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Sunday, February 28, 2010


Jordan's fairy will be getting her wings soon.
Here are a couple of updated progress pictures.

She has more hair than last time but I will still add a few more tresses to give her hair that extra something Below are her wings before any decoration.

These wings have a good strong base to build on. They were created using Fantasy Film and wire. I have lots to choose from when decorating the wings: feathers, jewels, beads, glitter and what ever else catches my eye. This sweet little fairy can't have plain or naked wings!

Just a few more things to complete besides the wings. She needs boots, a shirt and jacket, hair bands, maybe a guitar or skateboard and then the bling! I have lots of shiny things to add. Another week or so and she should be complete and ready to go to her new home.

check back soon


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Check out The Nevada Museum of Art

If you are a Reno local, or in the Reno area, join me at The Nevada Museum of Art tonight for my friend, artist Linda Yaxley's trunk show which is showcasing her original jewelry. Her work will be featured at the gift shop throughout the month of February.

Hope to see you there tonight!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Goddess Has Eyes

The Goddess is starting to look Egyptian to me.

I can see her in a white flowing dress with gold and black accents. Since I won't have much time to work on her this week she has time to decide if she likes the idea of being an Egyptian style Goddess. She looks so real standing on my desk and is very intense looking as well. I can assure you, she will not wait long to be finished!! Hopefully sometime next week I can work on here. I still need to finish Jordan's fairy then will be able to devote some time to her.

Check back soon for more updates.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

Never Sculpt While Drinking!

This sweet little fairy (She’ll have her wings soon) was born during our Christmas Party this year. My amazing niece Jordan really wanted me to make her one of “My Dolls” and thinking that she meant for me to make her one at a later date I told her I would love to. She then sat down and said, “OK, what do we do first?” Since I had had a glass or two of wine and most of the other adults were playing cards I figured – what the heck - and got everything we needed from my studio to sculpt the head, hands and feet and brought it to the kitchen table. 

Here is what she looked like just after we baked her the night of the Christmas Party.

The next morning, as I looked at our creation I realized that I should never sculpt while drinking!! Her eyes were crooked, her nose was misshapen and her chest was flat and sunk in. I tried to paint her face once and was so unhappy with it that I put her away for a couple of weeks so I could pondered what to do with her to make her pretty enough for Jordan.

Fast forward to my last sculpting group meeting when I gathered up this poor little doll and everything I could find in Lime green – Jordan’s favorite color, and decided to do what I could to make her pretty. I used a lot of acetone to smooth her face, then scraped it down and smoothed again and finally, I was able to start working on her again.

Here she has her bones, muscle, hands and feet.

Here is what she looks like right now. She stands only 8" tall and I have painted her face. She has some hair and a partial outfit but she still needs quite a bit of work including more hair, accessories, a completed costume, wings and finished shoes. I hope to have her ready to go to her new home by Friday. I think she will be very happy with Jordan and hopefully Jordan will be happy with her.

I believe that she is coming along quite well in spite of her dubious beginnings and will be proud to have my niece tell people that she and I created her together.

Check back soon to see her before she moves to her new home.


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hopfully my days as a Taxi driver are over...

My son is currently at an auto auction with the intention of purchasing a car to replace the one he totaled a couple of weeks ago. He has been handling his dependence on others pretty well though I will be glad when he is once again independent! I have to admit, we have had some amusing conversations on our way home from school lately and I will miss listening to my son’s interesting perspective on the world at large. He tells me about college, I tell him about work and all in all it is not a bad way to spend a half an hour in the evening. He sure is turning into an amazing young man and while I will be happy he has his own wheels, I think I will miss our after work conversations.

On the creative front...

I will post some updates on my creative endeavors later this week. Progress has been slow in the sculpting side of my life as I sort through the many things going on right now. I have been cleaning my studio (and it seems my life) so I can actually get some work done and now I can hear them calling for me to complete them, it is definitely time to do some creative work again.

Life sometimes takes you on a detour from your chosen path, it may last only an hour but sometimes it lasts much longer and is such a profound change that you find yourself re-evaluating where you were and where you are now heading. The detour that my life has taken has lasted a long time (almost 3 years now) but I am finally beginning to see the path I feel I am supposed to be on. While it isn’t the path I started out on, and it isn’t completely clear yet, I feel good - really, really good, about where my life is heading.

Thanks for letting me get sentimental…