Friday, December 5, 2008

A Wicked Nutcracker

I've always loved "The Nutcracker"; so much so in fact, that my business is in part named for my daughter Courtney's favorite character from the ballet. When she was little, seeing the Nutcracker ballet was a part of our Christmas tradition, and the moment in act one where Mouse King appears on stage never failed to elicit excitement. (The King of Mice is also a favorite, quirky character in a John Irving novel, so the name has twofold meaning).....At any rate, when I saw this unfinished piece, I just knew I had to paint him with a Halloween Twist, hehe....

Am I crazy, or would this be the perfect holiday gift for the Halloween lover?! Or perhaps the King of Mice collector? ;)

He was such a delight to paint, I'm afraid I went a little crazy with the detail, but I'm so happy with the result. This one will be very hard to part with, but I'm trusting he'll find a good home. Look for him on eBay later this evening, and hopefully a couple of new boxes over the weekend!

Between work, a hair appointment, and having friends over for dinner tomorrow, it's shaping up to be a busy weekend - and somewhere in there I need to find time to decorate - eek! So I'm repeating last year's call for elves (for all the good it will do me, haha) - if you know where I can find any, do tell!! Or better yet, just send them over, haha.....

Back again in the next day or two, but in the meantime, I'm sending you some sparkly holiday magic!
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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ ~ Carolee

7 comments:

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

He looks great!!

Diane MacNaughtan said...

He Is a fantastic! I loved going to the Nutcracker when I was a child. This wonderful piece will surely delight someone special!

~Diane

Anonymous said...

I'm in love with your nutcracker! Wonderful work and terribly clever but given the deeper family meaning behind the symbolism, makes it more sweet.

vintagepaletteart said...

Carolee...........he's gorgeous! I Love all your details!! They make him truly unique and so YOU! =o) A little Halloween twist on the nutcracker..........I love it!

Happy Holidays! =o)
Lori

La Donna Welter said...

He is perfect! Love the nutcracker!

Melissa said...

A splendid piece! So wonderfully creative with beautiful craftsmanship... a real treasure Carolee!

LYNDY WARD said...

Hi Carolee, gorgeous holiday Christmas & Halloween art work! Maybe you could create a OOAK Black Cat Nutcracker. I've seen them for sale in holiday Christmas catalogs.

Good luck with the regrouped eBay's EHAG. Always wishing you fantasy Halloween art witches the best. LOL!!!

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