Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sharing the Old to create the New









Got up this morning thinking what new thing do I have to share on my blog...I am in-between dolls , no trips planned, the weather is average, no new recipe, ...so I started going through my boxes and baskets filled with old pictures, ideas, poems and stories and these 3 photos literally 'popped' out at me...(actually I picked up a stack of stuff and these 3 pictures fell out of the lot) so one who believes in signs..I saw this as one and scanned to share.


Now the explanations as to what these pics are... first off...they are VERY old dolls of ours from many many a moon ago....(YIKES... near 20 years ago)... I had almost forgotten about these characters ...and like an old friend it is always wonderful meeting up with them again....I figure anything that makes you smile and think fondly of old times is a very good thing...right!


These were made before we had anything other than a 35mm and a 4x5 camera... ahhhh the wonderful wacky days of film photography... each shot nerve wracking until you had them developed...praying all along to the Film Gods for decent shots! (no photoshop either) lol...


So these were just a few examples of Richard's and my early polymer clay dolls.... as you can see, I was just learning but damn we had fun! Each stood approx. 12-13 inches tall then...and as with our work now...we made each and every thing that you see in the shots....

Bucket, rocks, leaves and icicles of 'Jack Frost' ...and the second one 'The Show must go on' is one of our favs of all times... Richard designed and built the stage, stools, all the accessories including the little Thermos and cup, the sandwich and even the bag of tiny pretzels and beer can. I painted the backdrop setting and made the puppets...we LOVED all of the details and kept adding and adding...had to finally stop...LOL!

Went to a great collector friend of ours.


The third was our beginning and first fascination with ventriloquists and their 'dummies' The Great Ventrillo and his Pal Barney'... ...The Great Ventrillo had a wicked sense of humor...he was reading to Barney ' Woodpeckers of North America' ...poor Barney is a tad nervous and does not appreciate the humor. Richard made all the accessories including the small oak chair and mic and bowler. Sold him at the Disneyworld Doll Show.


Those really were some fun dolls and each holds a great memory for us.

I always think it is fun to share past works and to never forget the starting places of careers...

I have always said, artists learn from each piece they create, growing and discovering new paths to walk down... and from past works to the work we all create now , if the journey has taught lessons and the creations have brought smiles... then you are a success in your chosen field..


Thanks for stopping by...


Hugs



10 comments:

Michelle said...

These are all just wonderful and all display such great characters and humour! My favourite of the three though is The Show, it's perfect in everyway and it really made me smile. ;o))

Michelle xx

Creager Studios said...

Hi Michelle...

Thank You so much for such kind words. Glad you saw the humor and smiles were not far behind.
Hugs,
Jodi

Debie Lyons said...

Jodi and Richard, you never cease to amaze me. You would never know they were scanned pics. Jack Frost is my favourite. Candy for the eyes. More please.

Luffies

Debie xxxx

Creager Studios said...

Hi Debie...
Thanks so much. Oh I have bunches of older dolls from years ago...we absolutely at that time had more whimsey in our work...I will find and post more as I find...
I can tell you that by finding these pics today...it has inspired me towards a more fantasy direction again.. I even found an idea I had from about 7 years ago that we are starting work on this afternoon...a fun sweet piece...and the story is already half written..Oh Boy!! See, things do happen for a reason!

hugs

Judy C said...

Yeah, the second one is priceless. I just think of the two men doing the same show for years. How cute.

Robin said...

Wow..and wow again!! Wonderful characters.

julie campbell said...

They are all wonderful Jodi, i love all the little details and they really do make you smile !
cant wait to see your new/old idea come to life :0)
julie xx

Wendie-kins said...

These are lovely characters Jodi! I love the look thats shared between the Great Ventrillo and Barney, it's like "did you say something"... "me? err, I dont think so... you sure it wasn't you?" :D I used to love watching these sort of acts when I was younger but you just dont see them about anymore nowadays.
Thanx for making me smile today with your wonderful creations... again :D x

Kat the hat lady! said...

WOW as always breathtaking detail!

Tallulah Belle said...

I am so behind here but I LOVE The Show...so funny and wonderful details as always.

I remember the days of film photography...miss it in some ways...that anticipation waiting a few days to collect the prints...then the disappointment when they weren't what you expected ...at least in my case often lol