice write up on the inside as well.  If you would like to purchase either a hard copy or a digital copy, here is the link for you!  I was also fortunate enough to be published in there September 2016 issue as well.  You will see that one below.  You can pick up your copy here:

"My Moment of Zen" gourd doll

September 2016 cover of Pretty Toys Magazine.  I was published in this one too! 

Aside from the publications, I managed to do 5 pretty big shows this year and numerous art stroll events in Lake Mary, Florida.  What were the shows you ask?  The Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The International Doll and Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, North Carolina,  The Spirits in Sanford Show in Sanford, Florida,  The Fairy and Earth Festival in Osteen, Florida, and the Atomic Holiday Bazaar Show in Sarasota, Florida.   Needless to say, after working so hard towards all of these shows this year, I was WIPED out!   All I have to say is that it has truly been a VERY busy year for creating!

As many of you know, I was finally able to get my hands on an artist canopy tent so that I can begin doing outdoor shows.   I have already started to make my "game plan" for which shows to try my luck on.  Some of the shows I have already missed the application deadlines for the upcoming show season, but I have those particular shows marked on my calendar so that I will not miss them on the 2018 show year.   At any rate, I am not sure if my figure work will be permitted into certain shows simply because of the description of the show categories.  The only way I can apply for shows with my figure work is if they permit 3D mixed media sculpture works.  So, that limits the shows I can participate with.  :-P   However, I am not a one-trick pony!  I have gourd work I can submit and my drawing/painting skills to fall back on as well.   Anyway, we shall see what unfolds at a later date where the outdoor show circuit is concerned.  

In the meantime, what is slotted for the New Year of 2017?  

As you know, I will be at the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Show at the beginning of May in Philadelphia and the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show in June in Asheville once again.   So far, in July, it looks as if I will be teaching a 3 day class in New Mexico.  I have not signed a contract on that just yet , but let's just say at this time it is still in the planning/finalizing stages.  If it goes through, it will be towards the end of July.   It will consist of a show and classes by various artist such as myself.   Just these 3 events alone are enough to keep me busy for the next few months.  But, of course, as you know, I am looking at outdoor show events as well.  Most likely something local to me towards the end of the year around October/November/December.  This way I do not have the travel expenses like I do when I go out of state.  You would be amazed at how much that adds up to travel out of the state!  

As for New Year's resolutions?  I haven't thought of anything yet pertaining to The Pixie Knoll.  Maybe it will simply be to maintain the status quo.   With the exception....I would rather sell more than I keep.  :-D  But, what artist does not wish for such a thing?  Perhaps, I should be a little more exploratory this year.  Maybe I should not be so rigid it what I create.  Perhaps I should think outside of the box?  Maybe I can work in a "theme" this year.  Hmmmm, *scratches head*, the possibilities are ENDLESS!!!!  This is what is so nice about having a creative job....everything and anything GOES!   I think I met my goals I set for myself last year.  They were good goals I think.  Perhaps this year, the goal is just to maintain.  We shall see.  As for my personal life?  I need to work on "myself". I have neglected myself for a very long time, so I need to do a little focusing on ME for a change.  That does not mean I will slack on the pixies by any means.  What it REALLY means is that I need to work on improving me and my image and in turn, this will improve the pixies!  

So, with that said, I would like to thank EVERYONE for following me here at The Pixie Knoll. It is because of all of you, that I continue with my whimsical creations.  It brings me great happiness and joy to create my figures and I hope it brings you just as much happiness to see and own them as well.  
Wishing you all a very 
 I wish you all to have a 
Healthy and Prosperous 
New Year 
filled with 
Love and Happiness!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sleigh Bells Ring....

The stockings have been hung, the gifts are nestled under the boughs of the Christmas tree, and the milk and cookies have been laid out for Santa's arrival, it is finally time for me to find my way to bed so that visions of sugar plums can dance in my head.   Even at this moment, sleigh bells ring high in the sky with St. Nick working steadfast throughout the night to deliver gifts to the good boys and girls in the world.

