Friday, March 21, 2008
I'd like you to meet Hope and Intensity, my new Butterfly Angels.
Hope has beautiful Monarch wings and Intensity has a simple set of butterfly wings.
These girls are fun to create. What surprises me, each and every one of them turns out so differently. I love the process of creating a doll and how she devolopes her own personality along the way. I have dozens of ideas and some that I want to put into action this weekend. The sketch book is out and filling up with notes, mini sketches, and swatches of materials that I may or may not use in the creative process. But at least I'm getting organized well enough that I can come back to an idea and not have to push one stack of papers and items onto another stack of papers and more items (ha); my space is slowly getting a creative edge all its own. Amongst disorganization grows organization...anyway, the ideas are there and not forgotten somewhere in my head or on my art table and this is a far better way to go.
As for ART, I need to find a better way to paint the eyes, and mouth...and I'm thinking that I need to use translucents in order to get the effect I'm looking for. On both of these dolls I've used watercolor pencils for the lips and have painted in the eyes. One thing about the watercolor paints, it's easy to tone the color down if needed. It could be that I don't have a fine enough brush to get into the eyes with and this is easily solved with a sharp pair of scissors to trim a fine brush down even finer.
In a few other dolls that are just hanging around my creative space, their little glass bead eyes work out great, so I may go back to inserting the tiny beads as I love the look and the shine of the glass. It's almost as if their eyes follow me around the room, which can be good or bad, depending on if you get the eerie feeling that someone is watching you.
Well, I'm off to work on the next Butterfly Angel....or...she could take on a new form as I go and she could be something totally different. We'll see where she takes me in the process.