Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year!
I am so excited to start on this new year that I have already made my Wish List for 2010, some people call them resolutions but I like putting a more positive spin on it. I have taken on a few commissions that will involve some new techniques for me. I have a show schedule that I will post soon and I look forward to showing everyone my progress. I welcome and request your comments.

I want to say THANK YOU to all of you that take the time to leave me comments and visit me on a regular basis. I am very humbled to see that so many people take an interest in my work.
Now, as a tradition in my family, I will sweep and wash away all of the negative energy from my home and eat lentils and grapes for New Years!!!


Friday, November 20, 2009

*UPDATE ON Small Stuff 3*

to see it larger please visit my flickr page or deviant art page-thanks!
Hi everyone! First off-THERE IS NUDITY HERE!!! so I apologize to those that are offended in any way-that is not my intention. Now, on with the show-Here are some WIP pics of the work for Small Stuff 3. These pictures are just horrible and not accurate in color. I was in such a hurry to turn them in by deadline that I forgot to purchase a new camera to photograph my final work. I will ask Amanda to send me pics when she gets a chance.

What you see here is the nearly completed work to at least give you an idea of my work for this show.
"Death of the Moth Queen"
and "Lamenting the Queen I and II".
The Moth Queen is approximately 5 inches tall, made of polymer clay over a wire armature and colored with washes of heat set oil paints. Her wings, which are attached to her back, are made of stiffened custom printed fabric, feathers and wire. Her beautiful black hair, that is styled in a multitude of braids around her head, is tibetan lambs wool and fine english viscose. Although not visible in the WIP pictures-She has a pin inserted in her mid section from which a small trace of blood appears to be coming out as well as a trickle of blood on the corners of her mouth and on her back next to her wings where a wire was impaled to keep the Queen in place. She is mounted onto linen cloth with a slight cushion to protect her from damage and framed in an antique brass frame that has been aged. Also a small plaque bears the entomology label with her information.

The other 2 works, Lamenting the Queen I and II, are graphite and just a hint of colored pencil on paper that has been tea stained. They are both set in antique frames that were aged to perfectly coordinate with the Moth Queen.

For those of you that like a little story behind a piece, here goes:

My version of the Moth Queen is based on the actual moth known in many cultures as the "Black Witch Moth" and is believed to be a bad omen. Unfortunately for her she was found moments after her demise just outside of Kensington Gardens in England by an all too eager entomologist that thought she would make a wonderful addition to his collection. When he picked her up to study her wing pattern, to his surprise, he realized what a rare specimen he had in his possession. He took her to his laboratory, penned fastidious notes and measurements for he realized that she had already begun to slowly disintegrate. Upon returning to the spot where he had found her to search for more evidence, he witnessed what appeared to be 2 small creatures resembling young women weeping. He rubbed his eyes in disbelief and when he looked again they were gone.

I hope you enjoyed the preview and the story .

P.S. Now that I have Margaret Sweet and Dolly Boo back and I will be posting them on ETSY this weekend.
Thanks for visiting-Rosanna

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hi everyone and thanks for visiting my blog!! 
I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween or Harvest Day. 
A big THANK YOU!!! to those of you that have visited Bear and Bird Gallery for the Candy Apples and Razor Blades show, there is still time until mid-November to see all ofthe great artists that participated or to purchase a piece of art. 

I have been working on my new pieces for the Small Stuff 3 show coming up in November 22, I will post them next week after I hand them over to the gallery. 

In the meantime here are a few pics of my face ups done on my Ball Jointed Dolls (BJD's). The large one is a Bobobie Sprite in white and the small one is a planet doll Tara in white.
They were done in a big hurry (about 45 minutes!)because I just couldn't wait to see what they looked like behind all of that white resin. I made the Tara wig out of mohair but I need to fix it and style it better. As soon as I sew them some outfits and get them entirely blushed i will take some final shots and post them.

If you want to see them full size, check out my flickr account
Bye for now!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Margaret Sweet and Dolly Boo!

