Sunday, April 23, 2017

Adam Names The animals

For the last several years, since my sister's son and wife had a baby boy, I have been elected to do a painting for the baby. This year they had another boy, so the painting you see here is for this one. I painted a Noah's Ark, and a Train with all their family names on it and now this one, which I have enjoyed doing more than the others. I like angels and figured there were probably some present when Adam was doing his job of naming the animals, so I included them in a big way. Keeping it simple is pretty much the rule now in everything from house work to doll making to painting and everything else we have to do. Sometimes it is hard to not get carried away, but remembering I have only so much strength, and my eyes will focus for just so long at a time, I try to stay focused and keep my imagination from going to far off the beaten path. About two weeks ago, I started thinking about making copies of these paintings  again. In years past, I did make big prints, sending some paintings to a company out in California that made professional grade prints on canvas. I still have them all. Like most people I had plans to sell the works on ebay, but work, and other considerations ,mostly work ( a full time job ) made me let all that fall by the way side. I was a waitress

for 15 years, and a  happy 15 years it was too. The work was hard, but we had fun lots of the time, as I worked in a big buffet,  and it enabled me to help my family. Now those days and work  are over, so I turn back to painting and making dolls and I will make a few prints along the way, and even make some pictures of the dolls for a big scrap book. I hope you enjoy seeing the painting too.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A visit with an antique Ella smith Doll and other things.

Hi. Today I am putting up pictures of my antique Ella Smith Doll or  Alabama Baby Doll, which is so amazing.  This doll is 27 inches tall and such a beauty. I just could not pass her by, she has loads of charm and her hair painting is, to me.  a wonder and a inspiration for hair painting on my other dolls. I have seen lots of pictures of alabama babies and I have another antique one, but the hair painting and the face isn't anything alike. This girl is enormous. So big she is actually hard to carry, and her legs are super fat. I forgot to take a picture of her original dress, but I will do that next time, as I have to make some absolutely necessary repairs, as her arms are about to fall off. Her dress is pretty, but super fragile and I hope to repair it. I have also finished two of the three painted head rag dolls for two of my friends. It took me  a long time to make these dolls, partly because I was doing two and I wanted to take extra time and try not to make mistakes. On the subjects of making mistakes, I have to say, no matter how careful you are and paying attention, mistakes will occur. On these two, if I made a mistake and was able to fix it, I went back and did things over, that is why  I was long in making them. Another reason, I took a long time as I was trying to age the Indigo homespun fabric. Let me tell you what I have found out about trying to age fabric, atleast the blues. REMEMBER THIS PEOPLE. If you want old looking fabric, buy it old,  as blues don't like to be subjected to lemon juice, tiny amounts of bleach water, washing repeately or being strung out in the sun for days on end. Should I go on as to what to try, such as I have heard people running over their fabric with the car or scrubbing it on a rocky bank, or actually putting holes in it. HaHa  I learned blue fabrics will most always go purple, not a lighter blue, if you try to lighten them. Back to the dolls. I love these two girls and learned much from working on them. I was lucky to be given an antique doll quilt to dismantle to make the bonnets. I think these are my best ones so far. Such a joy to work with the old fabrics. Next, long ago I made two rabbits on stands. My mama made a dress for one to give to my sister. I think she did good.  Lastly, I made a decision to buy shoes for the time being instead of making them, as I need to take a shoe making class. It is worth the expense to to this, and forget about ever trying to make socks. I, at this point in my doll making, refuse to even try to make a pair of socks. HaHa Well, my time is over. Good Bye.