Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trash to Treasures, In the land of Nod....

At least, that is where I have been over the last month.  Quite literally!  Since the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Convention is just around the corner with only a couple of weeks to spare, I have been lost in a fantasy world inside my own studio!

If you are not familiar with this show, you should be.  It features some of the leading artist in the doll artist industry AND it only permits one-of-a-kind pieces. Not only that, but there is a great competition that you can judge for your favorite show piece as well as several different themed categories where artist create pieces to fit the themes.  And to top it all off, there are many different types of classes offered by artist and seminars you can attend while you are there too.  It's great fun had by all and definitely not a dull moment.  If you live in Philadelphia and/or surrounding area, you should consider attending.  Here is the link for more information.        http://www.quinlanmuseum.com/convention/

Now, back to the land of Nod that I was referring to a moment ago.  My latest finished piece is based on that wonderful poem by Eugene Field, "Wynken, Blynken and Nod".  If you have never heard of it, here is a link so you can read it.  Don't worry, it only takes a moment or two.  :-)  https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/wynken-blynken-and-nod   And, for those who want to forgo the link, here is the brief  rundown.  It's a classic little tale of a child whose mother sings him to sleep.  He nods off to sleep into a wonderful dreamland where he is fishing upon wooden shoe boat with Wynken and Blynken, in the clouds.  While he is there, he and Wynken and Blynken have a conversation with the Moon about catching the herring fish.  As it turns out, their nets of silver and gold only catch the shining stars.  Wynken and Blynken turn out to be a pair of eyes, and Nod....nods his head off to sleep.  It's quite a magical little poem, one that I remember well from my childhood.  Perhaps you do too.

Remember that old wooden vintage shoe from my trip to the flea market back in February?  Yep, that is what it became!  Nothing better than a trash to treasures story.  :-)   As you will find, the shoe fit and it made for wonderful inspiration.  The finished piece ended up being about 19 inches tall and 16 inches in length.  The figures are approximately 7 inches tall and sculpted from polymer clay with a wire armature and hand-made eyes.  The wooden shoe was put in place with apoxie and wire, then lower base was sculpted from paper clay.  I hope you like them.  Enjoy!

Introducing "Wynken, Blynken and Nod".  Let me know what you think!

The old vintage wooden shoe in the "BEFORE" state when I found it at the flea market.

Vintage wooden shoe after I had spent countless hours sanding and putting a fresh coat of stain on it. It turned out quite lovely, don't you think?

"Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

"Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

Close-up of "Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

Close-up of "Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

Close-up of "Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

"Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

This is one piece of work that I have really enjoyed creating.  Perhaps I will make more fairy tale pieces in the future.  We will just have to wait and see.

But for now, I have to turn my muse' s thinking cap toward the next gallery theme for the show.  I have roughly a week to complete it if I want to ship all of my work out in time for the show.  Yeah, I know, nothing like working down to the very last minute.  I swear, every show I say I will not do this to myself and yet, here I am once again doing the same thing.  However, in my defense, I was not able to work for almost a month because I became sick so unfortunately, do to unforeseen obstacles, I am behind schedule.  :-P    What is the next theme you ask?  The DARK SIDE!!!    Pixie-styled, of course.  :-D   Sweet and innocent meets wicked.  You got to love how the mind works, heh?  ha ha

Anyway, I'm off to the studio.  I hope you guys enjoyed my latest piece.  As always, thank you for looking!



  1. I think it's adorable, Im sorry you are under the weather and I cant wait to see the dark side :)


  2. Marisa,
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. :-) I am so happy that you like "Wynken, Blynken and Nod". I am quite partial to them myself. :-) As for being under the weather, I am much better now. I'm glad all of that is behind me and I am able to sculpt once again. :-) With luck, I should be putting up pictures of the dark side piece by this coming Wednesday! Fingers crossed! :-)

    I hope you are doing well too!