Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
My morning run around the neighborhood of Wekiva was fabulous. The lake was beautiful with the sun shining on the water, and my reward was photo time with my iPhone. Click here to see the flickr set I posted using the Hipstamatic app.
The weather has warmed up here in Florida, and thank goodness because Old Winter and I are not fine friends! I dislike socks, jackets, and other extra clothing items. :O My day gets going, and before I know it, I am getting ready for dinner. I am easily distracted. Where does the afternoon go anyway? There are so many fun things to do in one day; it becomes hard to choose.
I've also been reading more too. I basically go in cycles; I just finished reading Wharton's The Age of Innocence, which kept me up until 1:15 in the morning hours... 'twas a very good read--excellent writing stye. The classics are the best in my opinion. Last night I started Ethan Frome. I'm not sure what this morning will produce. Some days I just have to let "it" happen. Those are usually the best days indeed. :) Happy weekend to everyone!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
So, although I did not paint today, I did think about my studio. I ended up playing with my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app that I downloaded from the app store. Hopefully, I will play with traditional art materials tomorrow. Photography fun has distracted me! :)
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Love is in the air--and way before Valentines Day!!! Oh my. I came home from the bookstore and created this little cloth gnome doll. It started as a freehand sketch on muslin--all asymmetrical but totally full of character; then the acrylic adventure began. I couldn't be more pleased with this little soul.
Today in the studio another gnome has been coming to life... more to come about this feisty one. He refused the subtle blue color palette--he's bold and ready to stake his claim in the woods. ;)
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I've had a lot of interest in the whole doll making adventure that seems to take hold of my life every so often, so I started a Facebook page to showcase, sell, and discuss doll stuff. The art studio has become crowded over the years with many different styles of dolls, and I will need to consider the idea of allowing the new ones to leave home. :) I'm still working out some patterns that I enjoy making on a continuous basis. Some of the early pioneer dolls require days and days of detailed labor with all the different stages of gesso and antiquing. I don't know if I could even price those affordably. This requires more thinking and marketing... this usually makes my creative brain ache, because all I really want to do is SEW!
Lately I have found that the softer rag dolls have become the most fun to create--each one takes on a different personality, and I do hand paint some of the faces. They are colorful and happy, and that just makes life wonderfully awesome. :)
Come join the So Many Stars Doll Studio page on Facebook... join in the conversation and meet some of my other cloth doll-loving friends.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
My niece wanted a rag doll that had large button eyes like the Lala-something dolls that have become popular, so I fired up the sewing machine and designed her this little cloth person. :) I enjoyed the challenge, and it gave my machine some exercise.
It seems once you get started, you can't make just one doll... which led to the second doll in the green jumper. It's kind of like eating potato chips! Ha ha. :) No telling how many more will be birthed in the art studio this week. You can't control the doll population sometimes.