If you know me or have read any of my blogs you know that I have some challenges. Bright colors used to be a challenge…I’m coming out of that one. Florals. Hearts. Faces. These are things that I wish I could do better and once in a while I’ll try again…usually to fail miserably and then not to think about it again for months.
Well, this week I picked up on faces again. I’m not there, but I’m getting there. At this rate I’ll be there in a couple years. Maybe. So here’s my progression…
I started out with Earl (over there on the right) who actually has a home now with someone that truly loves him. Good thing too because it’s a face only a mother could love! I swear I dated him though. Earl was created in July 2006. The bead, not the boyfriend.
So this time I started out and was inspired by a ceramic piece I saw in one of the clay magazines. I also had the idea (still do) of making mini sculptures off the end of the mandrel so the hole only goes partway into the piece. Smashing the bottom flat and using the hole out the top of their heads for some crazy hair or wire or something. Here’s what they started out like:
I could tell it was going to take a lot of practice to get these to where I liked them but I was really digging the toothy smiles. So I used my own rule of exploiting a characteristic. That is, if there is one thing you like about an experimental bead, do a lot of it and exaggerate it. So, this was born:
This smile-in-the-round used another favorite idea of mine. Components. I love disjointed things, or things that go together in odd ways. So these choppers propelled me into working with facial components. One bead for eyes, one for nose(s) one for teeth. I wanted them to be able to move freely so I made eyes all the way around and noses all the way around too, just like the teeth so no matter how they moved, you’d always see a face. Well…that just took it one step too far and didn’t work:
I could tell there were parts that I liked though and decided to go back to the teeth/smiles and scrap the component idea for now. This is what came out next, with added looped ear lobes that I’m going to make earrings for.
Did I mention that these finally got named and that they grew butts? Yes, they’re my Grin and Bear it series.
And that’s where I stopped. I’ve been busy…I have lots more and they’re waiting for hair and earrings. I’ll have try some for sale at my studio show next month and can’t wait to see the response.