Thursday, July 24, 2014

Set the world afire!

This is the first in my apple magic series and she is sold! :)
These days I am learning to hold the hand

of my younger self and say:

There there my dear one,

your dreams were simply too small.

You ask for a pretty painted shell

when life wants to give you the ocean.

You ask for a picket fence

when life wants to leave you free

to run your wild horses.

You ask for a star

on a neglected downtrodden boulevard

when life has already prepared

a place for you to light up the sky.

You ask for love

when life wants to show you

what it is to be consumed with love

and set fire to this world with your flames.

~ BethAnne Kapansky

This is the second and is now available on eBay CLICK HERE TO SEE IT!
 
 
Dear ones,
This is one of my favorite quotes. Set the world afire with YOUR flame! aHHHHHH..... That sounds so right! Do you ever feel like YOU are your biggest dream defeater....Your own proverbial fireman throwing buckets of water on your flaming soul?
 
It's easy to do. We innately hold tight to our hope and often trust comes hard when we are getting ready to spread our wings.   
 
Let me tell you a secret... It's ok to trust. It's ok to believe in your work, sometime you will be the only one who does.....
 
As soon as you hold space and pound your drum for whatever is your bliss, you are hauling out the kindling and getting ready for a good ole fashioned love drenching. 
 
The thing I always struggle with, is this.  How much do I share... If I share works in progress, sometimes I see other artists jump right on my concept and that really pisses me off. So, I stopped sharing.
 
I want to share my work, I want you to fall in love..... but fear creeps in and raises it's ugly head. It's a tricky balance, this social media whirlwind we live in. And you know what? I don't want to live in fear that someone is beating down the door to create pumpkins like mine... I want to get to the place that I KNOW new artists are budding and blooming everyday. If I get 10 emails in a week asking step by step how I create my work, I want to acknowledged it not as someone trying to take the food from my family's mouth, but as an artist reaching out...  

You ask for a star

on a neglected downtrodden boulevard

when life has already prepared

a place for you to light up the sky.

I am going to try not to throw a bucket of water on my own fire. I want to show you my soul. If someone tries to snatch up my soul and claim it as their own, I need to trust that you will recognize that and you will have my back.
 
Spreading my wings,
Jennie

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New callings



I missed you last week, Joe had the week off of work and we had lots of adventures with the wee ones.  Joe has decided rather serendipitously that he is going to quit glass blowing and become a coffin maker. Not really, but that's what he did a lot of on his week off. We work all year for one singular art show. We build our display and bring together some pretty awesome one of a kinds, but it really takes an entire year to bring it fully together! And a husband who share my vision for the macabre.  Last year we had coffins, but this year I will be offering C. O. F. F. I. N. S. They are off the hook cool all by themselves, just think about the joining of coffin and pumpkin!



ALSO... I am looking for a good home for my Theatre Girl. She is an original Prim Pumpkin art doll, holding a masked pumpkin and featuring a pumpkin in her theatre area. She was featured in last Fall's Art Doll Quarterly.   This piece has so much hand dyed fabric that it will make you salivate. She has one frosty eye, while both have been hand blown in my husbands glass studio. Pink hair is always kind of dreamy, I secretly wish I could pull it off in real life but alas, I don't think I could!   If you believe in Shabby Halloween clap your hands!
She is 250.00+shipping :)

LOve from the Prim Pumpkin Patch!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

lost or found... new work

Lost an original Prim Pumpkin
 
Along time had past since she had been alive. She noticed things far more now than when she was alive. She was lost...a ghost child caught in between the folks leaving and the folks coming in. She noticed how the living called it a cemetery and made it sound prim and proper and how the ones who were not living called it a graveyard. The graveyard kept things in for the most part. When she arrived she was greeted by a cast of characters...a pleasant mixture of other lost ones and a band of pumpkin folks that enchanted the land.  Each one added something to the graveyard. In an odd way, she was happier being lost than when she had been found....
 
 Lost has stolen my heart- in a good non-grotesque kind of way! She has been waiting in my studio for a long time to be completed. She just sat on my shelf waiting patiently for me to make eye contact.... I was going to make a mold of her, but then, I really thought it through and decided that I am not a production artist. I like the process. I am comfortable with my "way" of bringing a character to life. I need the connection with my work... if I loose that then why even do it? So, I will not be making molds and creating LOTS of Prim Pumpkins.  I will make them in slow batches, the old fashioned way.  Creating a doll is very much like wandering a cemetery... You don't know what will surface.
 
