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Catching Up

Hello dear readers,

My, my, it’s been a great long while since I’ve made a post here!  It has been a busy, productive, and creative time for me.  I’ve been keeping up my new website, have started an Instagram account, have been completing several commissions, and somewhere in the background, have been working on creative writing.

But I would like to take a moment now to catch you up on some of my latest creative projects.

The Christmas Drawing.

As always, we made our annual Christmas card with a new drawing of mine.  We then went about making a card to fit the drawing.  That’s always great fun!  The original drawing is 10 x 10 inches drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron pens.  We did something whimsical this time, which was a lovely change of pace.

 

Snowman CR

The finished card:

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I’ve also been working on commissions.  Below, you’ll see a pair of 12 x 12 inch sheep drawings that I recently completed.  They were drawn in ink (brush tip gray tones for the soft areas and Sakura Pigmas for the details) with white charcoal for the wool and highlights.  They were really fun for a change.

Pair CR

 

Portrait CR

 

I’ve also been working on a commission of a Great Dane portrait.  I love Great Danes – I hope one day to have one of my own.  This was such a fun portrait!  Her name was Lila, and sadly, she had passed away.  It was an honor to get to draw her.  This is 8×10 inches in my usual pen and ink.

 

Lila Finished CR

 

And, most recently, I was commissioned to create a Charging Bull wire sculpture.  Did I ever have fun making this guy!  I so enjoyed creating the sense of action in this piece.  It is made with dark annealed wire of gauges 16, 18, 19, 22, and 28.  The horns are embellishments I found in an art store.  This is a big fellow, measuring 12 inches long by 6 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide.  He weighs over 6 1/2 pounds.  What fun to make this piece!

There are probably other artworks I’ve done since my last post, but these are some of the highlights.  Next on my drawing board is a series of three sheep drawings that I’ve been commissioned to do by a friend.  It’s been busy, but a happy busy. 🙂

Be sure to visit my website to keep up with my latest projects.  Thanks for checking in!

 

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The Junk Thief

Meet the Junk Thief. I call him that because I made another crow similar to this one last year. He is wearing fancy, (fake) diamond encrusted wings and a jewel tail, and I named him the Jewel Thief.  Remember him?

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Look at him, hogging this post that doesn’t belong to him!  He’s shameless.

I more recently make this poor thing in the pictures below. I knew he was ugly and unfortunate from the moment I called him finished. He was kind of sad and strange, and I just had to laugh, because he is sort of the opposite of my Jewel Thief. Thus, he is the Junk Thief.

Junk Thief

-Measures 2 1/2 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches long by 1 3/4 inches wide.

-Made with mostly 19 gauge dark annealed wire, as well as some silver wire for the feet. The tail is some random piece of old jewelry I had, and the wings are from a metal flower pin that I took apart to “build” wings. The beak is a cone-shaped bead from an art store. Like I said, he’s sort of homely, but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

But don’t despair, the Junk Thief has just as much dignity and self-esteem as his rival, Jewel Thief. 😉

Thank you for looking.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2016 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Big Ellie

You’ve met Little Ellie, now meet Big Ellie.  Larger, chunkier, and a little more flashy about her accessories, her ears a bit too large, her trunk a bit too long, Big Ellie is not to be outdone.  🙂

Big Ellie

-Measures approximately 7 inches long x 4 1/4 inches tall x 4 1/2 inches wide.

-Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire (silver colored, which only shows in a couple of tiny areas…this was strictly the “skeleton” of the sculpture), 16 gauge dark annealed wire, 19 gauge dark annealed wire (I’m on a black wire kick, I guess! 🙂 ), and fine black wire for embellishment attachment and detail.  Her ears are a pair of large, heart-shaped earrings that I picked up recently, and her trunk is made with chain from the same necklace that I used for Little Ellie’s trunk.  Unlike Little Ellie, Big Ellie’s trunk swings freely so that you can move it around as you please.  In the photos, you can see that I had fun putting her trunk into different positions as I photographed her – it seems to alter her expressions.  Her tusks are made from a single hoop earring.  I only had the one earring (found in a lot of broken jewelry), but really liked the look of it.  For whatever reason, I decided to pull it sort of straight – I do a lot of random tinkering to see how a material holds up – and found that this earring was actually a hollow tube.  It twisted just so when I pulled it, and I liked the new shape of it.  I snipped it in half with my wire cutter, pinched the ends closed, and there you have it – tusks!  There is, as usual with my elephant sculptures, a bit of chain for the tuft of the tail.  And finally, Big Ellie is wearing a pretty green and pink flower on her head, which is a pin that I wired into place to doll her up a little.

Thank you for looking. 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Pretty Bird

Among my smallest sculptures, this little bird is still quite showy.  With her glamorous wings and elegant, slim tail feathers, she is happy and full of cheer.

Pretty Bird

– Measures 2 1/2 inches tall (to tips of tail feathers) x 1 3/4 inches long x 1 inch wide.

– Made with 19 gauge dark annealed wire, and fine black wire for the body, and fine silver wire for the legs.  The wings are leaf-shaped pendants, and the tail feathers are, indeed, slim feather pendants.  The beak is a little silver embellishment that is the shape of …for lack of a better term…a chocolate chip. 😉

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Ham

What is it about pigs?  They are lowly, they are odd, they are a bit homely, a bit hapless, yet you can’t help but find them charming.  This is Ham.  His head tilts to one side, as if he might have balance issues, yet he seems happy just the same.  I think he’s just hoping to get a little attention.

Ham

– Measures 5 inches long x 2 1/2 inches tall x 2 1/2 inches wide.

– Made with 16 gauge dark annealed wire, 19 gauge dark annealed wire, and fine black wire for details and setting the embellishments.  The ears are antique brass pieces, and the nose is also an antique metal piece taken from a necklace.

Thank you for looking.

Oh, and good news!  I just stocked up on all sorts of new goodies, doodads, found items, and junk jewelry at Junk Bonanza yesterday, so I have all kinds of new inspiration for upcoming sculptures.  Stay tuned, and don’t forget that I can make a sculpture for you if you have something in mind that you don’t see on my Sculptures for Sale page!  Sculptures make great, one-of-a-kind gifts!

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Jewel Thief

I’m not saying this bird actually is a jewel thief, but with his glamorous wings and tail, it looks pretty suspicious, doesn’t it? 😉

Jewel Thief

– Sculpture measures 7 inches long by 4 1/2 inches high by 2 1/2 inches wide.

– Made with 16 gauge dark annealed wire, 19 gauge dark annealed wire, 24 gauge steel (silver colored) wire for the legs and beak, and some other sizes for other various parts of the bird.  The tail feathers are – you guessed it – metal feathers taken from an old necklace, and the wings were a set of angel-shaped wings that were originally a single piece.  I clipped them in half, because I always imagined a bird with the wings, and cleaned them up, as they were very, very green and gunky from age!

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Blue Roan Gypsy Vanner

Here is another of my sculptures which is overdue to be posted…but, it’s better late than never!  I’ve become ever-more enthusiastic about decking out my sculptures with embellishments…I love the character and beauty found objects can add to a piece.  I’ve been wanting to make a horse whose mane and tail would be chock full of found item goodies, and this is the result.

Blue Roan Gypsy Vanner

– Sculpture measures 10 inches long by 5 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as fine wire for detail and attaching embellishments.  The ears are brass pieces that I bought in a lot, and according to the seller, they are over 40 years old.  Cool!  The mane and tail are made of black chain.  I added many, many things to the chain to add detail, though.  As you may notice, this horse has a bit of a rose theme.  There are at least seven, perhaps more, roses in the mane and tail, as well as metal feathers, leaves, beads, and other things throughout the masses of chains.

It was fun to make this one a bit gaudy. 🙂

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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