Monthly Archives: August 2012
Lola wants to dance.
This is what Lola looked like a few weeks ago.
Since then I have had to make several versions of some of her body parts before I could get them to look the way I wanted.
I usually have a standard order in which I sew the different parts of a doll together. I sew the legs to the torso first. I sew the arms on after the clothes. I usually sew the head on before I put on the hair and then paint the face. This time I put the hair on first. Big mistake! The hair kept getting in the way as I was sewing on the head.
Painting the face comes last.
The first thing I do is draw in the features with an air erasable pen. I cover her hair with a piece of cloth to keep it out of the way and to protect it when I spray the face with fixative.
Once I get the features correct, I go over some of it with a Pigma Micron 005 brown pen. This is permanent ink.
Except for the high light in the eye, the face is painted with pastel pencils.
I use 2- 3 colours for the eyes and eyeshadow and 2 colours for the lips. The top lip is always darker than the bottom, which catches more light. I add the highlight to the eye last. I use acrylic paint applied with the tip of a needle.
I also paint the fingernails.
So here she is, practicing her routine to be ready for her audition for So You Think You Can Dance.
In anticipation of a visit to the Van Gogh exhibit that is currently at the National Gallery in Ottawa, I decided to do a watercolour in his style.
I chose a picture that I took while cycling in France.
I sketched the outline in pencil first and then used the paints. It went very quickly.
Alaska is a wonderful place.
A number of years ago my sister and I drove to Vancouver and took an Alaskan cruise. We both had a wonderful time.
I ‘m very glad that I had a digital camera, otherwise it would have cost me a fortune to get all the pictures developed.
Several of the pictures I took have ended up as watercolour paintings or sketches.
Here is one from a photo taken in a temperate rain forest.
After doing a pencil sketch I used frisket to block the paint from covering the areas I wanted to leave white.
There was a lot of leaf litter on the forest floor which was not very colourful so I added some to the painting.
The background required several washes until I got it the way I wanted.
The colours in the photos are different due to the fact that the works in progress pictures were taken inside and the photos from the finished work were take outside.
I have not been doing much of anything for the past week except read sitting in front of a fan, with the air conditioner on. I had been trying to decide whether to start a new doll or do some wet felting but instead of doing either I sat and read.
I finally decided to start a doll. It is based on one of the sketches I did of dancers while watching So You Think You Can Dance. I might do a free motion embroidery picture of it as well, but for now I’m working on the doll. This first version has no arms or head.
Both the body and legs need to be reworked. So there will be more drawing, cutting, sewing and stuffing until I get it right.