Saturday, June 28, 2008

Finished Doll House

Here is the finished product! She's all done and listed on Etsy. I finally tried Fabritac glue for applying the hair and it really goes to show that the right materials make all the difference! It looks and works so much better than any other glue I've tried. I'm planning a series of dolls this size in thier own little 'doll-houses' that can be hung like a painting or set on a shelf. But, mostly I'm going to turn my 9-5pm attention to some paintings (portraits and othe figure work) and have doll making be more of an after hours project for right now. We'll see how that goes - it's hard to choose between my two passions!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


This image needed to play out in 2D and 3D! I've sewn her a dress and I'm making a box/house for her that will look alot like the one in the painting. She is a wonderful model, she almost never needs a break =) When the painting is finished, it will have a trompe l'oiel effect of a niche in a plaster wall and bird-houses in the trees. I'm working more directly and freely with the paint this time - probably a reaction from my last picture which was done with a grisaille approach and tight rendering. Hmm, I wonder what other French art terms I can work into this posting...
It has been fun using my dolls as models and saves me from doing any more self portraits in the near future. Never-the-less I'm actively recruiting live models for my next objet d'art. (Okay, I think that exhausts my vocabulaire)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

In Progress (hearts and socks)

Here is the painting I have working on for a couple of weeks. It is dealing with the vanitas portrait subject matter some more. It is loosely based on a portrait of Anne of Cleves which was commissioned by Henry VIII so that he could see if she was pretty enough for him to marry (incidentally, he liked the portrait, but was disappointed in the flesh and blood woman and annulled the marriage after 6 months).
It still needs a few touches, but this is pretty much it. You can see a little bit of my process here, which is to rough things in using burnt sienna and white, then glazing over that with color.
Also, another piece in progress is this little girl in red socks. I love socks. I carry a pair in my purse whenever I wear sandals out because I would hate to be caught anywhere without recourse to a comforting pair of socks. So, it was really only a matter of time before I started dressing my dolls in them.