Having taken a year out I am slowly reconnecting with various mediums, over the last week I have been experimenting with paper clay.
Despite being almost defeated by 2016 I am determined to face 2017 with renewed resolve. Painting and creating keep me focused and forward thinking.
During the day I’m at work creating miniature sofas for a stop frame animation TV commercial. In the evenings I try to fit in a couple of hours painting. Here are some of this weeks images.
Watercolour can be a challenge but I love the immediacy of it, sometimes I have a stream of ideas and this is a great medium to work through them rather than trying to cram it all into one larger painting. With these paintings I wanted to work straight onto the paper with little planning or pre-drawing as this allows for much looser mark making, happy accidents and new discoveries.
I wasn’t sure if I would make dolls again. A couple of months ago I decided I wanted to design a doll that was a culmination of all my years of experience. If I decide to continue with the dolls I will add a few more designs in 2017, unfortunately if 2017 is as brutal as 2016 these will be the last batch of dolls I make so I want them to be a celebration of all the things I have created and learnt over the last 10 years, I have called them the ‘Rainbow girls’ with this in mind.
I am really pleased with the results, the dolls are about 53 cm or 21″ tall with linen bodies and cotton hair. Their faces are individually hand painted. I love dressing the dolls, they always seem to end up with better wardrobes than me! I have a huge collection of new and genuine vintage fabrics so they have a lot of choice when it comes to outfits. I’m about half way through this batch of dolls, there should be 7 when I’m finished. Each doll is being listed in my shop as they are finished. The first doll (in green jumpsuit) was the prototype and she is available at a very reduced price, she has a slightly shorter body so is a tiny bit smaller than the other dolls.