Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Captured in the Workshop!...

EEK, my Holiday Folk Art Show is less than one week away, so I have spent several late nights in the workshop finishing up my collection of winter originals! For days on end, my working uniform of choice has been an oversized hoodie, comfy pants and a pick to keep my hair out of my face. In fact, I am donning the same attractive attire as I type this post tonight. (hehehe!) Well, little to my liking, JP has enjoyed a few spontaneous photo sessions, busting into my disastrous workshop and catching me in the act of creating! Poor me, helpless behind my long work table, tried to ignore the lens in my face and silly gestures he was making to get me to look up and play along! And despite my dowdy appearance and completely scattered workspace, I thought I would share a few images with you. Ya sure, I was once Martha Stewart's Doer of the Week, but that doesn't mean that I don't make a crazy mess every time I set out to create :)  Well, enjoy the images and captions, and I hope to see many of you this weekend at our open house!

Fa La La,
~ Johanna

Creative-Disaster

* Keep in mind, these photos were taken past midnight on Saturday ~ I guess that's technically Sunday morning! My goal was to complete all my originals over the weekend so that I could take their photos before this week began. Mission accomplished, thank goodness!

Sprinkling-Glitter

* Looks like JP was able to squeeze a little smile out of me!

In-the-works

* I was adding the final touches to my characters. That usually consists of mica, glass glitter and accessory trims. As a child, I was fascinated with fashion, drawing and designing clothes for imaginary girls on paper. Now, it seems I am still designing and dressing characters in my own, unique way...

Glitter-works

* Hmm, rather homely pic of me adding red glass glitter to the brim of a snowman kettle cup character. You'll notice below that I questioned my decision afterwards. After a bit of pondering, I covered that band of red glass glitter with a layer of twinkling silver. Trust me, it looks better!

Pondering

* Me pondering..... while JP snaps the moment.....

Adding-a-collar

* JP captures a picture of me adding a wispy black collar to a holiday cat...

Adding-glue

* More of the same. I like how the collar adds more definition to the overall design...

Captive-Audience

* Here, it seems that I have a captive audience of wintery characters awaiting their final trims...

Glue-&-Glitter

* Adding more glue for glass glitter to a kitty egg cup...

Gluing-Glitter

* Eeek! An overhead snap reveals my sloppy work table..... I have tried to stay organized as I work, but it just seems impossible!

Product-Photos

* Sunday night rolled in, and I was finally ready to take photos of each original creation. Look, I'm wearing that darn hoodie again, but I let my hair down :)  Seriously folks, I promise to clean up for this weekend's event!

Lightroom-Preview

* And JP was having so much fun yet again, that he snapped a screen shot of one of the photo previews I was taking. Pictured is a quartet of holiday egg cups including my first reindeer! This image will probably appear in my Christmas 2011 Gallery whenever the heck I get around to updating it :)

For now, I have plenty to do! We strung lights on our "house in the works" today. For those attending, you'll notice that the exterior is a bit rough, and fingers are crossed that next year, we have things more finished. The front room is all set up as a holiday store, and I am on to my Halloween room tomorrow. One day at a time, right?  SEE you SOON!

8 comments:

Halloween Fanatic said...

LOVE the reindeer, you will have to make more!! Robert :)

Diane MacNaughtan * Dianie Mac * said...

Johanna,
It was fun watching you work your magic in your studio.Loved seeing all your creations coming alive on the table.
(A hoodie and sweats is my favorite to create in as well..).

Have a fantastic show :)

~Diane

Jennifer Tobicoe said...

What a fun peek into your world!

Jennifer Tobicoe said...

What a fun peek into your world!

Dan said...

Everything looks wonderful! You have to make a mess to create something beautiful! That is what I think anyway! I have a hoodie just like yours that I work in, but mine actually has a hole in it!= )

I know that open house is going to be a huge success. I sure wish that I could have been there. Take lots of pictures!

~Dan~

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Looks great Johanna...I'll be at the tree farm so no secret trip to the Denver area to surprise you and JP. I know you will have a wonderful weekend!!
Laurie

Nancy Lee Malay said...

I wear the same outfit in my studio, Johanna....even a similar hair pick! It would be so fun to attend your open house, but I'll have to live through your photos! Have fun, Nancy

Tamara Dozier said...

Loved seeing your "mess". Hope you'll share pics of your open house and lots of luck with the show!