Saturday, 15 December 2012

What I've been getting up to lately. . .

I hadn't posted any new work in a while . . . life's been kind of getting in the way, but I thought I would show you the few things I've managed to get up to over the past month!



First up a Marie Antoinette Matchbox Doll.  Which fits inside a larger matchbox . . . a collage of Marie Antoinettes!

 

She turned out quite nice with flower soft garland and crown accents, and bouquets . . . a bit of sparkle here and there, notably on her shoes and ribbons and what would it possibly say on the back of her box . . . but . . . "Keep Calm and Eat Cake!"



Then this, a commission for a friend.   I love the way it turned out.  The little girl with the pioneer spirit, thoughtful and true . . . and her little orange companion who seems to be . . .



Totally basking in her attentions.  Best Cat I have ever water coloured I think!  I am quite proud of this one!  I turned it into a bookmark actually.

 

It would be sweet laminated I think . . . I may paint a little cover jacket to slip it into . . . one can never have too many bookmarks, I don't think!



Not a great picture because of the time of day it was taken, but this is another little matchbox doll I did, using my Christmas angel character.  I worked hard on this one.  She has gold glitter shoes and halo and iridescent glitter on her wings . . . snow on the ground beneath her feet and a small winter scene in the background of her box just behind her feet. Christmas Baubles and stars hanging over her head.  I quite enjoyed.   It was a challenge to copy her legs just as they were in the original . . .



But I think I managed it.  I quite enjoyed the challenge.



Another matchbox doll, a gift for a friend.  The challenge here was to figure out a way to fill her apron with actual hearts . . .

 

But I did, and she turned out quite nice.  I must make more . . .



The sentiment on the back . . . I apologize for the poor photos, again . . . winter light, wrong time of day!

 

More matchbox dolls made . . . gifts for treasured church friends . . .



I hope that they like them.

  

I finished my Christmas Cook-booklet and it's for sale over in The English Kitchen.


  

Turning sketches from the children's book I am illustrating into colour and bringing them to life.  I hope I am doing a good job at it.



I am enjoying it in any case and now the rush is on to finish it up.  I want to have them all done and handed in before I go to Canada in January.  I have no idea how long I will be there . . . but I do want to have them done before I go.  I have no idea if I will be able to do any painting when I am there.  I think I will be pretty busy taking care of my mom . . . the art may have to go on the back burner for a while.

 

There's been photos taken of brilliant moons . . .



Early morning mists and pewter skies . . .



And frosty petals . . .



And more than a few laughs besides.   I want to wish to each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas.  Thanks for visiting me here at the Artful Heart this year.  One never knows what the next year will bring, but whatever it may be . . . I hope you'll come along with me and

Find the joy.

  “Glance backward, look heavenward, reach outward, press onward” 
~Thomas S Monson