Monday, November 22, 2010

Mischievously Mad

The Cheshire Cat was sculpted from clay, bisque fired and painted with watercolor.  

The Cat is the second (and quite possibly the last) character in my short Alice in Wonderland series.  I had every intention of creating Alice... she's not completely uncreated, as it were.  She's just simply lacking her head- quite literally. She's proving quite a challenge...

Today I'm certain I've got a similar grin from ear to ear though possibly not as mischievous.  We're now in the second day of our first snowfall of the year and I'm looking forward to all of the opportunities and activities that winter brings!  

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving from my little Winter Wonderland.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Do You Play Croquet?

I've chosen several characters from Alice in Wonderland to create in miniature.  Sgt. Spade is first in this series- sculpted, bisque fired and painted with watercolor.  He reaches a towering... 4 1/2 inches. 

Anyone up for a little Alice in Wonderland trivia?
  • In the very beginning of the movie or Disney book, what does Alice, concealed in a bottle, have to float in?
  • What poem comes up on a recurring basis, usually narrated by the Cheshire Cat?
  • After the doormouse hears the word 'cat', what do the Mad Hatter and March Hare have to put on his nose to calm him down?
  • What game are Alice and The Queen of Hearts playing with flamingos and hedgehogs?

In closing I leave you with some advice from the King of Hearts, "Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Peace and long life!"

This bust of Mr. Spock was hand sculpted and painted with watercolor.  At only 3 inches the facial features were especially a challenge, but I'm pleased with the results.  Now for my Trekkie friends, some trivia!

Who was originally offered the role of Spock?

What actor from "Star Trek: The Original Series" lost his right middle finger during World War II?

Who was the first real astronaut to appear in any "Star Trek" episode?

Who was the first actor to play a member of all three of the major alien races in "Star Trek"?

What was Spock's mother's first name?

And a few Trek Facts you may not have known:

Leonard Nimoy created the hand gesture that Vulcans give when they say, "Live Long and Prosper." He is Jewish, and the spreading of the fingers resembles the hand gesture taken from the ceremony performed by the descendants of the priestly family during holiday prayer services.

Gene Roddenberry created the transporter as an easier (and cheaper) way of getting Enterprise crew members onto a planet's surface, rather than landing the ship on the planet.

The Vulcan Nerve Pinch was invented by Leonard Nimoy as a way for Spock to overpower opponents without having to resort to violence.

Though the Captain Kirk line of "Beam me up Scotty" is an often quoted Star Trek line Kirk never actually said that line at any point during any of the episodes.

Kr'trkkla, akarshif mene!