Sunday, January 20, 2008

Arrgghh Matey!


Here is my Gentleman Pirate and his Parrot, Pinky, He is the result of the art doll meeting we had yesterday with our altered art group. The pattern came from Cloth Paper Scissors Winter 2006 issue, which looked very little like my finished doll. We were using feminine faces, but the fabrics I had chosen lent themselves to a more masculine doll. I don't make much art with male faces, but I got out the sharpie and altered the image with a mustache and heavier eyebrows. All handsome pirates must have blue eyes (like DH) and a little "soul patch" gives him a rakish look. A dashing red scarf completes his ensemble. Also, you may notice that he is left-handed, both hands are left-handed. I think that, in itself, is funny.


Here is an up close and personal shot of Pinky (thanks, Diann for that idea) and the Golden Earring that adorns our Gent's ear. I decided to hand sew him while I watched the Boob Tube, so he is slightly askew in some areas, but we can all relate to that. Anyway, I think he is quite the character .

As usual we had a lot of fun at the meeting and saw familiar faces, as well as a lot of new folks! I am sure this is due to the write up we had in our local paper on the group. We will be doing a gallery showing of our art next month and we are all excited about that.

I have great plans for all things artsy this coming week. I think I will work on my art journal some more and perhaps delve into making different types of backgrounds and layers, layers, layers. I am learning a new photo editing program and am also trying to find which pens work the best for mixed media journaling. I've tried paint pens (without much success), white out pens (still not what I am looking for) and now I going to try (white) gel pens. Whew, I am making myself tired just thinking about it. I love being "creative" and I really love seeing all the things my talented friends do. It is just so motivating and inspiring.

Well, I'm off to the kitchen now for decaf Constant Comment to sip whilst I read my latest fiction selection.

Don't forget, as always, we'll talk soon. TA, TA.

10 comments:

Kim said...

Love the pirate! And I love the fact that he is VERY left handed, because I'm left handed and most everything made is for righties!! Your group sounds wonderful, I only wish I had a group like that here. It would be such fun to be able to create with a group of ladies instead of my dogs as my audience! On another note, if you haven't already, try these for your journals. I use them daily and with great success. Sharpies, Faber-Castell PITT artist pens, and my all time favs CARAN d'ACHE Neocolor II artists crayons, these babies will cover any layer out there! Have fun and I can't wait to see what you create in your journal!

Everwild said...

Avast, ye scurvy dogs! He can SO bring-it on September 19th. He's adorable, Susan.

Kims Art said...

He is great! Soooo much character! See you never know what they are going to be. The Art Doll makes itself. I think that is why I get such a kick out of them. FUN!

tascha said...

Wow! This doll is great! (He looks a bit like an old boyfriend of mine....don't ever date pirates.)
Super art work as usual!!!

Linda said...

Love your pirate. I found your blog from Kim's (blissfully being)blog. I especially like that old kit you found at your Uncle's. I remember those and string art. My mom used to do them and the sand art. What a blast from the past.

Dan said...

Sounds like a fantastic way to spend time with friends. He kind of reminds me of Cpt. Jack Sparrow, but of course almost all my exposure to pirates is from Pirates of the Carribean, so just about any pirate will remind me of Cpt. Jack Sparrow ;)

Tricia Scott said...

i love him!!!! great job--i wish i could. have stayed longer to see him in person. :)
also---love the journal pages!

mcdc3s said...

Another thing on my list to do. I want to make an art doll.

I really think your Pirate turned out well. I have altered Barbie type dolls in the past... and made a goddess stuffie or two... but never anything like this - head to toe.

You are one multi-talented lady!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Sounds like so much fun and you are so blessed to have such a wonderful group.

Have a blessed day...

smiles, kari & kijsa

Marni said...

Susan, this is FABU! It put a much needed smile on my face.