Monday, September 5, 2011

Troll Spotting

Happy Labor Day for those of you in the U.S. and happy Monday for the rest of us.

I finally found the spotted ponies! They DO exist as you’ll see in the pictures. I came across this rather large group of ponies on Meldon Hill, near our house. I know they’re just ponies, but I DO think they look quite magical! They weren't very cooperative when I asked them to pose for photos though. I didn’t want to disturb them too much.

I spent the weekend teaching  Armorel Hamilton, a doll maker friend of mine, to make hand puppets. She has taken doll classes with me and is a great “creature” maker but wanted to see if she could turn them into puppets. We had a lot of fun and now have two new crazy additions to our collections of creatures.

Brian has been busy as well. He discovered that if he wears this “Troll Spotting” hat, he has a much better chance of seeing trolls in the garden. Having said that  -when ever he sees one, it’s pointing and laughing at him.  I don’t know  - it seems like a perfectly serious piece of troll spotting equipment to me.

This is the extent of our harvest of runner beans so far. It’s been a lean year in the veg. department but we are expecting at least three more in the near future. We also have about five ripe cherry tomatoes. All in all, just about enough to feed a group of not too hungry faeries.

Time to get to work. This is a piece I’m working on at the moment. It’s not for the book but I think it might be in the New York exhibition. I’ll know more about who he is as I get further along. I’m not quite sure what he’s doing yet!


  1. Well, I can't imagine what they think is so funny, it looks like perfectly acceptable field equipment to me...I'm sure I've got one just like it somewhere! But I suppose trolls are funny like that.

    Love the new woodland creature. He looks like a guardian of something, wise and a bit tricksy.

  2. Oh I LOVE the hat! I am a hat felter and have taken inspiration from Brian's depictions of hats, but this is something else altogether! I too can't imagine why it should be laughed at ;)