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.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

GenePool polymer clay sculptures meet needle felted inlays for 2112

It's time for a new direction for the new year!

I am now utilizing as an added texture value to GenePool Series art.

Tortal is my first example.  I just found needle felting and order all kinds of hand dyed wool roving, bating and silk handkerchief fibers to ramp the fun that is SmallThingsClay.  Tortal is sold, but I am currently planning and working on many new additions.

Texture and simple color theory is the name of the game for 2012.  The Mayans may call the year the end, but I say it's just the beginning.  I am also offering a new avenue of acquiring, collecting and displaying your GenePool Collection.

CreateToTaste is a new online shop option.  Love Tortal, but the colors aren't working for you? Email me, and I create a Tortal just for you in the colors you love.  I can bump up the size or make it smaller for your needs. Every Tortal will be different and feature your requested changes. AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!  There will be a 2 week turn around and you can pay for it online  As always FREE SHIPPING within the continental US and Canada.   Free gift wrapping for the asking and I can ship to your gift receiver's address.

Christmas should be fun, and easy.  And at smallthingsclay it's artful as well.

We've just introduced hand crafted hardwood Ambrosia Maple and Padaouk woods display stands to hold your storycard safely in an attractive and safe manner for all to see.

And here's another sold GenePool for 2012.