The greatest creations are those that as you create them, you get lost in your thoughts, by the time you're tired of thinking you're holding in your hands, something from deep within...

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Friday, July 17, 2009

ADO Elemental Challenge - Earth - Hamadryad (Dryad)

Hi Everyone! :)

It's time for The ADO Blog challenge, or shall we call it a party since this is so fun?! Yeah! Paarteeh'!


As previously mentioned, I'm participating in the ADO Elemental challenge, the challenge was to make a art doll/figure with one, two, three or all four of the Elements as inspiration, everyone was invited to join in the fun, members and non members, all levels and/or no experience necessary. We had a great turn out, 90 participants! Please be sure to visit the ADO blog to check out the fantastic pieces and other artists that were inspired by this challenge! The participants list is on the left. Please show some love by commenting to letting them know you stopped by. :)


I'm so glad I participated, it really motivated me to continually work on the piece and not procrastinate until mildly loosing interest. So far I'm really excited about where shes going and how close it is to what I envisioned.

Although today is the day we post our photos and I've been working on her as much as possible, I haven't quite finished yet. I'll be working on her more over the weekend and as I do hopefully we will get some nice weather so I can take some updated, clear pics. For now, I snapped a few just as the sun was going down. Just this side, the others aren't quite as finished ;) hee hee



In closing, I was asked the other day why I refer to her as a hamadryad. I thought I'd share, in case anyone else was wondering. There are different types of dryads, and wikipedia has provided me with the following definition to offer regarding this type...

Hamadryads (Ἁμαδρυάδες) are Greek mythological beings that live in trees. They are a specific species of dryad, which are a particular type of nymph. Hamadryads are born bonded to a specific tree. Some believe that hamadryads are the actual tree, while normal dryads are simply the entity, or spirit, of the tree. If the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well. For that reason, dryads and the gods punished any mortals who harmed trees. The Deipnosophistae of Athenaeus lists eight Hamadryads, the daughters of Oxylus and Hamadryas:




As always, thank you so much for visiting! I truly appreciate that you took time out of your day to visit little me! :) Have a super fantastic and wonderful weekend!

BIG giant hugs,
Sprite


45 comments:

Bear said...

oooooooh sprite
I am first to stop by and I absolutely love her!! - I will recheck her later on in the weekend to see what you thought she needed to pretty her up somewhat but to me she is BEAUTIFUL And I love the definition its suits her perfectly
love n hugs bear xoxoxoxoxo

creativedawn said...

GOOD GRIEF!!! What a stunning piece of art and she needs no introduction...she is definitely an Earth elemental! She is quite breath-taking ... she is perfectly beautiful as is....but I am just the beholder...lol...You do wonderful work...AWESOME!
hugz
Pam

Юлия Орлова said...

It is very beautiful!You are so talented

MaryO said...

Oh my stars! Sprite you have even outdone your own super talent on this one!! I love the concept (I have a MotherTree sculpt I bought some years ago), and I LOVE your rendition of it. Way to go, sweet girl!

3rdEyeMuse said...

she is becoming even more beautiful than before!

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Simply amazing you are! What a wonderful art doll. I love it.
Cheers

Jean Bernard said...

Awesome work Spike! She is Alive and full of the artists spirit! You done Good girl!
love, Jean

Bonnie said...

I have always been a fan of your work;but, this piece must be my favorite..you have really done a beautiful job of interpreting this work of art. Will check back to see the finished piece.
Bonnie

hoppa said...

Wow Sprite you have done fantastic on thsi pece! i ahve always admired your work but you have really oudone yourself on this piece.

Big hugs,
Hoppa

Sarah said...

Wow! She is beautiful! I am going to go back and investigate how you made her because if I didn't know you had I would think she had just appeared from the earth!

Abi said...

Stunning! Your piece is one of my favorites. Beautiful craftsmanship. Fantastic idea. first class!

Sprite said...

WOW, Thank you ALL so much for stopping by and for such amazing comments, my heart is glowing!!! I'm so very pleased that you like her.

