Monday, November 21, 2011

Visions of Sugar Plums

On November 29th, I will be having my first Holiday online-sale on my website! Expect to see snowmen, santas and lots of sugar and spice (and a maybe a skeleton or two for good measure).

I will open the doors to the sale at 6pm (pst). All my creations are one-of-a-kind and sold on a first-come first-served basis. For show details, click here

For my e-mail subscribers, several hours before the sale begins, I will be sending a sneak peak image of all the creations that will be offered. If you are not already on my e-mail list and would like to be included in the "sneak peek," click here to signup

I wish everyone a truly happy holiday season!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Chicken Lips - In Print!

I have had the honor this year of having my work represented in several wonderful publications; including Art Doll Quarterly, Artizen Magazine, and now this latest interview from Create Mixed

This online publication is a wonderful resource for artists of all mediums.

The interview was one of the most thought-provoking I've ever done! The questions were fun and really got me thinking!

You can view the interview here...

Monday, October 31, 2011

Candy Corn Skelly

Happy Halloween!!!

Here is my latest offering from the Eclectic Halloween Artists Group Emporium - Candy Corn Skelly! He is hand-sculpted from papier-maché, painted in acrylics, stained and sealed. He stands at approx. 15" high and has a removeable Halloween baton and expressive wrapped-wire arms.

This unique skelly is only available for sale here on my blog. If you wish you purchase Candy Corn Skelly, you can do so by clicking the Paypal button below. Or, visit to see some of the other offerings from the amazing artists at EHAG.

Candy Corn Skelly
SOLD - Thank you!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's Show Time!

It's time once again for me to gather up all the creations I've been working on and take my show on the road! I'll be at two wonderful Southern California events during the next two weekends.....

Oct. 15
Tustin, CA
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Village Venture
Oct. 22
Claremont, CA
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I hope to see you there!!!

Friday, September 30, 2011

EHAG Emporium for September - BOZO BONES

This month on EHAG Emporium, I am offering this "spring-eyed" skelly named Bozo Bones. He is hand-sculpted from papier-maché, painted in acrylics, stained and sealed. He stands at approx. 15" high.

Bozo Bones is an original creation and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

You can adopt Bozo Bones by clicking the "Purchase Me" button at the bottom of the page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Price $145 (plus $10 UPS shipping to the US Lower 48)
BOZO BONES is SOLD! Thank You!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Halloween and Vine - The Afterglow

It's amazing how something that you spend all year looking forward to can come and go in the blink of an eye. I spent many months preparing for Halloween and Vine, and in a few short glorious hours it was over. But how glorious those few hours were!

People lined up hours before the event. In fact, one of my collectors from San Diego was the FIRST in line at 5:01 am! (thanks Anne!). I was overwhelmed with the heartfelt praise and compliments I received from so many people who follow me on my blog and Facebook. It was so wonderful to finally be able to "put a face" to so many of my Facebook friends!

The first 60 minutes of the show were a blur. Honestly, the crowd in front of my table was several people deep! I consider myself so lucky to have such wonderful friends, fans and collectors - I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming. I wanted to talk at length with each and every collector that purchased one of my creations, but the chaos of the morning made it too difficult to spend some quality time with everyone. I hope next time I can chat longer with everyone.

The show was a huge success thanks to the efforts of the Ginny and Christy (the show promoters) and also to the amazing artists who I was lucky enough to join. The level of professionalism at the show is top-notch and to be surrounded by such amazing artistry and creativity is truly inspiring. I'm already ramped up and ready for Halloween and Vine 2012!

My next show is in three weeks (Oct. 15) at Glitterfest in Tustin, CA  - another high quality venue. Please visit their web site at Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 19, 2011

It's Time for Halloween and Vine!

Wow! Did this year go by fast! It's hard to believe that it is time once again for Halloween and Vine!

If you are not familiar with this show, it is an amazing collection of artists from all over the country (even a few from Canada!). The purpose is to showcase the best in original Halloween creations - and I am fortunate to be attending for my second time.

If you would like more information for the show, please visit the web site for details...

I'm SO looking forward to showcasing my new creations, seeing old friends and finally getting to meet some of my collectors and Facebook fans face-to-face. Please stop by my table and say "hello!"

Look for some event photos on my Facebook page - hope to see you Saturday!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Halloween is just around the corner! And that means it's time to gear up for the Fall shows that I will be attending this year (see my web site for the complete schedule).

Now, I fully realize that not all my collectors and fans can make it out to California for the shows. So this year, I've decided to bring the show to YOU! I'm having my first-ever "online show" called "Things That Go Bump in the Night."

