March 10th, 2013
Ok, well not really abroad. Just down there in the USA. The awesome Leeanna Butcher snagged herself a Yermit Santa for Xmas, I think that Santa really hit it off with some of the other plush in her collection. With her permission, I am posting the following as evidence:
Whoa. Quite the wild party.
Here’s what Leeanna told me about the photo:
“I had a lot of fun setting up that photo shoot. Evil Burt is actually Merv the Muppet Reporter-a muppet puppet that my husband had made when he was in NYC. He sure does look like Burt’s evil twin!”
Leeanna is pretty damned talented in other ways also. Here’s some of her creations…
Miles the pug by Leeanna Butcher
Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro by Leeanna Butcher
If you live near New York you’ll be able to find her at the “Stitched” plush art show: April 13th- May 4th @ Clutter Gallery, NYC
March 3rd, 2013
I think this time of year, I get a strong urge for some colour and fun. I’ll be posting them for sale over the next few days.
Party Cats in a row
Party Cats later in the night
February 3rd, 2013
This weekend I spent some time drawing as I kept my daughter company. She has also been drawing, working on her portfolio for art college.
I only drew bears.
A bear who loves his bottles
Bear in "action pose"
There were a few complaints from the other side of the table that all I know how to draw are bears, and did I really want to grow old only ever drawing bears?
I said, I know how to draw boys too.
Bear in another "action pose", and something other than a bear.
I tried drawing a pig and a cat, but they both ended up looking like bears. So maybe it’s true and all I can draw now are bears.
I’m just glad I don’t have to work up a portfolio for art college. It’s rough. My daughter has to draw hands, and rooms, and characters from all side. I drew a bear from all sides.
A bear in rotation.
She has to draw perspectives, and shapes, and expressions.
Bear showing "expression"
She has to do self portraits, and figures in action.
A bear "in action"
I can draw bears forever and who will ever care?
January 27th, 2013
Gronk-the-brave was the hit of the post-hunt feast in his suggestive Ogg-the-seamstress Baby Mammoth tunic and Saber Tooth moccasins.
Gronk-the-brave shows off his fashion savvy.
Gronk-the-brave takes a break from socializing during this year's post-hunt festivities.
Ever the lady's man, Gronk-the-brave was especially winsome last evening. That boy can wear an Ogg-the-seamstress.
Gronk-the-brave enjoying some well-deserved spoils.
Later in the evening, things warmed up quite a bit and we were able to see Gronk-the-brave without this Ogg-the-seamstress tunic on. Looking good Gronk!
December 4th, 2012
The awesome Plush Team is having a holiday ornament sale in their shop. Every day new oranaments are added. I’m afraid you’ve already missed the chance to buy my Yermit Santa Head ornament as it’s on it way to, ah, somewhere south of the border.
But there are some other cute one of a kind plush decorations for the snatching.
Monster Xmas Ornament by Fluffy Flowers
Shatterproof Heart Ornament by Zazu
Mini Christmas Tree - Amigurumi desktop toy by outoftheframe
October 31st, 2012
I am finally posting some newer Yermits to the etsy store.
Red haired musician
Princess doll and attack squirrel playset
October 20th, 2012
Not sure what my painting tally is up to now. I’ve painted over a number of older ones, which throws the numbers off. But if after a few months I can’t stand to look at them, out comes the white paint.
Here are a couple of my more recently completely paintings.
Hungover bearded boy I saw at the market
The other boy I saw at the market.
Boy with stripes
October 15th, 2012
Saul, who works on the other side of the world, at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, has been hard at work again, I’m informed. He posted these pictures on his facebook page (oh well maybe it’s not exactly “his”).
Saul hard at work in what looks like the mail room
Entries for MIAF 2013 starting to trickle in already. A very good sign
October 14th, 2012
Took the day off Friday to go driving. Made it out to a spot near where I grew up – right on the niagara escarpment where the trees are their autumn peak right now, and from where you can see the sky line of Toronto.
That's Toronto on the horizon
It’s a gorgeous spot. We used to visit it as kids just to romp over the unsual exposed clay hills, and have our sunday school easter sunrise services there. The same clay is all over the region, spawning a brick works not too far away (now defunct) and even on the house where I grew up, if you dug far enough down – for a well, for instance – you’d get a river of oozing clay that, you could walk in in your brand new clothes, and fall in and get covered in red clay, and then realize what you’d done, have your brother hose you off outside before mom could see what you’d done.
Of course, since I lived there, this remote spot has suddenly become very well known, attracting tourists from all over. So on this day, before the sun had even risen, I was joined by 3 photographers.
I'm sure these guys took much better pictures than I did.
But seriously, I can’t think of anywhere in the world that could be more beautiful than this area in the fall. Our house was on a hill overlooking the credit river valley, and up into the escarpment.
Nearby, looking back at the escarpment, just down from where I grew up