I’m so excited to have this next piece of art completed!  My first work using paper maché as the primary medium!  The project was inspired by the swan decoys I kept seeing in examples of French Country home decor photos on Pinterest.  I wanted one but didn’t want to pay the high prices.

Then I got to thinking about the pair of nesting swans in the conservation area that is behind my house.  This area, Salem Woods, is such a gift for this city.  It is a slice of wilderness in the middle of an urban area and I get to enjoy it’s benefits every day.  I hike in these woods and go to the pond to watch the ducks, geese and swans.  The pond is a haven for so many types of wildlife.

Because of this, I wanted to pay tribute and make more people aware of this hidden gem through my art. So, I got to work and this is what I accomplished.

I also wanted to create some mixed media surprises in this sculpture so the wings open to expose a little world.

The little accordion books fit into the little spaces inside the wings.

Each book page has some of my favorite things about the woods created with various mixed media techniques.  90% of the entire piece is recycled materials-newspaper, cereal boxes, and even candy wrappers.

This artwork will be entered into the upcoming Salem Art Association show.  I’ll be happy to keep it if it comes back home!

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My latest project was making a little mouse with ball joints (my first attempt) so that it is posable.  He is made from paper maché clay #CreativePaperclay on a wire armature. Although he is not perfect, I learned so much, and I think he is pretty cute!

He’s not quite French Country related, but I hope you don’t mind my little “Francois, the Little Time Keeper”

I still have work to do on his clock home which was found on the side of the road a few years ago, and is getting a makeover.

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Fall is here and what do you think?

Pumpkin Jack dances in

With a twinkle and a wink

Pumpkin Jack

Pumpkin Jack

One of my passions is making art dolls.  Jack’s design is based on vintage Halloween decorations, which I love.

My interest in doll making actually began with making Halloween props where I learned about proportions and techniques.

Jack is the culmination of those interests.

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Jack wears an aubergine coat with tails and button accents and evergreen leotards.  With his gold woven belt, and ebony black gloves and boots, he makes a dashing fellow,

ready to put a smile on your face and steal your heart.

Jack was made using Creative Paper Clay on a wire and aluminum armature, hand painted with acrylic craft paints, sealed with Mod Podge for a durable finish, and mounted on a custom created base.

He is a one of a kind creation.  No molds were used or taken of this doll.  Signed and dated.

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