Friday, September 25, 2009

Picasso and His Teddy Bear, Puzzle

I know, I know. I've been very cagey about this whole secret bear project, but you are too smart! I just knew if you saw little Puzzle you would guess my plan for my Teddy Talk challenge. So here they are at last! May I introduce to you, Picasso and Puzzle.
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?

Warmly,
Cheryl

6 comments:

  1. I LOVE these guys! I would love to see more artist series bears from you XD

    I gave you some input on a Van Gogh bear on Teddy Talk XD

    Have I mentioned I love this guy?!

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  2. Thanks, Heather! I haven't checked out Teddy Talk since I posted Picasso and Puzzle on it, so I will go check out your ideas now. I can't wait to see them!
    Warmly,
    Cheryl

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  3. Very original Cheryl, they look great together!
    Picasso is one of my favourite artists I have "Portrait of Marie-Therese" in my hall, it's been there a long time but it's beginning to look a bit shabby now as prints do
    after a while , I just can't bear to take it down!
    Hugs Ginie-Lee x

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  4. You did a great job ! I love Puzzle especially with his quirkly little smile :)

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  5. Thanks, Tammy! When I first conceived of this idea, I wasn't quite sure how it was going to work out. So I was quite pleased that Puzzle, despite being Picasso-esque, still looked cute.
    Warmly,
    Cheryl

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