Bears and more bears

I am beginning to think that there are bears lodged in my day dreams.  They seem to be a recurring theme in felt and paint at the moment.  The walk is still ongoing, though step five version one didn’t work so version two is on the board at the moment. I have taken a bit…

Source materials

Birds of all sorts are a bit of an artistic passion.  Then there are hawks. I have no facility to keep a hawk here in the city, no experience and not much in the way of knowledge; but  I have loved falconry ever since I was little. I have been lucky enough to go hunting…

A change is as good as a rest.

Things have been a bit chaotic over the last half term break.  We moved around between two rooms, which for various reasons improved spaces for all of us.  The result has been a semi dedicated studio space for me. The lighting in the room is not right yet, sadly this is room is on the…

Post-op

I don’t often fiddle, preferring to restart projects.  This time I couldn’t face the time and work involved in restarting, not to mention the waste of materials.  So, out came the scalpel and I went in. First the beak was sliced out, then the eyes and finally a major hack (no precision incisions in this…

Work in progress.

Needle felting the head.  Not without trauma and a lot of eye surgery. Update to the side profile, with the neck bulked out a little

Building birds

Having a passion for birds can lead you into trouble.  It fosters grand ambitions. I do not live the right life for keeping the real thing; the next best thing has to be making and painting them. The corvid (should have been a raven but it clearly is a generic crow) took months and made…

The Puppet Challenge: what happened after.

Having taken part in the Puppet Challenge, I think I always knew it was never going to end with just Reynard.  The fables have other characters; ones who turn up in stories from across the breadth of Europe, from France to Russia.   Alongside Chanticleer will be Isengrim the Wolf.  Although I am particularly looking forward…

Taking the next step

The foxy faced gentleman on the workshop table has been causing a bit of a design headache.  Though I tried carving expanded foam, I found it far to unwieldy to make a successful body.  Also I need movement and balance. So back to the drawing board, so to speak.  I am not sure whether the…

Fox puppet update

Peter Slight’s challenge for the Artlog is still on the agenda.  As mentioned I changed tack and starting working a rod puppet. He is now starting to take on a personality:

Unfurling

I have a new respect for butterflies.  Emerging from chrysalids and pumping ichor through the veins; plumping up wings that have been crumpled up . Adding the wings to this dragon has caused me a number of headaches and presented problems that need to be solved. So having finished off wet felting a very fine felt,…