Two new pieces completed today, a cat head lamp that I hope has a cemetary/tombstone/boneyard relic feel. A friend at my studio is always bringing me things, things that I consciously needed, or didn't KNOW I needed untill he brings it. The wooden base the cat is mounted on is one of those things. I had sculpted about 5 or 6 cat heads in various sizes and expressions this month and this one just looked perfect scale wise perched on top. The old large wooden finial is distressed with age in that perfectly soft and yet textural way that makes all truly naturally weathered and aged objects beautiful. I hope the cat has the same feel.
There is a hole drilled through the finial, it must have been mounted on a rod or dowel in it's lifetime. So I dremmeled a like size hole in the base of the cat so that the electric night light cord could be strung through and it be made into a lamp! How cool would this be flickering on your mantle?
My studio has many large windows in i,t and so I will have to get photos of it lit next time I am up there at night.
I also finished a newer subject for me, a simple rustic skull. It has bright Day of the Dead colors on the base and hat, but there are no flowers on him. He is but a simple, humble skull. He knows his place, quietly flickering away with his large morose eye sockets. He may be removed from the wooden block base. Also he may be displayed bald or with hat perched on top. I went for a distressed, weathered, aged look on him too. He does have a bone like feel and patina. Layers of paint, glaze, and sanding and scuffing.
Skull Luminary stands 12" tall and the Boneyard Cat is about 11" tall....
Magic Pumpkin Mirror and Moon Friends! I finished a few new pieces at the studio today, here are two of them! Both available now on eBay. Just click on the highlighted titles below to get to the eBay links for each.
I love the details of this piece, the tiny metallic trims, and their brightly glowing eyes! The jack o lantern, the owl, and the cat all were sculpted out of paper clay and some epoxy sculpt, and painted in acrylic with some rich purple oil glazes and overlays.
"Moon Friends" stands 12" high and is mounted on the wooden block I painted in the same palette.
The Pumpkin Mirror was the most fun! Can you tell the vintage frame was once a clock? It was originally a beigeish white and gold. The clock was removed and I cut one of my lanterns in half, then sanded it to fit perfectly over the old clock hole, and then painted the frame in Halloween black and orange. I then layered glazes in oil with a dirty purplish hint....
The fun really is in the painting, finishing colors and details! This piece has an almost luminous glow in person, and a real old timey carnival feel to me, bright and ornate as a carousel, but all out Halloween! "Magic Pumpkin Mirror" stands 22" high and is ready to hang by a saw toothed hanger on the back from when it was still someone's boring clock....
The Halloween Parade is Here!! Four new posable chenile dolls/ornies, and a couple of Warty Jacks! I had the most fun sculpting the Chenile Figures, and their miniature parade lanterns! It was great fun making all of their accoutriments. I usually work very large, and so working on a smaller scale with some fun details was surprisingly engrossing. I could make a lot more of these, and think I will! The Cat has a perfectly wicked Halloween expression, and I am particularly thrilled with the creepy bunny. I know bunnies aren't for Halloween, but I love them and think they can be creepy too. I enjoy the vintage/retro kitsch feel of these, almost like they are antique toys. They remind me of my childhood, which was filled with bunny rabbit night time stories, bunnies in the backyard, and cats! Plenty of animals in my life both growing up and now. I think I will explore more animals dressed up for Halloween in the near future.
The Warty Jack is HUGE,..the green one is 17" tall.... the red one is my small size and they look great together in groups!
I LOVE that the bunny is carryig a skull,...just so creepy and weird...and a little unexpected!
This pumpkin boy reminds me of my childhood...the groovy 70's! Watch out avocado green and orange!!
I used glass beads sunk in his belly for the buttons,...and sculpted the tiny pumpkin parade lantern on the stick....hand cut and trimmed crepe paper collar....
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I love working with my hands to create one of a kind art oddities...I love Halloween and try to capture the spirit of fall, fire, smoke, burning leaves, candy apples, witches, carved pumpkins and full harvest moons...Aaaah, October!