Wednesday, February 13, 2013

29 Faces Challenge days 7, 8, 9, 10, 11......

Okay.  So it's confession time.  I have the attention span of a gnat and often get excited about something, for a day or two and then tire of it.  I know this about myself.  Why I continue to sign on for things that last longer than, oh I don't know, a day, I'll never know.  I lasted all of one week with this challenge and while I had a great time during that week, I'm kinda ready to move on.  Like I've been there and done that and now I want something new.  Pitiful, I know.  It's not that the challenge was boring.  It's not even that the participants were boring.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  So many truly amazing and talented people creating beautiful faces each day.  It's just my attention span.  So, my friends, I'm afraid I've had my fill of the 29 Faces Challenge and now I'm off on a ceramics tangent.  More about that later.

Oh yeah!  I almost forgot.  I did some tinkering with the ole blog recently.  Changed the look just a bit and am loving the new banner.  I also made it smaller or should I say... not as wide.  I noticed on an average size monitor that you have to scroll back and forth to see the whole thing and it bothered me so I changed it.  I did go back through a few pages of posts to fix image sizes to fit but I didn't go all the way back.  There may still be some posts that have pictures spilling over into the sidebars and I'm okay with that for now.  So, anyway, what do you think about the new banner?  Is the size of the blog itself easier or no?  Do tell.

I'm also making another change.  I won't be posting Work In Progress (WIP) pictures anymore.  Why?  Well, I'm as flighty with my creations as I am with challenges and some works get started and then sit around for awhile.  I start new projects all the time.  Many of them are started before others are finished.  It's just how I operate.  I always go back to them and they always get finished at some point but it can sometimes be several years before it gets finished.  So, I don't want to keep showing you things I'm working on and then you never being able to see the finished product until so much time has passed that you don't even remember having seen it in progress anyway.

One more change is coming.  Sometime this summer or more likely this fall, I will be working on tons of tutorials and workshops both in PDF and video formats that will be available for purchase.  I will also be creating quick little tutorials for free that I'll share right here on my blog so stay tuned for all of that!  I have so many ideas and will soon have the space to work to make it all happen.  You and I are going to make art together.  LOTS of it!

That's all I have for you for now.  No photos this time, so sorry.  I'll be back soon with some photos of my clay play shenanigans so don't abandon ship just yet!


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

29 Faces Challenge Days 4 and 5

Hello everyone!

I missed my blog post yesterday because, well, I just wasn't feeling very creative and didn't sculpt anything.  I know, I know.  It's okay though.  I made up for it this evening.

These little ceramic tiles are for days 4 and 5.  They are sculpted in ceramic clay and measure 1" by 3".

Monday, February 4, 2013

Come, Sit, Let Me Tell You Your Fortune.

Come my dear, let me read your palms and I'll tell you your future...

I have been making miniature gypsy tables, a few of them each year, since 2006. This setting is the first for 2013!

The setting is 1:12 (1 inch = 1 foot) scale. 

The chairs have been stripped of their original finish, sanded and refinished in black. The original upholstery has been removed and completely redone in a faux black leather. I have added a corset design to the backs of the chairs with real metal eyelets and leather cording.The lace underneath was hand dyed.

The table was also stripped of it's original finish, sanded and refinished in black. The design on the tabletop is a zodiac wheel in burgundy and gold. Each of the items on top of the table were hand made by me and are permanently affixed to the table. These items include:

Fortune Teller sign and stand, Ouija Board and Planchette, 3 candles, Tarot cards, Birth Chart, Runes, crystal ball, gold filigree bowl with money inside ($20s $5s & $1s)

The edge of the table was decorated with a beaded trim and accent trim in burgundy.

Also included with this set is a witch's hat, also handmade by me in faux leather. It has been decorated with beads, trims and flowers. 

Last, but certainly not least is the witch's broom. It was handcrafted in polymer clay, by me and has handlebars, foot rests and a seat attached. Perfect for today's modern day witch. :)

Available in MY ETSY SHOP!

29 Faces Challenge Day 3

So, I had a little emergency to deal with this evening and didn't get my Day 3 head finished in time so I'm submitting this piece today instead.  In all fairness, I did finish it less than a week ago.  I'll post the head I was working on tonight sometime tomorrow, along with whatever I sculpt tomorrow evening.

ANYWAY.....  here's Day 3's sculpt...

Ceramic clay, fired and painted with acrylics.  6" x 6"

Saturday, February 2, 2013

29 Faces Challenge DAY 2

Day 2.... a silly little face sculpted in paperclay.  2 down, 27 more to go.

29 Faces Challenge Day 1

Hi everyone!  I hope all of you are staying warm in this crazy winter weather.  It's been ridiculous weather here in Florida.  One day it's in the 80s and you're in shorts and the next day it doesn't even make it up to 55 degrees and you're wearing sweats.  CRAZY.  I'm not complaining though.  I'd much rather have the crazy yo-yo weather that I have than the freezing cold temps a whole lot of other people are dealing with.


Today was the very first day of the 29 Faces Challenge hosted by my awesome friend, Martha (better known as Ayala Art).  If you don't know what that is, you should!  You should head on over to the Facebook page and read about it when you leave here.  Essentially, we have to create 29 faces in the 28 days of February.  There aren't really very many rules, you can use whatever medium you'd like, just have to make faces.

Most of the participants paint or draw their faces but I wanted to challenge myself to SCULPT each and every one of them, for 28 days straight.  I think I may have been out of my mind when I came up with that brilliant idea but I'm going through with it anyway.  I'm planning to use paperclay, polymer clay and ceramic clay during the challenge.   I don't think I'll do heads for all of them but who knows, I just might.

I'll be posting each face I make for the next 28 days so I hope you'll follow along.  If nothing else, you can watch me go stark raving mad this month, one day at a time.  :)

Okay, okay, enough blathering.  I present to you the face for Day 1:

(Inspired by the bird character in Cirque Du Soleil's la Nouba show in Orlando.  I have BIG plans for this head in the future!)