Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Special, Best Offer Sealed Auction!...

"Art Challenges" ~ oh, just those words often create pause and then the need to drag my feet. Seriously, do I really need to challenge myself? First, I ignore it and find excuse after excuse to avoid it altogether. But, then, it seems, my imagination kicks on and takes over, and I find myself dwelling on the challenge, pondering how I would overcome it. What would be my slant and style on such a creative challenge? Sooner than later, my heart races, and I give in! There's no going back! I can make a complete 180 degree turn from a "no-never" attitude to intense focus in my workshop, consumed with the subject matter. The process is quite humorous really :)

So, why am I speaking of Challenges? Well, that's because EHAG in conjunction with PFATT announced a joint challenge to its artists. Who's heard of Steampunk? It continues to be a growing trend in fashion and decor where post-Victorian steam-era style meets the world of science fiction. Where bronze and brass, gold and copper cogs and gears create pattern, texture, movement and whimsy in a surreal world of steam-fired fantasy. Still lost? Check out the academy award-winning movie Hugo to understand the look. Anyway, EHAG & PFATT announced and encouraged its artist members to delve right into a "SCREAMpunk Challenge!"Both groups have a passion for Halloween, so the fusion of the two themes made for a fantastical match.

Introducing my "Screampunk" Challenge!


WINNING BID: $1,643.01 ~ 
Thank you Donna!

When my Screampunk piece was complete, I swooned! I must admit, this owl is steamier than I had ever imagined. My unusual addition of vintage buttons combined with wire details, top hat and all, certainly makes for a whimsical all-season and rather stylish art piece. And, I have never created a character quite like this, and well, I am feeling a bit attached! I must remind myself however, that this is a challenge by the artists and for the collecting public. So, I am willlllling to offer him to you in a "Sealed" Blog Auction, right HERE! But, you need to help me decide what he is worth...

What is a "Sealed" Blog Auction you ask? Well, in order to give those of you interested a fair chance at adopting this special owl, I am asking that you EMAIL ME your Best Offer. What would you be willing to spend in order to possibly accept this collectible piece into your home? Each emailed bid will be sealed, in a sense, that I will not share those numbers with any other bidding participant. Bids will remain private, and I will not release any information regarding bids until the highest bid is revealed here, on Saturday, March 31st. Submit once OR as many times as you wish within this 6-day period. AND SILLY ME ~ I forgot to double check the calendar as there are 31 days in this month!! And, I would like to include a last minute peek at "Timowlthy" on EHAG's Emporium where he will be surrounded by other "Screampunk" creations from the artists of EHAG that night.

Unlike the standard eBay auction, this scenario allows a collector the chance to submit a bid at his or her leisure and not enter into a stressful bidding war during the last few minutes of the auction. You have 6 days to submit your best offer/s. Everybody has a chance to participate if they wish, and we all avoid the continual rising fees that eBay imposes.

How to Bid :

Please study the various photos below to see if you would like to adopt "Timely Timowlthy."
If he "hooos" to you, then . . . . . . . 

EMAIL ME with the amount of your Best Offer (johanna@johannaparkerdesign.com)
* Title your email: "Best Offer - $ - - - - - "
* Look for a reply / confirmation email that your offer has been received

As you submit your offer/s, you are welcome to identify yourself or remain anonymous. Therefore, you may email me from whatever email account you choose as long as I can reach you in the event you are the winner!  I will be accepting offers through March 31st, and final bids need to be emailed by 11pm EST. At that time, I will review all the offers and post the pending best offer amount. The winner will be notified and will have 24 hours to respond, identify him or herself and start the process of finalizing the sale. The piece will be offered to the bidder of the next best offer, in the event the top bidder fails to respond.

As for emailing me with your bids, please know that I am grateful for any and all "bids of affection." Bid what you can comfortably afford, and I thank you for your offer of support. Whether it's small or large, I thank you for it!  Best of luck!...... Now, let's get started :)

Up for Bids is "Timely Timowlthy," an original sculpture by me, folk artist Johanna Parker...

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* With wiry wings stretched wide, Timely Timowlthy perches atop a stylized, spherical clock....

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* He is painted in hues of aged cream, black, brown and slightly metallic gold, bronze and copper. He is a one of a kind, hand sculpted and hand painted papier mache folk art owl character...

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* An exaggerated collar frames his sweet face and protects his feathered head...

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* His flared top hat serves as the base for a pair of hand-formed wire spectacles attached via a vintage brass button.

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* Below, a pair of antique buttons trim his striped vest and add more vintage Steampunk style bling to this dapper guy....

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* Art Deco style patterns wrap around his spherical base and meet at the back...

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* Here, at the back, a golden cogwheel design frames yet another old metallic button.

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* Returning to front and below his wiry tallons, a favorite Art Deco button from my vintage collection serves as the center of his stylized clock. Curled arrows made of wire form its hands and add a touch of whimsy, texture and dimension to this piece...

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* His hand-formed wire accents sport a dirty bronze painted patina....

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* Timely Timowlthy, in his muted neutrals and metallics would make for a wonderful all-season conversational art piece in your lovely home!

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He measures 7.5" tall by 6.5" wide...

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*Steamingly, screamingly stylish & sweet!

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* He's signed and dated, 1/1 and marked as a special "EHAG * PFATT Screampunk Challenge" piece...

EMAIL ME or leave a comment below if you have any questions. I will be happy to answer those for you before you place your Best Offer via email.

Many thanks for considering this unique piece, and I appreciate your bids of support...

~ Johanna


Please NOTE: If you received my Newsletter regarding this special auction, I made an initial typo on the ending date. It will be ending on Saturday, March 31st at 11pm EST ~ not Friday.  Thank you!

9 comments:

brandi said...

johanna...LLL♥♥♥VVEEE...each and every tiny detail you have placed upon this here little wise one is GORGEOUS...much love light and blessings~

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh, he is so stinking cute!!!! What a fun, fun piece!:)

amber miller said...

Holy moly!!!!! Now this piece gives me goosebumps!!! Very cool Johanna...a masterpiece indeed!! Wow!!!
Xoxo amber

Johanna Parker said...

Ahh, thank you all! I appreciate your sweet comments!

~ Johanna

Bindlegrim said...
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Bindlegrim said...

Gadzooks you've really created a timeless piece of art here that goes beyond holiday fare. Love all the details, and from his profile he appears to be flying through space. Just wonderful. I could see it would be terribly difficult to let him leave the nest!

Darlene said...

Johanna he is amazing, as all of your creation, but I think he is one of my favorites, such awesome details, he's perfect.
Darlene

Anonymous said...

LUCKY Winner! What a gem of a piece! congrats...

~ Barb

Dan said...

Johanna!

He is wonderful! I can just look at your creations over and over again. How lucky Donna is for being the winner! Congratulations to you both!

~Dan~