I’ve been spending most of this week scanning and editing old photos, and arranging them onto scrapbook pages. My grandma has recently gone to live in a nursing home. My uncle had been trying to look after her in her home, but she needed around-the-clock care. It’s very sad that she can no longer remember things she once knew, or recognize some of her family or, often, her own belongings. She does seem to be cheerful most of the time in her new home, and has plenty of people around her, as she has always liked to have. But I am not sure she knows me, or many of us in the family anymore.
She likes to pretend that she’s Cinderella, and that her teddy bear is the prince, which, of course, is why she named him “Prince”.
Patsy can’t remember the details of the story very well, but it seems that Cinderella had a beary godmother who made her a lavender polka dot dress and glass shoes. Then Cinderella went to a big fancy dance at the palace and met the prince.
The prince thought Cinderella was the nicest little bear at the dance, and that she definitely had the prettiest dress.
The next day, the prince came directly to her house, not only to give back her shoe, but to bring her some wonderful pumpkin cupcakes. They sat and ate them together, and all was just right in the world.
The three tiers of her petticoats are painted turquoise, orchid, and lavender blue.
Patsy is an original one-of-a-kind work of art and is meant for display only. No molds are ever used in my work. She and her teddy bear are hand sculpted in paperclay, and they are entirely hand painted using acrylic paints.
Patsy is signed and dated and sealed with matte varnish for protection and preservation. She rests firmly on a turned wooden base that is stained and sealed in golden oak. Patsy stands 4 and 3/4 inches tall. Patsy comes with a hang tag, a certificate of authenticity, and a copy of her story.
I used my Claybord tools to scratch out the whitest feathers on his head and add lots of fine details. Henry’s eyes are particularly striking. He’s a sweet little fellow, kind of shy 🙂
Here’s my second video, of me painting “Henry the Owl”. I just put it up over on my YouTube channel. Please visit my online personal journal for more in depth information about my paintings, and the latest on what I’m up to in my studio.