Sarah, aww!! what an incredible thing to say Thank you! She's polymer over a wire & foil core, a few twigs, various mixed media for texture, painted with acrylics. The branches so far are apoxie sculpt. :)

Hope your all enjoying your weekend, thanks for making mine so special! :)

Susie McMahon said...

Lovely piece!

Deanna Hogan said...

Beautiful.

Mealy Monster Land said...

I just love this piece! It is just beautiful.
:) Nicole

Abi said...

Thank you so much for the info re sanding - it was so helpful. I think I will avoid sanding again - there were only a few little dips, if I'd thought it through, I should have filled them instead! I won't worry to much for painted pieces!
I really appreciate you giving away some secrets! :O) one day, I hope to be as good as you!

littlebitwired said...

Just amazing work Sprite. I loved watching your progress pics. The organic nature of the sculpt is truly inspiring!

ODD imagination said...

Picking my jaw up off the floor...
Wow! She is beyond amazing and how did you get her to look so much like wood? I love the tree knot, hole she has on her body - it looks so real! I can't wait to see your finished piece.

Knot By Gran'ma said...

Wow! This is an amazing piece!

Catherine said...

She is so beautiful Sprite I love her and the pics are great, can't wait to see more! You are so creative, I am moved to be more creative with my own work!

jasmoon-butterfly said...

yep ....speechless .....amazing work x

Linda said...

Shes wonderful, very Mythilogical. Lindax

Kaci Marie said...

She took my breath away, she's incredible and I love the explanation about her.

Алена Елисеева said...

She is just amazing!
Stunning work!

Yve said...

amazing :o)

Bone*Head*Studios said...

OH MY SPRITE !!!!She is so elegantly beautiful, but then what else would we have expected from you?!!
blessings,Flora

Vee said...

Absolutely breathtaking! What else is there to say?

Sprite said...

Hi everyone, thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments! You have no idea what they mean to me, or maybe you do...?! I'm so flattered, I'm almost speechless! Your words are truly inspiring! From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I did try to find more time to work on her but I probably wont have more pictures to share until a little later this week. :)

I'm really enjoying seeing the other ADO pieces,amazing talent and interpretations! I'll be visiting even more later and over the week!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! :)

Luv n hugs,
Always,
Sprite

Cody Goodin said...

OMG I am speechless she is so stunning. Awesome with a capitol A. Congratulations on making her. Thank you too for the definition.

Bonnie Lee Fontaine said...

Sprite,

You have reached a new level of mastery with this piece. It gives me chills just to look at her. Perhaps people that see this piece might look at trees in a whole new way, and realize they are as alive as you and I. Don't hurry to finish her. Take your time and perfect it. Fantabulous!!! :o)

Denise said...

Wow! this is one masterpiece of professional artwork! I absolutely love it! Really enjoy looking at this piece. It is amazing!

SpiritMama said...

Wow, your earth element doll is amazing!!!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Sprite she turned out magnificent. I love the story behind it too. I can't wait to see her completed.
You are an awesome artist

christina said...

wow! just wow! your hamadryad is beyond stunning! it's breathtaking... i wouldn't have known that was clay, it looks so much like wood. i am so amazed with all the details of this doll. i love the roots. i think it's my favorite element doll. you are extremely talented.
and i love this bjork song!

Caroline said...

I love this piece, it is amazing! ☺

ViKa said...
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Joanna Thomas said...

She is AMAZING! Everything about her is just perfect. I have loved seeing her being developed and the end reward was huge! Thank you for sharing your wonderful art with us!
xoxox

Zephyr Dreams said...

Wow, once of the best in this challenge. I love the movement of the piece.

anjah said...

Wow, this character is so great and crazy ;-)

Sprite said...

Thank you so so much much!! :)

Trolineke said...

Splendidly, beautiful figure
and a beautiful face.

Southwood Creations said...

Sprite, I'm passing on two awards to you. Please check out my blog so you'll be sure to receive them.

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Gail Lackey said...

WOW!!!! Totally Awesome!! I adore her!
Big hugs, Gail

Las Noches said...

Wow!! she is amazing!