Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Trio

 Here I am posting once again... it seems I think of it so often but the business of creating takes over my time. The title of the blog tells you the number of dogs but there is so much more. I started calling them the Trio and it stuck.. Three marvelous Australian Shepherds. Two Tri colored and one Blue Merle. Never has a owner done such a job of organizing bags of individual fur for each.. all marked so perfectly.. photos sent so clearly and every position possible. This makes getting the details easier for me. I did have a heck of a time with keeping the names of who I was working on straight. Important to me because I talk to them and get a sense of them while I work. Here was Magic,Mystic,and Merlin.  Being asked to do something a little out of the box is always fun for me and usually I will do whatever I can to make the owner happy. In this case these were agility dogs! How about some movement?? Wow .. I have been asked for action before.. but this time no real scale was involved just wing it. So she sent me the cute pieces that the dogs were to use and instructions on who does what and how... I have watched my share of agility, loving it of course.. total excitement.  Once saw a Sheltie that could not be quiet..  so cute bark, bark, bark, as her owner held her in his arms.. wonderful owners, he seemed to not notice the barking right by his head...   Now the trio... I laughed to myself after I showed the owner the second photo she said "oh wonderful he can do both pieces of equipment" I then realized I didn't know who I was putting on what... no problem, since the goal was they would work on more than one, so she could play with them when posing.  My next mistake was taking close face shots with the real dogs in the background.. I realized I had Magic and Mystic backwards... It was a little confusing to work on them even in the end. I learned a lot as I always do and I think the end result is quite nice.. I hope you enjoy reading about them and seeing their pictures.










Monday, December 16, 2013

Trudi

When Trudi's owner ran up to my table before the Chicago International Miniature show opened, I had no idea what a treat I was in for. Not only brilliantly talented in his own craft but a dog lover that meets my standard. He was drawn to the Whippets on my table.. he went on to praise them and make me feel so wonderful with his kind words. I soon learned about his own dear dog love Trudi! A lucky Greyhound always by his side.. below are a few pictures of Trudi in the cute setting recreating the shop her owner works in..I am thrilled to have made this friendship. Dogs!









Thursday, December 12, 2013

Peggy

When I started Peggy I saw in her expression a sweet old girl dog. Possibly after so recently having to say goodbye to my own old girl dog, maybe I was seeing from my heart that similar look in the eye. Eager to make her for this young man to give to his love for Christmas I started as soon as the photos came.. waiting for the fur to follow next day delivery. It was beginning... another project that somehow becomes more than a sculpture. The directions and information in mind I made her standing since she loves to stand by her owner always.  Her inquisitive look could be in anticipation of anything from a loving pat on the head, scratch on the chin, maybe even a tid bit from the table. Peggy is a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. Being a Griffon she has as her breed name says very wire like hair.. very difficult to work with, got me wondering again if I am nuts, dog hair is not 1/12 scale. Challenge was met and I will let you judge for yourself the end result. One of the pieces that I start and  and hope for Peggy to come through.  Must admit it feels like magic to me sometimes because as I work on the piece it seems possibly this is the dog I just can't make.. Now Peggy is on her way to being a special gift and that really makes me so happy to be part of it. Our dogs are our family, we want them with us forever. This is my way of trying to help have a part of them forever.. I hope you enjoy Peggy's photos





Sunday, September 15, 2013

Holly

I learned about Holly about a year ago. I received a message about making Holly.  Not unusual until he said "Life size". I have made life size a couple times. One so many years ago that my memory of it has faded. The more recent was my own Cairn terrier Cinder so I have much fur from her as I have been stripping her coat for  over 13 years now. Cinder is recreated out of Cinder you could say. Now back to Holly... I was very busy with so many orders when I received  the message.. as always the first question "what is Holly?" Holly is an elderly Maltese with one eye.  I had to say I just couldn't do the project.. too much work and I was just so overwhelmed with work already, and a show coming up to do.  I hate to ever say NO but there was just no way.. days later late in the evening the phone rang.. it was Holly's owner an older man wanting to just ask once more if I would consider doing it. I proceeded to explain the reasons why it was just impossible. My husband sat by listening to the conversation as well as one of my own little loves Ted! Holly's owner began to tell me that Holly was quite old and that he was so afraid of when she died how lost he was going to be.. he then said to me " Lucy she is my best friend.. I just can't not see her" OK done after that sentence I knew I was making Holly! He said the exact thing that I understood well... "how can I not see her?"  Yes how? I know that feeling I would just love one more look and touch of my Old Ted.  So after hanging up the phone and telling my husband what was said. No explanation needed.. My husband has a best little friend too! Teddy..
I received packages of Holly fur and we kept in touch confirming the real Holly was still doing fine something I found myself obsessed with. When I returned from the show as promised I started Holly.  Happy to say Holly has went home now and is doing her job... she will not be the real Holly of course and it is not going to be easy when that day comes to say goodbye to Holly, however now there will be a memory of her with her fur and her favorite pose so that in a small way she will comfort her owner when he has to say goodbye...
This is what my artwork is really about.










Thursday, July 25, 2013

Oso NYC

 I have made a few copies of this magnificent rock star Oso.. most of the pictures I come across in my never ending sorting of photos strike me with a memory and I want to show the dog again.  My new work takes time to settle in with the feelings the dog brings. Often looking over work that has been gone for sometime I become rather nostalgic so showing them helps me to relive the making of them. Always a special moment when they are done, and I can play with them in pictures.  Here I posed my favorite fashion doll with him. She lives in a NY apartment on a high floor looking down on Central Park.  Play and dream.. one of my fantasies the high rise apartment in NY City!.. Here she looks out and dreams and imagines with her handsome Newfoundland Oso by her side. Both seeming to have their own dream as they look out and imagine! Love is always the theme there is no other way for me to create a dog... its all dog love!








Saturday, July 20, 2013

You Forgot Me!

 I titled this as I did because it always seems to me the facial expression on the dog when you walk away is "You must of forgotten me because certainly I would be going!" a mere oversight to have closed the gate on the best friend... can you tell I hate leaving them behind even though we all know there are just times and certain personalities that do best at home rather than at the event ... won't mention names. Everything in life is more enjoyable when the dog is along.  Really! Why walk without a dog or go in the boat? I can put that (Why) in front of almost everything.  Below is my Wolfhound, he has been around and has had his picture shown.. went to shows been in magazines and finally sold in London... below he is in the old oak woods I live in being photographed with the expression I love,sort of sad sort of curious sort of anticipating. Wolfhounds! My first experience was a little shocking. The breed is majestic beyond description with a sweet soulful expression competing with the ever so tiny breeds on our laps. Just felt like a Wolfhound day..







Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bonzer Real and Mini

 So happy to say Bonzer has arrived in his Alaskan home and is greeted by the Real Bonzer.. he has met all expectations I am very happy to say. He was a great challenge for me with all his shadings and intricate markings. I don't use anything but fiber to create the shadings so it can be time consuming but with a happy customer it is all well worth it.. I was so thrilled to get this photo of them together.. What a dog! Both of them...