Thursday, September 28, 2017

So many masks and the Science Center

Whit deer custom masks

So, it's September and I'm working on masks of course. All the time. In fact just typing this I'm anxious about all the work I have to do.


Halloween really can't come fast enough.



My big news is that I've been invited to The Sarasota International Chalk Art Festival in November. They're going to fly Naomi (my assistant) and I out to Florida and put us up for a few days! I've never been to Florida and this festival is huge, bringing in artists from all over the world, so I'm super excited!


I did take a day off for Mike's birthday.


We went over to the Science Center, mostly because we had free passes.


But we saw an incredible 3D Imax movie about the South Pacific. It felt so real, it made me wish we could go!! Of course, I want to go everywhere. I do think that scuba diving would be worth the effort to learn though.


Mike by the brain

Afterwards we took a look around at the exhibits.


The 2 of us by the stomach that made digestive noises.


Mike and Phoebe making smoke rings.


This is a fail, just a smoke poof.


And success, they made a ring.

Afterwards we went to over to our friend Kraig's house for an amazing dinner and a movie. It was good to get away from working constantly. So now Mike is 46 and together we continue our march towards 50...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Nutcracker suite and a pumpkin race

I just finished. I sent 8 mouse masks and a mouse king off to Melbourne, Australia for their Nutcracker ballet. Of course that doesn't mean I'm finished, finished. It's September and "back to school"  stuff is over so some Halloween orders have started, as well as odd orders like this one....

"Can you make a small paper mache head of my dog? I want to place it on a pumpkin for a pumpkin race. So the pumpkin will be the body of the dog. Also, this doesn't have to be perfect because the pumpkin will probably crash....just look like a white maltese. I can send a pic. But she is a typical white maltese. I would maybe need two in case it crashes and breaks."

...So I made her this head:


I also looked up pumpkin racing...



Hmmmmmm....

Anyway I'm also working on masks for 3 different weddings right now.  This is not a market I thought I'd ever have but apparently people use masks at weddings.

©Amber Hayes


© Amber Hayes

This is my fox mask and my jackalope mask from a wedding photo shoot. I think they look pretty amazing actually. Anyway back to work.



“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance”-Calvin (Calvin and Hobbs)

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