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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:

Finished Cars Front Resized CR

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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Pelican

I have to admit that I like water birds.  We have a long-running joke in my family that any time we’re on a vacation by the Great Lakes, someone has to take a picture of a seagull.  My dad thinks seagulls are bothersome and homely, and he’s right.  However, I love their call and their presence when we visit Duluth.  Duluth, MN is one of my favorite places in the world to visit.  My parents honeymooned in that area, and they took us kids there when we were very little, and it’s been a favorite place ever since.  I’ve never seen any ocean, so Lake Superior is as close as I’ve been to such big water, and I must say, I don’t mind.  It’s such a majestic place to be.

Ah, but I’m getting all nostalgic now.  Let’s get back to the topic of this post, shall we? 🙂

This is a sculpture I created for Ashley for the Arts.  The inspiration for this piece started at a “barn sale” I went to back in May.  It was essentially a thrift sale that was held in a shed.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find too much, but I did find a massive bag full of vintage hair pins and curlers.  Among them, there were dozens of these old hair rollers.  In other words, beaks!

I don’t usually put my sculptures on any sort of base or stand, but this guy is pretty front-heavy, and his feet were not sufficient to hold his weight, so I had to think outside the box to make him sturdy.

Pelican

-Measures (with wooden base) 8 1/4 inches tall x 5 inches long (this is the length of the bird from beak to rump) x 3 inches wide (this is the wooden base).  The bird, itself, measures 5 1/2 inches tall.

-Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire (some silver wire again, at last!), some 20 gauge steel wire, and some 22 gauge steel wire, I believe.  It has been some time since I made this guy, so I’m not positive about the wire gauges anymore.  The beak is an old hair roller, and is even marked with the brand name Goody, which is cute, don’t you think?  He has caught a fish, as you can see.  It’s a small metal charm of some sort, which I wired into the pelican’s beak.  Oh, and his beak is workable, by the way.  You can open it like a clothespin.  The neck and body are solid wire, and the spindly legs are made of metal pieces I harvested from a necklace.  They’re ridged and shiny, and I liked that they were so slender, because those water birds seem to walk on toothpicks!  The feet are antique metal pieces I purchased in a lot online.  The feet are screwed to the wooden base so that they’ll stay put.  The base, by the way, is a furniture “foot” that I had on hand, which was painted it with a turquois paint.  Despite having the feet screwed down, the pelican still wanted to sag forward from his weight (it must be that giant fish), so I had to figure out a way to stabilize him.  In the end, a hole needed to be drilled into the wooden base, and a thick wire inserted into it, covered in strong glue. I clipped off the wire so it reached the base of the pelican’s neck.  I then wired the stabilizing wire and the neck together so the pelican could rest its weight there.  To disguise the wire, I then went all-out nautical and wrapped that stabilizing wire in jute so that it looked like rope.  And finally, I hung a little sign on the post advertising fresh fish.  Very fresh, in this pelican’s opinion.  I found a free-use fish illustration and typed the Fresh Fish sign, and printed it on a natural, sandy background, cut it out, and put it into this glass window frame that I bought at an art store.  Ah, at last, I think I’ve covered all the materials for this sculpture.

Finally, I have to share this photo.  As I was doing my photo shoot of the pelican, this dainty little fly landed on its head.  I thought it made for an interesting shot.

Pelican 1 CR

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2015 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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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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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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Fat Cat

Dear readers, it’s about time I make a post again, isn’t it?  I’m very busy getting ready for an art show, and though I haven’t been posting on my blog, it has been an artful time.  I’ve got many new sculptures which I’ll be posting here one-after-another to get caught up.  I had a big photo-shoot today so I’ve finally got pictures of everything.

I’ll go in the order I sculpted in, so that means I’ll start with my fat cat.

This sculpture gave me a lot of grief, and I had this one on my sculpture work table for weeks.  I just wasn’t inspired by it.  But I finally got it finished, and that felt great! 🙂  That was way back in May.  It’s been finished for quite a while!

Fat Cat

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as finer wire for detail and attaching embellishments.  The ears, whiskers, bow, and beaded collar are all various found objects that I had on hand.

– Measures 8 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide/long.

Thank you for looking! 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Jackrabbit

This is the first time I’ve done a sculpture of a rabbit.  In fact, it’s one of the first times I’ve incorporated a rabbit into my art, period.  I’ve obtained a sort of accidental collection of all different metal feather-shaped pendants.  While I expected to use them for bird sculptures, I held up a pair and thought of rabbit ears.  This little guy is the result.  I think I may be making more of these rabbits in the future.

Jackrabbit

– This is a slender little thing, measuring 3 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches long by 1 inch wide.

– Made with pretty fine steel wire, 22 gauge mostly.  The ears are, as I mentioned, little feather pendants.  The legs are made with little drop pendants I got from a necklace.  I intentionally made the legs small and spindly…I wanted the ears comically large, so I de-emphasized the legs.  The little tail is a white bead held there with wire.

Thanks for looking. 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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