Archive | October 2009

My Spooky Tree & A New Baby



Baby Marie’s Etsy Listing Here

Happy Halloween To All! What a ghoulish week it was for me. I did not get enough time at my art table and was busy with other things inside and out of the house. But over all it was a good week with a few Halloween festivities I got to share with friends.

I love this time of year and tomorrow I plan to make some homemade pumpkin carrot soup with fresh sage, shallots, and ginger. I also fry up strips of pumpkin to sprinkle over the soup and that is sooo yummy!

On a tip from my friend Marie on a great sale, I bought a Halloween spooky tree at 50% off. It was a $100 tree that I picked up for $50. What a great find. I plan to start collecting some great spooky ornaments and of course make some of my own. By next year I should have a nice spooky tree!

Here’s my tree! Bare with no ornaments but still a spooky tree none the less! It come apart in 3 section for easy storage too.

Now for little baby Marie (it was a “Marie” day I guess, LOL). A dab of sparkle in her blue eyes and dark brown hair she measures about 3″. She will be listed in my Etsy Shop tomorrow.

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OOAK Child Fairy “Willow”

Willow is my latest sculpture. She is a child fairy and a real sweet one. I just love her sparkly blue eyes and her soft blue outfit.

View Willow’s FlickR Slide Show Here
She is currently listed on Ebay for a 5 day auction with a BIN.

You may click on each picture to view larger image.

Here are some photo’s of her as a work in progress. I sculpt heads on a toothpick and then sculpt the body. Once the body is fully sculpted I then attach my heads to the body armature and finish the doll. I like to sculpt the entire doll and then bake them. I do not normally prefer series baking. The only other bake I do is the for setting the genesis heat set paints.

Baby Caitlyn

Ok. Wow! So after my wonderful weekend sculpting with Patricia Rose, I dashed to my sculpting table and created a baby sculpture. I felt more comfortable and used some of the techniques I learned in class.

View Her Etsy Listing Here

There is so much I learned and will incorporate into my pieces. I can see my bad habits sliding away and the new modified techniques creeping in! It can be a little frustrating because now I am at a stage where there is a little bit of a battle between old and new techniques. I was comfortable sculpting a certain way but realize I can adjust and have much better results.

She is a sweetie and a good sized one. She is still small enough for collectors that do not have lots of room for displaying these sweet little babies.

I will be listing her in my Etsy Shop and will update this post when she is listed.

Return from my Sculpting Class

I got back home late afternoon Monday this week. Florida was cold! A cold front came through while I was there so unfortunately the only balmy warm weather was the first day I arrived and that was gone by Saturday morning. I was mostly indoors so I suppose it didn’t matter.

This class was great! I thoroughly enjoyed it and had so much fun with the other artists that attended. Lots of laughs and it was truly a great experience to be among other artists. The knowledge we learned from Patricia Rose was awesome. She is an amazing artist and it was an honor to learn from her.

This class was on sculpting faces. Baby, Child and Adult face. I usually work smaller so the size heads we started with were probably 3x the size I normally work on. Which was another great learning experience for me. Normally I am lost in all that clay, however, surprisingly I did okay and felt comfortable; perhaps larger size dolls will be in my future.

None of these faces were worked to a completed finishing stage because I will not be sculpting bodies nor making them into dolls. These heads will be used as reference for what I learned. There have been baked and will remain body-less. 🙂 So what you see below does not have any fine tuning or smoothing that would be done if they were to be an actual doll.

The first face I did was the adult woman. I attempted to sculpt her to the likeness of Angelina Jolie. I am pleased with her outcome and just love the lips! Does she look like like Angelina? Just a little?? This is her before I opened up and sculpted her eyes.

She (Angelina) is in this picture on the left after I opened her eyes. The face on the right is the baby. Which is where I am most comfortable. This was also interesting to work on due to the size. Her head is almost the size of some of my small scale full sculpture babies.

Lastly the child/teen face which was the third creation I did in the class. Toddlers are always fun and I enjoyed working on this one. I love her nose and that is another area I needed to refine my skills. So was pleased with her results. I left her eyes closed in order to retain a closed eye face for reference.

So there they are and these 3 heads are all body-less and sitting on my sculpting table staring up at me so that I can refer to them when needed. 🙂

I can’t wait to take another workshop and hopefully one will be in my future. I feel that I learned many things and hope I will become a better sculptor with more realism in my sculptures.

I was excited to also see some of Patricia’s work up close. I took a few photos of these lovely dolls! I was in awe of them and to see them up close was so amazing.




OOAK Baby “Hope” & My Sculpting Seminar!

This nor’easter is still lingering in NJ. I am hoping it does not delay my flight tomorrow. If all goes well I will be departing into the air at 11:55am.

I am heading to a sunny and warm climate for a sculpting class with a great artist, Patricia Rose. I am very excited about this trip and can’t wait to meet the other 12 artists also attending. It is a two day seminar on sculpting faces; child, teen, and adult. Here is the hotel I am staying at. It is right on the Tampa Bay! I can’t complain!

I just finished another little baby, Hope, and decided she will be traveling with me to the seminar.

Update 10/20/09 – Baby Hope found a new mommy while on her trip to Florida!

Laptop, camera, sculpting tools and some clay are all packed and ready to go! What a great weekend this is gonna be! I return on Monday and will be sure to post all the pictures of our weekend!

OOAK Newborn Baby “Charlotte”

Here is a real sweetie that I labored over for quite awhile. I would like my focus to be the babies for a little while longer. I want to refine and really key in on that newborn baby look. My goal is to get as realistic as I can with them. Which means working very small detail — which is sometimes very challenging. I use my 3.75+ CVS glasses for this work. LOL

View Her Etsy Listing

Charlotte weighs in at barely .5oz. She has a white silk bundle wrap tied off with lavender ribbon. Her hair is black Tibetan hair and I left her with a large forehead/hairline to exaggerate that newborn look.

Look for her soon in my Etsy Shop or Ebay. I have not yet decided where I will list her but I will update this post when she becomes available in either venue.

Right behind Charlotte is another cutie newborn. So be sure to check back soon!