Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chicken Lips Hits the Big Time!

If you are a holiday enthusiast, then you already know all about Celebrate 365 magazine. A quarterly publication that features some of the best in holiday art. Well, I'm just busting with pride because Chicken Lips is going to be represented in the upcoming Fall issue!

Connie Porcher, the publisher and just about the nicest lady you'll ever know, asked me to submit some of my Halloween work for inclusion in the next issue. Not only that, but I also had the opportunity to participate in the design and layout for two of the articles! It is a joy and honor to be included in a magazine that represents so many wonderful and awe inspiring artists.

Celebrate 365 is a quality publication that provides inspiration to artists and collectors alike. To get your copy, or better yet...get a subscription...visit the Celebrate 365 web site today!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Lil' Devil

When I made my first devil a couple years ago, I thought "who would even buy this?" I grew up in a household where "the devil" was something you feared and dare not speak his name. But it was that taboo that made the idea of a guy in a red suit (or is that his skin?) and a pitch fork all the more interesting. I've actually had a customer at show comment that it was wrong to glorify "the devil." The fellows I make do not represent the ambassador of evil, but more of a playful, mischievous side that I believe is in every one of us.

Here's a peak at my latest mischief maker - and most likely the last I will have time to make for this season. He's a rolly polly fellow, approx. 11" high. Hand-sculpted from papier-maché and paper clay. With that grin on his face, you just know he's up to no good!

Thursday, September 24, 2009 September!

Sorry that I've been MIA lately. I've been frantically working on getting ready for my two Fall shows...oh, and I did take a few days off to go to Las Vegas - but honestly, I thought about work the whole time ;)

I've just finished up the last of my Halloween creations for this year. Now I'm jumping into Christmas! Seems kind of strange to be making snowmen in 105˚ heat! And, the humidity is SO low that the clay is drying as I mold it!

Here are a couple quick shots of new Christmas WIPS; the first is a Santa bust, the second is a Santa in a Snowman. Santa lifts out to reveal a place for candy. This is a big piece! Stands about 2ft. high!

This coming weekend is the Halloween & Vine event in Northern CA. I want to wish all my friends who will be participating a "good show" and lots of sales!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Clarabelle the Chicken

My friend Robert (Halloween Fanatic) recently suggested I make a Halloween chicken. What a great idea, and a no-brainer considering my love for all things "chicken." Once I had the suggestion, it was no effort to sketch something out - using one of my own chickens (Clarabelle) on my "ranch," the idea came to life!

She is sculpted from papier-maché and paper clay. Clarabelle is looking for a good home and can be purchased from my ETSY shop.

Friday, September 11, 2009

It's Time for SpookyTime Jingles!

Tomorrow night at midnight will be the release of the new issue of SpookyTime Jingles! I have several exclusive creations that I will be offering on a first-come first-served basis! Many collectors anxiously sit by the computer hitting the refresh button at midnight in hopes of being the first to grab one of the creations from the more than 20 amazing artists represented on the site.

Pepé the circus clown (above) is just one of the new Halloween and Christmas creations I will be unveiling.

Synchronize your watches - I'll see you at the witching hour!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Meet Beauford T. Bones

I've always wanted to make a skeleton farmer and have finally gotten around to making it happen. Say hello to Beauford T. Bones! This boney fellow and his skeleton chicken are sculpted from papier-maché and paper clay on a wooden base.

I collect Dia De Los Muertos skeletons myself and wanted to create a few skeletons that could be displayed all year-round, not just at Halloween.

Beauford will make his debut at The Claremont Village Venture on Oct. 24th.

I'm working my fingers to the bone getting ready for upcoming shows, so please forgive me if my posts seem few and far between! I will keep you updated with some sneak peaks of what is coming out of my studio!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Candy Dish WIP

Here's a peak at a WIP that is in it's final stages of drying. This candy dish is one of the largest I've ever made. Based on the photo, it doesn't look that big, but this huge piece stands over 2 ft. high! Sculpted from papier-maché and paper clay, it's a sturdy piece! The kitty sits in the pumpkin - which servers as a lid to the container.

I hope to get at least one more of these made for my upcoming Fall shows. I also have plans to made a snowman head with a Santa inside. So many little time!!!!