I was very fortunate to make it through the snow storm in the Sierras to take a cable mechanised puppetry workshop with Toby Froud in Reno, Nevada this past weekend.
My usual 1-1/2 hour commute dragged out into a 6 hour adventure. Not a very exciting, fast action adventure but a stuck on the road, in the mountains, in a snow storm, at a dead stop type of adventure! Will I make it over the Summit tonight? Will I get to sleep in a bed at the hotel or will I be stuck in the car for the night? Will I make it to the workshop on time? Will I be so burnt out from the journey that I am just not into the project????? So, that was my adventure. Not bad at all since I am the odd type of person that likes to push on through the uncertainty. I get a kick out of it!!!
It all turned out just fine. I made it to Reno by 10 PM, had a baked potato for dinner and headed off to bed.
Here is a pic of the head that I sculpted the first day of our workshop:
At this point she is a raw head of clay sculpted over a ball of aluminum foil. At this stage she had not yet told me her story but I knew that she was a wise and wordly woman, of a certain age, and not a young pippy still green and wet behind the ears.
Even at this very "fresh" stage she held her head high and gazed upon the horizon of unlimited possibility...............................................................................................................
Here she is fully cured. She found a body and got a little bit of sun.
Her close up
She hasn't told me her name yet but, I know that she travels and follows the whispers of the wind. Perhaps once her eyes come through she will be able and willing to give me her name.
GORDY GRUNDY is a Los Angeles based artist and writer. His visual and literary works can be found at www.GordyGrundy.com. His Disneyesque conceptual piece, the Fellowship of Fortuna begins at www.FortunaNow.com
Here she is, Miss Orris Ruth (pronounced in Spanish Root, the "H" is silent). Another member of The Wild Caught Faerie Clan.
Orris is the botanical name for Iris. Miss Orris was formed from the root as it was curing in preparation for distillation for perfume. The orris root is used in perfumes after drying and curing for up to five years. It has a woody, violet like scent. I use it in my natural hand made soaps. It is also used in Morrocan cooking. It has a raspberry-like flavor.
She is the 4th in my Wild Caught Faerie series. Although she appears to be locked up in her cage you should know that I would never be so cruel. Those cage bars are no match for her faerie magic. She could escape the cage at any time. The bars are more symbolic of her trapped status. You see, Miss Orris Ruth came out to play while her flower was in full bloom but neglected to get back into the bulb before the blossom faded and so, she is trapped, stuck here in our realm until her flower comes into bloom again next year.
Orris Ruth is 2 3/4" tall when seated. She is hand scuplted of polymer clay over a wire armature. He tulle gown is hand sewn directly to her body. Her hair is hand, dyed, Tibetan mohair which I applied directly to her scalp, her feather wings were also hand dyed to match her hair and the blossom from which she sprung from.
The cage is manufactured but I distressed and patinaed it to give it a bit of old world charm. She can be removed from her cage. her arms can be repositioned. The rest of her body is sculpted in a fixed pose.
She is just 2 3/4" tall when seated. She is a member of my Wild Caught Faerie Clan.
I promise to post more pic's as she progresses along. I will also try to get more information about her and her particular species. I believe that she is a flower faerie, possibly related to the Begonia family or perhaps the Irises??? Some sort of bulb or tuberous flora is certain but, sometimes these little ones are very hard to understand. They communicate at such high frequencies that sometimes it is down right painful to be in their presence!
Anyhow, here she is. Please indulge her a bit. She has been quite pampered, as she was born and raised in a comfy flower bed, and is quite used to being tended to regularly!
My Wild caught faerie is 2 inches tall when seated, hand sculpted of polymer clay. She has acrylic fur hair, acrylic "make-up, and natural fiber clothing painrd with acrylics. She sits on a bed of soft, Spanish moss and her cage is manufactured.
Don't worry, She is only here as long as she wants to be. Bars are no match for faerie magic. Should she choose to fly off she easily could do so. I will just enjoy her while it lasts. I hope that you do too!
Little Miss Moss Bit. She is a wild caught faerie. The tiniest of all of the wild caught faeries. She lives in the forest in a home made of rotten redwoods and mushrooms. She has a pet honey bee and feeds on honeycomb and lichen.
Hand Sculpted polymer clay on canvas. This mixed-media on canvas project was made as a competition piece for the Annual R&R Conference. The contest is based on creative presentation (for the gift card) and best depiction of the theme California, R&R Fiesta.
I hope you like it and I hope we win!!!
This piece is made with polymer clay (Fimo soft generously donated by Staedtler Fimo for Clayville California's 5th annual art retreat- Thank you Staedtler Fimo!), acrylic paint, Pearl-ex powders, paper print out, E-6000 glue, and Uhu glue stick on stretched, cotton canvas.
Gary Everett's rendition of Agaricus Bisporus won the First place prize in the professional category. It was very high in the people's choice award as well.
This has been a great honor to me. I just love seeing her out in the world, in a new environment, following her own destiny, and making her own life apart from what I have given her! I really love her fuzzy, little bee friends too!