Pose-Able Wooden Figure

Well, I just finished this lovely lady for the Nest Collective TinyShop.  She’s almost 6 feet tall and is fully Pose-Able.

I also FINALLY got my sign up at the shop!

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Ooops, I did it again……

So, remember back a couple years ago when I scored a whole swack of Doll Molds for free?  Well, it’s happened again.  A lovely generous woman (Thank you Irene!) had to get rid of a bunch of her molds and simply gave them away.

When I responded to the ad, she said she had quite a few, like maybe 30 heads, so I thought “OK, there are 2 arms and 2 legs and a torso and maybe a chest plate for each head”.  Noooooooo, some of the dolls have multiple, interchangeable arms and legs.  And there are other odd one-off pieces, such as a baby’s butt.  That’s right, there’s a specific mold for a baby’s butt!!!!

Anyway, I asked my awesome husband if he’d helped me load and unload a bunch of molds, and naturally he agreed.  We got to Irene’s house, and YIKES, when she said quite a few, she wasn’t kidding.  We brought them ALL home, and it took two full truck loads.

First load, partially unloaded

Second load

Here’s Paul giving this pile of molds 2 thumbs down, ha!  I’ve promised to get rid of them as soon as possible, since he’s hoping to eventually park his truck in that side of the garage.

Now, who can I get to help me sort them into matching heads and body parts?  Who’s fit and strong and slightly younger than me, and only lives about 8 minutes away…. Who will work for red wine….  Who, I wonder……..

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TinyShop ….

So, my TinyShop at Nest Collective is SLOOOWWWLLLY coming together.  Paul and Chuck built me a wall (No Trump Jokes!!! ha ha ha), and Lorna helped me a LOT with staging it.

The Wall

The Products – I’d like to pretend that I made those awesome crosses, but I didn’t – Lorna made ’em….

The Whale – Framed!


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A Whale of a Postcard

Here’s another postcard that I’ll be demo’ing on Saturday, from 1:00 till 2:00 or 3:00 at Nest Collective on Saturday June 10th.

I love this one!

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Nest Collective – I’m doing Demo’s!

So, Nest Collective is having an “event” on Saturday June 10th and I volunteered to sit in the Art Studio and do watercolor painting.

I thought I’d do 4″x 6″ postcards with an image of Vancouver Island on them. Here are my first 4 practice cards:

I’ll put

— Greetings From —

in the top right-hand corner and

—Vancouver Island—

in the bottom left-hand corner and all the appropriate Postcard markings on the back.

UPDATE:  Nope, not doing that, it looks awful

Here’s what the back looks like

I’ll also be working on a 12″ x 16″ painting of a crab.

Come and see me if your up in the Cowichan Valley on Saturday!

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Acrylic Paint Pouring – Little Galaxies

OK, so I just did an experiment with 2 pours at once using the same colors (almost), but Acrylic Pouring Medium in one and PVAC Glue in the other.  What a difference.

For the first pour, with Glue, I used the following colors:

Chromacryl Cobalt Blue, Cool Blue, Burnt Sienna, Neon Yellow, Liquitex Ecru, Golden Iridescent Bronze.

I didn’t do a flip cup, I poured it onto the disc.  There was too much ecru, so I poured and dripped yellow and blue into that area.  I had to add a LOT of water to thin the paint down, but this didn’t seem to be detrimental to the pour or the adhesion.

It’s a pretty nice pour, but I think the white glue changes the colors a bit and makes them less intense.

For the second pour, with Pouring Medium, I used all of the above colors EXCEPT the ecru and the gold.

I like the intensity of this one much better, and the cells are completely different in it.  Is that because I used PM, or because I omitted the Ecru?  Gahhh, not sure, so I’ll have to do more experimenting, YAY!!

I hate wasting paint, so I took ALL the leftover paint, both with Glue and with Pouring Medium, and did a Flip Cup on an old canvas.  Not sure what I think about this one….  As usual, my dismal photography does not show the glow…  I think it might be one of those SURPISE pieces that ends up going from ugly duckling to beautiful swan.  It’s all creams and bronzes and blues…

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Really Big Commitment

Well, I’ve gone and done it now….

I just signed a year-long lease to rent a space in Nest Collective, at Whippletree Junction, here in the Cowichan Valley.

What an AMAZING space!  What an eclectic collection of treasures!  What a positive vibe!

Y’all have gotta come and check this place out.  As of June 6th, I’m in the far back corner – GroovyDoovyArtStudio.com.

Here are just a few things that will be in my shop:

I’m also posting pictures on InstaGram.

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