August 27, 2013

The Diva Wore Pencil Pleats...

I had another idea for a doll.  The construction was much the same as St. Bernadette, except the armature and head were fashioned out of aluminum foil.

Pencil Pleats made from carpenter's pencils.

She has extremely long legs!

"TotalGrunge" texture courtesy of Kim Klassen.

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August 23, 2013

Watch this...

Somehow yesterday I misplaced my sports watch.  I don't normally wear a watch.  I do,  however, like to time my daily walks/run.  I keep track of my time - I know, I know - totally insane, but I do it anyway.

I found a Casio sports watch at Kohls today.  It was on sale plus I had a 15% additional off coupon - yippee!  No bells and whistles on this number - it tells me the time, date and it's a stopwatch - what more do I need - not a thing.

I'm quite certain I will now find my old watch...what do you think?

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August 20, 2013

Lights and Shadows...

I have been experimenting with lights and shadows - camera set on Manual Mode.  It's addictive!

The hardest part of setting up the photo shoot was getting the ring to stand on end.  I finally resorted to using a tiny bit of double stick tape to hold it in place.

"Isobel" texture courtesy of Kim Klassen.

August 15, 2013

St. Bernadette...

This is the "creation" I began last week.  It is my version of a Santos doll.

The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian). The Santos that started the genre of dolls we currently represent (primarily Spanish Colonial and Western European style), were originally started as copies of 17th century carvings by priests. Originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars.  They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war.  Their development flourished in Europe  in the 1700's and 1800's, primarily due to these wars.

I named her St. Bernadette in honor of my dad (Bernard) since I used one of his old carpenter rulers to make the base for the doll.  

You saw how this all began last week...

 The body is crafted from a paper towel core, styrofoam egg for head (I had to shave this down quite a bit - way too big for the body!)  Form covered with paper clay.  It took 3 days to dry because our AC went on the fritz last week!  I used 1/4" dowels as support for limb support.

A profile only a mother could love - her nose is rather "manly"

I cannot begin to tell you how much fun it is to create a doll out of basically nothing.  The supplies were minimal.  I feel like I actually gave birth.  I love her!!  She measures approximately 18" tall.

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August 12, 2013

Drink Coca Cola...

Original photo taken on Centre Street in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.   Texture added (Hard Light blending mode) and a Topaz filter give a vintage feel to this photo.

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August 9, 2013

Measure Twice - Cut Once!

I'm in the process of creating something...hopefully it will be finished within the next few days.

Do you have any idea what this will become?  Check back next week to find out.

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August 2, 2013

Nature's Chaos

I not only love to create art, I love to collect art too.  When I travel,  I like to bring home art that will remind me of where I have been.  I display these treasure as collections throughout my home.  These wooden pencils, doll and sage smudge wrap are displayed together on a book shelf in my living room.

What art collections to you have in your home?

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