Thursday, April 25, 2013

Metal Sculpture


      This is a metal sculpture that Ed and I made several years ago.  The full moon, a small boat tucked behind the waves of water create a nice waterscape.  I placed the pieces and then ground the surface with a power tool.  Way out of my comfort zone, but such a lot of FUN!  And the grinding gave the surface a really interesting affect.  Ed welded it all together for me. 

     We saw some open water the other day....yahooo!!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Puppets Frank Lee and Ruby Carol


   Frank Lee and Ruby Carol flew in this morning.  A couple of snow birds from Arizona, they thought the winter weather should be behind us now.  Taking a chance at coming home to Wisconsin, they came in early this morning.  Frank said their arms were tired from the long flight.  :)   Old joke, but then Frank is up there in years, as well.                                                                                                                                   

   This is a pair of puppets I made. I used a nice soft fleece for them.  And clothing from the baby department for Frank..love those little jeans and blue work shirt.  Ruby Carol is wearing a beaded blouse I wore years ago.  Her comfy shoes are embellished with a sparkly bow.  Her belief is that beauty and comfort should go hand in hand.   Happy Day...the sun is shining here!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pillow Designs


    This is a group of pillows I have on the bed.  The black one is a former t-shirt that had all these wonderful scripts on it. The word "art" in all different languages, made a well worn t shirt, but made an even better pillow, I think.  The pillow in the middle was made by my Mom, a very long time ago...40 years, or so, at least.  At the time, she said the fabrics in this crazy quilt design were from the late 1800's into the early 1900's.  She then embroidered around each fabric.  I have cherished this pillow ever since she gave it to me.  Mostly bringing it out occasionally to admire it.  The crocheted rose pillow is one I made last winter.  I purchased the odd shaped pillow at Goodwill, and recovered it.  The roses are a hoot to make, as each one turns out quite different, I don't follow any directions, but have the fun of winging it!   And, so the Art Adventures continue in Studio 2137!!   Have a good day, good people.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Birds in Wool


       Here is a little fellow, all dressed up and ready for the weekend.  This is a needle felted bird I made.  The bright colors are a welcome sight, on another snowy morning here in Northern Wisconsin!!
      

     Oh look, a whole group of little feathered friends are hip-hopping about the studio.  I sincerely hope you can find a little hip-hop in your step today!    :)
                                                                                                                                                                    

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The African Room

     
        Welcome to the African Room.  This is a room that measures 12" x 8" x 8 1/2".  I made the walls from foam board, as well as the sofa and chair.  Using some fabrics and decorative papers, along with beads, and the earrings and pins to add accents to the walls, it takes on a nice African motif.  The wall piece above the sofa is a stone from Lake Superior, painted.  The palm plant is  paper I cut to create a little greenery.




    The miniature shells, beads for jars and bits of natural coral, add some interest to the little red table I purchased for a dollar.  And the little stool under the table is another cork, for more seating when the guests arrive.  The zebra is a plastic toy, I enhanced to bring out the details, it's free roaming...not stuffed.  :^)
    
     Hope you have a pleasant day today!    

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sweet Socks Arrival


    Here is another sock project.  This one is called "Sweet Socks".  She's a cute little filly, and just a little on the tipsy side, as she gets use to walking in the green quilted pasture.




        Well partners, hope you all have a good day!   Isn't that the cutest little horses....butt, you've ever seen?    She's heading back to the barn on those wobbly legs, and will snuggle up to her Mama.  I hope you have someone you can snuggle today.           Take care, family and friends!!    

                         

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Creative Day


       Nigel...why are you inside the kitchen cupboard?   And is that Buster, the cat, going in there, too?

              YES...ME IN CUPBOARD.....BUSTER, MY FRIEND.  HE COME IN TO CUPBOARD.
                          
      Ok...what are you doing in there....hiding?     YES.   Why Nigel?    SNOW FALL...SNOW MELT...SNOW GET ALL HARD AND CRISPY...SNOW..MELT..SNOW FALL....ok, I get it..are you looking for a change of scenery inside the cupboard?   Come on, no hiding from it...get creative, Nigel, make it a fun day...you can do it!!!



                                           Now, that's more like it, Nigel.    I MAKE A TRAIN...CHOO..CHOO..ALL ABOARD FOR FUN TIME......OH-OH, I SCARED MY FRIEND, BUSTER....CHOO..CHOO!!

   

Friday, April 12, 2013

Leonardo da Vinci


      A visitor from Italy stopped in today.  Leonardo da Vinci, is here in his youthfulness...handsome man.  And intelligent, too..good looks, and a brain.   He is presenting himself in his courtly costume, with a hat to set off the cape as well as the collar of his jacket.


