Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blue Santa Claus

Good morning! It's been a few days since my last blog, and I don't want you to forget me. How have you been? And, what have you been up to?

Remember when I said I had started on a Hallowe'en project? Well, I didn't get very far, because I decided it should be a jack-in-the-box, and I don't know how to make one that pops up when the music ends. I began an online search for the appropriate musical movement, when the urge to create another santa hit. I guess I'll keep working on santas until I get inspired to do something else. The one I am working on presently is a little different. He won't be ready for another few weeks.

Today I would like you to meet another of my paper mache santas. Blue Santa isn't the most colorful of my santas, by any means, but he does have his charms. I don't know if the real Santa wears red every day, do you?

When I started him a month ago, I had more of a Belsnickle in my mind, but he evolved into a gentle bird watcher. My characters always know who they want to be better than I do.

Here he is, lending a helping hand to a Cardinal family on moving day. One bird perches on the roof, and a smaller one peeks out the round doorway.

He stands about 11" tall. He is almost entirely paper mache. Santa's face is partially done in paper clay. The birdhouse is a seperate piece, also hand made, that hangs from one hand by a cord.

Like all of my pieces, he is OOAK and completely handmade by me. All comments and suggestions are welcome.

Does anyone out there know where I can find the type of musical movement that will work with a jack-in-the-box? I found a bunch that are the hand crank type, but none of them have an attachment that will make the lid pop open.

Have a good day, and come back soon.



Marlene said...

Love this one Maggie, he looks so gentle and calm and I would imagine Santa does not wear red everyday, after all that is his work uniform.

Maggie said...

Thanks, Marlene!

art2cee2 said...

Wow your characters have such personality! Nice! :-)

Lee said...

Lovely detailed work!

pinkglitterfae said...

I love Santas all year round, and they can't always look traditional. I like him, he is subdued, and lovely

Maggie said...

Thank you for your comments, art2cee2, Lee and Pink!

Leola - Southshoreartist said...

Your Santa's are gorgeous!!! (I first saw them today on Marlen's blog) Well done!

Leovi said...

Nice composition and good luck and long life to your blog.

Maggie said...

Thank you.

Carolynn McDade said...

Hello Maggie,

I visited Marlene's blog today, and there was your link... You do some amazing sculpting with paper mache. Oh my! And i love the gourd/clay/mache St Nick.

Love your work! What a creative and talented lady you are! ~~carolynn

Maggie said...

Thank you very much, Carolynn!