Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Progression Photos – Finale

Today I present the rest of the progression photos from my gallery piece for the Philadelphia show. It is called “The Winter Forest”.  The name is taken from an anonymous poem that reads: 

Deep within the winter forest
among the snowdrift wide
You can find a magic place
where all the fairies hide.

If you recall, in this post I showed a photo of some wings I had in progress. The instructions for making them came straight from the Internet. It was a very exacting process but I am very pleased with the results. I intend to make these again – perhaps introducing some color next time. Here are some additional photos of the wings in process and the finish.

The iridescent film isn’t easy to photograph.  Sometimes it appears blue in the photos and sometimes it appears pink.  Maybe it is magic.

This substance is liquid Fimo.  This is the first time I have used it.

In this photo, the wings appear more clear – perhaps the angle of the photo made the difference.

I added some glass glitter to give the feeling of ice crystals.

I got completely caught up in the process and then so excited to add them to the fairy bear that I never photographed them by themselves.  This is as close as I got.

Next we pick up where we left off on the scene. (Click here for a refresher).

In this photo, several layers of snow have been added.

These are ice laden branches for the ‘forest’.

A snapshot of the piece before it was finished – the sunlight hitting it on my kitchen table.

Here is the completed piece with the wood slice steps, jingle bell snow dusted tulip flowers, the frosty pond, rusty snow dusted fences and the snow fairy queen.  But it has one more feature not shown in this photo.  You’ll have to scroll down for that.

Here’s the Snow Fairy Queen


in her softly lit magical winter forest kingdom.

There are many details but I think my favorite are the bits where the snow gently rests atop the flowers and the rusty hooks, and how the glow from the lights is softened by the snow.


Welcome to the snow fairy forest!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sometimes I feel like a very small bear.

Hi ho. Sebastian here. I’m back in my own bed now but I have some terrific memories of my first trip to Key West, Florida. The following photos could easily be part of my favorite game “Guess Where I Am”. They also remind me that while I sometimes feel like a very small bear, I am also a very lucky bear. There was not one place where I was not allowed to go. Yes, sometimes I was in a pocket or a purse, but I never had to walk so I’m very thankful. Anyways, I hope you enjoy these photos – and if you want, go ahead and see if you can guess where I am!


This is me sitting on a butterfly bench in the Butterfly Conservatory.  The interesting thing I learned is that these are made just about 30 miles down the road from us here in North Carolina.  We found quite a few things in Key West that were made here.  It made us all very proud of the artisans that live here.


I’m not a smoker but I have a weakness for any oversized sculpture so when I learned that the largest cigar was two blocks from our hotel I insisted that I must have my photo made with it.



This statue at the Southernmost point memorializes a fellow who welcomed all visitors to the island with a toot on a conch shell. 


This one is pretty easy, don’t you think?  I’ve never, ever been this close to a butterfly!



Here I am at the Southernmost Point of the USA.  We were there right after the sun rose.  It was one of the few times when there wasn’t a line to have your photo made!  Can you see me?



This was a pretty place – Islamorada.  We stopped here on our way back to the airport.  The water was just beeeee-u-tiful!


love & hugs,


Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Hello from Sunny Key West

Sebastian was right. Key West is lovely. And sunny and warm and sometimes breezy. Laid back. Delightful. Colorful. Casual. Tropical. Friendly. Here are some of photos of our adventure so far.

Island transportation.

Oh no!

Smathers Beach

Pepe’s CafĂ© – since 1909 – Great food!

The Key West Lighthouse

One of many Key West roosters.

Entertainment just before Sunset at Mallory Square.

A butterfly at the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory


And flamingos too.


Flowers – big and colorful.

Palm trees.

More later,


Friday, April 10, 2015

Chickens on the Beach

Hi ho everyone! Sebastian here reporting from lovely Key West, Florida. When someone told me we were going to drive across 15 keys, I wasn’t impressed until I realized they were not talking about the kind of key you use to open a lock. These keys are islands in the ocean and it is very picturesque here.

I thought I would share a few photos taken of me out and about here on Key West.
It’s another game of  “Can you guess where I am?”

If you look real close you can see me sitting atop the Mile 0 sign.
Yep, this is the end of the line!

Here’s another photo of me I’m going to add to my collection.

Isn’t this a funky tree?  So much character!  It’s a kapok tree and I’m so happy I’ll be able to include it in my collection of “Me in Trees” photos.

I’m not in this photo but I wanted you to see it.  If you look closely in the bottom left you can see a little chicken family on the beach.  The daddy rooster, the mama chicken and the little baby chicks!  Chickens are all over this island happily and freely strutting about wherever they please.

Speaking of chickens . . .

Here I am on a GIANT one!  I wanted to take it home but they tell me it would never fit in the checked bag.  I’m still trying to see if I can work it out somehow.  I could put it in the backyard and watch Topher bark at it!

We walked and walked and walked – well, I supposed using the word “we” is a bit of an exaggeration as I didn’t walk at all, but it did seem to take a while to find this sign for me to sit on.  Don’t you just love it?

Key West is a long way from a lot of places.

And then the staff insisted I include this photo which they are saying should be our new business hours.  “New?!  New?! “ I exclaimed with some incredulity.  I don’t reallly see how they are much different from the ones we already keep to be honest! 

More later.

love & hugs,


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