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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.

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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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Brown Pig

At last, I’m going to post a new sculpture.  Well, not exactly “new”…this sculpture was done way back in January.  I had such a hard time getting decent photos of this one…in outdoor light, the color looked whitish, and in indoor lighting, it looked black.  It took some doing to get the colors right.  I ended up using this brown faux leather fabric that was on hand and a warm lamp and I finally got the colors right.

This brown pig is large, like my two silver ones.  He also used my last beloved set of “leaf” pendants for ears.  I have been unable to find more anywhere, and I’ve looked for months.  So this is the end of a piggy era.  However, I’ve collected a few other things that should work as pig ears, too.  I’ll miss these ears, though…they were ideal!

Brown Pig

– The center of this sculpture is made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, and all the wire you see is dark annealed wire.  Most of it is 16 gauge, and some is 19 gauge, and then there is a little black craft wire by the ears and nose, and for the base of the tail.  The ears I’ve already explained, and the nose is, of course, a button.

– The sculpture measures 7 inches long by 3 1/4 inches tall by 3 inches wide.

Thanks for looking!

 

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Lion

After taking a little break from my wire sculptures, I have finally finished one.  I was moments from falling asleep one night, when I suddenly could picture a lion sculpture.  Some time ago, I bought a package of little metal medallions that I just couldn’t resist.  Luckily, it was a jumbo-sized package, and I must have gotten a couple hundred of these little things.  As I lay there, half-asleep, I suddenly pictured a lion sculpture with a mane made up from these little pieces.  Here is the result.

Lion

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, gold-colored chain for the tail and the base of the mane, and probably more than a hundred of these “coin” pieces I bought.  I attached each coin – painstakingly! – with jump rings.  Thanks to the time taken to attach each piece individually, this may be the slowest wire sculpture I’ve made to date.  It was a labor of love, though.  The ears (they are small and don’t show up until you look a little closer) are made with little metal gears.

– Measures approximately 9 1/2 inches long (from tip of the nose to tip of the tail) by 4 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.

To any fellow doo-dad, thingamajig lovers out there, I must say that this lion, thanks to all those metal coins in his mane, jingles delightfully when he is moved.  I just wanted to make that known. 🙂

As usual, one of my cats has made it into the photo shoot.  Her name is Joplin, and she feels she is very photogenic, so I thought I’d snap two photos…one focusing on the lion, and the other focusing on her.  I’m sure Joplin thinks she is the lion.

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I hope you like my little lion sculpture (and the cat 🙂 ).  Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Schnauzer

The other day, I was hanging out in my studio, and ended up reorganizing my ever-growing stash of found items and junk so I can have somewhat of a system and won’t waste time looking for something.  Going through all these things is rather inspiring.  As I sorted out leaf pendants, jump rings, earrings, chains, brooches, and other assorted doodads, I found numerous ideas.  I found stuff for making a large, crown-wearing cat, and a dragonfly, and perhaps a number of other critters.  One thing on my immediate to-do list is a cow.  I found embellishments that should work beautifully.  As I continued to sort through my stuff, I came upon two matching gold pendants, and immediately could picture a proper, fancy little dog.  So, I stopped reorganizing my stuff (eh…it’s good enough 😉 ) and immediately began to sculpt.

This is what came of it.

Schnauzer

– Made with 16 gauge and 19 gauge dark annealed wire, and black jewelry wire for details and connecting stuff.

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

– Materials used include gold pendants for ears, and a hot pink chain taken from a pair of groovy earrings for the collar, with a silver pendant for the little bauble on the collar.  (Note that when I mention gold and silver in the embellishments, I mean color only – I can’t afford the real stuff! 🙂 )

Thanks for looking. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Elephant (sculpture commission)

A friend of mine recently commissioned me to make an elephant as a gift for her friend.  This is the second time I was commissioned to make a sculpture, so that is very exciting.  I had never made an elephant sculpture before, so this was a really nice change of pace.  Thanks for letting me do this for you, Jo.  It was a joy! 🙂

Elephant

– Measures 6 1/2 inches long by 4 inches tall by 2 3/4 inches wide.

– Made primarily with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, along with 22 gauge wire, and craft wire for details and embellishment attachment.

– Found items used on this include a thick, heavy chain for the trunk, a hoop earring broken in two for the tusks, and a butterfly brooch, also broken in two, for the ears.  I used a bit of chain for that tiny tuft at the end of the tail as well.

I hope you like this.  Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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The Bumblebee

Shockingly, I forgot to post this wire/junk sculpture.  I made it quite a while ago, and how I never got around to posting it, I don’t know.

When I buy old, broken and discarded jewelry, I often buy big bags-full of it for a good price if I can.  It’s much better than buying new “fake old” embellishments at art and craft stores, because you never know what you’ll find in bags bulging with tangled chains, jewelry, and so on.  In one of these big bags full of junk jewelry was this large plastic flower pin.  It was a bit time-worn, a bit gaudy, and I just didn’t know that I could use a piece like this.

As you can see, it found a home.  The pin is probably about 2 inches across, and I decided to just let the flower be a flower rather than try to incorporate it into anything else.  I used wire to make the stem and leaf, and attached it to a furniture foot base, which I painted a sunny yellow.  The addition of the bumblebee came to me after the flower was made, and I wanted him to be one of those chubby, adorable bees that dip in and out of flower gardens all day long.

Bumblebee

– Made with 17 gauge steel wire, finer craft wire in silver, black, and gold for the bee.  I also used a furniture leg/foot for the base, and of course, the bright orange flower pin.

– I did not remember to measure this, but I believe the bee itself was about 1 1/2 – 2 inches long, and the whole sculpture probably measures approximately 8 inches tall.  That’s just a guess. 🙂

As you see, Norman made it into the photo shoot.

Thanks for looking! 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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