This collection of new and original Halloween creations will feature a motley crew of skeletons, witches, pumkins and ghoulies. These exclusive creations will be available on a first-come first-served basis, so mark your calendars for September 7th and be there to get your claws on one of these new spooky pieces when the doors creak open at 6pm (pst) !

Visit my web site for details...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

EHAG Emporium Exclusive - Bernie the Vacation Skelly

Growing up in Southern California meant that our annual summer trip was almost always to Disneyland. I looked forward all year to that one special day, usually right around Labor Day. Years later, I still look forward to trips to the Magic Kingdom (although with an Annual Pass, those trips are now much more frequent than once a year).

Bernie the Vacation Skelly is my tribute to those magical summers. Bernie is hand-sculpted from papier-maché, painted in acrylics, stained and sealed. He is approx. 11" high, signed, dated and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

If you would like to take Bernie home, simply click the "Buy Now" button below to purchase via Paypal. Thanks for looking, and have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Bernie is SOLD! Thank You!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Skelly in the Sun

The EHAG Emporium opens it's doors once again on Thursday, June 30 at 9pm (6pm PST), and I have a brand new creation to offer. I don't want to give too much away right now, but here is a sneak peak. Hint...even Halloween skeletons like to get out and have some fun in the sun!

See you at the Emporium!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Samples are Here!

I just received my first look at sample prototypes from ESC Trading Co. that are being built from my original designs. At first glance, I had a tough time telling which was mine and which was the sample! I think that is a good sign that I choose the right company to reproduce my work. With just a few tweaks and adjustments, I will be ready to give my approval for reproduction.

The finished pieces will be created in a type of paper-pulp; this will help give the reproductions the same look and feel as my original construction. ESC Trading Co. is planning on offering 10 of my designs for their 2012 Spring collection.

Seeing these sample photos really helps makes this dream a reality. I think I can stop pinching myself now to see if I'm dreaming; all this pinching is making me black and blue!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Reindeer Round-Up!

With the "busy" season quickly approaching, I'm afraid my posts may be getting more "few and far between." Everything is sneaking up on me...and fast!

I've been furiously working on my 2012 line of holiday merchandise for ESC Trading. Here's a peek at some of my new reindeer that I've designed. I'm loving their skinny legs!

Lots more new designs to post. Look for new photos coming soon!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Chicken Lips in ADQ

I'm so thrilled to have my work represented in Art Doll Quarterly this month! When the publisher contacted me and asked me to write an article, I have to admit that a wave of fear washed over me. I don't consider myself a "writer" by any stretch of the imagination. When I expressed my concerns to the publisher, she assured me that writing about my work would be much easier than I could imagine. Truth is, it really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. The trick was to image that I was speaking to a friend about my inspiration and process.  Once I had that vision in mind, the article flowed effortlessly.

They always say when you're speaking in public you're supposed to imagine your audience naked...wonder if that trick works when you're writing as well ;)

I'm very grateful for ADQ giving me the chance to tell my story. Their reader base is upwards of 100,000 people! It's a little intimidating to image that many people will be reading my article. Even more difficult to image that many people naked!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday WIPs - Dem Bones, Dem Bones


Now that I'm back in the swing of "all things Halloween," I'm really focusing on skeletons...and lots of them!  These boney fellows look a little bizarre without their bottom jaws. I always sculpt the jaw separately and attach it at the end - that way I can position it just the way I want to give them lots of personality.
I'm working on big skeletons, little skeletons, skinny skeletons and full-figured ones. A couple of these will make their way to ESC Trading Co. as part of my 2012 Halloween submissions.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chicken Lips Goes Global!

I'm happy to announce that I recently signed-on with ESC Trading Co to license some of my original creations! This is something that I have wanted for a long time and I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming.

I have submitted designs for Spring of 2012 and I just received word that 7 of my designs will be picked up for reproduction. It is amazing to me to think that my designs will be in stores across the US, possibly even internationally! Now, if I could just get Tim Burton to "friend" me on Facebook, I could pitch him about making a movie together (hey, if I'm gonna dream, I'm gonna dream BIG!).

It boggles my mind that right now my designs are half-way around the world in China being prepared for sample reproduction. I pride myself on the fact that my designs are hand-sculpted and that each and every piece I make is a unique piece of art. This will not change. I will continue to make my one-of-a-kind creations for sale online and at art shows - in fact, I have more shows lined up this year than ever before! I feel that this licensing deal is a way to get my designs and name out to a much wider audience than I could have ever of done on my own. Luckily, the company gives me final say on all pieces that will be reproduced so that I can ensure that the quality will meet my standards.

