As well as all the needle felted wool portraits I make, I have also been making monotype dog portraits for a while now so I thought I would share some today.
For those of you who are not familiar with this technique, a monotype print is a one of a kind, hand pulled print made with and etching press. A painting in oil based in is made on a piece of copper or plexi glass and then pressed into or printed on the paper.
Monotype portraits can be commissioned through my shop at www.ameliamakesart.etsy.com
Well, these are a few of my favorites. I hope you have enjoyed seeing them. Happy Sunday.
We certainly had some drama around here yesterday. More then either of us care for. I was down in the studio around noon, working on a monotype when I started to smell smoke. I thought that the fan I had in the window must be blowing in the scent of someone starting up their bbq or something like that. Really, for a while I didn't give it much thought at all. Then when the smell continued to grow stronger I came upstairs and asked Edgar if he smelled it too. I know this sounds like a very slow response to smelling smoke but I am neurotic about fire, I am always smelling smoke, checking the stove another time even after I have already gone to bed, unplugging lamps every time we leave the house, obsessing about whether or not the fire alarm batteries are working or if we left the house with the iron on. I drive Edgar crazy with this and so I try not to over react if I do think there may be a fire.
So we both wander outside. And WHAT?? FIRE! THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE!!! The side of our house is in flames. Nothing too major but we don't know why and fire can really change fast. Further more, we do not have a hose. Our yard is full of old pine trees shading everything so there is nothing to water. I am yelling for Edgar to call 911, he is running back and forth with a mop bucket to the kitchen sink to get water. My arms are shaking as I am trying to hurry through getting harnesses and leashes on all the dogs to get them out of the house. I pound on the upstairs neighbors door worried they might get trapped up there.
Thoughts of what I should save may our house burn up running through my mind. I take the dogs out to the car and load them all in. As I hear the fire trucks down the street, I run back to the basement for my laptop, the one thing I don't think I could stand to lose. There were more things I wanted to grab but the thought of looking like a materialistic ass standing in the street holding a box of my childhood memories and my favorite painting stopped me.
Two fire trucks full of helmuted heros arrive, axes and extinguishers in hand to save the day. They chopped out the fiery panel looking for the electrical fire in the wall. This is what I thought must be happening. We live in a very old building and I was totally picturing wires aflame, zipping through the wall like in the movie, Money Pit with Tom Hanks and Shelley somebody. But alas, it was only a case of reckless arson. Some moron threw a cigarette against our house. We live in a building that used to be a grocery store in the 20's and our front door opens right into the sidewalk, so throwing a cigarette against the side of it would take little effort. Maybe even a car driving by did it.
Nothing inside burned and actually little damage was done to the outside. The house reeked of burnt yuckiness for a while and the dogs were a bit freaked out but we were all fine and with a good story to tell. I glared at the crowd of neighbors that had gathered in the street hoping for a good show. The firemen and women were very nice and we stood around talking with them about art, dogs and how often fires start this way, for a while before they left.
The thought of our house burning up scared the bejesus out of me and last night while laying in bed, I kept smelling smoke - which was not there. While we watched the season three premier of Dexter, I thought the sound of the wind blowing the trees outside sounded like the fire crackling on wood earlier that day. And twenty minutes after dosing off, I woke and went to check the oven one more time. I wonder sometimes if I died in a fire in my past life because it is truly my worst fear.
Yesterday, when I broke my last good felting needle, I could wait no longer, it was time to get more supplies. Always dangerous to my pocket book I have yet to come home with only what was on my list. ( I must stock up you see, the drive is more then an hour each way)
This trip was not any different and I found all sorts of wonderful wool colors that I had to have. So there will soon be a wool new line of felted soaps in the shop as well as some exciting wool wearables!
The drive to Carlton was really gorgeous. I was kicking myself for forgetting my camera as I drove past the orchards, wineries. cut wheat fields and old grain silos. I love driving out there in the fall when the colors are changing. I will be sure to bring my camera then.
All and all the trip was lovely, not much traffic, good sunny, but cool weather and a loud listen to old Love and Rockets CDs. It has been a while and I forgot how much I like them.
The house is buzzing with anticipation as we are getting ready to watch the debate. It hasn't even started but I am already gushing at the thought of Obama wiping the floor with McCain, wowing the country with his fresh ideas and plans to reroute us to better foreign policies and moral approaches to national security. I love this man, he gives me hope for the future and the dream that one day I won't have to feel embarrassed of our government when traveling abroad. Too harsh? Sorry it is true.
The wine is poured, the pizza is ordered, lots of prancing and hand clapping and having our own debate about what is going to happen now that McCain found his nerve ( I wanted to say balls) to even show up.