Here are the final pictures of my Halloween artdoll  Margaret Sweet and her little Dolly Boo.
Margaret and Boo are now safe and sound at Bear and Bird Gallery awaiting their show dates.
So I think its okay to show her pictures now.
Margaret is one of my Creepy Cuties  and is a OOAK (0ne of a kind) original artdoll hand sculpted by me, Rosanna Pereyra, with no molds ever used or taken of her. 
She is approximately 6 inches tall and her little Dolly Boo is about 1 and 1/2 inches tall. They are both sculpted from polymer clay and both have hand painted glass eyes. 
Margaret's hair is made of mohair that I have dyed orange. All of my dolls are dressed in a mix of new, vintage and antique fabrics(in this case a hanky and a leather opera glove) from the early 1900's. Her shoes are leather. Her Candy Apple is sculpted and has tiny "razor blades" inside.
She comes with a wooden coffin that I have distressed and painted to look old with a sculpted skelly face and some paper roses. 

She can be purchased at Bear and Bird Gallery during the show dates or through me after the show ends. 
Thank You-

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Halloween Creepy Cutie "Poor Little Margaret"

Here are the WIP's I mentioned yesterday of my sad little clown Margaret
She is a Creepy Cutie which is a nice or mild way of saying she has passed on. My Creepy Cuties have a more exaggerated style which gives me an opportunity to express a less serious side of my art(very liberating). This was one of the inspiration photos behind the little clown doll and of course the name of the art show was the driving force for the whole idea.

I will post some more WIP pics of Poor Little Margaret tomorrow and this weekend I will post the finished doll. Come back soon!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A gift from Castle in the Air

Hi everyone! 
I have been busy finishing my Creepy Cutie Halloween piece for the 
Candy Apples & Razor Blades show at Bear and Bird Gallery.  I will put up the progress photos this week for those of you that like to see that and the finished photo this weekend. 

I wanted to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to Karima Cammell over at 
Castle in the Air for  sending me this beautiful badge!!
We have been chatting ever since we met through the OWOH event. Her wonderful shop sells all kinds of amazing things and they have classes taught by such creative greats as Ulla Milbrath
Karima has been practicing her doll making and is fast improving. I am sure one of these days we will come up with something so we can teach a class together.
Thank You again Karima!!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

YAY SCHOOL!!! I will now be a bizzzy bee!

The kids are back in school after a great summer and I am so glad that September is fast approaching!! Fall is my favorite time of year-the colors, the HOLIDAYS, the fashions and all. I didn't work much on the artdolls over the summer because of the sweltering heat but hopefully September will begin a much needed cooling down to maybe the low 90's or high 80's.
I can't wait to get busy on my art again!

I have been invited to participate in some art shows, which I am thrilled and honored to do, there is a halloween one and a small artwork show. I will be sharing the details and the work in stages but not the final product until the show dates. 
Congrats to my friend Diane Keeler, her beautiful doll is on the cover of an Art doll magazine.
She makes the most amazing dolls, her flappers from the 20's are without a doubt the best that I have ever seen.  Check out her site on my favorites if you are not familiar with her work as well as 

Sorry I didn't post any artwork this time I just wanted to blog something before another day passed me by. 

My best to all,

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My new stash!

I just love Antique shows! Check out the stash I acquired this weekend, I'm in steampunk heaven!! I use these for jewelry that I wear, but if I make extras I will put them up for sale. 

Sorry I haven't listed anything on Etsy- I am sold out right now and the 5 figures I am working on are for a show.  It is very hard for me to sculpt in this hot and humid weather so I work very slow in summer. But I will have some things up as soon as I get a chance.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hurricane Season is Here! AND my clay sucks!!

Hi everyone.  Hurricane season is here again and that means HOT, HOT, HOT muggy days with tons of rain. I feel so bad for all of the tourists that come to south Florida and find out that this is our rainy season.  I love the storms but I prefer them at night. 
I will be at Bear and Bird this weekend making Teddies, I look forward to that.  I LOVE miniatures and too many other things to mention (or find the time for) but this is what I was working on in the mean time.

Sorry but in this next paragraph I will be complaining: 
I was so happy that I had sculpted 5 dolls, just the way I wanted!! I ever so gently put them in the oven for 20 minutes and to my horror, when the timer rang, every single one of them was BURNED!!! My settings are never touched and my thermostat was perfect so I knew this was the clay. This is of course my fault for not testing my batches of P**sculpt. I have received bad batches in the past that came out burned and thrown them away but I didn't test this last batch. I think I am done with this clay for a while.  Now to begin all over again. Anyway, I feel better now that I got that off my chest-thanks for letting me vent.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Teddy Workshop @ Bear and Bird Gallery

