Sunday, March 29, 2009

In which the Universe has other plans

I had big plans for this weekend. The weather's been getting better, but not too hot yet, I've got lots of stuff I'm working on, so there are plenty of things to choose from that need working on. I was going to get lots done (even, maybe, some house and/or yard work!)

Then the Universe laughed.

Friday I wasn't feeling well at all. Had to call off from work and take an unpaid day kind of not well. Chalked it up to the Fibro, medicated and slept most of the day. Saturday I got laundry done. That was it. (All the stuff in Saturday's post was prior work that I finally got around to putting up, not that days work.) That should have been a hint, when just doing a few loads of laundry and a blog post wore me out. That still left Sunday though - I could still get things done.

And the Universe continued to laugh.

Around 2 a.m. the storms rolled in. Big storms. Strobe light horror movie kind of lightning. The kind where the room lights up every few minutes, and you know, just know that any minute you'll see something in the corner. Next flash it'll be closer. Then closer. (For the record, love of horror movies + overactive imagination = BAD COMBINATION!) After about 30 minutes of lying there with the covers pulled up to my chin, I gave up and got out some mindless knitting to tide me over until the worst of the storm had passed. Then the sinuses kicked in. Just storm pressure right? Wrong. When I finally woke up, I was definitely in the throes of a nice spring cold. Bleah.

I did finish the socks though.

And washed and ironed some fabric for a quilt block swap


Saturday, March 28, 2009

I just do what the disembodied heads tell me

So for years now I've admired the character sculpts you see everywhere. You know the kind. The darling little fairies, the cute dolls, the odd and slightly creepy fantasy characters. I signed up on several groups on sculpting, read some books, started reading magazines on dolls, mixed media, art in general. Finally I decided it was time....

Trying to think methodically and logically (OK, I can hear the laughter from people who know me) I decided to do 3 heads, a round head, a wide head and a long head. This would give three basic face/head shapes, and a little experience with each.

I started with 2 styrofoam balls and a styrofoam egg, and began slapping clay on. I soon found out they had their own ideas about what they'd be....

HEAD ONE (Round Head)

This started as one of the round styrofoam balls. I squashed places in for the eyes, envisioning that it would become a Steve Buscemi type creepy yet sincere odd little guy. Here's the early stages:

So far so good, right? There's a nose, brow ridges, nice sockets to add bulgy eyes...

Moving right along....

Hmm, the eyes aren't quite as bulgy and it's not coming off quite as creepy as I....wait, why am I hearing whispers about eyelashes? Well, that could work, big creepy eyes, long eyelashes...OK, I'll go to the store. I need to get some nail sanding wedges anyway to even out the clay...

Well, this is definitely creepy - but maybe that's just the blank eyes. At this point it is starting to hint that it wants to be a girl. What? That is not what I intended! Stop that!

Oh, and that's the other two in the background, in progress. We'll get to those another day...

The staring, blank eyes were creeping me out, so in the middle of the night, I'm painting eyes. This is going further on the course that it wants every day. Definitely not looking like what I started out for!

At which point I have completely given in. I'm just doing what the disembodied heads tell me. And what's up with the beauty mark? I don't get them I don't do them. Sigh. Is anyone else being bossed around by stuff they make? I'll follow up when I've finished shading her lips, and she's decided what she wants for hair...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Time to start!

After much bugging by friends and random folks who care, it's finally time to set up a blog! With any luck, this will eventually tie in with a full web presence (or if not, at least allow me to indulge visions of grandeur as far as what I'm doing!)

With any luck, I'll have some pics up later this weekend of things I'm working on.