Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gone for a while

My surgery date has been rescheduled for this coming Monday. I simply could not deal with the pain and wish tomorrow were Monday. So you probably won't see me here for a while, but please don't leave! I will get back as soon as I can.

Monday, May 16, 2011

My summer

My sculpting will be slowing down for the next couple of months, although I am going to try my best to keep going. I am having a spinal fusion, currently scheduled for June 20, but due to intense pain in my left leg, I am going to try to reschedule for an earlier date. I have collapsing discs in my back and the nerve to my leg is impinged. They say that this is a huge surgery and yes, I am scared but have no choice but to go for it. I have congenital scoliosis which has finally caught up with me. I would love to hear from anyone who has had this surgery. I really don't know what my back will feel like with part of it in a fixed position.
I will continue to post helpful tips and hope that my followers will hang in there with me.
I will keep you posted.
Sue Anne

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

OOAK doll sculpting tip

You know you can bake your doll on polyfil fiber, right? It does not melt or change the fiber if you keep your oven at 275 degrees. It will keep the doll from having flat places. I use the same fiber over and over. It's like putting your doll on a little pillow while it cures.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! My day began with my husband making breakfast, then I spent some time sculpting, my favorite thing to do! Tonight, Yang Ming's, our favorite Chinese food. It doesn't look like a very good day for the pool. The marine layer has not burned off yet. It's a cozy day in the house, though. Netflix movies will be entertainment later tonight.

Christine and Grant came in from Redlands to celebrate Mother's Day yesterday. Christine cut and colored my hair for my present. That's pretty wonderful considering she is an Aveda stylist. Looks like she will be doing makeup for an indie movie at the end of the summer! That girl is going places!

Eric and Lora sent me PJs. I collect PJs, you know! You can never have too many! Paul painted a picture for me and I am going to frame it for the guest room! Mark is doing some work around the house for me today.

What more could a girl ask for? Great kids, grandkids, a loving and generous husband, and a passion for sculpting!I am blessed!

I miss you Mom!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Why do I share sculpting tips?

My son,a graphic artist, asked "Mom! Why do you tell people your sculpting secrets?" Well, I have always been a generous person and I also love to teach. Additionally, I have Parkinson's Disease and I don't know how much longer I will be able to sculpt, so I feel that by sharing tips, I can leave a piece of myself behind...pardon the poor grammar.

When I started sculpting, I had to buy books, search the internet, and learn by trial and error. I know a lot of artists think that everyone should start out that way. I believe that what you give out to the world comes back to you somehow, some way. It' better known as Karma, or the "law of reciprocity." I am not saying that I share only for that reason. I enjoy sharing for the sake of sharing. Grandpa Morgan said "We were all put here to help each other out." I believe that. The world has too much anger and hatred. If I can give people a bit of joy, then I will do that.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OOAK art doll sculpting tip!

This is for new sculptors:
If you are serious about sculpting, you need to learn about sculpting and smoothing with a brush. Often, just the pressure or push of a brush will give you a subtle indentation that creates the right shadowing on a face. A brush is also what you need to smooth out a face or other body part. A filbert with natural bristles is what I use, along with a touch of mineral oil. Don't use too much oil, or you will end up with gooey clay. I use my brush a lot! It is the only way to blend and finish your doll faces.

Hope this helps you on your art doll journey!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

OOAK Baby Fairy In Pink Tutu!

This is my new baby fairy listing on Ebay! Pink Dreams seemed like the perfect name for this piece. She comes in the beautiful black and white satin box that you see in the photos. I always ship my dolls in pretty inner boxes, in case you didn't know that! This baby is anatomically correct, she is 4 3/8 inches long and is simply sweet! She just sleeps away the day in her pretty box. She will fit so perfectly in your hand! I love the serenity of this piece and hope you like her too! She is much more delicate in person. She's very girly!