This was my new dragon commission. I have a few more and one that must be finished by the end of January. So I'm going to be burning the midnight oil quite a bit very soon. At this time I am working on a Predator, the most challenging part has been his dreadlocks. I hope I have succeeded in finding a proper solution to this. But I'll have to put it together to find out.
At any rate...it will have to be put on the back burner right now to begin the dragon...which has a deadline.
This weekend I'll begin a new dragon. This is a commission. A long time customer of mine is a "Tucson Gem Show" participant and he has provided me with some cabochon stones to set in the dragon's breast bone. That's the only stipulation he has given me. The rest of the dragon is up to me. He wants him by Dec. so I need to begin so I'm not rushed. I'm really looking forward to it. The payment I receive from him will be saved for my "Gypsy Wagon". I am busy making a chandelier for my home and my daughter and I have been making bottles, tiny bottles. A dear lady named Margaret bought several for the ladies in her family for Christmas gifts. That's what I'll be doing this weekend looking for family gifts. Many birthdays in October!
This is my precious little dog. I owned his mother who was a very sweet animal and I bred her to get a puppy for my mother. Brandon's mum had one puppy...him. My mom wanted a female so I said I would keep him. I fell in love, I had the privilege of his company for 18 years. He began to fail about 6 months ago. First he went blind, but still got around very well, he ate well and did everything well. A Week ago he began sleeping all day and night and last weekend he wouldn't eat. I hand fed him and made him drink water from my palm. I knew what was coming...Tuesday afternoon I took off work and my daughter went with me. (I wasn't sure I could do this alone) I kissed him and whispered my love for him. I assured him he'd be free of the little,fluffy beautiful body that didn't quite work anymore. I cried, and I cried. The Doctor took my actions as if this was accepted behavior. A storm had been building, when we brought Brandon to the Vet, and the moment the Doctor quietly said he was gone, there was a flash of lightening and the thunder crashed in a deafening roar, it was one of the worst storms I've ever seen. This is one of the hardest things I have ever done and now there is a large hole in my heart and my home because he's gone. Everyone says it will be less painful in time. This may seem strange to people who aren't animal lovers, but I loved that little guy and it's terribly painful to be without him.
There's someone special in my life,
He's not my brother and I'm not his wife.
He's always there at the end of my day,
If I lose my temper he loves me anyway.
His chocolate brown eyes say all that needs said,
At the end of my day he's there in my bed.
With warm wet kisses that tickle my ears,
I'm content in the knowledge we'll be together for years.
This pic was taken out the window of my Barber Shop last week...looks intimidating doesn't it? It also looks very promising. Since we live in Tucson, Arizona and rain is something we rarely see. Not a drop of rain on my shop. I'm sure there was weather somewhere but not over my head. It is forecast 107 or 108 today. That sort of heat will usually brings on a very nice afternoon thunder storm. Here's hopin'!It's been a poor season for rain so far...come on RAIN!
I got the idea for this little girl from Brett Hess, I loved the little Munny he painted so I had to sculpt my own little explorer. I finished her yesterday she has a beautiful little braid that comes out of her helmet in the back! She is sculpted from air dry clay and painted with acrylics!
I love to paint on luggage, I don't know why. I found this case at a thrift sale. The inside is like new. So I painted the outside to be new also. It is painted with acrylics, and sealed with satin, polyurethane. I will post it for sale today on eBay and in my Etsy Shop.
I think this is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. Brett is on friend on face book and he is a great artist. I tried to buy a Munny...it's a toy you can paint on. They were out of stock. I couldn't stop thinking about it so I made one to paint. It's Brett's design he gets full credit but I had to try and make one. I made mine from air dry clay and it's similar because I found it soooo precious.
Here's another photo of Andy since the flesh tone was done and his blush is back. Tomorrow the eye brows and just a touch of Jack Sparrow eye shadow! Then some matt varnish and a couple days in recovery...and back home for Andy! (he keeps winking at me)
Something new...a customer of mine is a ventriloquist and asked if I could fix his life long friend. I said yes...then I sat hoping I could. First I sanded the old paint, then primed. Tried to match the skin tone as close as possible. It was done originally with an airbrush, it's brand new, never been used! I was given my air brush on my birthday...1994! I"m afraid of it. I take it out and mess with it, point it in mid air and pull the trigger back and fourth...then I place it carefully back in it's pretty little foam lined case and slowly close the lid. Sick Huh?!!! Long story short, I'm painting "Andy Woodrow" with out the aid of my precious gifted air brush! He's coming right along and I think by Tuesday he should be ready to sit on his best friend knee once more. It's been fun, I'll post a final pic of Andy after the mat vanish is applied!
Please check out older posts the dragons run wild through here!!!
Dragon Taxidermy Done Here!
Don't forget..have ye a need for a dragon, I know where to get 'em! Please check out my older posts for more Dragon photos. And follow this link to my Art Gecko Studio blog, right now it has only dragons but as time goes on I will add more of my other art!
I have three blogs, one is for my dragons that I make from air dry clay. The other is for my other art... what ever I am into at the time. And the third is for some of my poetry. A friend of mine (Ros, you know who you are) ispired me to post my writings.
I am a retired musician and a barber. I run a shop called Sweeney's in Tucson, with my youngest daughter, and my oldest daughter is a radiology tech assitant and dance teacher! I played music 5 nights a week for 20 years with my husband and step-son, and now I have time for my art! Hope you enjoy it!