Now that I've finished the Spring 2012 line, I'm already working on Fall 2012! Here is small sample of what I've got in store...

I'm so appreciative of all my fans and collectors. Your kind words of encouragement and praise are the fuel that keeps me creating. Thanks for being with me on this exciting adventure!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday WIPs (Works in Progress)

Far too often I forget that friends and fans want to see more about the process of what I do and not JUST the finished project. So each Wednesday I'm going to make an effort to let you see exactly what is going on in my studio - I'm calling it "Wednesday WIPs."

Here are some big "Trick or Treaters" in their "naked" stage. These poor fellows need a coat of paint! These are part of a collection - I can't reveal yet what they are for, but trust me, it's exciting news (I'll reveal soon!).

More "naked" creations, although at least the pumpkin has his skin (do pumpkins even have skin?).

This guy is almost complete! Just need a good coat of sealer, staining and then he is ready to find a good home.

Thanks for dropping in!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Percy the Pumpkin

Tomorrow (3/31/11) is the latest release of the EHAG Emporium - an exclusive marketplace featuring one-of-a-kind Halloween creations. I will be offering my newest creation...Percy the Pumpkin. Sure, he looks a little scary, but honestly I think he is just misunderstood. All bark and no bite (well, maybe a nibble or two).

Percy is hand-sculpted from papier-maché. His arms were a real challenge for me. I knew that I wanted very thin and expressive hands, but papier-maché was just not going to work for me. I was afraid the medium wouldn't be durable enough and that the fingers could break off. I want my creations to last for years and years, so I knew I had to come up with a better solution. After playing around with lots of different materials, I discovered that heavy-gauge wire, wrapped, heavily decoupaged and covered in gesso gave me not only the expressive look I wanted but also amazing durability!

If you want to give Percy a loving home, stop by the EHAG Emporium tomorrow night at 9pm (EST) to see more photos and to get the details on how you can add him to your collection.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Facebook Fan Page

You may have noticed a LOT of your favorite artists promoting their Facebook Fan pages latelty. Facebook has done some major revamping to the good old "fan and business" pages, enticing a lot of us to make the leap. The new improvements actually allow the user to create a more "web" like experince with pages for blogs, photos, updates, newsletters, etc. These new features make it so much easier to keep up with the fast-paced world of the web.

You can view my Facebook fan page here...

Please stop by and be sure to hit the "LIKE" button - I know, it makes me sound so needy - but doing so will ensure that you are getting my current updates and photos of works in progress.

Ain't technology grand!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Bunny Bones on EHAG

It's time once again for the EHAG Emporium to open it's doors. This monthly update of The Eclectic Halloween Artists Group features some of the most amazing Halloween art you'll ever see! This month offerings will be revealed at 9pm (EST), February 28th.

I'm thrilled to be a part of this fabulous group, and always try to offer something a little bit different than what I offer in my everyday ETSY shop. This month is no Bunny Bones!

This boney fellow really knows how to get into the Easter spirit! Hand sculpted from papier-maché, painted in acrylics, stained and sealed. He stands at approx. 12" high. He is a one-of-a-kind piece of art, signed and dated and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Bunny Bones is $135 (plus $10 shipping to the lower US 48). If you would like to give Bunny Bones a home, e-mail me here. UPDATE: Bunny Bones is now sold (in record time!) Thank you!

Be sure to stop into the EHAG Emporium and see the wonderful offerings by the many talented artists.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Love - Chicken Lips Style!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! And who better to represent it than Cupid - the ambassador of love.

I've made two Valentine's-inspired pieces this year. Unfortunately, the season crept up on me too quickly, otherwise I would've made more. I've posted the two little angels on my ETSY shop. They are both looking for good homes and have a lot of love to share.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Chicken Lips Web Site Overhaul!

Since I spent some time cleaning and sprucing up my studio, I figured it was about time I got in and cleared the cobwebs off my web site as well. It's been a couple years since I designed the site and felt it high time to shine it up, so to speak.
Most of the work on the old site was SO outdated! It never ceases to amaze me how my style progresses over the years. I'm not even aware of the change until I look back a couple of years and view the old versus new creations side by side!

Stop by and take a look at my new site - and be sure to sign-up for the new mailing list; subscribers get sneak-peaks at upcoming works for sale and occasional special discounts in my ETSY shop.

I wish you all a happy and creative-filled 2011!