My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #526: On the Road Again . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-18-2011 12:49 PM 5089 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today’s post will be brief (for me!) because we are heading out soon. We discovered that there is this huge craft show in Wolfville at Acadia University this weekend and we thought we would scout it out.

The link to the show is Here

It looks like a really cool event. The booth prices are nearly $300 which is mighty steep, and it is $6 to get in the door, but we hope that means that it will be a lot of quality stuff will be there. This is not a flea market!

So we are loading up the sleigh and heading out to Wolfville, which is about two hours north of where we live and hopefully we can put a little (or BIG) dent in our Christmas shopping. We are even kidnapping Keith’s mom so she can enjoy the day with us. She does beautiful needlework and had a great appreciation of crafts. All in all, it is going to be a full and fun day!

If the show is good, it will be something that we are going to consider for trying out next year. Not as much with our woodworking stuff, but perhaps Keith’s pens and maybe some of my painting stuff. I think that since the cost to participate is so much, it is good that we scout it out first before making a commitment. Keith was somewhat disappointed that we didn’t know about it until a couple of days ago, but I think it is for the best. With that type of fee, it is best to see if our stuff would fit in.

Speaking of painting . . .

Besides the usual garden variety of tasks I did yesterday (as well as finishing up a couple of special orders) I began working on my project for Bernie and Ellen.

As usual, I decided to do the most challenging piece first, which was the Santa head. It seems like forever since I ‘free style’ painted and I am always quite timid about getting started. But so far I think he is coming out nice.

I started up with the piece of 1” pine that measures about 12” tall by 9” wide. I cleaned up the edges left from the band saw by trimming the piece on the scroll saw and then sanded it. I was then ready to go. I transferred the main design to the piece and base coated it in:

Keith asked me why I made his beard grey. (I told him my Santa was going to be a bum!) Actually that is the undercoat color, as is the blue for the fur around his hat. When painting things like this, you have to think in layers, back to front. Then you build the colors over it. It is much easier than starting with say a white beard and then trying to shade it without looking muddy. After all, the shadows are underneath and the deeper you go into the hair the deeper the shadows are.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

So I will be building layers of color as I go and there will actually be very little white when I am finished. Just for the highest highlights.

I needed to do his face and facial features next, so I at least got that far:

I think he is looking good. He is nowhere near being done. I still need to add lots of highlights and some toning but so far he is looking OK and I am happy with him. I will post more pictures as I work on him.

So that is the plan. I had better hit the shower and feed the reindeer and rev up the sleigh. I hope you all have a great day!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 01:50 PM

Hi Sheila;

Yes, everything makes sense once someone explains it, then shows you how to do it!

How did you put the twinkle in his eye? ... (keeping in mind this is a family site)

Have fun at the show.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 11-18-2011 03:57 PM

have fun you guys, this show should be well worth the drive and im sure its a juried show, with that kind of fee, take your camera and get pictures for us…please,,,grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 12:52 PM

Just a touch of white paint, Lee. Adds a bit of sparkle. I like to do the eyes first on things like this because it seems to give the paintings a personality. :)

Thanks, Grizz! :) I am writing about the show today.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 11-19-2011 08:22 PM

Coming along beautifully…
...looking forward to seeing the rest…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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