October 2020 Newsletter

In the midst of what can only be called surreal times, I hope you are doing as well as possible during this global pandemic. These are some difficult times, and I sincerely wish you the very best in staying healthy, happy and safe. As things have been shaken up, much of my time as been focused on adapting and restructuring how I create art and how I teach art. It's been a big learning curve, but I've embraced it and I've actually been able to create some new work and am also able to share some exciting news with you.

First things first - my Elf and Christmas line. Although I haven't made as many new pieces this year, I do have 12 new elves and 6 new Santa's available on my website. As a big thank you for your support over the years, you get an early peek - they are available on a first come, first serve basis. Before they all disappear, please visit https://saracinocollection.com/collections/frontpage
If you can't find what you are looking for here, there are 12 more elves that are being released exclusively through DOLL CASTLE NEWS Magazine on November 1st. The cover of the November issue of this magazine features a portrait commission vignette I created during lockdown - I can't show you any photos until the magazine comes out, but it's a complex vignette that took months to complete. It's accompanied by a feature article on the subject as well as on the artist (me). I'll be posting the cover on my social media pages once it's released, but if you are interested in getting a copy visit their website at www.dollcastlemagazine.com
Teaching is a big part of what I do and I really miss the personal connection with my students. With this pandemic I can't hold in-studio classes, so I've refocused and am developing more online content, in particular a series of video lessons which were introduced at the Art Connection Summit this month
A 4-part video series called Sculpting Studies and a whimsical Fantastic Beasts workshop is available on this site until the end of October.

As well, you can find some of my other workshops at www.aforartistic.com
Coming soon . . ."My Little Elf"
learn how to make your own unique Christmas Elf.

As always check out my website at www.saracinocollection.com where you'll also find a little gift - a FREE video workshop on the Beginners page called How to Make a Pendant and Ring Bowl Set.
I think you can tell from the photo how excited I am to share the new packaging for Sculpey's Living Doll Polymer Clay. Two of my original sculptures were selected to appear on the packaging and I couldn't be more thrilled. You'll find my little baby girl on Living Doll (Baby) and my fairy on Living Doll (Light). Living Doll is one of the products manufactured under the Sculpey brand and it's no secret that it's my favorite clay, especially for gallery, museum and portrait commissions. Look for it when you visit your local art or craft store and if you are experimenting with different clays, give this one a try.
Pigtails and Braids

This summer a collector from Texas commissioned me to do this touching father/daughter composition. 
It was also entered in a figurative and portrait art competition by
Contemporary Online Art Gallery.
Recently it was announced that
"Pigtails and Braids"
won the Gallery Choice Award in the 3D category.
A great addition to the provenance of this sculpture.