Sunday, November 9, 2008

Ready or Not.....

Well, once again I'm down to less than a week to complete a collection of holiday originals for a folk art show, this time in Denver... Where did the time go, and why did I not manage it better I ask myself--well wait a minute! That's ALL I've been doing since early October--that is sculpt, sculpt, sculpt, sand, illustrate and the list goes on. Either I'm just too slow, or there is not enough time between Halloween and Christmas. I think it's a combination of both really, and it always catches up with me this time each year.... OH the life of a holiday artist!..............I whine to JP that the snowmen are not finished yet and that the hats are not glued, and oh why can he not paint like me as I certainly could use the help!! I am sure that the conversation sounds odd to those unfamiliar with my line of work! :) And now here I am whining to you when I really should be working!....... Well, it's too late anyway to go back to work...

A few days ago, I stepped away and glanced back at my messy workspace... A scattered crowd of naked snowmen and Santa heads peered back, crying out for paint to bring them to life. I ran off to grab the camera and snapped a few photos of my progressive mess... This behind-the-scene peek at my not-so-tidy craft room is quite common this time of year. Oh well..... You know what I'll be doing this week.. paint, paint, paint!...

Wish me luck ~ Johanna


* Unfinished sculptures crowd my counter space and leave me little room to work!...


* Rough idea sketches for this year's holiday collection jump off the page and materialize in three dimensional form....

© 2008 Johanna Parker Design * Designs are the property of Johanna Parker and may not be used without permission.

15 comments:

Robert said...

How wonderful!Looks like Santa's workshop! Love the santas and snowmen!!! Robert~Enchanted Holidays Revisited

Kitty Forseth said...

Awwwwwwwww..... I love seeing your sketches, they are so amazing! Even cooler to see them coming to life. Thanks so much for sharing!

Good luck this week, wish I could escape things here and buzz up to Denver.

xoxo Kitty

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Oh I love your little creations..and love the sketches as well..hope you get done in time...good luck at your show...you will do great..as whats not to love...you have wonderful stuf..:)

Joanie said...

Oh gosh, how I love your snowmen! They are so whimsical and remind me of the artwork of my childhood, so whimsical.

Good luck with your show. I know that you will sell out!

Anonymous said...

If I lived closer I would be first in line for your show! The folks in Denver are lucky to have a famous holiday artist like yourself so close by!

BarbT

Leah's Art Magic said...

All your work is just darling! Have a great show this weekend!Wish I was closer to you, then I'd come see the show.
When it's done, take some time off and relax you deserve it. :)

Leah

Swirly Designs said...

It is nice to know we aren't the only Holiday designers that spend every minute during this time of year trying to play catch up with their holidays obligations.
Great work!
Lianne & Paul

Gavitee said...

Helllllllo......Here's the luck of an Italian to you.....hope that is the same thing as the luck of the Irish. Anyway...more than luck, because I see that follow you around behind you...you need time........so here's time on your side. Now you are surrounded.
I loved seeing the sketches...a little treat to sneak a peek. If I were there.....first I would pick up and juggle a few of your unfinished heads....then help you paint. May the force of all the artists who have pushed on through the night to get ready for a show be with you!
Sue

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Johanna-
So glad to hear you also "freak" a little bit before a show too!!!! Your pieces look well on their way and of course will be super so you should have a fantastic weekend. Have a terrific show and of course we expect a report next week!! HA!
Laurie

AwtemNymf said...

WOW WOW WOW! These are looking lovely! Makes me want them all!
Good Luck and I know what you mean. Not enough Holiday prep time!
Hugs!

Kim Hardt Originals said...

Johanna! Wow you amaze me! You make me want to be a better artist! I always feel inspired by your work!

I am so tickled to let you know that you have been honored my friend! Go to my blog to check it out.

Kim

Kris Dickinson said...

Hi Johanna, I've nominated you for an award on my blog. Congratulations! - Kris

Melissa said...

They look so cute even though they are not painted yet. Happy Holidays Johanna!

Designs by CK said...

FUN to see your sketches too! :-)

Chris

Colleen said...

Love this post and seeing everything in action. Your both looked fantastic...