Monday, June 20, 2011

Custom Pet Portrait Sculptures

"Sassy" with Sassy
During the last two years I have been perfecting my needle-felting skills and now, in addition to making paintings, I create custom ordered pet portraits.  These are one-of-a-kind, hand-made sculptures crafted from wool roving (and sometimes other fibers) which is poked several thousand times with a special barbed needle. When the wool is poked with the needle, it fuses the fibers together (felting) and allows the wool to be shaped in anyway I can image. The process is extremely time-consuming, each sculpture taking between 20 - 30 hours to complete.  The sculptures are amazingly life-like and become wonderful and affordable works of art that can last a life-time. 

The flexibility of the wool allows me to make any breed of dog or cat or any species of animal, such as a pet goldfish or bird.  I try my best to make the sculpture appear as close as possible to the actual animal. Having as many photographs as possible and a good description of the animal is a big help! In some cases I can even felt clippings of your pet's fur to become part of the sculpture.  If the fur is too short or fine for felting, I can enclose the clippings inside the sculpture.  It is an excellent way to memorialize your beloved pet! 

I enjoy creating these little portraits very much.  The bond we have with our pets is, for many of us, one of the strongest in our lives.  Having the opportunity to celebrate that bond between animal and human companion is an honor!  For more information you can visit my website Pet Portrait Sculptures or to order your Custom Pet Portrait Sculpture, please click here: Order Pet Portrait Sculpture

Here are a couple of testimonials from current Pet Portrait owners and customers:
"Henry"
"I wanted something really special to give my friend for her milestone birthday and a felted portrait sculpture of her beloved Basset Hound couldn't have been more perfect.  I sent Antony a couple of photos and he masterfully captured not only the likeness but the soul of her pet.  Antony is not only a gifted artist; he is an intuitive one as well. " P.H.






"Mia"

 "Really amazing work by Antony - several people who knew Mia personally thought the pics of the sculpture were photos of Mia at first glance. I'm truly pleased with the finished piece, so much spirit." P.S.



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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Climbing the Tree with the Serpent

Beginning the drafting of the World Tree painting
It has been quiet on my part here in the blogosphere, but rest assured I have been keeping very busy.  Now that I am past unpacking and mostly settled in, I have been focusing on integrating into my work and living space.  I am at that stage where I am figuring out the layout, rearranging things when I find that a particular object should be on my right hand side instead of the left, those kind of things. 

In the midst of that I have been working on a painting commission, a pet portrait sculpture and my big project for the year: a series of paintings based on the chakras and the World Tree.

I have drawings for the chakras up through the throat chakra and I am starting work on the brow chakra now.  Sometime during drafting the heart chakra I had a dream that was telling me to connect the world tree with the chakra system.  I woke up puzzled because up until then I had believed them to be totally separate systems. I did some research and found nothing connecting the two.  Then, when I was about to give up I saw a picture of the sephiroth from the Kabbalistic tradition.  This brought to mind some other geometric systems related to the World Tree that I had explored at an earlier time.  And suddenly, without explanation, in a flash of an image in my head, I conceived the relationship between the two systems.  I went back to the studio and pulled out the drawing I had made a year ago.  This drawing was based on a series of meditations I conducted on each point of the world tree. I spent some time meditating in front of it allow the two systems to integrate.  Since then, I have been also working on revising the original drawing and adapting it to this new discovery.

chakra drawings
So now I am working on both the chakras and the World Tree as a whole series which I hope to have completed by the end of the year.  Each of the chakra paintings will require intensive meditative work on the specific chakra energies and I will expand my meditations as I begin painting the World Tree piece.  All the paintings will have some basis in the traditional systems, but I will allow my meditations to expand on them and I will let the final painting be evidence of where the journey finally takes me.

I will periodically share the process as I develop the series. Now that I am getting back into a regular working schedule, I intend to get back to my regular weekly posts.  I appreciate your patience during this time of transition, I hope the series of posts to come will be a welcome reward for hanging in there!

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