Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Site news!

There's big news over at Maxeville! (aka has been totally revamped, with new pictures, new content, and more information on all of the inhabitants of our favorite 'ville.

With this, the blog has also been incorporated into the main site! So, as much I like Blogger, this page will no longer be updated. For future Maxeville news, be sure to check out

Thanks for visiting, and see you over at the main site!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

CCAD Art Sale Spring 2013

Hi All,
Here are a few shots from the Maxeville table at the CCAD Spring Art Sale 2013. It was a great show, and a lot of really cool/ nice people stopped by the table. We also got to meet up with some old friends and make some new ones. Had a blast.
Hope to see you at the Craftin' Outlaws Spring Fling on 4.20.13!

Setting up
All done!

Caitlin's collection of Maxeville art!
 Now including a Jasper!

Thanks again, everyone!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Leipreachán Classroom

 To celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year, here is a life drawing from when I was lucky enough to sit in on a Leipreach├ín (or Leprechaun as we know them) classroom. As you can see, the instructor is patiently explaining the do's and don'ts to his pupils as they eagerly absorb their cultural heritage. These open space classrooms are very hard to come by, but if you are respectful of their work, the instructors usually let one or two people observe the class. This is mostly due to not wanting to uproot the lesson, not for the viewer's enjoyment.

That being said, Happy St. Paddy's Day everyone!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Jasper Glamour Shots

Here are a few more photos of the Jaspers that debuted at the 2012 Craftin Outlaws and the 2012 CCAD Winter Art Sale.

Introducing: the Specimen Series- Jasper

Maxeville Biological Field Study- Day 42 
September 15, 1812


  Upon arriving in Maxington Woods Site #1, I noticed something peculiar. A plethora of little purple stones were scattered about on the mossy floor of this ancient woodland. All around me, the forest seemed to emanate a low sort of contented chirruping. The only noticeable movement was that of tree branches swaying back and forth with the weight of the recently discovered Onyx Libropillar. I paid this no mind. The only thing that mattered was the chirruping. Of all of the times this exact location had been studied, never had there been such a sound. 

The moss scent seemed to hang heavier in the air than it had previously. This was my first clue that something in the flora of the woodlands had changed. I have since discovered through further analysis that mid September seems to be a reproductive season for the microspecies of moss that inhabits a very small portion of the woods. 

Crouching down to get a closer look, I realized the chirrup was becoming more audible. Seeing nothing in particular to investigate, I made to pick up a stone. As my fingertip made contact, it flinched. To my astonishment, what I thought were purple stones were actually little creatures! Approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and height, these little fellows were the source of the chirrup. It appears as though they feed on the new growth of the moss, which has a calming effect on them. Their usual diet also includes local fruits and nuts, but it seems that they prefer the culinary delicacy of the fresh moss. 

Once they were aware of my existence they became quite curious. In fact, they seem to enjoy- and even find it amusing- to spend time with me in the lab as I monitor a group of them, provided that each bio-container is well stocked with moss. 

Included are some of my notes and a photograph of the Specimen.

M. Smith

Hypothetical Skeletal Structure


The making of Jasper

Hey Folks!

Here is a look at the behind the scenes process for the latest Maxeville critter. His name is Jasper, and he will be formally introduced in the next post. 

Bein' sculpted


 Somebody's about to be molded! (Spot the mini Pascal in the background)

Molding commence!

Invisible Gallery

Back in late September, the mod'ed version of my Bette Davis doll/ puppet made her way into a self portrait exhibit at the Invisible Gallery in Columbus, OH. Thanks to Chas Ray Krider for having me in the show! There was a lot of great art!

Hey Laura!

Hey Sharron!