Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Encaustic Work ~ New Beginnings for Me

I recently took a wonderful class by a dear French art teacher, Laly Mille. I am so very happy to have found Laly. She is a marvelous instructor. Her videos show every detail one needs in order to learn what techniques she has to offer. I am drawn to Laly's love of light and all things beautiful.

This piece is a copy of hers, albeit, nothing in comparison. Nonetheless, when I first spotted hers online of course, I knew I would one day like to own such a picture. That is one reason why I choose to actually copy hers but also for the purpose of learning. Later I shall do my own subjects.

I am still in the beginning stages of learning so much about my latest love which is collage art.

I have not totally left my love of early things behind. I intend to incorporate a bit of the early in my new art form, and of course, collage has been around for a very long time as well.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

This is my new Marie (Antoinette). I only do the bust under glass as seen here, and in this case she was called Gentle Belle and Beauty. Of course, I will continue to create this design, but each one will be different. This one is sold. Soon I will have others.

Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The New Me and an Old Doll Look at the Same Time



Hello all who visit me. As some of you may see, I have changed my look here on my blog, as well as on my website and my Etsy shop and my Facebook Design page. Yes, the lighter look is in my heart. It has been growing for some time now. 

My little Clothilda I made from a wonderful Gail Wilson kit. Clothilda is on her way to live in England very soon. 

Meanwhile, I am still designing and creating, but more along the line of mixed-media. I will continue to make my same dolls from time-to-time, but not in the historical reproduction sense of the word. They will be a little more in the realm of art dolls, as that is what I enjoy doing of late. So bear with me and watch for my new dolls. 

Thank you so much for visiting, and I wish you all love and joy.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Newly Sold of My Creations

Little Fleur, A Doll on a Tag

I love to take shipping tags and convert them into art. Little Fleur just sold and so I'm sharing her here and now. 

My Amy in Vintage Purple

This Amy of mine was sold, or so I thought, but no matter how long I waited, the-would-have-been-buyer never sent the money, and so I re-listed her and voila, she has sold and now resides in New York!

Tillie a Queen Anne

Tillie did not last long on my ETSY Store and I am delighted to say that she now resides in New York too!  I loved painting flowers on her bust. I am breaking away from tradition and convention. The artist in me no longer longs to reproduce exactly the old. I am looking forward to more adventures in utilizing mixed-media, collage, etc. into my world of doll making.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Laly Mille and Encaustic

I haven't been here in a long time! My mind has been turned toward learning new art forms, and these are the first results from a delightful class by a lovely French artist. This is, of course, an online class. Her name is Laly Mille, and here is where you can go to see all about her:

These are my first ever encaustic pieces. Utilizing burlap and plaster to create the substrate, that Laly taught us was such a pleasure! This is collage art too.

This series of three has a wee story. Laly beautifully explained to us how to gather the words we long to use in art. 

I am still learning from her, and so I shall be back soon with my next piece.

Happiness to all of you!!!



Friday, November 11, 2016

Queen Anne Doll by Kathy Patterson

Kathy Patterson is a magician among doll makers. After what seems like an age, I have at last met my little beauty in person. Yesterday my Susannah arrived here at her new home in Oregon City, Oregon. I named her before her arrival. Susannah is a pretty and very old name, and I decided it is the name for my girl. You see, I have a condition wherein I see words and names in color.  The name Susannah, for me, has always been the palest of blue combined with the palest of pink; my two favorite colors. (The condition I refer to is quite common and known as synesthesia.)

I am sharing Susannah with you, because I am so delighted to own this wonderful creation by the great Kathy Patterson.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Purple Doll, Pink Castle and Purple Santa

I just added an Amy doll in purple, a cloth wall hanging of My Pink Castle and a purple, maché Santa/Belsnickle to my Etsy store. Amy sold immediately. The other two are still there. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Where Are All the Bloggers?

It has been a very long time since I even looked at any blog. Now I cannot find many friends' blogs at all, and cannot fathom how I managed to misplace them. This shall take some looking into.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Goody Fae and Her Cat Feasel

Goody Fae and her cat Feasel were created by me some time ago. They now reside in the Seattle area.  Goody Fae is a large doll.

Here via Wikipedia is an explanation for the use of the word Goody prefacing a female name:

Goodwife (ScotsGuidwife), usually abbreviated Goody, was a polite form of address for women, formerly used where "Mrs.", "Miss" and "Ms." would be used today. Its male counterpart is Goodman. However, a woman addressed by this title was of a lesser social rank than a woman addressed as Mistress.
"Goodwife" and "Goody" were used in EnglandScotland, and Colonial America, with the earliest known use circa 1325.[1] By the mid-18th century they had become archaicoutside Scotland, and they are perhaps best known today as the forms of address used in Arthur Miller's historical fiction The Crucible, in Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Young Goodman Brown", the novels Magnus by George Mackay Brown and The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.
Although the expression 'Goody Two-Shoes' is sometimes credited to the children's book The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes (1765), the expression appears as far back as a century earlier.[2]

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mary, Maggie, Tillie and Elizabeth

Four of my old-fashioned, early styled maché head dolls awaiting completion.

From left to right: Mary, Maggie, Tillie and Elizabeth.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

My Little Santa is Real

This little man Santa has moved to Maryland. He was a special order. I am so happy with him. He is only 9 inches tall, and the dolly he is carrying is truly minuscule.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Annie, A Small Cloth Doll

This little cloth doll, Annie, was recently made for a client, because she had seen one other that I did that I called Annie. Of course, they are not exactly the same. This one is dressed entirely in very old fabrics dating back to the 1800's.  Even her body is made from very old muslin or even plain homespun. I am not sure. I'm just sharing her here because I think she is darling. She does seem to be either a little angry or puzzled, but I rather like that in her. Annie is tiny. She is 9 inches tall and has a 3 inch waist. She stands very nicely, if leaned against something. She is not a sitting doll. And there you have it!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

This is my milliner's head, Alena. That is a Russian name. She is one of my gypsies.

Below Alena you will find Misha.

They are 10 inches tall and each is spoken for. 

Just sharing.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Spring Dress

I failed ever to have this creation of mine on my blog, and as I love her so much and she has sold, I am simply putting her picture here now. This is a style wherein I sew two pieces of muslin or any kind of fabric together in the shape of something I want to make it into. I then turn it and paint it. These are wall hangings or table toppers. I love the finished feel because it is so like a doll, yet not really. This one is based on an old Godey Ladies Magazine fashion called Spring Dress. I do not have the date but am guessing the 1860's.