Saturday, 29 May 2010

Bald Doll and a Visit

This is one of two dolls I am working on at the moment and I love how their faces are turning out. They are based on Queen Anne dolls. I am going to experiment with ageing them, but I quite like the clean look of the paint now. I am going to use very shiny varnish on their eyes to try to make them look like glass. I like the bald stage of a doll. I never really plan how to do the hair and then I get to this point and think 'Oh, hair, hmm, or shall I just leave them bald?'

Today we visited Dad and Joan. We had a lovely walk down to the village (on this website the google street view is the road we walked down!) to see an exhibition of Kent artists' work, have a quick browse in the bric-a-brac and a half of bitter in the pub. Then back for a delicious lunch. This is one of Dad's bonsai trees. He is a man of many interests, and bonsai has been one for a long time, so he has a great collection. He is a really good gardener so I don't know what happened to me!

This is the enticing entrance to the barn where the exhibition was held. The barn is about 600 years old. It makes a great exhibition space. This is the view from the barn across the pond. There was a variety of work as you would expect. I didn't get a catalogue so cannot link to any artists apart from this one. She made lovely circus themed ceramics and paintings which I really liked. I also took a fancy to a painting of a lobster, and a raku cat. No purchases were made today though!

I hope your weekend is going well!


nana_ang_poppaphil said...

You are so talented and creative with your dolls.

Hope that the rest of your weekend is enjoyable.

parallel-botany said...

Your doll is turning out lovely. I love her dotted cheeks!

I always wanted to try Bonsai, but i'm not good with plants, and they seem to take a fair amount of know-how -- training with wire, snipping down the roots, etc. I would love to see more of your dad's collection.


Gabbi said...

Lovely doll, always a fan of your creations Sarah! Also, the pond view is amazing. Wonderful surroundings.

Linda Sue said...

I know what you mean- I love dolls in process, before they are well defined, I love the one you are making- she is so pretty without hair!
Your flicker shot of the glowing ears, like a pixie...SO GOOD!

Lori Saul said...

Lovely expressive doll Sarah! She would look lovely with a silk scarf (gypsie like) on her head- she has such a wonderful face. Your Dad's Bonsai is amazing- it takes a lot of love and patience to keep them in top shape like this! Cheers!

Sonia ;) said...

So bansai trees..not a whole lot of green thumb here either. Wow love the pictures.


aimee said...

beautiful doll! i love her bald head!

Anonymous said...

Bryan was heavy into bonsai a few years ago and had quite a few old Japanese Maple specimens. Unfortunately our schedules no longer allowed us to take time with them so we returned them to the earth (I am quite certain that the bonsai artists we bought them from would frown at this). They are now beautiful low grafted trees in our mulch beds. Someday he says he'd like to get back into it when time allows. It looks like your Dad has some beautiful ones.

KindredSpirit said...

love her big eyes!