Chinese New Year breyer


So. There was this plug, plugged into a power supply on the floor, and i had to unplug it. i leaned down and, balancing myself on my right hand, reached for the plug with my left. Used the thumb and forefinger to grasp the plug, and pressed against the power supply with the other fingers to release the plug. No wait ouch ouch ouch PAIN PAIN PAIN.

Yep, broken finger is still broken. Or, i should say, not completely healed. It's sweet that it wants to remind me from time to time.

So, while i wait to resume making art, i will update you with the progress on my flowers. The orchids are still opening up.



Also, behold my snowdrops, pushing through the soil. For a while i was worried that the squirrels might have gotten them since i only planted them last fall, but here they are! The other greenery creeping around on the ground is trailing periwinkle, which has lovely purple flowers.


And now, something fun. As long as i've been painting these little model horses, i never thought about exhibiting them. However, i recently found out from a friend that model horse shows (yes there are shows for model horses, kinda cool, eh?) have classes for "decorator" style paint jobs like what i do. And she's been encouraging me to show my horses in a local show. She has one of mine, meet Shui:


Shui is Chinese for water. My friend exhibited him in a live show on April 5. A live show is one in which the models are physically present (compared to photo shows, where a photograph is submitted for judging).:


He got ribbons for Champion of the Division, Reserve Champion of the Decorator Division, and Grand Reserve Champion of the Mini Custom/Artist Resin Section. Sooooooooo, a big day for the little guy!

So hurry up and heal, finger! No wait, stop knocking unhealed finger around, brain! It's time to art!
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Foppet violinist

Two steps forward, three steps back

It's official, i did break my finger three weeks ago. i suppose my estimation of pain is a bit off: about 10 years ago i broke my leg, and even though at that moment, the pain was fierce, i remember lying on the ground wondering, is it broken, or just sprained? Sooooooo, yeah, like that. But after a resurgence of the pain last Friday (long past when a sprain should have healed), i had to admit it might be broken, and Monday's x-rays have verified it.


And now my finger is safely encased in a splint.


But i had managed to get a couple of prototypes done without too much damage to the break. One of my projects is sculpting bonsai that are part tree, part dragon. i have one that is mostly dragon, and one that is mostly tree:


Poppet is there for scale. Here is the tree bonsai fully painted:


This is probably one of the smallest sculptures i've made, it's roughly an inch square, not including the pot. The dragon is wrapped around the tree, so it might not be so easy to see.

When the splint comes off, i'll start working with finishing up Foppets. And a few dragons in between :-)
Foppet violinist

Hello, Proto

So, i am a little behind in my Foppet schedule, due to work, weather, and an accidental attempt to break my finger a week ago. Which is still very tender, though i think i can work with clay now.

But because of all that, i still have some Foppets stuck in rehab:


In preparation for fixing Foppet ears, and just a couple of nights before i slammed my finger, i got out some Super Sculpey and made a little dragon. He is a little soft and crude, not much detailing, but a good starting point. i named him ProtoDragon, and my mom has already offered him a home when he's ready. Say hello to Proto:


He's Poppet-sized and very curly. And in the photo, you can see some miniature Bonsai pots. i used to grow bonsai, small ones of course. i love working small. The pots are for an upcoming project since i don't have any trees right now. Just orchids, two of which are budding now.


Spring is coming. And with it, Foppets, dragons, and orchids. Here we go!
Chinese New Year breyer

Time for a little shameless self-promotion!

i've started the snowball rolling (well, it's still winter), and i've put up two auctions on eBay. Wow it's been a while, i'm glad to see that the process is a bit friendlier than i remember.

So! Tell all your horsie-type friends, this is just what they need to fill the empty space on their shelves/desks/nightstands :-)

Breyer Stablemate Freisian (G3) CM/custom Mehndi-inspired fantasy repaint


Breyer Stablemate Saddlebred & Trotting Foal, CM/custom design Chinese New Year

Enjoy :-)
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Red Silver breyer

Back to basics


Long time no art. Well, almost no art. In between juggling life and work, i've done the odd piece of art, including a couple of hand-sculpted Foppets, and a fabulous "thunder gourd". i'll dig up some photos soon. Most of my artistic energy has gone into the day job, which is a good place for it, believe me.

But i missed creating things with my hands. i still have a drawer of Breyer model horses in the small Stablemate size, and i started painting a couple as gifts. Now i'm kind of on a roll, and i have a few lovelies ready to be released into the world. Or eBay. Some of them have Mehndi/Henna-inspired designs on them (i like to do henna body art too).

Like this one:

And this one:

And the pair in my previous post, the mother and foal painted up for the Chinese New Year, year of the horse of course :-) It's been an exercise in getting back into the swing of painting again; soon i'll be getting back to sculpting :-D
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Red Silver breyer

she's baaaaaaaack

Hello LiveJournal, how are you?

i've been gone a long time, and yet, i've been right here. Somewhere in the internets.

But it's time to come back, because Art is coming. And Art is good.

It's good to be back.
duckpins poppet

In which there is bowling, but especially DUCKPINS!

Poppets love duckpins:

Last year i introduced some good friends of mine to the love that is duckpins bowling. The weekend was nicknamed #BowlingOdyssey2010, and we had so much fun that one year wasn't enough - it will be an annual event.

i'm putting together a little website for it, but while i'm doing that, i want to set down some details here for everyone who is interested in coming to #BowlingOdyssey2011:

July 30 ETA:
Dates: Friday-Sunday August 26-28, PLUS the "bookend" days of Thursday and Monday for anyone interested in making a long weekend out of it.

