Friday, February 20, 2015

The Seahorse (and the Hare) #3

Last week, I discussed expression with the Hare...carrying that theme along into the Seahorse with its expression and positioning.

Harry & Seahorse-Wind in my Hare©: Leslie Molen
Photography©: Mark Mortensen
Working photos by Leslie


The Hare was created with a stone-clay head covered with stretch velvet and sewn body. I like to keep the consistency of both pieces the same- congruent.

Color and Design

My initial concept was to have the seahorse in blue- as in the sea...ocean. I pulled out my dupioni silk in my blues and it just was not quite there...put the fabric to the side on hold.

I looked up a seahorse and found this image in beautiful shades of greens and yellows...

These colors just spoke to me, I kept pulling out the blues...but the greens and yellows was were my heart was telling me to go. Gotta listen to your gut.

Now to understand the anatomy. I believe that it is very important to have a good foundation of knowledge of the anatomy of whatever you are making and then you can jump off into your own personal style.

Next was to continue with the consistency and so I sculpted the seahorse head and trunk from stone-clay. I know! Looks a little rustic right now!

My sculpt needed to dry and then a light sanding prepping it for an overlay of silk dupioni.

When sculpting for an overlay of fabric, you need to make some of the features a bit more exaggerated to make up for the fabric thickness.

I next sewed the tail in the green dupioni which is stuffed and armatured with the extra fabric at the top of the tail that I ran that up the back and into the horizontal and vertical grooves that I made in the clay.

Then rolling the fabric up over the head and around the "snout" then I applied another overlay of the yellow in the tummy area.


Next, came the painting of the eyes, which mimicked the surprised look of the Hare. Darkened the interior of the mouth for more depth. OOoh!!

I needlesculpted the tail area to create the ridges. Then, added chalk coloring around the snout and defining the ridges of the body areas. 

The trunk ridge was made from a ribbon that I trimmed off the picot edging and colored it green and tipped it with black.
The delicate fins were made from vintage netting and tipped, again, with black.

The tail shape was important to give this seahorse a little bit of spunk..

Finally, nestled into the Hare's hands and position for the complete connection between the two!


  1. Oh, they are both such lovely works of art! Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs, Janice

  2. They're both spectacular. I love them both.

  3. Well done! Leslie one of the things that I like about your pieces is the fact that you do not attempt to make your work " perfect". Don't take this the wrong way as I mean it in the positive way that you are unabashedly a by hand artist and the occasional stitches that show or a rough edge are soooo charming and lovely. Your work is precious...........Linda Danielson

  4. I enjoyed seeing a bit of your process. It is beyond amazing to see just how you developed their characters. When I first saw them, it struck me that the hare was just as surprised to have the seahorse in his hand as the seahorse was surprised to find himself in the hare's hand! Fabulous!

  5. via email:
    Mercy child, are you sure they aren't real? Just fantastic!!

  6. I think that God comes to YOU for inspiration!!!

  7. What talent you have, Leslie! I look at your pix and still can't see how you do it, but I LOVE the end products; they are beautiful! Thanks so much for posting these for us.

  8. Totally fantastic. The dolls are amazing, but the creativity, story, work and love that that goes into each piece make the works of art priceless. You truly have an amazing gift.


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