Tuesday, December 27, 2011
A 1:12 Shih Tzu with alpaca top for fur. Accented with rust and grey markings. OOAK no paint or other application to create the markings. He has a slight upward glance assuming he probably is looking for a little treat from his owner. I have heard dogs do that!
Here is a 1:12 Lhasa Apso. This little dog is made from a fine silk fiber. She has wonderful German glass eyes giving her a absolutely darling face... hidden of course by her Lhasa face fur typical of the breed. It was difficult for me to cover up this little face since for me capturing expression is always my focus. I'm hoping she finds just the right home.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Here is Dallas the Irish Terrier in his owners Library. He looks darling in this setting. Dallas resides in a wonderful doll house in California. I think this room is just beautiful... notice the dollhouse in the Library. Dallas was commissioned to live in a recreated Library for her husband. Not seen in this picture is a painting of Dallas hanging on the wall.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Here is this wonderful Clumber Spaniel in his new home. Seems he has a really comfy bed to sleep in. How is it these mini dogs can look so comfy and seem to make a home a home. Hope there is no shedding or drool on that beautiful bed. But us dog people overlook all things when it comes to our dogs.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I had fun making my first Clumber Spaniel. Clumbers are the stockiest of the spaniels and one of the oldest. A favorite of English nobility the Clumbers were kept from the commoners. One of the earliest breeds to be shown.. coming to America in the late 1800's. They remain fine field dogs being good retrievers and scent hounds. Not a fast moving dog as you can probably imagine by the shape... short legs wide back. Apparently they shed a great deal and you may have guessed by those lips there is a fair amount of drool. I think this one has a sweet face and a little lazy look.
Monday, December 12, 2011
What a dog! Sweet Georgia Brown a Sussex Spaniel received her service dog certificate at the young age of 6 months old. She was a very beloved Peep in her home. Called a Peep because dogs were not quite human but not quite just a pet either. Peep is the combination of people and pet. A loving dog her entire life Georgia could beg for a treat with just a look! The look was all that was needed to get the message across with those oh so expressive eyes. I had the great pleasure to recreate Georgia in miniature. She will be displayed in a very elegant home filled with many fine artisan's pieces. Darling Georgia deserves just such a home.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I have not owned a Poodle myself. However I find them the most interesting to create in miniature. I'm not sure if it's their fancy cuts giving me a chance to experiment with many types of fibers and make fancy bows... or if it's just the beautiful expressive faces these very intelligent dogs have. Regardless the reason I love making them and placing them in many types of settings. Here of course I am able to use the holiday tree in the setting with the wonderful snowy hillside in the background really setting them off.
Friday, November 18, 2011
I never realized when I was given this little doll what fun I would have making her playmates. Here is one of my favorite playmates in life and to make ... a Cairn terrier. I love using some of my real Cairn terrier's fur to add realism to the mini Cairn. This is one of the mini dogs I have kept in my own collection.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Lovely Pekingese made with real dog fur. This dog was going to be a English Bulldog... somehow a Pekingese is what came of it. Have a wonderful dog groomer in my town that is happy to supply me with some of the finest cleanest dog fur to use on just such a piece. Working with real dog fur is a incredible challenge! I am really happy with the realism it offers the artwork though ... so I continue to work on perfecting that skill. My customers often what their own dogs fur added to a portrait dog so well worth my work to give them their own dog .. with their own dogs fur. I myself have my beloved Ted created with his fur.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
This wonderful dog is taking a trip to Italy next month to pose with a number of fashion dolls. Quite the honor to be in the new Italian Fashion doll magazine ( My Muse ). I am a little apprehensive about sending him all that way. He won't be going alone however... two Shih Tzu will be accompanying him. Stay tuned for pictures of him when the magazine comes out in March 2012.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Here is Gizmo posed with his mini Giz. What a darling boy he was. He left his owners too soon as many of our beloved pets do. I was happy to be able to recreate him for his owner giving her a reminder in a physical form. She travels with the mini Giz by her side.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Charlee the little Yorkshire Terrier is now ready to go home. I use a lot of her fur on the piece so I feel she is a great representation of Charlee. Sadly the real dog passed away recently from lung complications leaving her owner distraught. I hope the mini Charlee will bring her some comfort.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Have been getting many people contacting me recently about their beloved dogs passing on to the rainbow bridge. I find having lost my darling Ted almost 2 years ago has helped me to help them with their own loss. My business in recreating dogs in miniature is turning more toward recreating these wonderful pets as memorial pieces. The difficulty is bringing back to the owner a memory that is realistic enough to bring some comfort. With every new commission I am learning more.