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Crazy times, that’s where I’ve been. Crazy Not Good times. J got really sick in mid-January. REALLY Sick. Like emergency surgery and then repeated surgeries All Year sick. So it’s been an incredibly stressful year. Fortunately this last procedure seems to have worked and we are doing our best to adjust.

So sorry to go missing with no explanation or anything. But I wasn’t ready to share this until now. Now, as in meaning with him being mostly better, I can talk about it.

So despite the horrible year I did manage to do a few things. Last holiday season (before the ugliness began) I managed to update one of my old Fae dolls (remember this).

Market day detail

I was wrong, she was never a gentle soul and she was never happy about how she looked. So I gave in and gave her what she wanted.

pirate girl

Now she’s a Pirate and we are both Much Happier. I know, I know; the photo is crap. Better ones will come. She is now a spy in the marketplace, collecting information from local informants and scoping out the various merchants.

Here is the brand new piece I made very early this year:

pinoch detail

pinoc

Pinoc-enstein! Made for the Stampington Art Doll Quarterly Autumn 2018 issue he is a mash-up of a fairy-tale and a classic horror story. He made the cut and was published in the magazine.

Yes, he does look a bit like Bruce Campbell, who I adore. And No, it was not intentional, I didn’t notice the resemblance until he was 90% done and I was doing the costume. Shades of Bubba Hotep!

Other notes: tuning peg electrodes for a quick energy boost, unequal size eyes ala the Scarecrow from Oz, Wooden shoe on the leg he ripped off a Dutch puppet, large left arm ripped off a different puppet, a built-up shoe so he can walk mostly evenly, and fabulous wood curl pompadour bangs. He has one of my jackets but I made it a sort of Lederhosen-Bolero. I had a Great Deal of fun with this one!

emsh_1957_01_galaxy

Lastly, a Little Good-Hearted Alien Holiday Cheer!

Even little green kiddies aren’t so sure about Santa. Good thing Daddy is there to hold his hand.

So, Ho-Ho-Ho and the very best Holidays to everyone. Happy-Happy!

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Hey, here’s something fun to do. Go here to Blick’s art contest for mixed media. Look at the entries. Then vote, hopefully for my bestest buddies piece:

phoenix - arlene navarro

OK, so I’m very biased but Arlene made this beautiful floating Phoenix which I like the best.

A few FAQs about Arlene and her work. She lives in Los Angeles, her pieces all have an ethereal cirque look, some are more fantastical, some more art deco, she is a friend of Blythe (so am I — finally), she is sweet and kind and very funny. Go here to see more of her work.

Got to dash, ugly thunderstorm rolling in. TTFN

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I got an email from Stephanie Blythe telling me that fellow NIADA artist Lisa Lichtenfels needs all our help. In the same six weeks her husband passed away and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As all artists know when you work freelance when you can’t work you don’t get paid.

Please help Lisa pay her cancer co-pays and stay current with her living expenses. You can go to this link to learn more about the medical gofundme for Lisa that a dear friend of mine (Connie Smith) has organized.

Lisa Lichtenfels is one of the kindest, funniest, most honest people I have ever met. I met her in 1993 in Chicago where she showed her work and gave an inspiring slideshow talk about where she lived and worked. It opened with her saying that she had been reading and seeing all about people who lived and worked in fabulous inspiring places including a recent magazine article about a person who lived in a castle. She opened the slideshow by saying “This is a picture of the fixed-up side of my house.” We roared with laughter — Lisa didn’t live in a fancy place or even a totally fixed up place; she lived in a house where, she proceeded to tell us, it took six months to evict a “sitting tenant” (a squatter). “This isn’t the house we wanted; this is the house we could afford.” Her dry wit, her personality, her art — there just isn’t anything at all that I don’t love about Lisa.

Later during the visiting artists critique my doll was criticized for having incorrect thumbs. I was told “look at your thumbs and sculpt what you see”, I held up my hand and said “I did.” The poor artist looked at my hand and flustered said “Look at someone else’s thumbs. Take photos.” Now I need to explain that my family has anatomically incorrect thumbs — they are strange looking. They work great but they’re a bit odd, sort of double jointed and the last joint sticks out away from the hand. Then during the general viewing of the visiting artists pieces I was talking to Lisa and explained about the freaky thumb thing and she looked at the dolls hand and my hand and said “I like that it has your thumbs.”

