Monday, August 30, 2010

Breast Cancer Brick Complete!!

I finally finished my brick and let me tell you, she is heavy!! Meet Pink Rose!
The only thing I wasn't too wild about is all of the ruffles. One day I just kept hand sewing and before you know it, I had all these ruffles! Then I thought of doing ruffles all the way down close to the bottom, but I wanted to show some of the brick and the rusted wire cage. The beauty lies in the wire and brick! I attempted to tame it by placing the large, round metal piece at her waist and it sort of worked, but it still annoys me a little. I don't have much choice at this point since they are due at the beginning of next week. I'm sure someone will love her enough to buy her. It's all for a good cause! 

I was fortunate enough to find this mutted pink ribbon at an orphanages sale last month and it matches well with the color scheme.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Assemblage - Paint Me

The hubby had a couple of used paint brushes and asked me if I wanted them before he threw them away? Of course I can't say no to almost anything given to me, so I kept them.
This piece was inspired by the work of John Whalley. His paintings are phenomenal!!
The red background are painted egg shells. The fibers are ink stained cheese cloth I retrieved from the printmaking studio.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


I belong to the RiverCity Figurative Artists' Guild and we brought dollmaker Cindee Moyer to teach a class last weekend. She created  a doll specifically for the class. This style of doll making is not really my style, but I went in with an open mind and really enjoyed the class.

If I can avoid stuffing a doll at any cost, that's the game plan. Cindee's doll was stuffed all the way to the bottom of the dress and I stopped right below the waist line because I really liked the look!

I tweeked my doll a bit further by using clay for the head and porceain arms. However, I was intrigued with her technique for making hands and plan to try that sometime soon! I did away with the hair and she hangs on the wall instead of a free standing. She measures about 18" in length. There are soooo many possibilities with some of the techniques I learned.

This is the doll Cindee created for the class. Cindee also offers on line-classes at

Monday, August 23, 2010

Blog Giveaway!!


Sorry for the MIA for the past few weeks! This has been the year for my body to start wearing down!! My heart issue has been addressed and now I'm dealing with my knee. All that's left are my feet and I shouldn't say that too loud! Over all it's still good! Next week I will get back to my Spare Parts Monday Postings

I truly enjoyed the last giveaway, so I was anxious to have another! So may I present Tilly! She stands about 7"x3" and is created from wood, wire, clay, silk, and found objects. The wire work on the lower half of Tilly has been done by hand. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and it will run from August 23 - Sept.10.  The drawing will be done over the weekend and the winner will be posted Sept. 13.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Assemblage - Flutter

Flutter is a lot larger than I normally work and it measures about 15.25"x8"x3.25".  The wings are brass and have been treated to give it really cool colors. My favorite thing that I used for this piece is the faux snow behind the figure. The box it came in is actually labeled faux snow. All they are is soft shavings of plastic and they are really cool looking!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Spare Parts Monday

When I first started out making assemblages a few years back, I had discovered M. DeMeng and his infamous art work and was so enthralled by his work! He was the king of the altered anatomy man and hence my anatomy man that had been rusted. He's been sitting around for a few years collecting dust and now in all his gradeur, he stands tall amongst the towering columns of dowels. The box is part of a free make and take my kids frequent with their dad at the hardware store. The window is a piece from a yard sale and the background behind the window is a collage piece I had made.
Inside the anatomy man is a matchbox and a fuzzy glass heart.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Angel Sullen

The purple paper backing showing beneath the skirt is a piece of one of my collagraphs. I love the color and range of textures I can achieve with collagraphs. The brass piece at the chest has been etched, but it is hard to tell in the photo. The copper piece of metal has been embossed with random lines. This doll measures about 10.25" in total height.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Watcher

I have toyed with the idea of layering blocks for a while and this is was the results. Sometimes I get caught up in wanting to keep the body proportionate and that kind of keeps me inside the box. Staying within the box is an area you are familiar and comfortable with. It's kind of like a safety zone and after a while it becomes routine that eventually leads to boredom!

So, to combat that feeling I go get inspired by other artists work that I really like and start pushing myself outside the box. I constantly struggle with that darn box!!!!!