Half Dolls

This is a “half doll” I made in stone clay. They were popular in the 1900’s to 1920 and mostly made in Germany and are still collected today. I wanted to try my hand at it. It is hard to tell what it will look like when it is finished in porcelain and painted. Half …

Mmmmmm…..Chocolate!

Children’s Museum unveils 65-pound chocolate sculpture I never thought about what a good material chocolate is to sculpt with. When sculpting, you need to be able to add to your art piece and subtract from it easily to get the perfect likeness you are looking for.  Chocolate melts in the microwave quickly and stays warm …

The Combination of My Two Favorite Things

As a kid I was under the water more than on top challenging my mother to make sure I was alive. It must be an inherited quality because my kids and their kids navigate the same way. We all love the water! Coasting under the still water peacefully and slowly allowed you to “fly”. On …

My Heart Doesn’t Belong to Hasbro

Disney Princess Dolls Despite some of the changes Hasbro has made to the princess dolls, even with their more bright open eyes, I don’t care for them. The proportion of the head to the body is way off. It’s unnatural. It seems to me that “special” dolls for children should represent the human figure…..not an …

Completely Edible Christmas Tree

  Can you imagine the man hours, patience, dedication, calories, organization, creativity, and fun that would go into a project like this? If I had about 10 hardworking creative friends who had a little bit of extra time on their hands around Christmas, plus the gigantic equipment, I think it would be fantastic to accomplish something …

Art Whisperers

Don’t underestimate the power of a mistake. When I am diligently working on a project and something out of my control goes awry; I lose my save, I use a stain instead of a non-staining watercolor, I knock my coffee all over everything, etc.,  and the precious conception of my masterpiece gets completely wiped out, instantly I think my …

Creative Insomnia

  Dr. Weil’s Technique I challenge this! How many creative people have trouble falling asleep every night? Calming the mind and stopping the ideas from flowing in is supremely difficult for me.  I will give this breathing technique a shot. Many people are able to do their best work upon awakening. Why is that? Could it be that a …

Hair — Extensions- Of the Nervous System

  Artists, Rock Stars, Actors, Writers, and people with many other creative occupations at one time or another have seemed to sport the longer hair styles.  In much the same way as the article suggests about the Indians,  creative people are more in tuned to the subtle differences of body language, facial expression, color and sound.  Maybe …

Maybe I Could Stand on My Head

Marketing Lessons from Picasso To be a successful artist today you have to get both sides of your brain working to their full potential.  Creating art in a manner that has never been done quite that way, and marketing yourself as an artist seems to equal 100% times two.  Purging your soul for art’s sake is not enough. …

A Disservice Twice.

Outside of 2 doll companies folding when I was in the middle of a project for them, I have had two incidents which have kept me from attaining my goals.   Two different affiliations with well meaning people unfortunately made comments that left an indelible mark in my psyche. They stopped me in my tracks.  It’s …