Lost is one of a kind and will make her haunting debut at Ghoultide Gathering, a wonderful Halloween market in Chelsea, MI. www.ghoultidegathering.com

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pickled Plum anyone?



In the beginning, I always thought of myself as a disagreeable child. I lived most of the 1980's with snarls in my hair because I didn't like it brushed and I refused to wear anything with elastic in it. I always felt like I was different, like I didn't fit the mold of the typical little girl. These are the trapping that should be cherished in a child. Or at least I think so... From the oddness comes the blossom of creativity and from the creativity comes free thinking. 

I think odd people are the very best. Odd people see the wonder in simple moments....Odd pumpkins are pretty much the same. They are the very best.

 One day while creating in the studio, I heard a tapping at the window.  It was Pickled Plum. She is an old purple pumpkin that taps at my window as opposed to knocking on the door. She loves fairy tales and costume parties. She has stories to tell if you are very quite she will tell you!

October 31st is her favorite day because she wears her mask and pretends she is  related to Marie Antoinette.... but she keeps her head... don't get any ideas! :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

deep texture


Hi there, you beautiful Thursday!

I wanted to let you know that I have some pretty luxurious Pumpkin's in store for you this fall. The collections that I am offering are a bit more rich in color and deep in texture ... As I progress as a full time maker, I am more and more comfortable dipping into my stash of soft velvets and French market curiosities to adorn my work.  I hope you love the finished pumpkin as much as I do. 


 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”  Theodore Roosevelt
 

 



So, what do you think of my new pumpkins?

My booth is starting to come together for Ghoultide and I think you will be enchanted  **giddy**





Monday, May 26, 2014

46 ford fire truck!




 

Since the late forties, my family has been in the junk business. The atuo salvage trade has put food on our tables for generations! Growing up near the family business has given me a great appreciation for rusty gold. A very early memory has me walking with my Great Granddad  through the back 40 collecting bits of copper wire in a five gallon pail. Sometimes we would talk on our walks, but of the time he didn't say much...

I am working on lots of pumpkin dolls, but in the breaks of time when I am not, I am working on a sign to hang on the outside wall of the salvage yard office.  It's a partial hood from a forty-six ford fire truck.  Soon it will read "Cash Only"  new life for an old gem!




Monday, February 10, 2014

honoring the artist

Have you ever thought about trust. The word is tossed around quite a lot. But, I was thinking about it today... what does trust mean to me? Creatively, I put a lot of trust in my art community. I trust my friends with things that I tell them. I trust that as I express an idea in it's infancy that they will let me unfold the it, in it's time.

As we create in this wonderful place, we are networking and connecting with lovely people everyday. Each artist we meet  needs to know that we "see" them. That we see what they are doing. Honoring the divine artists in our community is akin to honoring the artist within. 

I challenge you this week to do this: acknowledge an artist, let her know that you see her, that what she is doing matters.

Because after the shows, galleries, magazines, books, articles and art, It's about trusting that idea that we have been seen, that what we do matters. 

 Greta Wade-Jenereaux, I see you... Your art doll work is second to none! You are an artist in the trade willing to help and share. Your girls are wild!
https://www.facebook.com/shepuppyblythe

Emily Wohlscheid, I see you... Your fiber art and metal work have me in awe. It's like a fiber painting :)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BricolageStudios?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Mary Sanders Lazenby,   I see you... I love your  work and I look forward to your posts on FB. Your Catrina's are the best!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/107826097/blue-goose-sugar-skull-box

Carolee Clark, I see you... your painting is so wonderful. It has such awesome depth. You capture Halloween.
https://www.facebook.com/kingofmice

Kaf Grimm I see you dear! Each doll you debut makes me smile
https://www.facebook.com/Grimitives

 Daphne Hardy I see you. You give life to Blythe. her smile has soul when you are done.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Atomic-Blythe/597648633584426

Joyce Stahl, I see you.  Often imitated, but never duplicated your character evoke the spirit of Halloween.
https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedProductions



Trust that I see you