Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Three Projects: The Beginnings

I have several projects underway in my studio and the beginnings of three of them are shown in the following photos. One of these is of my own choosing and the other two are special requests. Each is so different from other that I don’t think I will have any trouble keeping them organized but you never know when you have multiple stations and each has parts and pieces of different undertakings.

I have been holding onto this box for a while, just waiting for the right idea to come along.  It will take a lot of modification to make it work like I want it to, but it will be somewhat unique and different from others I have done.  I have already encountered some challenges but hopefully, they will be overcome in short order.

Now if I wanted to start something backwards this is the way to do it.  With an idea of where I want to go but no box.  These two pieces are going to be the doors which I am constructing from this image. I split it so the doors can be opened French style.  I could claim that I didn’t really think it through, but I did.  I really wanted these to open out like a cabinet so there you have it.  I make my own problems thank you very much.

This is a rather straightforward box.  By request, there are some interior items that will require some thinking and planning and finesse.  All in due time, I expect.  I’m sure my hands will be sticky and paint covered but that’s all part of the process and the fun!

While I may end up focusing on just one of these as I become involved, I believe that having two or three ongoing will allow me to move from one to the other while they are in different stages of painting, drying, setting, etc. If nothing else, I will learn whether or not doing things this way will make me crazier than usual!

As always, I will try to post photos of the works in progress here and on my piece parade Facebook page.  Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TBAI Recap!

TBAI is over for another year but there is lots of news to share from the show. First of all, we had a great time as usual. There were a lot of bears to see and I did take photos of each and every table. I posted them on my Facebook page. There are some other show highlights on there as well. I found that it is fairly straightforward to update my piece parade Facebook page from the show with lots of photos so they appear immediately and the news is current. If you want to see all the tables from the show, that’s the place to go. Click here.

As for Madame Zola, if you haven’t heard or seen the results from the 2015 TBAI People’s Choice Awards, I won first place in the 8” and under category. I am still wondering how that happened because there were so many fabulous gallery pieces.

I had the most difficult time voting for just three in each category. I would love to see how people dream up their ideas. Artists come from such various backgrounds and experiences and they all factor into their work in one way or another. Here are the winners from 2015 – all so very wonderful.

L to R: 8” and under category:  Stephanie Tiongco, Katherine Hallam, me.
Over 8” category:   Wanda Carson, Sandra Czaja and Joanne O’Hanlon

                                                  Wanda Carson’s The Farmer’s Market

I have shared in a couple of places that TBAI is moving to Syracuse, NY next year. This news is so exciting! A new city and a lot of opportunity for exploration. Mostly, I hope it will be easier for those traveling – whether by car, train or airplane. The hotel has a shuttle to and from many places in the area which will be very convenient. I hope there will be many artists and collectors that will contribute to the air of excitement! The theme for next year’s show will be a fun one.

My next show will be here before I know it. The bears and I and Sebastian, of course, will be traveling to Maryland for the Hunt Valley Holiday Teddy Bear Show & Sale. Admission is free. That’s right. You heard me, FREE ADMISSION to the show! Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 8th at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Hunt Valley, Maryland.


Sebastian sends his love. He says that he might just show up on Facebook from time to time. He hopes that you will come by and say hello. He has a trick or two up his furry sleeve!

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