the JWKids Mural is DONE!
Finally finished the mural. I really like the way it came out, it was a fun and easy project (minus the fact that I had to bring my 4 month along while I worked on it!)
Here is a close up of the animal details:
So, I got contacted by a lady from a local Methodist Church asking if I could do a mural for their kids. Here is what is done so far. More to come!
I recently discovered the book series, If You Give a book series and love them! So, I figured I'd add the little mouse from the first book, If You Give a Mouse Cookie to the tree in my studio.
I made this sculpture for my Niece's boyfriend as a Christmas gift to his mom. It is of his two nieces and I actually did most of the work on this in the car on the way to and from New Orleans. It was a fun project and I really like the way it came out!
"My Little Artist" (finished sculpture)
Just finished her! Decided to name it "My Little Artist" I think it really captures the joy and creativity that my little girl radiates.
Here is another angle, you can see the hair and fingers better here.
Singing Princess sclupture (part 3)
Almost done! All I have left to do is the hair and attach the right arm. I'm really happy to see her come together. I think the hardest parts are behind me (the fingers and piano keys.) But I know making real-looking hair out of clay is always a challenge. Check back soon for the finished product!
Singing Princess sclupture (part 2)
I've made a lot of progress on the sculpture in just two days! I finished the piano and attached the head to the body. (I have to say, my princess he looks pretty funny bald and naked!) This is my first time making an open mouthed character out of clay. It has been different...But the hardest part so far? The black piano keys! Yikes...so tiny! And they wanted to stick to everything but the piano! Glad that is behind me, now on to the fingers!
Singing Princess sclupture
So, I'm ready to get some clay under my fingernails again! Since I have now done a sculpture of my younger daughter, I've been wanting to do one of my eldest. She LOVES music and singing so I thought I would do one of her sitting at a little toy piano belting out a song. I've taken the inspiration of the piano from Schroeder (the Peanuts character.)
As you can see, so far I have the "bones" of the head and torso/legs done. I painted the inside of her mouth black since it will be open in a wide smile.
I am excited about this project but dreading all those tiny fingers...maybe I will do them next to get it over with! More to come soon.
It is FINALLY finished!! (a great way to spend my Mother's Day!)
I did it! I finished my "Inspiration Tree" last night! I wanted to paint a mural that would be a memento to some of my favorite artist/illustators (plus look great in a kid's playroom, since I share my studio.) I decided to place all these characters in my favorite type of tree, a live oak. I am very pleased with how it came out! Above is a view of the whole thing. If you want to see the close-up shots of each character just click here!
Well, it has been a while...the tree painting (on my studio wall) is about 98% done and I want to post some pics of it to my site but not till its done. It looks AWESOME so far! :) Life has just been so busy lately. I do pormise you (and myself) it will be done by the end of May. I did add some new photos of my family in my scrapbook so check it out!
I've added two more characters to my "Magna-Pals" family! First is my Friendly Flower:
Second is Flick the Frog:
Both of these are for sale, if you're interested, click on CONTACT above and email me! (The color of the flower can be customized to your preference.)
Baby Dragon Magna-Pal
I made this little dragon as another addition to my Magna-Pals collection. He is about 3 inches tall and 4 inches long. Under his feet are super-strong magnets and his tail is made of bendable clay to hold and pen or pencil. Check back soon to see my next Magna-Pal! Wanna buy one? Click on "Contact" and send me an email. (I can make it in blue or red too.)
Portrait for Mr. Clark
So, thanks to facebook, a guy I've known since about sixth grade contacts me to ask if I can draw a portrait for him. I'm like, "Sure if you pay me!!" (Not really, but he is going to pay me.) Anyway, he wanted a pencil drawing but I couldn't resist doing this one on gray paper which is so much more fun than pencil on white paper. Anyway, it took less than 3 hours and I really like how it came out....hope he does too!
Two new "Kiddos" have been added to the collection!
In honor of my younger daughter, I have added a "Little Diva" to the clan....
Also, after much thought (and several different sketches) I came up with my "Little Sport." He can be coustomized to match whichever sport(s) your kid loves!! I'm able to change out four types of balls: soccer, baseball, basketball and football. Or you can choose to have two or more balls stacked up on his hand, like this...
Here's a picture of the gecko I made for my niece. It measures approx. 6 inches long and about 1 inch high. This was a fun project. It was pretty easy, except for the paint job, and those tiny toes took FOREVER!! Still, it was worth it to bring a smile to Ruthie's face!
So a few days ago I was making the invitations for our first annual "Happy Birthday Jesus" party. (A tradition I grew up with and want to start with my kids.) After looking fruitlessly online for a picture to my liking, I thought maybe I should just make my own. (duh, right? I was trying to take the easy way out.) I drew this sketch on a khaki colored paper with white chalk and charcoal pencils. I really like the way it came out!
December is here!
Only 24 days till Christmas!! Oh yeah! :D I have done all my shopping and decorating...the only thing left is to finish a sculpture I'm making for one of my nieces. (I'll have a picture up soon!) If you're looking for a last minute gift, look no further!! It's not too late to put in an order for my Christmas "Magna-Pals" or "Lil' Grins" ornaments! (I'm taking orders till Dec. 11th)
Christmas will be here SOON! :)
I'm SO excited about Christmas this year! I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but I'm a little tempted to start putting up some decorations....is it too early to hang the wreath on the front door? It IS only 6 weeks till Chirstmas Eve, why not!
Have you started shopping for friends an family yet? If you're looking for a one-of a-kind gift, be sure to visit my Whimsical page and check out what I've got for sale this Christmas! (Email me, I'll be taking orders till December 11th.) You can also see just how I made my adorable "Santa Magna-Pals!"
Sleeping Baby is Complete!
Here she is! To finish this project, I painted on the details of her face, eyes, eyebrows, etc. then had to make the blanket. This was a little tricky because of the patchwork design. It had to be painted while flat, before I draped it over the body and baked it. Also, I had to scrap the first piece of regular "Sculpey" clay I was going to use. Instead of folding, it just broke into pieces. Grr! So, I figured I'd try "Sculpey Ultralight" and it worked great! It was much more flexible and easy to work with. The size of this sculpture is 1 1/2" tall, 4 1/2" wide, and 3" deep.
And there's how I bring a 3 dimensional art piece from a concept to a finished sculpture. I'm very pleased with how this came out. It porbaby took about 5 or 6 hours total to do, but it was lots of fun...if I had more spare time, I'd do a LOT more sclupting! Maybe when the kids are older?
Sleeping Baby (part 3)
She's almost done...I added the shirt first, then the forearm. Making the hand fit perfectly against the chin -without smashing the fingers- was the most difficult part of this project! It probably took about an hour just to get it right. Once I was happy with the hand and arm, I added her hair. Last, I made a base for the baby to lie on. Then I figured she should have a "fake" leg so the folds in the blanket will be believable. Won't be long now!