Picasso is 14" made of a lovely sparse mohair which I colored here and there to add some personality. And Puzzle, just shy of 7", is made from hand-dyed felted wool fabrics that I found at a local quilt shop. I like the "painterly" quality it gives. And credit must go to our eldest daughter for the lovely design and creation of Picasso's beret. She was very keen to do it and I think she did a nice job--I only helped here and there.
I had a lot of fun (and challenges!) making this pair. For example, I put Locline-style armatures in Picasso's arm so that his arms can be posed, and, most importantly, he can hold Puzzle. And Puzzle himself was a bit of a challenge, too. I studied a lot of Picasso's paintings in order to choose the shapes of his arms and legs and also to make sure Puzzle's colors were discordant but not TOO discordant. I never really realized it, but I now understand that Picasso really did have a plan when he placed his colors.
So, I have now fulfilled the object of the girls' and my conversation long ago. When we were sitting around the table eating and chatting about what a bear would look like if Picasso made it, I really thought it would be too crazy to make at the time. I mean, how could you make a teddy bear that was fairly true to Picasso's work and still be cute? Now the discussions around this house are centered on who the next artist will be. Van Gogh? I'm not sure I'm up for that. One ear missing? Sunflowers?