It's that time of year! We are getting close to St. Patrick's Day Celebrations! Here's my adorable Leprechaun Clipart download. Of course I designed him in my favourite Steampunk Style, with rustic elements. He's a fabulous articulated paper puppet DIY project!
The past few days I've been busy in the studio creating a "robot photo shoot". It has been a total blast setting up these shots and grouping my "old world bots" as if they were a real family. I really pride myself in making sure they have "real personality" and look like they are really SMILING at you! These robots are so much fun to create. Half the fun is collecting all the vintage elements I need for each piece to come alive!
Inspired by my son when he was 3 years old, these robots are a True Labour of Love!
In this creative journey I've been on for many, many years, I've come to learn that making a decision based on money will never work out for me! It really is a hard lesson to learn and even harder to change your thought patterns to conquer this way of thinking. But, many of us were raised this way. Our choices were made based on the financial side of things. Of course, we have to pay the bills and put a roof over our heads but why can't it be doing the things you love! I believe it can!
Any creative project I've taken over the years that didn't feel right to me, never worked out and certainly didn't pay the bills like I thought it would. Obviously, I gave the art the wrong energy from the beginning. I had already put it out into the universe that this wasn't really what I wanted to create and boy did the universe show me I was right!
I should have listened to my gut!
A year ago I took a huge LEAP of FAITH and stopped everything I was doing to start creating the ART pieces I had, had in my head for years! Robots and Characters that were made from old world objects. Vintage, Rusty metals would jump out at me and immediately I would see faces of characters I wanted to make!
Do I know where these creations are going to take me? No, not really, but I do know that "SOMETHING WONDERFUL is about TO HAPPEN" and this is my mantra that I recite every single day when doubt and fear flood in. I stop and say it out loud and when things seem to be going in the wrong direction....I don't get discouraged...I GET SMARTER! I think of different ways to create the ART I love and provide my family with the LIFE we want to LIVE!
This morning after I dropped my son off at school and grabbed a coffee, I heard on the radio that "The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" was on the TV tonight! Just hearing the radio announcers talking about the show immediately put a fun image in my head with my robots. So as soon as I got home, I started planning a little photo shoot in the studio. About 50 photos later, ta daaaa, this photo ended up being my favorite!
Clamp, Ace, Spike and Tread all decided to jump on the Pumpkin Truck and head out for an adventure!
Tonight I added a small selection of originals from my show pieces to my ETSY SHOP! If you are looking for a unique gift for that someone special, please take a look at the "one of a kind" pieces I have available!
These art pieces are truly my passion and I love every minute in the studio creating them!
Hello! I'm thrilled to hold my Online Gallery Sale tomorrow night. October 18th at 7:30pm (Eastern Time)
For the first time, I will sell a select few originals from my show pieces.
Each one is "One of a Kind" and made from vintage, rustic elements I have collected over the years.
Every piece is named, numbered and signed by me!
Below is a sampling of the items that will be displayed in the SHOP tomorrow.
This piece I named SKY. I carved the tiny bird with clay, then added vintage leather wings and created a metal top hat. Sky is perched on a vintage clock gear within her wire cage. I made the base using a rustic metal bit and washer.
I just LOVE Fritz! He is a wall hanger and stands 12 inches tall. I created him using a vintage car gauge as his head, then built a wooden framed body and embellished it with retro papers and technical drawings. Old castor wheels are some of my favourite things to use for robot feet.
Using a collection of retro typeset blocks and vintage wooden play blocks, I love to create my small robot sitters. Each one comes with a piece of wood for display. The most important part for me is always the face! I use rusty bolts, washers & a variety of chains to make their faces come to life!
Stop by my online SHOP tomorrow night to view the remaining One of a Kind pieces for purchase.
Each art piece comes with a studio label, numbered, named and signed. I will carefully pack and ship within Canada and the USA.
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. Please send me a message.
In February I received an email with the subject "Urn for my son's remains". I opened that email which was from a lovely lady named Melody who had lost her son on January 1st, 2016. Her son Jordan was only 26 years old. Melody had included in her email a beautiful photo of Jordan playing his Mandolin.
She wrote ; "My son, Jordan was a street artist, musician and a traveler who traveled the United States by hoping on trains and sharing rides with other travelers. He lived a very free spirited life. He took his own life on January 1st and I need to bring him home. I would like to talk to you about creating an urn for my son."
Melody had found the image of the Memorial Box I created for my girlfriend's dog Brody, which I wrote about here on my blog.
I called Phoenix Arizona, where Melody and her family live.
We spoke on the phone for at least 2 hours. With pen and paper in hand, I wrote down everything she shared with me about Jordan and the incredible life he lived!
When we hung up, I shared Jordan's story with my husband and son. Crying while trying to get the words out. They both looked at me and said "you have to make this piece for them."
So the journey began. I immediately knew the metal container to use, which was a vintage lunch box I had in my studio. I'm always on the look out for metal pieces I can rust and create art with.
Part of the story Melody shared with me was about Jordan's dog Bronson, which they are now taking care of and treasure him dearly. Jordan loved Bronson and took him on his travels. So one day, when the time comes and Bronson leaves this earth, his ashes will be with Jordan's. This is why I knew the lunch box was the perfect place to start.
My son and I made the following video journal to share the making of Jordan's Memorial Box. You can watch it below! Watch it in full screen if you can, so you can see all the details.
For reasons beyond our comprehension, suicide is sometimes a choice young people make. The loved ones left behind then struggle with the excruciating loss and daily pain of asking why? During the creation of the memorial box, I was constantly trying to put myself in Jordan's family's shoes. What were they going through. What would we do if anything ever happened to my son, who is now 16. How do you move forward with such a painful loss. At times, this thought process completely engulfed me. I would burst into tears on many occasions trying to reconcile how people move beyond such tragedy.
