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.
I have been working on this for a while now, back and forth trying to get it to a place I am happy with. I think she has evolved into a mother nature character.
Created over two days, I wanted to work on a series of fast paintings, working through lots of ideas and loosening up my painting technique, I often do this as a break from the larger paintings or when I’m feeling a bit blocked or just need to shake things up a bit. Had a lot of fun and made new discoveries. I took fairy tales as my loose theme. Snow white, the ugly sisters, Rapunzel, sleeping beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Blue beard’s wives where some of the characters I chose to interpret.