Come join me "upstairs" from the Studio, a place to relax and talk with friends. Here you'll find clips of my stuff, woolgathering about the animals in the family, news about shows and events and links to other sites that I find too good not to mention. Pull up a cushion and have some cake( there should always be cake) and tea, and lets discuss the amazing world of Art in it's many forms!

CottonWoolBaby Studio

CottonWoolBaby Studio

Poetic thought

Windy Nights
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.
Late in the night when the fires are out,
Why does he gallop and gallop about?

Whenever the trees are crying aloud,
And ships are tossed at sea,
By, on the highway, low and loud,
By at the gallop goes he.
By at the gallop he goes, and then
By he comes back at the gallop again.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!
Wishing all of you a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Full Speed Ahead, Christmas is Coming

Birdie has come a long way this week!After a nasty post- Thanksgiving weekend of illness that left me drained and stuck to the couch, I jumped back into work gratefully. 
Her head was covered last week, the first tentative paint layers laid down quickly.

She waited hopefully on the studio table through the long weekend of illness, then received what eventually I had to declare as the final touches. 
They say a good Artist knows when to stop... well, sometimes I wish for a better one than I to come in, lay their hand on my shoulder and say "Okay, stop." I know the tweaking with shading goes on way too long, and  only the prospect of attaching the hair spurs me on to the next step.

I'm using pure undyed Tussah silk this time, lovely to work with.

So the process begins, not as continuous this time as the silk is delicate and I want the silicone to dry somewhat between layers. 

Meanwhile the skinning has begun, though I'm sort of discombobulated this time around.
In the past, I have finished all layers of nylon skin before I even begin to sculpt the head. 
I'm going by a philosophy that is similar to a grass cutting tip I heard once. " Always mow in different patterns so that the grass does not become tired and unhealthy"
It's good to shake up the order of any process when one is working on the TENTH sculpture! 
Birdie will be number ten since 2006!

I probably should have named her Decca, since number nine was christened "Nona", but where would I go from there?

So the next step will be joining head and body, always a tricky maneuver but one I hope to get finished soon. Christmas preparations tend to make everything else fade into the background and suddenly it's January!

Next time I hope to show much more progress on Birdie and some updates on Grapefruit Baby and the newly named Mary Jane, a small African American child from the 1950's.

Happy Creating until then!