Monday, April 30, 2012

Finding my way-Part 2

So every time I get myself into this place where I am exploring a new art form, I am racked with guilt because I am creating just for myself and not really making anything to sell. As I have said in my last post I am coming to terms with this aspect of the artistic life, and learning how it is also very valuable.
By allowing myself to explore I have found that the inspiration as to how this is going to fit into my professional life will come.
And it has!
What I have learned from all of this art journaling,
 or rather re-connected with,
Those who have been buying my doll patterns from the beginning may have noticed that they have become more and more illustrative through the years. I have decided that along with publishing some new doll patterns, I would also like to share my 12+ years of dollmaking experience.
 So I have decided to publish a series of little art-zines all about dollmaking and dollmaking techniques.
These will be very illustrated and cover all sorts of techniques and topics that relate to dollmaking. 

I would love your help!

You may have noticed my poll at the top of the screen. I would love to know what types of techniques you would be interested in. Also, if you have any other suggestions of things you would like to learn PLEASE feel free to drop me a comment! I would love to hear any and all suggestions you may have on the subject.

Thank you all so much for visiting!
 I promise not to be such a stranger!!!


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Finding my way Part-1

I feel like every time I make a new post these days it is to assure you all that I am still here!

I have been on what I thought might be an artistic tangent-or another painting jag, as I have referred to it in the past. Every 18 months or so I just really feel the urge to paint and mess around with all of my fine art supplies. This time seems to be a little different. This time as I discovered art journaling I have come to realize that I need to make drawing a permanent, everyday part of my life. 

What is art journaling?

 What I have discovered is that it it something completely different than what I thought it was. I have kept a sketchbook all of my life. I have always used it as a place to just sketch out ideas and make some notes. There was rarely anything in it that was very developed, nothing more than quick thumbnail type sketches. I saved all of my more developed and elaborate work for finished pieces, either on canvas or a finished doll or some type of needlework piece.
And all of that is fine. 
But when I began to art journal, I found it was a place to play with techniques and ideas in and of themselves. I learned to go beyond the random sketches, but without the pressure of it being perfect the way a finished piece would be. For me it is a kind of inner ground or middle place. I can treat each page as a place to play with an idea and take it as far as I want it to go without the pressure of it having to be perfect.
I don't think I have ever really experienced this kind of artistic freedom before. 
Suddenly I was creating only for me,
not with the intention to sell it or even show it to anyone else! I didn't have the pressure of it having to be "good". It's not about that.
I feel like for the first time I have discovered how to practice the "work" of artwork.
 And it is a complete and utter joy!
I used to always feel a self imposed guilt for doing any artwork that wasn't going to eventually become something for the marketplace.
But now I am beginning to understand that all of this exploration and "play", which is the "work" of artwork, is what helps me bring my own authentic artistic voice to the marketplace. I'm finding out that it is necessary to my artistic development. And the fact that it is so fun and brings me so much joy is just icing on the cake! I thank God for that. He has given me the gift of artistic talent, and then provided a way for me to express it. And I think that when we live out what God has created us to do we cannot help but be joyful.
how does all of this translate into the life of a professional artist?
Well, I have some irons on the fire. Some fun plans for the future and things I would like to bring to you, my wonderful friends and patrons.
They are mostly doll related. 
Stay tuned, I will reveal more in part 2 of this post!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rose on Ebay!

Really one of the sweetest dolls I have ever made and I am nearing the 500 mark! Can you imagine? 500 dolls? It is probably a little more than that, as I haven't always kept the best records, and, I didn't include dolls made for family and friends.
Rose is on ebay for 5 days only! 
If you are interested in her, don't hesitate, once she is gone, she's gone!
Also this month, I am offering the Hunny Bunnies on TDIPT Mercantile.
These are the original bunnies from the pattern cover.
I love these two, and have displayed them in my own home. But I have decided to make a new pair in different colors, just for variety, so these two are looking for a new home. 

Aren't they cute?

Coming soon!
I will be having a sample sale in the very near future!
 This will include dolls, finished cross stitch pieces, pillows and stitcheries. 
So stay tuned for that!

Have a wonderful Holy Week and a Happy Easter!