Friday, May 23, 2008

A dozen and one more!

Finally!! 13 bears ready for airbrushing!! Whew. I thought I'd never get finished with this bunch. I see you counting them....and yes, there are only 12 pictured above. The thirteenth is the little mixed media/assemblage bear (pictured below) I'm working on, inspired by Lisa Kaus. What a diverse bunch of bears, huh? There are actually seven types of mohair represented here!!
I'm really having fun with the mm/a piece. I had to use a really long cotter pin for the neck joint. A whopping 3 inches!! I wanted the bears head to be able to move so it had to be long enough to go through the chunky wood frame and still be secured. I've used eye pins and wobble joints for the limbs so that they're movable too. A traditional jointed bear made in a not so traditional form!! Before I put this little girl together though, I still have to put a layer of beeswax over the cavas and secure her skirt and ribbon. It's all trial and error this piece, but I'm lovin' it!! I've already sketched a witch and angel design and now I'm on the hunt for a longer, chunky canvas. Whoodyhoo!!

First things first though. Airbrushing and then eyes. It's off to the studio for me....

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta

P.S. Before I go, I want to add that Joe and Jermonne, Barn House, are having their first Barn Sale this weekend!! If you're in the Portland/Vancouver area tomorrow, it's not to be missed!!! You can count on me to be there bright and early. Okay, early.....perhaps not so bright. Ha! ;o)


Theresa said...

Aleta I love your mixed media bear!!! I think she's wonderful. As for you making a witch one... can I have her!!!! Please!!! I'm a big Halloween fan and she already sounds great plus I love the piece you already did. Let me know... really... I mean it.

Big Bear Hugs,


Nancy said...

Oh have been a busy girl!
Your little group shots are always so sweet. And your newest venture with the mixed media bear...just fabulous! Love it! You are such a talent.

Have a wonderful long weekend!
Hugs, Nancy

TinyBear said...

Aleta - those bears looks beautiful. I love those little ones of yours. And the MM bear is absolutely great.Love them all. Hugs, Tina

Brenda said...

Wow, look at that collection of teds!! I love your MM bear.
You know, you put me to shame, as I've been trying for weeks to get just three bears done - my get up and go just got up and left *sigh*.



Lisa Kaus said...

HI Aleta,
Love your bear- so sweet and very clever- I love the way you step outside of the box with your bear creations....
BTW- Looking for an old church pew and yardsticks and salvage- any finds?

Barn House said...

:o) Thanks Aleta!! See you tomorrow!

J & J

Martha Kohley said...

Hope to see you tomorrow at Barn House. Mark and I will be there. Maybe more bright than early. I just posted my first giveaway! Stop in and take a peek! Love the bears - Martha, Vintage Trifles

Barn House said...

Thank you so much for coming to our opening! It really means a lot to us. I (Jermonne) am sorry I didn't get a chance to see you and Bill while you were here. I was stuck behind the counter for the first few hours. We really love the gift! We now have our first Silly Bear creation!! :o) Thanks again!!

J & J

q.D.paToOtieS said...

Wow, super cool mixed media bear Aleta! And she's CUTE too!!!