Thursday, March 27, 2014

Travel Time

This week won't have a Week In Photos post, because I have been rushing around like crazy to finish projects in time to actually take some time off - in fact, I'm composing this post at an altitude of 31,000 ft. on a plane destined for Los Angeles! 

I'll be posting some updates during my travels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. More next week!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Week in Photos: March 16, 2014

Apologies for the lack of blog updates this week...I've been rushing around doing a bunch of domestic life things that have little to do with art, so my updating has been a little thin. There will be more soon :)

Sat and assembled a bunch of Dumblebee charms, that will be
available in my shop soon.

Speaking of shop, I revamped the online store! It's all spruced up
and ready for sales...there's nothing in it yet, but if you'd like to look around,
you can find it HERE.

Got to play with ALL the glitter colors!
These are going in resin Pipsqueaks...

Sculpted and primed a handful of faces...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Week in Photos: March 9, 2014

This week, things got serious. Took on a couple new projects (I'll "make time", right?!) and, after seeing just how long my to-do list is, got busy working to clear it. September may seem far away now, but I know how these things go, and need to make sure I clear the decks as soon as I can, so I can focus on the big show coming up.

This week's sketching is yielding some great new characters!
Made some "mysterious dice" as props for the upcoming
Secret Society Sale.
Though this looks like a snowy field, it's actually a frozen Lake Erie.

The tiniest pancake (before I snarfed it down), even has
a cute little heart on it!
Attended a bridal shower and became the hesitant guardian
of an orchid. Hope I can keep you alive, buddy.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Show Color Palette: Forgotten Finery

Back in the spring of 2012, I had my first-ever solo exhibition (sold out!), called "Forgotten Finery" at Rivet gallery in Columbus, Ohio. This show marked the first time I took a decidedly "lighter" approach to a body of work, as many of my previous shows had featured darker colors, a more "decay" oriented aesthetic, and a slightly more sinister feel. I wanted to explore my work as a form of decoration, and approach this particular group of dolls from a brighter and warmer perspective.

The main source of inspiration for this show was Rococo art and fashion (I even made a nearly 3-foot tall bunny in a layered Rococo-style gown). It exemplifies this sort of "opulence of privilege" that exists purely as a fantasy for most people, attainable for very few.

Some inspirations included:

• the incredible fashion (for both men and women of the high classes) of the late 18th century, with hand-tatted lace, shimmering silks, matte velvets, and hand-embroidery.

• the soft, buttermint colors of tea roses and peonies

• exquisite (and often inedible-looking) wedding cakes, French pastries, and confections

• The lore and speculation surrounding the life of Marie Antoinette. I read a couple of biographies about her during my time working on the project. I also watched Sofia Coppola's film "Marie Antoinette" numerous times as well - while not a historically accurate depiction, the art direction and costuming are endlessly inspiring to me, still. Every frame, it seems, contains at least one very good artistic decision.

• the stiff and lovely costume of classical ballet

• block-printed wallpaper, from the 18th century

My "Duchesse" for the show - freestanding at 30" tall!

I even ensured that the refreshments at the opening fit the color scheme!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Week in Photos: March 1, 2014

Secret project (so far) drawings.

A bit of a lean week, this week, in terms of work. I periodically go through these laggy intervals, where I think I start thinking too much, get overwhelmed by anxiety over upcoming responsibilities, and just get a little emotionally crippled and I can't force myself to do much. I've done this ever since I was a kid, and you'd think that after 33 years of living, I would have figured out how to handle it, but the remedy still eludes me. One of these days I will be able to slay this particular demon, but as of right now, I just sort of have to deal with it until I make it out the other side.

One big project that I'm working on right now (pic above) is SO cool, but I can't really say much about it yet, as it's a large project and just now beginning the germination stages. I will say a few things about it though: 1) It involves another amazing artist, 2) it's going to be a large-scale production of some small-scale things, and 3) it will be widely available, and affordable for all of my collectors. Excited!

I am absolutely the type of person to paint my nails up fancy to make myself feel better on gloomy days. Into the annals of internet manicure-photography, I submit these: Rainbow Glitter Galaxy Space Nails.

Found a great old toy xylophone. At this point it's more "objet d'art" than "xylophone", as the tines don't really ring out as much as make a slightly tonal metallic clunk when struck, but so what, look at that patina!

I ordered a sample of a perfume called "Smoke", by a woman who has the utterly genius business-model of starting an entire business to sell a few incarnations of the exact same product. I'm picky about perfume (don't get me started) so I'm always keen on trying something new and different. My initial review is that it is absolutely lovely, if a little one-dimensional. The strange things is, when I opened the envelope it came in, the scent that greeted me was exquisite - some earthy and oddly familiar blend of vetiver, patchouli, a hint of warm citrus and some gentle note of red spice, like clove or carnation. But upon applying the perfume, all that fell away immediately and I was left with just the scent of vetiver essential oil. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE vetiver, it is amazingly complex and can be worn as a perfume alone, but the difference between the initial whiff and what was left on my skin was pretty striking. I am wondering if I am getting prematurely anosmic to one or more of the other notes in the perfume, or if either my skin or my nose is not picking the scent up as the blender intended. I plan on trying a few different ways of using and wearing it. All in all, even if it is a little flat to my nose, it's still a really lovely scent and an easy "introduction" to wearing vetiver! The sample came beautifully packaged. If you're curious, and you love natural, earthy scents, by all means give Smoke a try, it's a very nice scent.