Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring is just around the corner!


Late last year, right in the midst of winter's long season,
this little character was born
through the hands of my daughter, Angi.
Although only partially complete,
she was content to sit next to the window in my Doll Room.
There, she watched the frosty rain fall, and idely dreamed of snow
and icicle sparkles.

To me, she was the embodiment of a Winter's child.


For our part, we spend much of the dark winter evenings in books listening to our young readers sound-out their newly acquired words.
Consequently, their favorite books are scattered
from one end of the house to the other.
One little volume that I am constantly picking up
is an old and very worn Golden Book.
It is the one my two older daughters also loved when they were young.
This book beautifully illustrates the simple yet profound story of how children learn God's love through the tenderness given them from their family members...
Over all the years, there was one child's face that always held my gaze
a little longer than the rest.
So, I attempted to sculpt an older likeness of her as I listened
to all the reading business going on.
The face that arrived reminded me of "Spring",

and the Season's passing of Winter is their Story.


(To visit Apryl and Little Poe's auction, please click on her picture above.)

As is so often is the case in our house...sigh...
one is not wanting to give up her chair for another.


But, with a little love and ingenuity, it all works out in the end.

Spring is just around the corner!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

the rest of the story...

In hindsight, I believe it was no coincidence that an interpretation of Dickens' Christmas Carol visited my sculpting table this last Christmas season .
The Ghost and her two sorrowful children lived with me for several months.
We became very attached.

I can't remember how many times

I thoughtfully cradled the ragged and dirty children in my hands only to imagine how they might have appeared if well tended, with smiling, bright faces.

Not long after they had flown away, devastation struck Haiti
and the Ghost's warnings resonated back to me.

Sadly I came across pictures of many of the island's suffering children
and I yearned to cradle them, too, in my hands...
It is interesting how art imitates life, sometimes even before it happens.
Thus, these beautiful Haitian children have been constantly on my mind and prayers and are forever sculpted upon my heart.


The Ghost of Christmas Future

The owner of the Christmas Carol trio has granted me the priviledge to create a Ghost of Christmas Future. Instead of Dickens' impersonation of Death, this Spirit has found two street children who have been helped by Man....

...the rest of the story

(with a sprinkling of artistic license)

So, now on my table are five new characters well underway...


Two healthy and much loved children.


(All three head wraps are very temporary)
They will be 7 - 10 inch scale, and will be built with slightly flexible torsos

to help fit them closely together
as they are seated within a large, magnificant, golden crown!


And at the entrance,
guarding the Crown will be
a Candle Lighter (in the style of James Christensen)
who keeps the Christmas flame ever burning.


...because his Extinguisher can not reach the fire to blow it out!


More exciting news...

Penny sent a very special flower my way...the first to bloom this year...
a gift of friendhip and a promise of Spring.

Penny is the artist who created the now famous Bebe Mouse
who is a beloved character in Nowhere Land.

A place where talented friends co-create an ongoing storyline of adventures and antics of their imaginative characters.

Please visit Penny's blog and be prepared to greet Angels, Mice and a royal dog named Jasper!

~ Bebe~ The tea mouse

In turn,

I leave this Sunshine flower at the doorstep of seven (I could not resist adding one more) diverse artists whose creative gleanings always leave me refreshed and blessed upon visiting their artful abodes.

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2. Copy the logo and place it in your blog.

3. Link the person who nominated you.
4. Name 6 things about yourself that no one would really know.

5. Nominate 6 bloggers

6. Post links to the six blogs you nominate

7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know
Please accept these awards with my admiration.


of Copenhagen, Denmark and her fanciful wanderings...


Dale Ann Widen

a painter of the gentle creatures who rightfully share the earth with us


Irmina, who creates as Nesca,

her pure colors and simple lines deftly defines character...

Tanya Bond, a brilliant young artist

I'm in love...


Anja Fohmann

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(drawing by Daniella Barlow as featured on Anna's A Very Fairy Garden)
and her Muscovy, Remy, as Anna documents his first year of life in her loving care.
Fuzzy Sunshine!

May we ever keep our light burning brightly.


You just never know into what dark corner it might shine...

love, Rose