Even as I write, on the other side of the world, the good children are already waking to find what delightful gifts Santa has brought them this year.  The joys of Christmas morning!  The gathering of family and friends, the love and laughter had by all, and the acts of kindness through sharing.   What a delightful scene in each and every home.  Here and there, far and wide, it's Christmas once again!

In keeping with the Spirit of Christmas, I wish you all the most joyous day!  
The Merriest of them all! 
 A Very Merry Christmas!  

A little something special I found.  A wonderful illustration by Eva Melhuish.
I absolutely love her Christmas gnomes, don't you?  You should check her work out, it's wonderful!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Merry Christmas
Happy New Year
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Where does the time go?

I would swear it was only yesterday when I made that last post in October!  Where in the world does the time go? It seems that I have been caught up in that perpetual whirlwind of creative chaos once again.  If I had landed in Oz, I would never have known it because I have been so busy with preparing for the last of the shows this year that I have entirely missed the last couple of months!

One thing is for certain though, as you all know me well enough, when I disappear for any length of time, I usually come back with a cornucopia of pictures from projects that I have finished during the laps of time I have not been here.  Lucky for you!!!

In reflection, it has been an extremely busy creative year for me and no doubt next year will prove much of the same.  As you know, this year I had many shows starting with the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear show in Philadelphia, the ID&TS (International Doll and Teddy Show) in Asheville, North Carolina, the Spirits in Sanford Halloween show in Sanford, Florida, the Fairy and Earth Festival in Osteen, Florida and finally, the Atomic Holiday Bazaar in Sarasota, Florida.  In between all of those, I also participated in 4 Art Strolls in Lake Mary, Florida, and one Artist Garden Party event.  If you ask me, that is a very busy and productive year!  No wonder I'm worn out.  :-P  

This upcoming year promises to be just as busy if not more.  I am already slotted to attend the Quinlan Doll and Teddy show in May and the International Doll and Teddy show in June.  There is a possibility of teaching a workshop in July in New Mexico, but that is still in the works with the show promoters as I have not heard anything concrete just yet. It might be that it never gets off the ground so we shall see what happens with that. Then, of course, there is the Spirits in Sanford show that I have done over the last 3 years.  However, I am considering some new possibilities for show venues, one of which might take place of the Halloween show this coming year.  In order to grow artistically, one has to try new things.  To explain, I recently was able to obtain an artist show tent for outdoor festivals with the help of a generous contribution.  As a result, this affords me the opportunity to branch out and participate in the outdoor art festivals which will put my work in front of 1000's of people instead of a couple of hundred.  From a business perspective, this makes a LOT of sense.  The trick will be getting my work accepted to these venues since most you have to be juried into the events.  Speaking honestly, I know my work and I know it is good.  However, to stiff-lipped jurors for art festivals, my work might appear as a "fine craft" or "not artsy" enough for their "high-end" shows.  Of course, my work would fall under the category of "3D mixed-media".  Some shows do not offer this category.  It's either "mixed-media or sculpture".  Pick one or the other.  And, under definition, usually mixed-media applies to 2D works on paper and sculpture is usually out of one material, i.e. metal, clay, porcelain, glass, etc.  You get the idea.

At any rate, I'm willing to try my hand at it and see how I fair.  Worse comes to worse, I branch out in other mediums just so I can have the use of the tent.  LOL     With that said though, I have officially applied for my first outdoor artist festival event just yesterday!  Some how, as luck would have it, when I went to look up the event, I found the deadline for submission was TODAY!!!  Can you believe that?  So, I figured, it was a sign for me to apply to the event since I checked it out at the very last possible minute, therefore I submitted my work for juror inspection.  I'm not sure how long it will take before I receive the "yay or nay" notification.  I'll be keeping my fingers crossed on it.  If I get in, that would be wonderful.  Especially since the event is only 10 minutes away from me!  How awesome is that!!!  No hotel expense, no travel expense, just set the tent up and have at it.   That would be truly wonderful.  The show I am speaking of is the Leesburg Art Festival, in Leesburg, Florida.   Just a hop, skip and a jump away in my own backyard!

