This little 9" ornament was fun to make. She is sculpted from an air dry clay and dressed in raw silk and gauze. She holds a glass bead in her hand. I enjoy making the ornaments because they do not take as long as my bigger pieces. And I have discovered that many people are collecting ornaments for all seasons; they may keep up a tree year round or hang the ornaments in windows, etc. As soon as I can get more pictures she will go up for auction on E-Bay.
This is the banner that Sandy Wood of "Sam I am Creations" created for me to use on the PFATT Market Place and also to use on my E-bay Halloween template. Sandy's banners and templates always have such a wonderful eye appealing softness to them.....love what she does.
Here is a picture of the Belsnickle's hands. They are sculpted from Prosculpt polymer clay over wire armatures inserted into brass tubes that will in turn be inserted into the wire armatures belonging to the Belsnickle's arms.
I love to sculpt hands..to me, they tell a story as much as the face. One of these hands will hold a bottle brush tree and the other hand will hold an antique bead garland.
I finished my ornament! It will go up for auction on E-bay tonight. I really enjoyed using the mosaic tiles and the beads...two things I love to create with. So, maybe doing ornaments will give me more opportunity to use the beads and tiles. Not sure what the next one will be. The Ornament group I am in has 3 challenges going right now: St. Patty, Easter/Spring and Mardi Gras. I decided on Mardi Gras....so maybe these challenges will give me the ideas I need.
I replaced Sandy's beautiful banner with one I had made for my blog. Her banner was made for the PFATT Marketplace and my Halloween E-bay Auctions. Unfortunately I do not do as well with banners as she does.
Started on my Mardi Gras ornament. I am putting tumbled glass and broken glass tiles on his head in a random mosaic pattern. Not sure where I will go from there. I love doing mosaics; I use it on most of the bases for my figures. It is time consuming work, but very satisfying.
I lost all of one of my side bars and have had to relist the Artist Blogs. I have no idea what I did...still have alot to learn about this blogging.
Joined a lovely group of artists who make OOAK ornaments to sell on E-bay. So, I am trying to come up with something unusual...not easy to do. My first ornament will represent Mardi Gras since I live within driving distance of New Orleans and my own town also celebrates with their share of crazyness.
Here is a picture of the beginning of my first ornament sculpted from paper clay over styrofoam. Those neat cabochons you see scattered about just came in....neat aren't they.....now what to do with them.....
Loreley, a Rhine maiden who sits on a rock by the Rhine river and lures navigators to their doom with her alluring singing.
She is an 8" full body sculpt from Puppen Fimo polymer clay. Painted with acrylics; she has beautiful mohair for hair and real shells around her neck. The Rock was sculpted from Aves and has glass tiles imbedded for a little sparkle. The rock sits on a wooden base decorated with glass tiles, coarse sand, small river rocks and moss. I will take more pictures and put her on E-bay tomorrow night. In the meantime, a tab will be added to one of the sidebars for E-bay.
I have almost finished her. More work to the face; may add bracelets to wrists and will give her long hair. Have not decided about the color of the rock she is sitting on. Will add sand and pebbles to base. Trying to finish her so she can be on E-bay by Sunday night.
Here is the mermaid I have been working on. She still needs arms, hands and much more work and her base still has to be finished. She is sculpted from Puppen Fimo polymer clay. The base is made from Aves Apoxie.
With Valentine fast approaching, now is a good time to remember the love story of Cupid and Psyche written by a Latin writer, Apuleius. This picture by a French neoclassical painter, Francois Gerard, is my favorite of all the paintings of these lovers.
Here is a picture of the head of a mermaid I am sculpting from Puppen Fimo polymer clay. I have placed a picture of a 3-D pose I am using as a guide for my armature and body of the mermaid. There is a website called "Magic Sculpture" which offers a library of 3-D models that can be turned in order to see all sides and print-outs can be obtained to use as guides. As soon as I get my blog sidebars completed, I will list this website along with other sites of interest.
I would like to mention that I had an article about my art dolls in the recent March 007 issue of Contemporary Doll Collector. I have subscribed to this magazine for a number of years and never thought I would have the honor of being featured in it. They did a wonderful job with the article and the photographs of my work.