Monday, November 28, 2011

Gifts Galore Holizaar Four this weekend!

Gifts Galore Holizaar Four

This Saturday from 11am to 4pm. come to St Petersburg to meet me and see GenePool up close and personal.
The show is right on the Santa Parade route, so come one down for a REAL holiday weekend treat.

I'll be joined by an eclectic group of other awesome local artists offering our wares and sharing the Holiday Spirit.  Art is joyful and pure and fun.  Which is an excellent replacement for all that other garbage I listed in the beginning.

There's an ATM across the street for shopper's convenience.  I will only be accepting cash this year.
Parking is available nearby streetside and there are numerous parking decks within walking distance.  The Parade starts at 10am at Central and 5th!

See you there!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

2011 RibFest at Vinoy Park, St Petersburg FL

Just a few cellphone shots of our day on Saturday.    BBQ ribs, Beer, deep fried...everything sweet!  OMG

I did not eat ribs.  I drank my beer and ate a pretzel and had BBQ Shrimps and Corn Bread.  OMG that cornbread was supreme!!!

Sadly it was sponsored by Miller Beer, so there wasn't any beer there I really liked.  I subsisted on Killian's Red, while being mocked by a Yuengling Brewery truck parked nearby.  They were there to deliver to the Vinoy.  damn.

But the food was great and the band, Connor Christian, at 2pm was fabulous!  What a great show!

The weather was sunny, breezzzzy and 78 which in FL sun is actually around 85.  SO perfect.

We sat by the Bay, and drank Killian's and enjoyed the views and sounds and good friends.  GREAT DAY!!  If you missed it this year, do not make that mistake next year.  Put the RibFest on your todo list.  No question about it.

I only regret not taking more phone pics.


On our way out we met this guy in front of the Vinoy, he was fighting to keep
jazz alive! So we tossed some green in his guitar case and took a picture to
immortalize him here!

Seriously, you should come to St Pete and just stay in the area to enjoy downtown.
Beaches, museums, festivals, fishing, kayaking...I have no idea why you are not here!

Mrs. Lovett's Halloween Report 2011

Daylight Savings Time can play havoc with a girl.  Particularly when she's ready to hand out some sweets and bring joy and goosebumps to the little ones!  But, the spirit was strong this year and we had roughly 100 seekers of the sweets visit Mr and Mrs Lovett's house!
Alas, Mr Lovett fell ill, and their son was preoccupied with family and friends in the northern realms of Pinellas County.
Mrs Lovett was left to her own devices (and she does have a myriad of those!) to entertain, treat and otherwise raise a bit of volume on 14th St.

Here we have the final welcoming decor after Mr and Mrs spent a few hours beefing up the creep!  This year's event took the tone of SPIDERS and sticky webs and all things degraded...mood lighting was orange glows from the ground pointing up to cast the ever threatening moving shadows.  Fog machines provided entrance and entrance cover through the front door, and a cauldron full of sweets requiring the long walk past webs and trees and waiting spiders brought the kiddies to their rewards.

Why YES~!  I did buy a new hat for the occasion!

Why YES, I do think it makes me look...

...dreadfully sophisticated!

Poor thing.  She just looks dreadfully dead.

Halloween was a gravely successful evening! So many victi...I mean people...visited us from last year and they were so kind to bring their friends this year!  We had no treats left over and many screaming fans after.

I just love Halloween to death.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Evolution of a Christmas Toad

Sometimes all you need to start a great project is a nice wad of aluminum foil.

If the animation isn't rolling, just click on the graphic.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Success demands more shelves!

My husband is building shelves for me.  Doesn't sound exciting until you know they are awesomely orangey stained hand created and designed specific for me shelves.
I asked for orange shelves to splash against my purple walls in the studio...COLOR SPLASH! (hi david)

Boy did I get an orange to die for, Cal bought pigment tint and denatured alcohol and made a stain that you'd want to drink it's so delicious!  Following is the first set of shelves.  He's creating a second set AND a photography area for a full on light box scenerio (also in juicy orange).

And with all that color as an inspiration....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Christmas Toads! GenePool gets all festive.

Christmas Toads are everybody's favorite toad, so make sure you've marked your calendars for Dec 3.
I'll have a varied, but limited selection of 2011 Christmas Toads to chose from on that day.  Think mittens, and muffs, and sleds and snowmen and Christmas stuff, That's a GenePool Christmas Toad!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gifts Galore Holizaar Four

Okay, the news is getting irritating, politics is pornographic, and the economy is ugly.  I now proclaim September the new December and the Holidays to be 3 months long!  *POOF*
Mark your calendars and plan to come to St Petersburg to meet me and see GenePool up close and personal.
I'll be joined by an eclectic group of other awesome local artists offering our wares and sharing the Holiday Spirit.  Art is joyful and pure and fun.  Which is an excellent replacement for all that other garbage I listed in the beginning.

Visit CraftHeroes for more information.

I'll have my Etsy store listing all the art available at the Holizaar as well so, if you can't get down here for the Season, just log on and shop!  All purchases will come with a FREE GenePool Holiday Spirit.  Which is a surprise piece and so I'm not going to post a photo.  Hohoho!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Polymer Clay meets vintage marbles!

I came across a box full of cat eye vintage marbles.  And you know I couldn't leave THAT alone.

Happy Toad is available online

Dad gave me a piece of coral and I found a vintage glass display.  And you know I can't leave THAT alone.

Shrimp globe is available online.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Polymer Clay and armature tutorial followup

The finished piece from my polymer clay tutorial
Butters! is available online

My Muse:

In the end the goal was to express her absolute silliness.  When she's really silly and playful and on the floor chasing her jingle balls around she's just a giant swirling mass of feathers.  Hilarious feathers.  Until we brought Butters home and raised her to fledgling I had NO idea how silly and childlike Blue and Gold Macaws really are.  She's just a little toddler who must get into everything, and who absolutely has no idea how big she really is, she flies through the kitchen pass through window like a champ.  I can't wait to build her Flight Aviary out back and get another one.  HA!

Anyway, back to the art of Polymer. I relied heavily on the Sculpey pasta machine to rollout different thickness slices for cutting and trimming.  I felt it imperative to create feathers one by one and layer them just as they are on her.  To a point.  It is reflective but no realistic.  I used black hemp twine to create her black cheek feathers rather than paint.  Those little feathers are very expressive and convey alot of body language information.  They needed to be 3D in nature and textural to the eye.