Friday, September 30, 2016

The September EHAG Emporium is Open! Are you "Ready to Party"!

Hello! Thanks for stopping by to have a look at the sculpture that I have for sale in this month's Emporium.

"Ready To Party" - wall sculpture - $450.00

Sigmund and Tolly, his Jack-O-Lantern friend, have cleaned the house and decorated everywhere with garlands; they've even hung lanterns in the Maple tree outside. There are apples for roasting on the bonfire after the fireworks have been let off. Alistair, the Jack-O-Lantern on the left, is under the Maple tree resting for a moment before all of their friends arrive; he showed up several hours ago to help with the food preparations. The tree is his favourite spot.

A view of the righthand side showing the basket of apples and the vegetation under the frame. There's a piece of glass in the window frame and as with all windows, it's causing a reflection.

The lefthand side shows Alistair resting on the ground under the Maple tree.

I love the controlled flourish and shine of the vintage Italian metal frame contrasted against the natural organic forms of nature.

This sculpture is to be hung on the wall, the base is uneven. There is a self levelling picture hanger on the back for hanging.

The overall size of this mixed media sculpture is 13” high, 8 1/2” wide, and 4” deep.

$450.00 not including shipping, let me know where you live so that I can calculate shipping charges.

I'll carefully pack this sculpture to ensure that it arrives safely to your home to become a treasured part of your collection.

This sculpture arrives duty free into the US.

Please contact me at if you wish to purchase this sculpture. I accept Paypal as well as credit cards through Paypal.

Have a look at the rest of the artist's work in tonight's EHAG Emporium, you won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Studio update, and better late than never, the Easter display.

My last blog post was April 18, more than 3 months ago. I had likened my life to a 3 ring circus; Ring #1, moving my studio, Ring #2, landscaping the yard, Ring #3, making new sculptures.

Ring #3 quickly went dark as I had no time or space to work on anything.

Ring #2 had a few moments in the limelight but my wife did 99% of the yard work. She did an amazing job, it looks fabulous.

Ring #1, the easy-peasy, quick-as-a-flash job of moving my upstairs studio into the garage took me by surprise, it turned into an overwhelming job at times. Ring #1 became its own 3 ring circus!

Inadequate shelving was taken down with new shelving replacing it and doubling the available shelf space; it filled very quickly. The garage doors were insulated and new weather stripping replaced the old weather stripping. I went through my vintage department store drawers, 18 of them, one at a time, purging and organizing each drawer. The sorting, organizing, and purging was also happening upstairs in my studio. The upstairs items were assimilated into the drawers in the garage.

The unwanted items were sent off to Salvation Army or to the Victoria Operatic Society.

I didn't post pictures or have anything to say because at times it was like watching paint dry, I was progressing so slowly.

Enough about the studio, it is almost completed. This is my overly late post of this year's Easter display.

This year I pulled out some of my favourite pieces from my Easter collection.

The blue plastic rabbit was mine as a child. The purple and yellow tea-cosy with hand-painted wisteria makes a great backdrop for the celluloid friction toy and the ceramic salt and pepper shaker rabbit couple.

The chenille rabbit standing on the box that once held a large chocolate covered candy egg is a favourite rabbit, I have a soft spot for items covered in or made with chenille.

The two ceramic figures although not Easter are Spring and so they have been making appearances each year on the mantle. I picked up this vintage flower basket last year and turned it into a landscape featuring the two figures.

In behind the ceramic vase of a little girl sitting on a fence, is an early chenille covered rabbit head that once belonged to my Mum. The body is long gone, it may have been a hollow chocolate egg.

The cardboard train with plastic eggs is Australian. The net bag with plastic eggs is possibly some of the first plastic eggs sold in Canada as the label tells you to "LOOK! They're plastic!"

Two chocolate moulds and two rabbits each pulling its own cart are on the lower ledge of the fireplace. The front rabbit and cart is silkscreen printed wood, the other is printed on very thick cardboard.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Moving, Making, and The 3 Ring Circus.


Once upon a time my studio looked like this. It did look like this only for a short time I'll admit. The studio now looks like a herd of wombats have used it as a mosh pit.

