Sunday, March 27, 2011

additions to "Mustache Maintenance"

Just some desert dots and some tumble weedy type things, plus a mustached lizard :-)

Friday, March 25, 2011

"Mustache Maintenance"

This new little piece was prompted by a conversation at work, that was probably less strange than you would imagine. I don't think I'm quite finished with it. It needs something else. Maybe a tiny desert mouse, with a mustache, or something in that direction.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I just figured something out!

I just realized I can make little stop motion movies using iMovie! I did a little test with some old photos I had of Valen; it's certainly not going to be winning any awards but it gets my thinker thinking about some fun little side projects I could try out with some of my little paper characters.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The making of...

So here is a little video I put together that shows the making of the dandelion as well as the process of sticking it in the bottle. The actual process takes about 45 minutes, unless I'm watching "House" and then it takes about an hour and a half. The video is only 3 minutes and 45 seconds long. It has a little bit of audio (my super non-sexy voice) at the beginning; the rest is silent (black and white with text, just kidding).

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Saturday, at the end of a long week AND Zomibe ants!!!!

Today it's back to arting, working on a custom box now for a very dedicated art patron. Just getting the basics installed in the box today (carpet (felt), wallpaper with adorable bunny trim (hopefully)).

This week has been rather busy for me! There is always a bit of a brief pause after I finish one project, the last finished project happened Wednesday morning with "Turf War".  Then Wednesday evening I had my first rock climbing lesson, which I was totally into and am very excited to pursue! I even went out on Thursday and bought some resistance training exercisey stuff to strengthen up my forearms and hands since that was the part of my body that got tired/worn out first. There is this weird squishy ball that came with some other stuff and I'm totally addicted to it! It's supposed to help with stress too so I think I will be taking it to work and keeping it in one hand at all times!!!  Thursday I attended the first day of open house at UMN, where I have been accepted to the Master of Fine Arts program. Then Friday it was round 2 of open house at UMN which lasted from 9am to 7pm! It was a good but very LONG day.  I'm very excited about the school, program, and the people there. Later today it will be off to see the rollergirls. Tomorrow it's back to work (like actual regular paycheck job work).....

Thanks to National Geographic for the following interesting bit of info! :

Fungus in the Brazilian rain forest is turning ants into zombies!! It can take over an ant and then control its brain, spreading infection and guiding the ant to an anchoring spot for the fungus to grow (pictured above) when it totally overcomes and kills the ant then uses the ant's body for sustenance. The fungus has some pretty sophisticated means of spreading too. An infected ant can develop little infectious spines on its body that can then infect other ants if it brushes against one OR, get this, a dead ant can practically be turned into a little land mine with exploding, infectious spores that are activated by unsuspecting passersby!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Turf War

So, yesterday I started out working on skeletons and cameras and today I've finished a squirrel box. In this tiny box ( 3.5" x 2.25" x 1.5") two squirrels can be seen fighting over primo branches. "I saw it first!!. "NO! I saw it first". The winning blow is captured here as a sling shot propelled rock makes contact with one of the squirrel's arm causing him to lose his weapon, tuck is tail, and admit defeat.

"Turf War" March 2, 2011.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New projects

I have two new projects: One that I have already started on (skeleton) and another that I will be starting on (camera). The skeleton I'm making out of sculpey and was cruising along just fine with it when, this morning, I realized I did the spine backwards. I tried to talk myself into just going with it but I lost the argument with myself. I'm going to take a little break from it and start on my camera project instead. I'm hoping to start a series of tiny paper cameras. I have this teeny tiny little lenses, that I picked up at a surplus store, that I've had for years and I have finally figured out what I should use them for! I also have another small diorama in the works (not pictured) and a custom order to work on too! So I will be busy busy!