I so often say that my dolls take on a life of their own. The process is a multiple layering effect.
Again, as it frequently does, it starts out with an inspiration that I use when creating the head in clay. This is where the 2-D (dimensional) artist still lives. I work in a wet clay that allows me to use water and a brush to smooth and make strokes in the clay as I sculpt. Often I tell myself I am painting in grey (or is it clay... smiling).
Once the head is in a mold then it goes into its next layer of discovery. As I perfect my technique, I do not need to spend as much time here as I did in the past. In the past, I would get to this layer and see things I didn't see in the clay. It has been the death of many a doll, as I couldn't continue with what I saw, and I had to start all over. Martin Short, the comedian actor in a TV interview, said we must all have a back- up plan because even in his comedy presentations, things don't necessarily always work out the way he had originally planned. I think this is true of any artist. The willingness to start again in perfecting our art is what sets a Master Artist apart.
The final layer is where the doll has made it past the cleaning phase and into bisque and paint. Even here, many of my dolls express their own opinions in the creative process, which is the fun for me. After all, who really likes playing alone? This is where it is nice to have several back-up plans (or supplies in my case). Here is where my Huckaberry inspiration turned to Acorn as the red headed little fae said nope... that isn't who he wanted to be. He was going to be blue eyed and very blonde and he reminded me I had a special little cap already made for him.
Welcome to my blog. This is where I will reveal the magic of my Faes and share with you some of the success and pitfalls through the journey of doll making, sculpting, and other crafts that all come back to my dolls in many ways.