So take it home Obama!! Show them what you are made of and the country we could be with a guy like you running it! Because we already know and we are your biggest fans!
Had to take a quick walk with my monkeys, okay, dogs, to the park to get away from the computer for a minute. I am lucky enough to be featured again over at www.cuteoverload.com today and I have been fielding emails and new orders since I woke up this morning! A great problem for a girl to have.
My boys in Woodstock Park.
Miss Hazel was too busy in the park to pose for a photo, so here she is in the kitchen sporting her sweater for the first time this fall.
I also want to mention to anyone who is hoping for a wool dog likeness to give as a Christmas gift, the schedule is quickly filling up, so don't delay! I want everyone to be happy.
It is the first day of fall and the chill in the air fills me with joy. Growing up on the Oregon coast makes me long for the rain, fog and dewy mornings. Especially after the hot days we have had this summer in Portland. I am completely ready for homemade soup, cups of tea, layers of clothes and I even busted out the doggy sweaters and coats. My Hazel being so short haired and elderly girl needs a little help keeping warm on the cold days.
Things are going great and I am busy at work making all the dogs. I just wanted take a moment to share some photos sent to me recently and some dogs I have sent out as well.
Bear the Shih Tzu with His Likeness. Bear has the biggest brown eyes.
I am proud to introduce the sweet, the handsome, the well behaved, funny and pugly pug, Leon!!
Leon is a two year old pug, well he will be two in September, that we adopted from a rescue. We decided it was a good time to bring another little one in our family. Oscar and Hazel are still a bit indifferent to him, though it has been no time at all, but we hope they all build strong, loving relationships and Leon brings a littel young pup energy to our old lady Hazel. Leon, however, is a fan of everyone, especially me. He is my shadow and is proving to be a serious lap dog.
He has all the wonderful quirks of your average pug - snoring, snorting, churping and side stepping and keeps us in tearful laughter often. He is also a gentleman and potty trained too. Did we win the lottery? I think so.
This is Leon in the studio. He is not quite ready to join the pack on he dog couch. Though he did have a snuggle nap with Hazel yesterday.
LLeon has a birth defect of a crooked jaw that causes his tongue to hang out the side of his mouth. Not all the time, but most of the time. Other then that, it does not give him any trouble so we think it is cute and joke that he looks tipsy drunk.
How lucky we are to have expanded our family. Now we have three great dogs to keep me company in the studio. It can't get much better then that!
Today, the 14th, is my two year anniversary of having my shop on etsy. To celebrate that and my dog, Hazel recently turning 14, I am having a one day sale. Needle felted portraits will be offered for $114 today and only 14 of them will be sold at that price. So it is a good day to get those orders in!!
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To celebrate my angel's birthday, we took a girls day to go to the beach - her very most favorite thing to do. We drove to Cannon Beach in the early afternoon and walked in the waves and sat in the sand. Hazel is so happy when she is at the beach, she constantly barks with joy. It is really funny. When the sun became too much, we wandered around the shops. Hazel, being the beauty she is, demanded the attention of those around her. A lady even came out of her gallery to say that Hazel reminded her of a dog in her past who was the best dog she had ever known. If she knew Hazel better, she would be the best dog she has ever known, I am sure of it.
We tried to visit the doggy goody store but they were already closed. So I took Haze to the seafood market for fresh salmon jerky and we brought fresh halibut home in a cooler to have dinner with the boys. All and all, it was a lovely afternoon and a great way to celebrate all the years Hazel has blessed us with her spirit. We are so lucky.
I have very exciting news!!! My little wool pups are in the new issue of In Touch Magazine! Of all places! Celebrity News?? I'll take it and I am thrilled.
In case you can't read the print, it reads:
EVERY DOG DESERVES A MINI-ME!
Now you canine can have a cuddly friend for those long days at home alone - and it won't cost you a dime for the extra dog food. Artist Amelia Santiago of Portland, Ore., creates custom miniature dogs from felt that look exactly like your lucky pooch. "My second love, besides art, is dogs, so this is a natural combination of my two greatest passions," Amelia tells In Touch.
And it is paying off - she's already made more then 500 of the $145 one of a kind pups, which can be ordered at ameliamakesart.etsy.com.
In Touch June 23, 2008
Okay, how fabulous is that!!! I do love the part where they say " Amelia tells In Touch"! Too much! I do wish they would have said the are made from wool rather then felt. The word felt speaks about the technique rather then the material. But don't get me wrong, I am elated. I wrote to all the clients who's dogs were featured. It is not every day that your dog makes it into a gossip rag. Regular old canine stars! Woo hoo!
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