Saturday, December 29, 2012

Holiday Gumples for 2013

My holiday Gumples for 2013.  I had a great time making these little guys (and gals).  Sometimes I wish I could keep them for myself.  Sorry, these Gumples are no longer available.



Sleigh Bells Ring.....

I've finished my first collection on Gumples for the holiday 2013 season!  Stay tuned for more pics and links to my Ebay auction!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Waiting For Spooks at Mouse Cottage"

  It's sunset and Mrs. Mouse patiently waits on the front porch of her cottage for the Halloween revelry to begin. She's holding a bowl of fresh baked cookies. I crafted and painted each component myself from wood, clay, paint, and landscape materials. The diorama is also wired for lighting. With a flip of the switch, the interior of the cottage and the Jack-o-lantern light up! 


Friday, August 24, 2012


"Zeke", The second fastest draw in Cripple Creek. Sorry, Zeke is no longer available.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

To Tweet or not to Tweet

Today I am officially a Twitter-er, or Twitter, or, get the idea.  If you want to follow me on Twitter there should be a link to the right of this blog.    Tweet Tweet!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Gumples, Gumples, Gumples!

Well, they're finally here! I just completed the first generation of my Trick-or-Treating Gumples. As usual, I've been a busier than a one-legged waitress at I-HOP! I'm working on two new Splat the Cat books, opened a fan page on Facebook for Grimm Grinz Studios, and creating characters for this years Halloween and Vine show. Oops! I meant to make an official announcement, but I guess I can let the cat out of the bag. In case you are wondering what "Gumples" are, they are a special group of gnome-like creatures who like to wear costumes. Unlike the realistic faces of my sculptures, The Gumples have a distinct, insect-like appearance and have skinny arms and legs. Their faces kinda remind me of chewing gum so I've named them Gumples. They are characters in a world to themselves. I had posted the concept sketches on my Facebook page, so I will do that here too. I would like you to see how my designs can sometimes change during the production phase. I posted them in my Esty store. Each Gumple is hand-made and I will be making them to order, so each one will vary ever-so-slightly. I'm offering them as a complete set of six ornaments or as individuial pieces. To visit my Etsy store, click the link to my shop on the top right side of this page) Well, I guess I better get back to work.   Thanks for popping in! -Robert

Monday, March 26, 2012

Coming Soon!

It's getting to be that time of year when I start thinking about Halloween. It's the beginning of the busiest time in the year for me. In addition to my painting and children's book work I'm sketching away at plans for this years Halloween creations. I will be making a host of characters for this years Halloween and Vine show in Petaluma California and I can't wait! In addition to my regular cast of characters, I'm excited to launch my new line called The Gumples. They have their own distinct look that is different than my regular pieces. I will be making them available in my Etsy store as well as at Halloween & Vine. Check back soon to see when they will be available in my shop and to see the finished pieces.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Spring Screaming

I'm taking advantage of a break between book jobs to do some much needed studio cleaning and organization.  I really dislike dirt and dust, but it's amazing what gathers when you're not looking.  It's been suggested to me I should hire someone to clean my space since I am so busy, but I don't think that's a good idea.  I get froggy when someone comes into my studio and starts moving things around.  I don't mind.  Cleaning is cathartic for me anyway and helps me get organized.  There is one thing, however, that I dislike more than dust and that is spiders.  If I come across one while I'm cleaning, my entire neighborhood will know it.  I've been known to break world records in the vertical jump and gasp.  What makes it so horrible is that I can't squish them!  It makes me gag.  I have to somehow wrangle them outside. 

Wish me luck!