The shadow dolls above came into being when the sunlight cast shadows from a vase of flowers across my work table, I simply traced the shadows straight onto the doll. The pony above is a simple shape taken from my sketchbook, I wanted to mix a primitive folk painting feel with a pinch of my little pony kitsch. The dolls above and below have simple faces inspired by ancient primitive cave paintings, I was also influenced by the graphic shapes, colours and characters found in the paintings of Joan Miro and Paul Klee.
Preparing Christmas stock, I spent this weekend painting peg dolls and working out several new designs, I am also working on some peg doll kits for customers big and small to get creative with their own ideas. I’m concentrating on smaller designs at the moment, stocking fillers and decorations for shop stock and then I will move on to the larger bespoke items in preparation for Christmas fairs. I like to have a couple of projects on the go at once that way if I am loosing inspiration or getting a little tired with something I can work in another area. This is a great way to take a break from a problem whilst still being creative and usually coming up with a solution at the same time.
So in between peg dolls I have also been working on illustrations for my Christmas cards, I will post about these separately. And whilst drawing I resolved several construction and presentation problems I was having with the peg dolls.