Hi again, I wanted to share with you all that I will be a guest artist at a StitchBird workshop based on a sweet Teddy I made for Bear and Bird gallery.  Its going to be on June 28th, I hope some of you can make it! Sign up at tatescomics

See you there!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

BJD's and more

I'm working on a couple of different things. I love Ball Jointed Dolls (bjd's) but they are so pricey that I only have one, and its a bobobi sprite, (only $150). I would rather make my own.  
Here's a look at a face up I did on a cheap plastic head just for practice and a leg that I worked on. I use dowels and wooden balls, sometimes I use styrofoam and wire, They are then placed in my doll cemetery where they serve as anatomical studies or reference.  I figure one day I will make a complete one but for now just spare parts.  
I used white sculpey for this demo leg and acrylic paint and pastels for the face up.
BYE for now!

Friday, May 22, 2009

I cant believe its been a month!!

Wow, a month has passed since I wrote blogged.  I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to visit with my blog friends here. I hope everyone had a wonderful Mothers Day, I sure did.
 I had all the great ladies in my life with me-Mom, Grandma, Sis, daughter and a family friend that is just as great as a grandma. The guys were all there too-even you Uncle Tio!!
We ate like Uruguayans!! Meat, meat, and sweets!! The theme must have been slightly nautical, welcoming the changing seasons, because all the ladies wore blue.  

We finally welcomed the first rains that were so desperately needed!! Everything is beginning to bloom again.  I have been hard at work on a big project for October and I will be teaching a tiny stuffed teddy class this summer.  
I also made it onto Artful Blogging 2009 Summer Edition thanks to Lisa's One World One Heart (OWOH) event.

Thanks for visiting me and I promise I will write soon!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Bear and Bird and Steampunk

I had a great time at the opening of the Me Me Me show at Bear and Bird Gallery. A local reporter wrote this small piece about the gallery show and I was so honored that my work was called beautiful and that among 150+ artists I was mentioned. Also I want to thank Amanda for being so nice to me and my hubby. She really was the hostess with the mostess, she was awesome as she greeted everyone of us, chatted and snapped pics while the large crowds moved around her.  
She has invited me to participate in a workshop this summer.  I will keep you all posted. 

On to another topic

This is what I do when stuff breaks in my house. I have had this broken camera in a storage box and I wanted to see what the inside looked like so I took it apart. I was amazed by all of the gears, it looks so steampunk!!  For those of you that don't know what Steampunk means, its a merge of victorian, sci-fi, fantasy and technology. If I had the knowledge or skill, all my gear (electronics) would be done in a steampunk style.

 This is a great example of steampunk! 
sorry-I found this picture a while ago but I don't know who to credit
whoever you are you do awesome work!


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bear and Bird Boutique and ADO

Hi Everyone!! I'm getting ready for the Bear and Bird Gallery show this weekend. Here's a link to their site for those of you that want to attend the show(Thanks Amy).
Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery
I apologize to any of you that I haven't been able to answer back. I've been working on several projects at once for some future shows so I haven't been able to visit my online friends very much.  
Big Hugs to all my pals at ADO, here's my Creepy Cute Ophelia. This is my interpretation or vision of Ophelia after she was found dead in the shallow water among the flowers she licked to pick. She was placed gently on a hollow log until it was decided what would be done with her, was this a suicide over heartbreak or had she slipped and fallen to her death??

Sorry for the quality of the pics, I WILL learn how to take great pictures one day-but not today.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Me Me Me Art Show!

Hi everyone, just wanted to share the piece I finished for the Me Me Me Show at the Bear and Bird Gallery. I hope alot of you will attend, this is a great way to meet some amazing artists and to buy some great art! I love this gallery, they always have great stuff happening.

The above picture is poor quality so I will have a better one soon but you get the idea. 
This next pic is Ophelia for the ADO challenge and she is almost done. I need to wig her and add the details to her shoes and the log. 

Also, just started work on a little boy orphan. Thanks for visiting!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Out and About

I went out for a drive the other day just to get some fresh air and this is what I saw.

A male Peacock walking on my side yard

A beautiful tree in front of a school yard

Really nice house entrances
When I retire I would love to live in a little coral cottage near the water. For now I will admire the sites, take many pictures and share with you.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New WIP's(work in progress) and a Creepy Cutie Ophelia!

