SOPHIE

I would like to introduce Sophie.  Sophie is my latest art doll and, she's a big girl!  She stands about 22" tall!  The dress and the hat are all made by hand.  The look is completed with a pair of classic pearl earrings.





 This is the first time I've made a hat this small.



 I know it's not very lady-like but, here's a peek underneath her skirt.  I collaged the paper mache form.  I thought it should be pretty too.




I am really having fun building these dolls.  I still have a couple of kinks to work out with my design process.  I want to build a sturdier structure for my next doll so, I'll have to play around a bit until I get it right.  Practice makes perfect!  Onto the next doll!


Here's a link to a short video I made which gives a 360 view of Sophie.  Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/157027000


Have a fabulous, creative week!
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INSPIRATION





Photos sources from Pinterest








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DREAM...MY FIRST ART DOLL


 I have been wanting to make an art doll for quite some time.  I spent the last few weeks on Pinterest looking for inspiration.  My first thought was to make a fabric art doll.  It would have been a good opportunity for me to use some of the fabric that I have here in my studio.  In the end, I settled on a doll which would be supported by a wire base. I've never tried anything like this before but, I had all of the supplies on hand. I decided to just go for it.


I started by forming aluminum foil into a ball for the head of my doll.  It was quite bumpy but, I managed to smooth out the foil as much as possible.  The body of the doll was formed in the same manner.  The only heavy wire that I had available was millinery wire.  I normally use this wire for my hat making projects.




I used good old fashioned, homemade paper mache to cover the wire form of my doll.  I used a mixture of one part flour to two parts water for this.  I applied a couple layers of torn newspaper to form the dress on my figure. I left it dry overnight.






The next morning, I painted my doll structure with a couple layers of gesso. 



Painting the face of the doll was a bit of a challenge.  Because I used aluminum foil to form her face, I had to deal with an uneven surface.  I'll have to rethink the aluminum foil for my next doll.  I may try clay for a smoother look.


Here she is all painted and patiently waiting for her dress.


 And, here she is!  My very first art doll!





I am really pleased with her.  My favorite part is her dress.  





And her message is pretty inspiring as well.






I'm already planning to make another doll very soon.  There are a couple of kinks that I need to work out but, I'm up for the challenge. And besides, It can only get better.   I uploaded a short video to my Vimeo channel featuring my doll in full view.  Stop by and have a look.






Bis Sp├Ąter!
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INSPIRATION


Minnie Evans
1892-1987





Minnie Evans was a self-taught African American artist.  She was inspired by visions communicated to her from God. Minnie worked as a gate-keeper at Airlie Gardens near Wilmington, North Carolina. She worked with materials she had on hand, usually colored pencils, crayons and notebook paper to create her works of art. Her drawings captured images from nature and the Bible. She was greatly inspired by the garden where she worked.  Her paintings featured plants and flowers, birds and butterflies and winged animals, cornucopias and rainbows, royalty, stars, and angels.







I discovered Minne Evans a few weeks ago while browsing on Pinterest.  I was drawn to her colorful, imaginative and at times complex pieces. She was defiantly an artist with vision.  I am really inspired by the fact that she used what she had.  She used "simple" materials to create masterpieces. Take a moment to enjoy this video documentary about Mrs. Evans. She is such a great inspiration and a great American treasure.


http://www.folkstreams.net/film,71


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CELIA


It's Sunday and Celia is taking a stroll through the park.   The sun is shining, the flowers are in full bloom and the birds are singing.  Spring is in the air and so is love.  She can see him in the distance, waiting, smiling sweetly.  Celia knows that today will be wonderful memory.  She will always recall the day she met love in the park.


"Celia"
5 x 7 mixed media canvas





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IF ONLY THEY KNEW


Wow, it's February already and Black History Month is here!  I must say, I don't wait until February to celebrate our great ancestors. I try to honor the great women and men who came before us every day.  I feel it's important that we don't forget them.   This painting is for Harriet.


"If Only They Knew"
mixed media on canvas





"I freed a thousand slaves.  I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves."
Harriet Tubman






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