Activities: DUCKPINS! (of course) but also tenpins, wii bowling, gaming, eating and talking. AND, a trip to the American Visionary Art Museum to see the "Smile!" exhibit which includes a selection of Lisa Snellings' wonderful kinetic sculptures. This exhibit ends in early September, after which her sculptures won't be in display for a while.

Special Bowling Events: Friday and Saturday nights, Terrace Lanes (tenpins) has Rock-n-Bowl from 10pm to 1am. Also on Friday and Saturday nights, Walkersville Lanes (DUCKPINS) has Karaoke Bowling from 9:30pm to 1:30am. We did this last year (no we didn't sing) and it was a blast.

Sunday 11am-1pm, Terrace Lanes offers a 2-hr lane rental for $28 for up to 6 people on a lane. During the same time, Walkersville offers 50 cent games. Walkersville then from 2pm-6pm has their "family plan" of a 2-hour rental for $25, no limit on bowlers, and shoes included.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8pm-11pm, Terrace Lanes has "buck-fifty" night - "Enjoy bowling, shoe rental, regular hot dog, slice of cheese pizza, small 12oz soda, 4oz Regular Cut Fries all for $1.50 each."

SO. That about covers the local bowling offers for #BowlingOdyssey2011. Lemme know what you'd like to do throughout the weekend.

And for my friends who can't make it this year, do you have weekends that work or DON'T work for you? i'm quite happy to start arranging a weekend for #BowlingOdyssey2012 or should that be #BowlingApocalypse2012???? ETA - The best time of year for me is from mid-June to mid-August, if that helps.

ETA - There will be HENNA! i gots me some fresh henna powder and i've been very happy with it so i'll mix some up for the weekend :-D

(7/10/11) ETA: i have put up a very last minute, style-less web page with some photos of duckpins, when Lisa was visiting in October. She is wicked with a camera.

Oh and i just added a few pics from #BowlingOdyssey2010!:

Get 'em while they're hot! DUCKPINS PHOTOS!

Twitter: It isn't just for (posting) Breakfast Anymore!

i like watching movies. i like having movies running as "background music" when i work. i like going to the movies with friends and family. Redbox has been my friend, LOL.

But recently i've found a new way to enjoy movies with friends. Through the magic of Twitter, my fiends get together, put on a movie simultaneously (or you know, as close as we can, heh), and start tweeting. i like it, especially when so many of my friends are hours or even TIME ZONES away from me. It's a way to bring everyone together for a couple of hours, having fun doing the same thing.

But, how to choose a movie? Sometimes there's a theme, sometimes it's just an idea. So here i'm going to post a list of movies as ideas for future movie tweet-ups. These are movies i have, so it's biased. Also, i have MOAR movies than what's listed here, so if any of my fiends out there want to add to the list, let's do it!

Movies i've Tweeted-up/Live-tweeted so far:

LOTR 3: Return of the King
The Matrix
Spirited Away

(Some of the) Movies i own that i'd like to Tweet-up:

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Alien, Aliens
Sherlock Holmes
LOTR 1, 2
Pirates of the Carribbean 1, 2, 3
Star Wars 4,5,6 (i just got the pre-Special Edition, yes! Old special effects FTW! and Han Shot First(TM) But i also have the Special Edition. And 1,2 and 3, but not the enthusiasm, LOL)
Indiana Jones 1, 2, 3
Harry Potter 1-6
A Fish Called Wanda
Logan's Run
Die Hard
The Dark Knight
The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Addams Family (Raul Julia FTW!)
Time Bandits
Jurassic Park

What say you, my fiends???


Tweet-up Movies i don't have (yet):

Back to the Future, 1, 2, 3
Let the Right One In (original)
The Animatrix
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Why yes it's a meme!

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Mid-Atlantic. This is what everyone calls a Philadelphia accent although it's also the accent of south Jersey, Baltimore, and Wilmington. Well, everyone that lives near there, that is. Outsiders can tell you talk differently from them even though they can't tell what your accent is.

If you are not from there, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A New Yorker who, unlike most New Yorkers, rhymes "on" with "dawn"; or
(b) A Yat from New Orleans.
You are probably not from Eastern New England or the Great Lakes area, and certainly not from anywhere in the West or Canada.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

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horse, firefly breyer


Things have been quiet for me on the Foppet front, mainly cause i'm still working on my house in between working on work. But a friend of mine asked for my help, and it is leading to a special Foppet.

Some of you familiar with the podcasting community have probably already heard of the sudden death of Tee Morris' wife Natalie, leaving behind Tee and their 5-year-old daughter Serena (a.k.a "Sonic Boom"). My own involvement with the podcasting community goes back to 2005, when i chaired my first Balticon (39), and my good friend Paul Fischer suggested we do a Balticon Podcast.  It's since been my pleasure to get to know such a warm and generous group of people.

Which brings me back to Foppet.  An auction is going on right now to raise money for Sonic Boom's future.  All the details can be found here on The Boom Effect site. During my talk with Paul, the idea for a SONIC BOOM Foppet solidified in my head, and as soon as i've finished painting her, i'll add her to the auction.

The unfinished paint job isn't much to see, so instead i have the design i did in Photoshop. The end result will be different of course, but, when Paul said it would have to be LOUD to be a SONIC BOOM, i told him, it just has to be loudly PAINTED....

So go check out the auction, SONIC BOOM Foppet will be there in a day or two, depending on how long it takes paint to dry so i can photo her, heh.
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