Monday, March 26, 2012

I told myself I was done for awhile!

Enough!!  I have other things I need to do!  An exam to study for.  A life to get in order.  A small surgery to recover from, a house to tend to.  

But this lady has been bugging me.  No pun intended, she will be somewhat buggish.  I say somewhat because I have no idea where I am going with her.  

She originated from a broken vase.  We had this beautiful glass vase on a table by the door at work.  The door opened, a breeze caught something which caught the vase and I....I could not bear to throw out the vase.  That was a year ago. 
And I had this head.  Its one of the seven heads from the story book character fiasco in which I could not for the life of me make a head that seemed like it was Sarah Crewe's head.  So, now in my craft bins I have many heads on a stick rolling around.  This one was very somber and seemed suited for the project.  However she is close-lipped and won't tell me what the project is about.  That in itself is rather fun.  This is a no rules, no preconceived goals, caution to the wind project.  Ok, so I am dramatic.  Surprise!    Hope you all have a good week!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A happy ending!

And yes, I still have all my organs intact!!!  (Enough already- will she ever stop with that??? I know that's what you are thinking!)

Thank you for your comments on the sculpture.  Saturday I met with the young man who commissioned the piece and he brought his father along to meet me.  I had gently suggested that he do that- not knowing if it were appropriate or if it would make him sad in any way.  So I was very happy when the two of them showed up.
What a treat for me to meet this gentleman.  I genuinely  liked this man and I could tell right away that he had a lot of wisdom to share.  Over a bowl of chicken noodle soup I learned a little more about Mary, our gentle rebel.

She was a woman of ultimate kindness and yet balked at societies rules.  Her form of acting out was to wear bright colors when most would choose to be subtle,  to wear rings on every finger and a different nail polish color on each nail.  She was a teacher but her room was more like a jungle with plants and pets and lots of color.  She was the one they sent the problem children to and she welcomed them with open arms.

Yes, I would have loved to have known this woman but in a sense I did.  This is the magic that is art- the bringing together of people who may never have met other wise.

I wish I could make art all the time.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hello!!!  Yes, I know, I lost some of you on that last post.  Those who've been following me awhile know that I have a huge wacky imagination and sometimes....the scenarios that occur in my head are so awkwardly funny to me that I must share them.  So- no, I didn't really lose an internal organ in the middle of a shopping mall- actually, I haven't been in a shopping mall lately so its unlikely that it would happen there.  More like a 7-11.  Maybe I should restrict myself to Walmart if I must venture into a bigger store. liqueur stores still have surveillance cameras??

Finally, finally I have this done.  Thanks to Mary Hermans from Cloth and Clay doll who affirmed my color choices and really helped cement my decisions!  The large lilies are a deep red, now which really helped the color planning.  The darker color helps to anchor the whole composition and draws the eye through- whereas before the yellowish orange had no real oomph to it and my poor eyes wandered around looking for a comfortable focal point.  Paint them red and suddenly- there was Mary, front and center like she should be- magic!!!!

Mary is also the name of the woman for whom this piece was sculpted.  I can tell how wonderful she was by the loving description her son gives of her and the beautiful photos he sent me.

I noticed how pretty the light coming through my window was so I played around a bit and came up with this shot of the lilies.  Also, I added some twisting, twirling viny plants to soften all that negative space and lots of moss to make a 'garden floor'. This sculpt was unusually busy compared to my previous works and I had a difficult time getting to the finish line.

I am planning to deliver into the hands of the young man who commissioned it and am hoping he is able to bring his father along- Mary's husband.  I would love to meet him and see his reaction to this commemoration piece.
 Have a great weekend, everyone!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Excuse me, Ma'am-

" I think you just dropped your....ahem....uterus?"

"No, sir, that is definitely not my uterus there on the floor of this busy shopping mall!"

"Are you sure? I could have sworn I saw..."

"Sir, I think I would know if if an organ fell out of my body, especially here in a crowded shopping mall.  Now, if you'll excuse me...I must be going.  Good Day!"

Geesh!  What happened to the good old days when if something awful happened, like your pantyhose falling down around your ankles, problems could be solved by simply stepping out of them and continuing to walk away? You can sneakily kick a pair of nylons away towards a garbage can but... a uterus?  Well that's got weight to it.  What if it goes airborne?  Can you imagine that?  It hits the window of the Gap with a solid plop and then starts to slide down making those squishy squeaky noises like your children's Slime and leaving a slimy path behind until it finally hits the floor with a another solid wet 'plop'.  No, best to deny, deny, deny and rush away.  Its not like you'd want it back anyways.

But what if its connected?  To other things?  Probably best to rush away to the nearest exit because right after the large creepy uterus there could be an ovary or those would probably roll away a bit more successfully with just a slight but intentional nudge of your toe.  Ugh- can you see it?  The ovary, once formerly know as yours....rolling over the granite tiled floor of the mall, picking up speed until.....the 300 pound woman in the courtesy wheelchair runs it over with out ever knowing it...ugh, what a way to end a personal relationship.

Probably best to just stay out of the shopping malls for a while....

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Getting there!!!!

The concept is Mary is emerging from her garden with her faithful companion, Sam.  Mary's favorite flowers were sunflowers and lilies.

The paint colors need tweaking and maybe some distessing or antiquing would help?

The golden is named Sam.  Here he is finished- longer hair, more white on the face.  What a handsome guy.


 Mary is almost finished in this picture.  Her eyebrows need a little work but other than that, I'm happy!