Sunday, February 22, 2009

Humpty Dumpty

Over the years, I've created several "Humpty Dumptys." I guess you could say he's my favorite nursery rhyme character. There's something about his tragic, yet comedic little story, combined with his simple, yet charming little shape that never ceases to inspire!

Above is a piece showing Humpty directly before his fall, and below is one showing the after math.

All of my previous Humpty sculptures have had two things in common: none of them are more than 7 or 8 inches tall, and they are all sculpted from polymer clay. For these reasons, and my love of the character, I decided last year to create a HUGE one in paper mache, rather than polymer. Well maybe not HUGE, but pretty big (my largest sculpture to date). I began work on him in February of 2008, and here we are a year later, far from completion.

When I was taking the above pic, Thomas got curious. He didn't know he was helping to show Humpty's size!

As you can see, the piece has a long way to go. If you're wondering what's taking so long, I was rarely able to work on him last year. I think I'm going to take it easy in March for the wedding, leaving all of my artistic time to Humpty. Time will tell. He may never be finished!

Oh and I want your opinion. Should I give him a Top Hat?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Honeymoon Destination Set!!

Well the wedding is really beginning to come together. Almost everything seems to be in place, and as of last night, we have a hotel booked for our honeymoon. If you know me at all, you can guess where we are staying. I am all too lucky to have Steph agree to this place. She's just as thrilled as I am!

You may remember one of my posts from a while back, called The Haunted Crescent Hotel. This is the place. As I said in the post, I visit the place about once a year, but have never had the pleasure of spending the night. I'm thrilled that it will finally happen, and on such a momentous occasion!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Go Ahead, Sneak a Peek!

Visit STJ at Midnight, February 13th for more!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Henry Selick

I'm back, with a new computer, and new modem, and a new sense of care when it comes to computers. Hopefully that will be the last time my computer bites the dust.

Last night after work, Steph and I took in a movie that we've been anticipating for a long, long time. "Coraline" is a movie shot in stop motion animation, just like "Nightmare before Christmas." In fact, Henry Selick, the director of "Nightmare" directed Coraline.

Don't beat me up for saying this. I know a lot of you are huge Tim Burton fans (as am I), but I consider Selick the true genius behind Nightmare before Christmas. I do love the story of Nightmare, but what really draws me in is the vivid characters brought to life by Selick, not Burton. His style encompasses everything that I, and probably a lot of you, would love to be as an artist. I think there are many parallels between what we do in our artistic community, and what people like Selick do in theirs. Basically, movies like "Coraline," and Nightmare Before Christmas" are folk art sculptures brought to life, frame by frame. To me this is mind blowing and fascinating.

"Mind blown" doesn't begin to describe how I feel about "Coraline." This movie is amazing in every aspect, and I cannot wait to see it again, and again. Please do yourself a favor and see this movie. Let it inspire you.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Sorry for another stretch of no updates. My computer, modem, and Satellite all got fried in a thunder storm the other night. Now I barely have access to the internet. Hopefully I'll get back on pace soon!