Hi again, I'm back with a few pics of what I'm currently working on. This first picture is a WIP of a piece I'm doing for the Bear and Bird gallery show Me!Me!Me! in April. This is NOT what I actually look like, she's a younger and better looking version of me: my alter ego. I have to finish the piece by this weekend!?@#AAAHHHHGG!! I love working under pressure!!

The next pic is a WIP for a great group I am now a member of ADO, Art Dolls Only,  its a challenge with a Shakespeare theme. I chose to do a Creepy Cute version of the Ophelia from Millais painting, she was such a tragic character in Hamlet and in real life. In my version she still wears the silver dress and the violet garland around her neck but she has already passed. 

As soon as the challenge is over she will be the first piece for sale on my new Etsy shop!!. I will sell most of my challenge pieces there, so please visit my shop when you can. 
This is not the finished piece at all-this is just a rough idea for me to plan out the materials and the pose that I will do. This is only her actual face which still needs a lot of work.
I'm also working on a little orphan boy!!
Bye for now-Rosanna

Friday, March 6, 2009


The hard part is finally over! Now I just need a concrete drill bit to put up my huge inspiration board and the ribbon shelf and a few white curtains to hide the supplies. The unexpected benefit of working so hard was that I lost 3 pounds in one week!!! I'm also covered in bruises from all of the heavy moving and building of things, but who cares-I lost 3 pounds!! For those of you that don't know me, I started a diet to lose 50 pounds in October and since December the scale hasn't moved, so you can see how great I feel to be able to lose 3 pounds. "ONLY" 37 more to go-yay! My goal is that by Fall I "will" (positive mindset) be back into shape. At least now I can focus on my artwork again!! 

BIG NEWS--I just set up an Etsy account and will begin selling some things there soon.

Big Hugs and Thank You so much for visiting my blog

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Clean Up!

I am usually very organized, I label things and there is a place for everything in my house.
Sometimes I organize according to size and color too. I have learned to not get upset when the "others" (my family) don't put things where they belong. They say I am OCD I say I am ADD and I need things in the same place otherwise I will never find them.

So with that said......
It all began when i went in search of an article I thought I had saved in a binder-I started searching everywhere for it and before I knew it, my space looked like this-And, after all that I forgot why I was looking for in the first place!!
Here is my space!!!
I am walled off by the bookcases from the kids side so my space feels extremely cramped.
I began going through my stuff to see what I have.
Either my stuff has been multiplying or I have multiple personalities!!! Every time I look there is another box with a whole new pile of stuff to sort through. Do I really have this many books and magazines!! Where did all of these fabrics and ribbons come from and where were they when I needed them?? When did I become a serious scrapbooker???? I must have had every intention of doing so when my kids were little because I have a bunch of papers, stickers, albums and stamps that I have never used just taking up valuable space. The funny thing is now I only scrapbook digitally. 

I am really glad I am finally doing this. For me "cleaning house" is good for the mind, body and soul.  Its time to let go of some of the things that I have held on to for so many years.   

I wish some of my art buddies lived nearby so they could rummage through the stuff. My mom is coming by later to stake her claim on some artwork and some decorations. I am donating the bookcases and desks. The fabrics and papers are probably going to my grandma and her buds so they can make some stuff too.
I don't know how much money I have wasted over the years on extra stuff that I don't need.
Now I strive to simplify my life. I have started inside my house-I believe this is a step in that direction.
Keep everything organized and functional so I can work
-I am keeping only what I really use and need. 
-I will put to better use the white shelf system from ELFA- Its adjustable, it holds a ton of stuff and it's removable 
-I have 2 very tall desks from Pier1 but I am only keeping one for me, the other goes to the kids side of the room. My desk will house a lot on the sides of it and underneath it.
-Buy a regular height desk to work on  from IKEA with a "good" chair from Office Max.  
-Conceal the wall with all of my supplies with a white curtain or  something like that. 
-I also found some great bookcases at IKEA called Billy that can be customized and a little storage unit on casters that has a bunch of wide shallow drawers.

I will take pictures of the progress and put it up this weekend.
If I order the stuff from IKEA today, they should arrive around the 2nd on March.
That gives me time to really clean out everything. 

BYE for Now


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Early Spring Cleaning!

Hi everyone!! Just a quick blurb to let you know that this week I will clean out boxes and
re-organize my small studio so that I can work once again. I think I will pay Ikea and the Container Store a visit. I will put up some pics of the progress this coming week.
Bye for now!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Blogger Odddollz by Jacqui said...

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January 19, 2009 5:54 PM