(A short soothing musical interlude plays while you read the following)


I'm moving my studio from the upstairs bedroom that I took over after our boys moved out down into the garage. The garage doesn't have a window but it's more than double the size of the old studio.

We are landscaping the backyard, it's been long overdue. We started working on it last Autumn and are finally getting to work on it again.

I'm making new stuff and finishing pieces that have been hanging around for a while.

Did you notice that making and finishing aren't in the centre ring, that isn't to say though that the spotlight doesn't shine on Ring 3 occasionally, just not as much as I'd like it to. I'm not complaining, all of this change is fun and exciting.

(end of musical interlude)


I've built a shadow box for this vintage Italian metal frame

and a shallower shadow box than the metal frame for this beautiful little oak frame that has a design of flowers and leaves embossed into the wood.

These leaves have been spray painted autumn colours.

They've been turned into a tree that will be used to frame the outside of the shadow box.

Last August I had a blog post showing how I build trees. I mentioned how the branches are painted as I build the tree, well not this time! I got so involved with the process of making them that I didn't think about painting them. As it turned out I am glad that I didn't paint them, I want the brown of the tree limbs to stand out from the frame but also to work with the rest of the sculpture. So far there is a lot of brown with the leaves and the frame. Even though the leaves are reds, yellows, and browns they read as assorted browns. The tree limbs will be painted and added close to the finishing of the sculpture.

Once painted they'll be bent into more realistic shapes not at all like they look at the moment.

These maple leaves have been painted

and now look more realistic.

Orange and red pips to be turned into another tree or vine, I'm not certain which, we'll see what happens. It'll be interesting to see if I use it now or later in another sculpture.

That's all of the news from Lenny's 3 Ring Circus at the moment; bye for now.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

And now for my studio update...

Last year my intentions were to finish sculptures that had been started but put aside for some reason or other. I want to complete those unfinished sculptures as well as work on some new pieces.

The last six months, waiting for surgery and then recuperating, is all in the past, HOORAY! Working in my studio is so much fun!

Last Spring I mentioned my GRAND INTENTIONS in this blog post. This sculpture was put aside until early September, to be completed by late October or early November. That was the plan, but we all know what happened in early September. I want to finish this sculpture!

These great metal frames...

have been turned into shadow boxes.

One frame, mentioned in this post, will have the fireworks, pictured below, attached to the outside. A bust portrait of the founder of the "Oh My Stars Fireworks Manufacturing Company" will be in the interior.

This blog post showed the making of the massive amount of fireworks for the shadow box. I'm looking forward to finishing this piece.

This metal lamp base was going to be turned into...

 a tufted bench somewhat like this settee, it didn't come to pass as you can read here. I want to revisit that bench and create the prop that is still sitting in my mind.

These amazingly detailed small carpets are waiting to be used; one will be turned into a flying carpet. Have a look at the original blog post here to get a better look at the size of the carpets.

In this blog post I mention the carpets and also that I was collecting items for the flying carpet. I have been collecting "treasures" to go on the flying carpet over the last few years and finally I have enough to choose from. I am very particular about size and detail in the items that I purchase which means the treasures take a while to come together.

I have kept these small cakes to use in a sculpture and that is all that I want to say about them as it is still percolating in the brain. They were originally used in a Christmas display along with some very over the top Christmas presents that have since been dismantled, I can't keep all of the props or I would need a warehouse! Check out the post about those presents and cakes here.

So, there we have it, good intentions that will finally be finished.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter to you!


Have a great Easter everyone with family, friends, and food; enjoy all of those Easter treats.

The postcard pictured above is from a blog post that I called, "Grab Your Easter Bonnet Poopsie Or We'll Be Late For Church!" Enjoy the post as well as these posts showing more of my Easter postcards here, here, here, and here.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

I have to share this TED Talk by Tim Urban.

We are cleaning up our back yard getting ready for an Easter egg hunt next Saturday. My studio update is fitting into the "Spring Cleaning Schedule". In the meantime enjoy this TED Talk that my wife emailed to me. She knows me so well.

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