Friday, May 29, 2009
I knew exactly who it belonged to-my little cat Pascal(the oldest of my 4 cats) whom I had nicknamed "Grandfather White Whisker" ever since this white whisker had shown up on him. None of my cats have white whiskers so I was telling my 8 year old Pascal that he was an "Old Daddy Cat" now. I also told him that when the whisker fell out to please leave it in the middle of the hardwood floor in the living room. This morning, that is where I found it. Thank you Pascal!
This is not the first time Pascal has been so thoughtful. When he was losing his baby fangs, I told him to leave them in center of the hardwood floor of my living room of my old house and in next morning, I came across a tiny tooth! I was so happy to have such a special baby fang! The next morning I found his other baby fang! It didn't stop there. Six months later, Pascal got a baby brother-Tobias Greenmoss Lang was found in a pile of moss of a friends garden. Just like Pascal, when I saw that his baby fangs were lose, I told him to leave to leave it in the same place that Pascal did and just like Pascal, Tobias did! He did this with his other baby fang as well.
Tobias loves to sleep in the same bed with my Sleeping Beauty Doll in front of a family portrait!
Glastonbury gives his big brother Tobias a big ole Kiss! Hehe!
Then, little daughter cat Sister Blackberry Bijou showed up and I asked her to do the same even though I was living in another house. She was sweet and left both of her baby fangs for me. Finally, the Baby Cat, Glastonbury Mister, aka "Mister Baby" threw in his two baby fangs. Now I keep all the cat baby teeth in a little beaded box with roses embroided on it. This box belonged to my Great Aunt Fagella who went by "Rose Frances". I love this little box and what is inside it. I put Pascal's white whisker in it. Now I am waiting to see if another one will grow in its place! I will let you know!
Sister Bijou yaps it up with brother Tobias
My gorgeous beaded little box of baby fangs and the White Whisker
Wee Baby Fangs!
Pascal and the Baby Box
All for of my little cats aka "The Littles"! They love to sleep in the "Nap Line-Up"
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Check out "The Butterfly Faerie". She is done with watercolours, gouache, and metallic ink on archival cotton rag paper and measures 11x15 inches.
I also put my first monotype in the the Shop! Whoo Hoo! "Girl with Iris" measures "15x22" inches. I made her on my printing press with process colour inks. As with all of my pieces, this fanciful lady wears a special costume-a headpiece of ivy, a necklace shaped like a dragonfly and a dress printed with a blue and green pattern. She also has some pretty cool blue tattoos and holds a purple and yellow Iris-my favourite colour of Iris.
Besides these ladies, I spent all weekend working on dolls-waiting for layers of paperclay to dry and putting together new wire armatures. Hopefully, I will have their bodies made and then I can start sanding them, adding layers of gesso and then start painting them. Then comes the wig making, batting, fabric and finally their costumes and wings(or tails if they happen to be a mermaid). This is when things get pretty!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Ghost Print of "Girl with Iris" which is basically the left over ink on the plate so a much lighter verson of the original monotype.
A monotype of the Goddess Aphroditie
A commissioned monotype I did for woman who wanted a "Girl and her Horse" for her daughter. She turned quite fancy. OOh La La!
Here I am(looking so very glam) with a monotype fresh off the print. Somehow, I make this into the finished piece below. Don't ask. It is another one of my 312 step processes(actually, feel free to aske me about it!).
This is a painting I did in honour of my Russian Great Aunt Fagella. She had very dark hair, eyes and skin, but she is so special to me and I feel I act so much like her and that she taught me so much about everything. Plus, she really, really "got" me which is huge. Most folks think I am kind of odd or difficult. Auntie Fagella would say of me, "She is an artist. She likes weird stuff. If she wants to dust it all well OK. I don't want to dust it, but that's just me. Meh.". Hee Hee! So true! And, Heathe of Audrey Eclectic and I go back several years with our love of painting skaters! http://reverieart.blogspot.com/
A painted portrait of one my dear friends who goes back to my freshman year in college. She was a big senior and I really looked up to her(well down as she is super tiny). She went on to study fashion at Parsons in NYC and every holiday or break that I could, I would visit her and go to her classes-what a dream! She really taught me to be myself and do my own magical art thing. And, she is quite a beauty too!
A painting of a Faerie who looks to be wearing some embellishments Ivy of
http://edera-faerie.blogspot.com/ would make!
A painting I did of my only little girl cat Sister Blackberry Bijou. Of course, I painted her in a little crown and a fancy necklace. Of all my cats, she is the one who will not dress up. Her brothers like to look "fancy". She says "NO!". She is also the Boss of the house.
Tobias Greenmoss is very funny boy!
More gifts made and wrapped and woefully late!
A Birthday Gift successfully made and wrapped and on time!
A commissioned doll I had forgotten about. She now lives in NYC with a jewelry maker who is of Native American descent and has long red hair that she wears in braids.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
So, It has been raining and I have been wanting to take photos outside. Though I have other art projects to work on, when you want to one thing you kind of can't give it up. So, I have been working on photos that I took a little while ago. Here they are. I need to practice all this digital stuff. I have a very scary look so some folks may need to look away.
And, all of a sudden and all at once, I received new art supplies in the mail! New bricks of Paperclay will help me get back going on dolls I am working on. I also received many new colours of German Glass Glitter which is so sparkley and perfect for all faerie projects. I also got a a bag of some great new yarn at my friend's yarn shop in the village which will soon become hair for my dolls. My little cats are just crazy for the yarn though. I found 2 of them fighting over the bag and had to hide it away. So, I need to get myself going. Go self go-go!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
She is my favourite model for photographs. She can morph into whomever I need her to be and she does it so wonderfully!
She famoulsy "poised" for this photograph of one of the Pre-Raphealite "Ophelia" paintings for me(well, she almost died of hypothermia but would not get out of the freezing water! She is as stubborn as me!).
Glass bottom boat fun!
A Woodcut a friend of our's did for her Wedding Invitation that she framed and put on this little shelf she painted.
Fish Ornanments "swim" by amongst the grape vines. When you take a bath in here with the lights off and all the candles lit, you really feel that you at the bottom of the sea! Fantastic!
Another one of my photos in a hand painted frame plus, we collected tons of vintage bottles in aquas, purples and clear and she would arrange them shells and stones
A shelf that we found in Santa Fe, NM and nearly killed each other fighting over! We agreed it was for the greater good that it should go in the Mermaid's bathroom. We were right.
A statue that a friend of our's was not happy with and was going to throw out! We said "NO!" and saved her. We love her. Artists can be so weird about their work. Ha!
I sent her my "Madonna of New Orlean's" in an antique Nicho that we got in Alburquere, NM. I am thinking that we probably fought over this too(we are like sisters in this way) but I was fighting for it to make something for her so I prevailed!
More of the bench. Now I am just getting sadder. She has used that Body Shop Body Butter for 20 years! I would also send or bring her a jar of it. When I first met her, I asked her if she had some lotion and she let me borrow this. OK, I can still send it to her. I just loved this little area. We loved moving stuff around in it. I am still sad! I will miss her!
More Mermaids swimming!