Monday, December 7, 2020

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Sarah McLachlan, Needle felted wool portrait


Needle felted wool, foam core 
24" x 24" x 2" — 2020
A true pleasure to work on this portrait as Sarah has been an inspiration for over 30 years!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Barbra Streisand, Needle felted wool portrait


24" x 24" x 2" — 2020
Needle felted wool, foam core
The Dames, Divas and Icons series of portraits continues . . .

Monday, August 10, 2020

Kim Novak, Needle felted wool portrait

Kim Novak and Pyewacket from movie Bell Book and Candle
Needle felted wool, foam
24" x 24' x 2"

Writing from Michael . .  owner of the Kim Novak portrait:

"A white cat crossed our path this morning, dog Sprocket's and mine. It came on ballet pointe through the pitter-splat and drizzle. Sprocket shot to hind legged attention, straining at the leash. I had to remind him that Pyewacket would not approve. The last few mornings when we've left the house, we've been bid a fond adieu, not by some cheesy dish, but by Kim Novak herself, giving off a most Bell Book Candle vibe. Her image came to haunt the hall wall with the same rattle-your-ribcage-and-let-old-Thumper-out as the famous portraits of Laura, Dorian Gray or even Jenny, whose namesake thrust it at me Christmas day, to my socket-shocked delight. It is a picture, not to be too sheepish, that is truly felt. Artist Dale takes what didn't end in a cocked hat and wand waves it into the raised eyebrow of the Bewitched hubby's nemesis, or the lower lip of you-know-how-to-whistle-don't-you Lauren Bacall. Now I'm no salt-shaken, rabbit-footed dunce. I don't put the heebies in my jeebies over the idea that a picture can snatch a soul. I ship no cargo on the boat that claims a needle with some woodoo can web wrap a spirit just like a fly. And I'm not so easily hair-raised (my spooky doo jumped overboard some time ago) as to cotton to the notion that there are ports where those who spin yarn and loom weave are classed with spiders and the Fates. So don't get the idea I'm going all Salem on Mr. Roberts and his craft, but there are times when that movie star stare makes me check my marbles at the door. Then there is Pyewacket, the feline familiar that drapes across her back and has eyes that want to stalk you to the bone dance. Perhaps it is the fact that it is so uncanny real; that you can reach out and stroke it's fur, that makes it seem as though it were admonishing us to watch our butts and show a little respect for the creatures of the night; the rats, racoons, ducks and deer and especially the cats. Now you may rack it up to long, too long in lockdown, but I swear when Sprocket and I return, two sets of eyes watch us shake the wet off coat and fur and patiently wait for stories of dancers in the dark."

Monday, August 3, 2020

Celine Dion, Needle felted wool portrait

Celine Dion . . .  The Dames, Divas and Icons portrait series continues 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Endora - Agnes Moorhead, Needle felted wool portrait

Agnes Moorehead as Endora from TV Series Bewitched
Needle felted wool, foam
24" x 24" x 2" — 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Portrait of the Artist

Self Portrait
Needle felted wool
24" x 24" x 2" — 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Monday, April 6, 2020

Needle felted portrait of Dame Judi Dench

Needle felted wool, foam
24" x 24" x 2"
The portrait series of "Dames, Divas and Icons" continues

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Needle felted portrait of Cher

Needle felted wool, foam
24" x 24" x 2"
The portrait series of "Dames, Divas and Icons" continues

Friday, March 6, 2020

Needle felted wool portrait of Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II
Needle felted wool
24" x 24" x 2" — 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020

"Dale's Mail", CTV's Adam Sawatsky's Sign Off

A recent visit by Adam Sawatsky to the studio yielded a segment titled "Dale's Mail" 
It focused on the mail art collection of Autographed Portraits that have been arriving at the studio over the past 12 years. The Postcard Series was inspired by a book "The Englishman who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects" by John Tingey.
Here's the CTV link: Dale's Mail
Thanks Adam for your visit . . great to see you again.

Needle felted portrait of Dame Maggie Smith

Dame Maggie Smith
Needle felted wool, foam
24" x 24" x 2" — 2020

The portrait series has been extended to include Dames, Divas and Icons . . 
First in the series is Dame Maggie as Dora Charleston from the 1976 film "Murder by Death"