I have experienced what a tragedy is like, with the sudden death of my Dad when I was 17 years old, I quickly realized through compassion and understanding of this pain, comes hope and faith.
Dwelling on the "why" doesn't heal. Focusing on the time you shared with the loved one while they were on this earth begins the healing process. Talk about loved ones you've lost. Share the wonderful and funny stories. Keep his memory alive by honouring the life he lived...and boy, did Jordan LIVE! He did what he wanted, he explored the country and hung out with friends that became his travelling family! Jordan lived larger in his 26 short years than some will live in 80!
That's what we must remember, Jordan is showing us all to LIVE each day the way your heart guides you!
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or know someone that is. There are many support systems out there. Here are a few websites with information.
I'm especially thrilled about this particular venue The Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. It feels like the perfect backdrop to showcase my work in! There are 3 buildings where you can enjoy the museum and discover incredible creations from over 80 Artisans!
I'll be in the 1913 building C - please come say hello!
In 1968 the British movie adventure "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was in theatres. I honestly can't remember how old I was when I saw the film, since I was only 1 when it came out. Maybe at age 5 for the first time & many, many times since. I do remember the affect it had on me! Specifically, all the creative aspects of the film.
Mr. Potts played by Dick Van Dyke was an eccentric inventor, who created unique and unusual contraptions from the things he had collected. Just look at how wonderful these images are from the film. I could stare at them for days, picking out all the wonderful pieces throughout the barn.
Of course, I loved the magical car he built to take the kids on their amazing adventures, but I dreamed of being in that barn and letting my imagination run wild with all the things I'd love to create!
I'm a believer in the saying "everything you've been through has prepared you for this moment" and that I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now!
As clarity comes to me about my creative world and the work I want to create. I can see how this long path I've been on through out my artistic journey has led my to today! That all the work I created through out the decades was preparing me for the work I create today! The work that feels like ME, the works that fills my heart and makes me happy. Sure I am making robots and characters from rusty metal and antiques, and maybe people don't "get it" or understand the art. But that part doesn't matter to me. In creating each robot or character, I feel like each little piece I choose to build him with, makes him come to life! And each one makes me SMILE. So, if one of my pieces resonates with you and makes you SMILE, then it's exactly what I intended and my heart is happy!
So why am I sharing photos from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Because yesterday I watched it for probably the 20th time while working in the studio. It hit me right away, the emotions and excitement I felt with the visuals of this film. It was magical! Even as a little girl I was already dreaming of a room filled with unique pieces and things to create art. I didn't know it then, but I sure do now!
So many things have happened to me though out my career to get me to this moment, this ART, this creative world I live in now! Thank you universe! Thank you for listening and guiding me and showing me how to be BRAVE enough to listen to my heart...take a big JUMP and GO FOR IT!
It's 10pm and I just took this photo in the studio of the 2 robots I've been working on for days. So let me introduce you to BLAZE and FLICKER. I pride myself in creating characters with heart. Each one must make viewers SMILE! That's my goal!
For BLAZE, I used a vintage lamp piece for his head and an old mini tablet tin for his body. I decided he wouldn't have a sealed base to stand on, so if you pick him up and roll his caster feet around, it looks like he's dancing! I LOVE IT!
FLICKER is made from a vintage stove oil can and retro lighter.
I'm having the time of my life in the studio right now!
One of my latest ROBOTS. His name is Jetson. Made from vintage elements like a retro carrot tin, old caster wheels and a vintage rusty fuel filter. I pride myself in creating a face that makes YOU SMILE! It's how I begin each character...it's all in the face! The eyes & smile!
To say I'm having "the time of my life" in the studio, is an understatement! All the little characters that have been in my head for decades are coming to life with a variety of vintage pieces that I've collected for YEARS!
My Steampunk Troll took a very long time to create. First his head was sculpted with paper clay. Once I had his expression figured out, I knew I wanted his body to be a variety of rusty tin pieces with a little vintage tweed and leather as accents. To top him off, he is adorned with 5 mini steampunk birds, each with their own tiny tophats!
His name is Mr. Goodfellow.
All of these pieces and more will be at my next ART SHOW.
Come say hello! I'd love to meet you! I'll also be featuring several of my favourite Robot and Woodland Animal wall decor for kids! Many of my quotes include words of encouragement for kids! Each quote comes from my heart!
My special prints & stationary for Father's Day will also be available!
Ramona had reached out to me through Facebook, telling me all about a vintage puppet stage she had acquired from Knott's Berry Farm.
She was taking the stage apart for a special art piece and inside were a couple metal components used to make the puppets move. She contacted me to see if I could use these parts to create my ROBOTS.
Naturally, I was tickled pink. I love the history connected to these pieces. Anyone that knows me, also knows how much I love Puppets and any Puppet History.
So Ramona and I started sharing emails and story's about our careers, our homes, family and of course our ART!
Kindred spirits for sure!
Ramona was an Elementary School teacher for 42 years and just recently retired. Her love of antiquing and flea market shopping led her towards her incredible, larger than life, art creations. Each one, so unique and adorned with her amazing collection of jewellery and vintage elements.
Ramona dropped these unique metal pieces in the mail and they arrived Friday. I felt like a kid at Christmas when they arrived. Yes, I do get excited over vintage rusty metal...I can't help it LOL! I'm already in the planning stages of 2 robots, using these extraordinary elements.
Most importantly, I have made a new friend. We may live miles apart but our love of creating ART using founds objects has brought us together!
Interstate 605 and State Route 57 were built in the late 1960's and Route 39 became Beach Boulevard, which brought a long line of diners and traffic to the farm. As the years passed, they continued to add shops and interactive displays, drawing huge numbers of traffic every year. Puppet Shows were a big part of the Farm.