Monday, May 24, 2021

Doll Hospital

 Oh boy it's been quite a while since I've given this blog any attention.  I really just keep it for myself and not many read it anyway.  I have been working on rehabbing some little dolls in my collection.  The first is a little Patsy Ann doll probably from the forties or fifties.  She is strung with elastic that is a little loose and has the sweetest expression.  She came to me naked and years ago I made this little dress out of vintage dotted Swiss.  I thought I would finally finish it up with tiny snaps in the back and some vintage red and blue rickrack and trim.  She will now be a little Patriot for my patriotic seasonal display.  I finished her off with a little paper hat.  She stills needs a slip and panties but I will save that for another time.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Some Work from 2019

It's the last days of the decade!  I have not posted in some time.  We are in a transition year after selling our old home of 21 years and now living in a rental while we build a smaller, more energy efficient home right here in Walpole, NH.  Most of my treasured supplies have been in storage so I have been mostly painting and experimenting with my skills in that department.

This was painting up in Prince Edward after we weathered the storm that was Hurricane Dorian.  It is named "After the Storm".

"Pink Fling"

Tom Turkeys

Let's Crow about It

Snowman in the Woods

Christmas Chaos

Happy New Year!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Stretching my Wings

Gosh I haven't posted in many months.  I really just keep this blog as a diary for my own self anyway and I don't expect much readership.  Does anyone read art blogs anymore with Instagram and Facebook and the like?  Anyway I have been experimenting with floral painting inspired by Amanda Evanston and Jennifer Orkin Lewis of August Wren.  Having fun loosening up with my paint brush!

My first attempts:

These start to get a little better at least in my opinion!

Some floral watercolors and gouache:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Summer Angels

Here are some ladies I've been working on for my show.  I love all the spring colors this time of year.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Art in a Box

I have been creating small vignettes in boxes I make and cover with vintage wallpapers, attach glass and solder.  They are little "worlds" that I delight in creating.  Each is unique.  These will be on display at my show at Burdicks Restaurant in Walpole, NH for the month of April.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cinderella at the Ball

Here is my third doll in the Fairy Tale series: Cinderella at the Ball.  She is about 9 inches tall with her beehive hair-do.  I sewed lots of silver sequins on her feet for her "glass" slippers.  Her dress is fashioned from an old taffeta prom dress.  In fact the bodice of that dress provided the sequins!

Her pannier

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Princess and the Pea

Another doll made for my fairy tale series.  She has been in my head for a long time so it was fun to finally work on the project.  I took an old frame and made it into a shadow box with foam core and vintage wallpapers.  Making the bed and mattresses were so much fun because I have so many vintage fabrics to pick from!  Her hair is a little wild.  I am making these dolls from a wire armature and paper clay head so they are fully posable.  Notice she has little beaded slippers.  Can you find the culprit in the bed which made our little princess all black and blue??

Here you can see the little beaded chandelier I made for her room box.