Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Just a quick sketch to say-Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Alice, a darker side

This doll is for Giovanna, thanks for giving me extra time to TRY to photograph her. 
This is my take on Alice, at least a dark sad version of her, hence the blues. She longs to escape Wonderland but then realizes that it isn't a place she is trapped in, it's her mind. Will she ever find her way home?
FYI, there is usually a meaning behind many of the items I make;). I love using colors as emotions and I am a HUGE Jung fan. His works have had a great influence on my works.  Her little top hat has several different bird feathers, even crow. 

**Sorry for the quality of the pictures, my camera is having a FOCUS issue. But I wanted to get the pics up anyway.

Come Back Soon--I'm finishing the other girl and starting a commission for Amanda. 

Parents Be Warned

This creepy cutie is Emily-Louise.
She died.....of embarrassment.

After a rather rough start at her new school Emy-Lou was finally starting to fit in. She was invited to a social gathering at the most popular girls house. 
She carefully picked out her outfit and practiced the witty things she would say.
The day finally arrived and everything was going just as planned, when out of nowhere 
Emy-Lou's PARENTS showed up!!
They thought it would be nice to meet Emy-Lou's new little friends and spend some time with them.
Emy-Lou felt a rush of heat rising up in her as her parents blurted out all of her secrets and then asked her to wear the hat they had bought for her while traveling abroad.
They thought she was just the cutest thing!!
As the guests and the hostess stared in disbelief
Emy-Lou could feel the life slipping right out of her.
Next thing she knew, she was a ghost.
And to her horror she was still wearing the hat!!!


Friday, October 24, 2008


This is the easiest and fastest method for me to make hands when the doll is very small or when I don't feel the doll needs a hand armature.  

1-I start with 2 small squares of clay for the palm. 
2-I roll out a long thin piece of clay for the fingers, then cut 2 sets of four fingers. 
3-I attach the the middle finger first then index, 3rd and pinky. 
4-Next is the thumb which I make sort of a teardrop shape and attach to hand.  
5-I mark 2 straight lines as the sides of the fingernails with a needle and then do the rounded part on top. 
6-Bake according to clay you use---but BEWARE-if you walk away from the oven the little hands will burn!!
7-Once cooled you can blush with artists pigments, acrylic washes, heat set oils or whatever make up you want to use.
REMEMBER- This is just one of the ways I make hands, there are many different ways to do it, so just have fun!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hi everybody!

 I have been really busy so I haven't updated my work yet. I just got a chance to unload some pics of my trip to Disney. They have the cutest fall decorations, I love all of the colors. The weather was extremely hot as usual but I really enjoyed the food festival they had going on. There was an Alice in Wonderland thing happening too. I LOVE DISNEY.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I just added my banner that the incredibly talented Gail over at Shabby Cottage Studio designed for me. I gave her the pictures and a list of things I liked and she turned around and brought my list to life. I wish I had that kind of talent with a computer but thank goodness she's there for those of us that don't. 
Thanks again Gail. 

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I just want to thank all of you that have taken the time to visit my blog and left me some wonderful comments. I am humbled and flattered that such talented people are interested in my work. 
I hope everyone is having a wonderful October and come back and visit soon. I plan on adding some tutorials in the near future, if anyone has any suggestions or requests just let me know.
Many incredible artists have been kind enough to share their knowledge with me and I will be happy to do the same with you.
I will also be adding some wonderful blogs I have discovered as soon as I figure out how to do that on this blogger stuff.

 These are just a couple of my muses I thought I would share with you

Pugley and his son Paxil
 have been a constant source of ideas and laughs for the past five years

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Here is my tiny homage to Waterhouse- i love the pre-raphaelites.  I used to be obsessed with trying to sculpt of lot of  dolls that looked like this but I am exploring other types of features now.

body parts

I have made an effort to keep my studio clean and tidy but its very hard when you're trying to find just the right color of mohair or the right fabrics or the right colors of clay to mix. I love the process but I don't like the picking up and putting everything back---I work messy! Here are some heads and bits and body parts I found around my desk, I'll call it the doll cemetery.  Also those are some eye colors I have been working on. The body with the drawings on it is my guide for errors in anatomy that I tend to make if I am focused on just one body part at a time. This helps me remember.