Archive for the ‘New beginnning’ Category

Pardon the radio silence, again. There’d been a lot of major changes in my life these past few months.

My divorce went final in April, I switched employers thrice, I was approved to rent a studio/ gallery space at the 2110 Gallery in downtown Sacramento, I was laid off on Halloween, the gallery will have new management by December 1st. Whew!

I found my creative voice again after months of not having time or the place to work on my art again. Having a creative space has helped a lot. I feel like I’ve made more progress since Halloween because I have more time in the studio. Meanwhile I want to share the photos of my dolls in their gallery setting…

Ravena & Billy
To the left is Ravena, a character in the developing story arch from THE TREES OF KNOWING. To the right is Billy Boyd, the first in my Urban Faery series.

Here’s Ravena with her lights on…
Here she is with the red lights behind her.

The Trees of Knowing gang
Here’s the Trees of Knowing gang, a little worse for wear.

I’m currently working on another urban faery and a shrine that’s part of the Trees of Knowing story. The story has started to come together 3 nights ago. I had some sketches of paintings that started as a visual record of dreams I had. They turned out to be part of the story.

Working at frantic pace to make the colored studies for the story and at finding a new job and another place to live.

I also managed to finish these ancestor mice for my niece. A very belated birthday and early christmas present.
Mice 4 Gracie

Do pray for me. I could really use it. My spirits are high but I’m still twitching in winds of uncertainty.



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Welcome to Story doll™.

Everything is still a work in progress but I’m happy to finally start sharing more of what I’ve been working on since last year.

I wrote in my blog about my decision to stop making cloth creatures due to hand pain issues and proceeded to switch to clay.

I’ve posted WIP photos of my progress…
My first poly-clay doll
More WIPs
More characters…
The Faith Box

I’ve been holding off on sharing the full story about it all because I’ve been doing research on the right clay paint, web design, and learning things I need to learn. After spending months on all that, I realized that I will never be done with research and learning new things so I might as get started with unveiling my mystery project…

mystery project...

Here’s the working mastheads I’ve made so far…
My msytery project
Choice A

My mystery project...
Choice B

mystery project
Choice C

Everything is a work in progress at this point. Here’s hoping I’ll be finished with the major CI work by the first day of the new year, and so it is!


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Its been a while since I posted. I never thought it’d be this difficult not to talk about what I’m working on. I decided it best to keep everything under wraps until its all done.

Been waiting for stuff I need to keep going on my mystery project so to help shorten what seems to be along wait, I hankered down to read Keith Lobue’s e-book…

Beutiful Necessity
Find it here.

These kept me occupied and inspired, too…
Dusty Diablos:  Folklore, Iconography, Assemblage, Ole!
Invigorating. Find it, here.

Puppet Palooza
Find it here.

Now off to make more leaf flowerbed…
Leaf Flowerbed™ batch 4
See this large, here.


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After painting the sewing table and experienceing a surge of creative energy from it I decided I need that for my drawing/ sculpting work station. too, so I spent the weekend painting my work table.

Here’s some WIP of the process…
WIP: Drawing/ Sculpting table
See this large here.

Now my other work station looks like this…
Renewed creative energy.
See this large here.
A big difference from its former hum drum state…
Drawing, sculpture and carpentry work station See this large, here.

So on to new pursuits. Ha-hah!


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Magiting's Armor
Magiting is the Filipino word for valor. Its a griffin commissioned by Lore Knutson. It is also the last cloth creature that I am making.

Here he is ready for a test flight with my little Egg as the pilot.

Now that its finished, I’m spending the next weeks doing face up of some resin doll parts and dolls to rest my aching wrists. Then its on to paper clay and polyclay doll and creature projects. Yay!

CTS and tendonitis is not fun but switching to clay is so much fun so its all good.

Meanwhile, off to bed I go.


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I’m currently working on the last cloth creature. A dragon named, Luntian, the Filipino word for the color green.

Years ago after I spent 2 years to work on some 24 pieces of dolls and creatures for a solo show my hands began to ache. So much so that I ended up undergoing what turned out to be months of acupuncture pain management. I stopped making dolls altogether for a year or two and would occasionally make a doll or two during summer breaks or Christmas breaks.

Early this year I began to make cloth creatures and had made it along with making doll clothes a source of income. While I enjoyed it immensely, the pain in my hands, fingers, shoulder and elbow began to increase.

I dislike naming any sort of pain that I experience or talking about it. Its like doing so compounds it and makes it more real. As much as I would like to use magic thinking on this I have to deal with the pain.


When I first gave up making cloth dolls, it was an emotionally painful decision. Today, however, it is not because I have other options. To cut down stress on my hands I can switch mediums. Now that I am in the US, I have access to paperclay, polyclay and other clays that I can use to make dolls and creatures. I can even make other things from these mediums, like objects to embellish and furnish tableaus or assemblages.

Morning of Dec 18 2010
See this large, here.

Here’s to a great year of making cloth creatures and a coming year of creative adventure using clay.

Thank you for your continued appreciation and patronage of my work. In the words of Sally Fields at the Oscar’s, “You like me. You really like.” 🙂


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