I know for certain that I am not the only person who feels so strongly about Lisa, as a person and an artist. I am hoping that you will be willing to help her, both financially and by spreading the word about her need.

Now for the photo portion of this post:

lisa and phobe

This is Lisa with Phobe; one of her life sized Ticket taker pieces. These were made for posh people who had a private theater in their houses and wanted a sculptural piece to sit outside as if ready to take the ticket stubs.

princess arsinoe in the ostrich race

the last samaritan

These three photos came from Lisa’s website. I hope she forgives me for copying them so I could share them. You can also find more info on this Facebook page. Also try doing a google image search.

Please help.

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And Forest Rogers, my friend takes Gold for 3-D illustration AGAIN!

That she is getting the recognition for her talent makes me very happy indeed.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “The Morrigan”:

Forest Rogers -- The Morrigan

Let’s all do a big happy dance to celebrate the truly wonderful Forest Rogers.

There is a link to her blog/website in my blogroll so you can always check in her.

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That’s right, my friend Forest Rogers wins GOLD in dimensional illustration at Spectrum Live.

Go over to Muddy Colors and scroll down to see the list of winners. Go to Forest’s blog to see her amazing Venetian Harpy, she also has wip photos for this piece over to the right of the window under Current Work II.

Please join me in a joyous Happy Dance in honor of a great artist and a much deserved win!

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Continuing with the theme of raather strange little animals here’s a new e-book that becomes available tomorrow:

Walter Potters curious world of taxidermy book cover

I can’t remember when I first saw an image of Walter Potter’s work; it was certainly yonks ago. I can remember really, really liking his tableaus from that very first moment.

Being self-taught in taxidermy all his creatures are somewhat wonky, which just makes them fit in better to the sort of demented, twisted little settings in which he displayed them. Love it!

Buy it here.

Watch a video about it here (James Gurney’s blog — Thanks James!).

And do not neglect to do a google search — especially images — of Walter Potter. It is totally worth it. Warning: you may end up spending waaaaay more time doing this than you initially intended to.

Technical note: No, I have not got a Kindle yet. Or a nook, or an iPad or even a bloody smartphone. However I did finally succumb to downloading the free kindle reader app from Amazon for my desktop computer. Yes, it was decision entirely driven by my need to have this particular book.

Therefore: Love of wonky demented little animals = a need that justifies upgrading technology.

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What crocodile? You know what crocodile. This one:

Crocodile

The one what ate the alarm clock and who eventually comes for us all. That crocodile.

Why am I going on about a ticking crocodile . . . because he came for Akira. The truly wonderful and entirely talented Akira Blount. Remember these:

Akira Cat Man 150ppi

The people with animal face masks. She taught classes in this, and though I didn’t get a chance to take one I hear they were great.

Akira Twig Hair

Her work later began to incorporate more and more natural materials, like this piece with twig hair.

Akira Wooden Skirts

And finally, these fantastic pieces with turned and carved wooden skirts. Forgive the tragically bad photo, conditions were way less than ideal.

Akira Jack in the box

This jack-in-the-box is the only piece of Akira’s work that I have. It was the souvenir at the annual NIADA conference one year. I remember leaving the banquet that night holding it and hearing Bill Nelson crowing to a group of people ahead of us in the hallway about how great his Jack’s thumbs were. They were the best Jack thumbs at his table. So we (the people I sat with a dinner) went over and asked what was all this about thumbs? Bill explained the clear superiority of his Jack and then said “Show me your thumbs”. We (my dinner group) had not paid particular attention to the relative quality of our Jack thumbs. So we popped open our Jacks and held them up for inspection. A deep silence fell . . . and persisted. Bill scowled — at me; my Jack’s thumbs had bested his. Then we all laughed and went to find a cosy place to laugh some more and talk the rest of the evening away.

It’s been really, really hard to write this post. That damn crocodile has been wreaking havoc among this particular group of people I care about. Mirren, Martha, Susie, Elizabeth, Barbi, and now Akira. These aren’t just people I admire and am inspired by. These are people I knew, people I’ve spent time with; had long talks with; shared meals with. People I had a deep and lasting affinity with. People who are leaving a significant hole in both my heart and my life.

So if you even think you hear something going “Tick-Tack Tick-Tack”: Run Like Hell.

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