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This blog journals my quest of art, whether it is a piece of work that is inherent in nature or one created by artists known or unknown or that I created myself. During this search, I have come to appreciate the magnificence and generosity of God who in his infinite wisdom surrounded us with exquisiteness everyday...everywhere and inspired our human spirit to create beauty that feeds our bodies and souls. Come join me on my journey to find art through my travels and my own creative endeavors. Maraming salamat.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Nutcrackers - Goodbye Ian and Darrell

Ian- The Skier
Acrylic on wood
by jojo sabalvaro tan
Darrell- The Golfer
Acrylic on wood
by jojo sabalvaro tan






















Today is one of those bittersweet days. I sold 2 of my beloved nutcrackers on Etsy, Ian - The Skier and Darrell - The Golfer. They are among my favorites of the nutcrackers I made. In total, I made about a dozen different nutcrackers, some of which are still on sale on Etsy, others I may keep for myself. I painted these nutcrackers in acrylics on American hardwood hand turned by a gentleman in Utah. The patterns and inspiration are from one of my favorite mentors, Sue Gualillo. They are really darling and it was very difficult to part with them. But alas, I guess it is time for them to bring happiness to another home. Goodbye Ian and Darrell.

The process of making these nutcrackers is quite involved. I start from the wood from Bruce's Wooodworks. A layer of wood sealer is applied to reduce the porousness of the wood and help the paint to adhere better, after the sealer dries, the surface is smoothed with sandpaper and a tack cloth is run through it to remove any dust particles. You may have to do this process twice in case the wood is very porous. Then the background base coat color is applied. after that dries, base coating of the various detail decorative elements are done. In the case of the skier, this is the time when the mountain ranges and valley are base coated. When these dries,  highlights and details, such as the houses, trees, ski runs and sweater design, are painted.

I usually begin painting the body first, then the legs and arms. I always do the face last. This is where the unique personality of the nutcracker comes through. I usually will do some antiquing to add depth and patina with oil paints. After that the hair and beard made from rabbit fur and wool robing are added. Any other accessories such as the skis and ski poles are also painted. The whole thing is sealed with several layers of matte varnish, It is critical that before proceeding to the next step or the next application of paint or varnish to make sure it is completely dry between coats. The finished nutcracker is then attached to a wood base with glue. Additional accessories such as the ski hat shoes, skis and ski poles are added to complete the look, There you go, a quick peak into how my nutcrackers are born.

Collectible Hand painted Wood Skier Nutcracker

Collectible Hand painted Wood Skier Nutcracker
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Hello. Thanks for visiting my store. Featured is Skier, a one of a kind nutcracker I made under the mentorship of well-known American nutcracker and decorative artist Sue Gualillo. It is made from fine American hardwood handcrafted by Bruce’s Woodworks in Utah that I hand-painted with high quality acrylics and uniquely embellished.


Skier
Approx 13” tall by 5.5” wide, base is 4”x4”

Skis are approx 13 x 1/2 "
Ski poles are approx 7" long

Skier is ready hit the slopes with his skis and ski poles. He is wearing a sweater painted in a blue fair isle knit pattern with ski pants.. He is also wearing his favorite ski boots, He has a gray knitted fair isle hat. The sweater is painted with a winter scene at a ski resort. I had just t been skiing at Bogus Basin in Idaho when I painted this, so I'd like to think that the resort is Bogus Basin. Of course, the arms move and jaw is fully functional but I would not recommend using this to crack nuts.


Purchase this nutcracker for the consummate nutcracker collector or those who would like to have that special handmade decoration for the holidays or all year round. It is also great as a gift for that ski aficionado in the family. This is not a toy but a one of a kind work of art to be proudly displayed in your home.
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Your package will be securely packed and shipped via first class mail.

I hand sign each and every piece.
All rights work to created and sold by the artist are retained by the artist.


Collectible Hand painted Wood Golfer Nutcracker

Collectible Hand painted Wood Golfer Nutcracker
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Hello. Thanks for visiting my store. Featured is Golfer, a one of a kind nutcracker I made under the mentorship of well-known American nutcracker and decorative artist Sue Gualillo. It is made from fine American hardwood handcrafted by Bruce’s Woodworks in Utah that I hand-painted with high quality acrylics and uniquely embellished.


Golfer
Approx 13” tall by 5.5” wide, base is 4”x4”
Golfer is ready for his tee time with his golf bag and clubs and his favorite iron in hand. He is wearing an argyle vest over his cream sweater and printed green pants pants. He ais also wearing fringed golf shoes, He has a plaid cap and handlebar mustache. Of course, the arms move and jaw is fully functional but I would not recommend using this to crack nuts.


Purchase this nutcracker for the consummate nutcracker collector or those who would like to have that special handmade decoration for the holidays or all year round. It is also great as a gift for that golfer in the family. This is not a toy but a one of a kind work of art to be proudly displayed in your home.
.

Your package will be securely packed and shipped via first class mail.

I hand sign each and every piece.
All rights work to created and sold by the artist are retained by the artist.

These are some of the other nutcrackers I made.