I haven’t been working on art this month – mostly just playing in the “garden” and organizing things. The “garden” has bloomed beautifully with summer coming so early to Portland this year. I’m using quotes around the word “garden because I have only a deck and a lot of pots for my garden!
Here’s one of Mary of the Roses – she’s gotten a little faded this year and now both of her hands have broken, so she stands behind the roses, serene and beautiful.
This girl had a birthday on the 3rd, my dancer daughter, Cait.
She and her husband celebrated her birthday in Hawaii this year. When Cait was born my mother found her so beautiful and perfect, she said, “Oh I wish I could have another baby.” Which made us all laugh, but set me to thinking about her statement!
The following year remembering what she had said I decided to make my mother a doll for her Christmas gift. A life- sized baby doll, just like Cait. I came across these old Instamatic photos recently and thought I would share them for a laugh!
I had no idea what I was doing. I just went out and bought some stuff called “Sculpy,” a new product that you could sculpt and bake in the oven or air dry and paint. I don’t think it was meant for large projects, but more as a way to make small figurines, or jewelry parts. I had bigger ideas! I made the head and even though it wasn’t exactly solid, it weighed a ton. I thought it might grow less heavy as it dried – but not so much.
The arms and legs were fairly easy, and I hollowed them out pretty well. I was very disappointed as I recall, because I couldn’t achieve a porcelain looking finish with the acrylics I used to paint it with. Also I couldn’t get the surface smooth enough – I didn’t know I could sand the stuff. (no internet to research the answers back then)
Painting the face is when I really began to despair. It really didn’t look too bad before I painted it.
Don’t laugh!!! They say its the thought that counts, right? – and that’s what I kept telling myself, determined to finish the thing now. I made it a stuffed body so it would feel cuddly (ha). I can’t imagine what it would have weighed if I’d sculpted the whole thing! Of course my mother thought it was wonderful and carried the thing around all evening. It weighed as much as a real baby, and the head was very floppy because it weighed so much and I couldn’t figure out a way to attach it so it didn’t flop! But it was fun, and now a memory I always recall on Cait’s birthday.
This is my new batch of rusty things I just got them yesterday from Etsy. Yes. I am rust deprived and have to resort to purchasing my rust! I have two more packages coming – I can hardly wait! The hammer to the left of the photo is the cutest little thing. Its a claw head hammer about 8 or 9 inches long. The handle is wooden, and the head is metal, rusty, of course!