Animals are my favorite subjects, and nothing is more fun for me than working on animals wearing fancy clothes. This classy lady is “Take 2” on a piece I did earlier this summer called Jazz Hands. The original sold already so I figured the idea was a good one. This finished work is now available in my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarieYoungCreative
Polymer Animal Sculpture: The Process
This time I wanted to do a more anthropomorphic, art doll interpretation of the “Jazz Hands” concept. Here you can see some in progress shots. I had worked on her head earlier this month and today was time for some body shaping. My muse was really cooperating so I made great progress.
I love how these projects lead to some interesting conversations between my husband and me. Today’s quality-control collaboration:
Me: “Are my raccoon’s boobs lopsided?
Rob: No words, but a squinty face that means “I want to say something, but I’m afraid to.”
Rob: “Don’t ask if you don’t really want my opinion.”
Me: “I’ll take that as a yes.”
Rob: “Yes, the left one is bigger”
Original Jazz Hands
The piece below is the first take on the theme. It sold this fall when I featured it at Grin Gallery in Bedford, PA.
Yay, It’s Ornament Season.
Ornaments are tiny little windows into the soul. Each one holds special meaning for both the creator and the one displaying it.
Most of the ornaments in my 2016 collection feature whimsical critters. They offer me joy through the creation process and you, the collector, a little bit of fairytale escape.
Sculpted from polymer clay over hand blown chicken eggs they are durable yet lightweight.
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Creating fantasy worlds provides a coping mechanism when things get stressful in my real world. Well, things are really stressful right now.
This election has opened a sense of foreboding in me like I have never experienced. I don’t air my political views in the social media world because I have close friends on both sides of the aisle whom I respect tremendously. I prefer face-to-face discussions that allow a greater depth of discovery.
This blog is never going to be a place of political discourse. There are many other people who do a much better job on that front. So no need to worry, your escape route is safe here. In fact, that is kind of the point of this post. In some weird way, Donald Trump has clarified my business mission. With everyone posting commentary on the downfall of our society, I feel that now more than ever, the world can use a little whimsy.
About the “Whimsy Exists” graphic:
This quote graphic features my OOAK Siamese Cat Art Doll figurine “Emily” — inspired by my cat and the Art Deco cigarette girls of the 1930s. You can’t get more whimsical than that!
Thank you to everyone who made my first solo show a success! Putting on Curiosities at Grin Gallery was a huge learning experience that stretched my comfort zone, but I am so happy that I did it. While the show is over, I still have a few pieces up in the gallery.
As much as I love Halloween, it is now time to move onto Christmas. I’m slowly adding new items to my online Etsy store.