This morning I went out in my garden and the sunflowers are blooming! So pretty, this is the first time I have planted sunflowers so I don’t know how long the flowers last, but I will plant more, I just love them.
I have been working on my art dolls and will hopefully complete one for the Hoffman challenge again. The challenge fabric is the Mandalay collection and this year I purchased the main challenge fabric and the accompanying fabrics. It is a rather busy print collection and I have finally decided how I am going to proceed, it took me awhile to come up with a vision for this doll. I have to admit it has been a bit of a struggle and I think it is because there is not one solid fabric choice and that made my head spin! Once I was able to find a solid fabric I began to visualize the costuming for the doll. I did spend a great deal of time painting the faces. I really do not like a seam going down the center of my doll faces and I guess I could “skin” them, but that is so frustrating for me. I instead like to use a clay over cloth technique and then finish the face by layering with gesso and sanding in between each coat of gesso, similar to the technique I learned in the Byzantine Icon class This creates a very smooth and nearly flawless finish. Once the base is completed I paint the features. I use the same technique for the hands, which is really a challenge because they are so tiny. I have one more set of hands to complete, for the pink body and then I can really start to put these girls together. The costuming is the most fun.
The Coke Bottle Santas are selling – I have five left and it is not even close to Christmas, although someone posted that there are only 20 Fridays until Christmas 2015, yikes – I wish we could slow the time down a bit.
That’s all for today -thanks for visiting!!