    Leonardo is quite proud of his painting.  And his hosery is quite flattering on his long legs...such a dandy!  I hope you enjoy this brief visit, and can take some time to contemplate that infamous smile.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Woolly and Buster


     A little bit of wool made into a woolly mimmoth (that's a small version of a mammoth).  This little guy is so small he can easily walk across a dollar, in no less then five whole minutes.  He is not real fast.  In fact, his slowness nearly caused him his life. 
     While working in the studio one day, I noticed he had disappeared from the counter.  As I looked all around, I spotted my cat Buster, frantically kicking something.  That something was the little Woolly.  I quickly rescued him from the paws of my cat.  One leg was slightly askew, and still to this day is a tiny bit shorter then his other legs.  He walks with a gimp, after the cat-astrophy.     I keep him inside the cupboard in a safe and cozy place now.    May you have a cozy and safe place to be today!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Blue Moon Man


        
              Introducing......The Blue Moon Man!!      I used every bit of those two socks to create this little character.  Smile On Everyone!   :)

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Hand-Made Blue Knitted Socks


          Good  Monday Morning!!   This is a pair of handmade knitted socks.   My Mother made these for my Father.  His feet were quite cold to the touch, as he rested in the nursing home.  She gathered the yarn and the four needles it takes to knit a sock, and went to work to remedy the situation.  I didn't know she knew how to knit socks.   As she worked her magic with those four needles, she quickly finished and placed these warm cozy socks on his feet.   

           After all these years, I've kept them.  There was so much love in this dear, pair of socks...that I finally decided what I could do with them, besides keep them in the drawer.     (The basket with all the sewing stuff in it, was made by my Grandfather, Henry Proffit.... that's another story.)  Tune in on Wednesday, and I'll show you what I made!!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Zara and Ella Nora: The Gallery Gals

       Zara and Ella Nora are looking at a delicious summer painting by Monet today.  A Friday is a good day to visit the gallery.  They both take deep breathes as they contemplate all the lovely colors.  And that blue, blue sky.  They can almost feel that soft warm summer breeze coming across that open field of green.
       Zara stopped in front of the cathedral painting.  Finding it inspirational on many levels today.  She  caught up with Ella Nora in front of a cityscape.  The hustle and bustle of the scene causing quite a bit of excitement at the anticipation of the weekend rolling in.


    The girls hope that your weekend is fun-filled and relaxing.....as Ella Nora heads back to the haystack paintings, and the lovely pond paintings of Monet.   She secretly wishes to bath in the lily ponds of Giverney, on a moon lite night, in absolutely nothing but her birthday suit!     :)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Piece of My Heart


                                                 Hey Nigel.....that's too loud, turn that music down.

                                                           WHAT YOU SAY?
                                                   
                                               Tooo....Loud....Turn It Down, Nigel..

        SORRY...CAN NOT...TURN DOWN....JANIS JOPLIN...SING......LOUD!                              
                                      Yes....I agree.....she was good.........now, I will have that song going in my head........sing it one more time, Janis.        May you have a song in your heart today!! 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Frida Kahlo


     "Hola."     This is a character crocheted doll of Frida Kahlo.  She is well known for her self portraits, and turbulent relationship with another artist, Diego.  She lived in Mexico from 1907-1954.  I purchased her diary that was published in 1995.  Interesting and visual book, more like an art journal.         

      I crocheted her a couple months ago, and stood her up next to this vintage coffee can, I purchased at an antique store.  The can is full of broken and discarded crayons.  The basket next to the can, is one that I wove about 10 years ago, out of electrical wire.  The circular box is a book that opens up with a ribbon attached to the circle pages.  There are only pictures, so the "reader" makes up the story.   I have alot of fun....don't I?       :0     

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Nigel's Awakening




                                        Nigel, what are you doing by the bath tub?  Are you trying to hide?
                                                      
                                                        
                                
                       
                           No, Nigel, you can not take a bath.  That's just not possible....really.
                                          
                                                     WHY NOT TAKE BATH?  ME WANT BATH!!!

                                
                         Nigel, I don't quite know how to say this...so...here goes.   You use to be a sweater...a wool sweater.   If you bath, you will shrink.  You will become a tiny, small monster.                      
     
              I WAS A SWEATER????   WOOL....really???         Really.

                     GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!!     :)
          

Monday, April 1, 2013

Aquatic Lady


Studio Project

           
          This is a character doll that I started making.  With a small coke bottle, some aquarium rocks, batting, and paper clay.  I used a Styrofoam ball for inside the head, and added the clay to it.  Chenille pipe cleaners work quite nicely for the hands and arms.


        I covered the body with batting, as well as the arms.  I have been calling her, "Fish Face".  Adding the color and costume is the next step.

      

       Finding this rainbow colored tulle, and a vintage earring for her broach really set off the colors I used on her face and hands.  I painted right over the pipe cleaner hands, and it looks rather scale-like. 


     This  is her "close-up" she insisted on.  And, she has also let me know quite clearly that she resents the nick name of "Fish Face".  Any regal aquatic names would be greatly appreciated from you.  I seem to be stuck on the other, which I don't even dare to say out loud anymore. 

      Happily Blogging Here!   :)