Other show considerations for me will be later in the year. One of which is the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival in Winter Park, Florida.  That one falls in October.  If I am accepted into the show, then I will not be participating in the Spirits in Sanford show.  So, we shall see how that goes later on in the upcoming year.  Other show considerations are those that are in The Villages, Lake-Sumter Landing and Spanish Springs areas.  And, quite possibly the Mount Dora Craft Show.  I would love to do the Winter Park Art Festival and Mount Dora Art Festival, however, I have missed the application deadlines for those 2 upcoming shows.  Better luck next year on those 2.  :-)  I will be better prepared then at any rate.  For now, a smaller scale outdoor show will help to break the ice so to speak and a good place to start. There is also a local winery that has shows periodically which I am considering in contacting.   Anyway, these are my plans for the upcoming year.  So, if you live in the Central Florida area, it's quite likely that I will run into you if you go to the outdoor festivals.  :-)

As for other news, I thought I would show you a few pictures of stuff I have recently completed.  The first is a commissioned Santa I recently finished.  I do have 2 smaller Santa's I'm working on, but I was unable to finish them in time for the shows.  Those 2 will be available soon.  But for now, you can feast your eyes on this fella!   He has no title yet as I have gifted that responsibility to the new owner.   I hope you like him.  I think he is just FABULOUS!!  

And, I managed to complete a total of 25 Santa ornaments this year.  They took me FOREVER to create.  I didn't get to take a picture of them all before the Atomic Holiday Bazaar show, but here is a small sampling of what I have left.  The pictures really do NOT do them justice at all.  You really have to see them in person.  Each of them have their own little personality since they were individually sculpted.  As always, they have that "olde world" Santa feel to them. I will be adding them to the Etsy store tomorrow I think.

Aside from the Santa ornaments, I had a LOT of really cute needle felted Santa gnomes.  This is the last one that I have left.  Don't worry, I will be making more gnomes soon.  you will find them in my Etsy store as well.  I love these things...they are simple ADORABLE!!
Front View

Side View

 Of course, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the cute Snowmen.  So here are a few of those type of ornaments.......  Again, these will be in the Etsy store tomorrow night I think.  This is just a small sampling,  They are all unique items, hand sculpted, original, one-of-a-kind pieces.

And, last but not least are more GOURDS!!!  Yes, I found time to work on some of those too.  :-)  Here are a few of them.  If they are not snagged up on Face Book soon, I will be adding these to my Etsy show as well.  I do have a couple of more that I was not able to finish in time, but I'll be working on those over the next couple of weeks and possible have them ready for purchase soon.  In the meantime, all of these gourds were wood-burned and painted with alcohol inks and transparent acrylic inks.  As you can see, a couple of them were beaded too.  Pictures do not do them justice as they are "gourdgeous".  :-)   You just have to see them in person, that is all I can say.  Hopefully soon, I will be able to try my hand at carving as well.  I REALLY want to try creating some very artistic gourd pieces in the future.  So if this is your type of thing.....stay tuned for future post!
Beaded dragonfly gourd bowl.

Beaded acorn gourd bowl.

Tall fall leaf vase.

Small fall leaf vase.
Well, folks, that just about sums it up for the moment.  I wish I had more pictures of stuff I had finished to share with you, but as you already know, I simply ran out of time to do everything.  That is how it is sometime.   In the meantime, I want to thank each and every one of you for following along here at my blog, my website, Etsy and on Face Book.  You are all simply wonderful for all of your encouraging remarks, compliments and friendships.  Thank you all for simply being YOU.  And on that final note....

I want to wish you and your loved ones all a very