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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reliquary Shrine Doll...Done!

From the inside... out,

From top... to bottom,

It's all about Emily Dickinson's soul-stirring poetry.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saint Nick...Two-By-Two!

This forlorn fellow is one-of-two Saint Nicholas dolls headed 
for the "Artful Giving" Show in Millville... to help ring-in a bit of
Christmas cheer!  (Sad-Sack... huh?)

Well... this guy will win-over their hearts...
Though the truth is... I'm loving his forlorn counterpart!

These two are paper clay over cloth, a repurposed vintage wool blanket
became their coats and hoods, with fabric remnants on the hoods.
Distressed wooden legs and a wooden base seemed to work.

I did mention to Katie that he reminds me a little bit of...
(are you ready for this?)
Boris Karloff!  
Blessings to you and yours in this Advent season!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Opening Show... Artful Giving!

It was a brisk 31 degrees outside the gallery... looking in!
But the atmosphere inside... was inviting!

Lisa, from the gallery, informed me that one of the three
rough 'n tumble "kindred spirits" sold before she even had 
a chance to set out the dolls for the show... a customer came
through the gallery and snatched him right up!

If you find your way to South Jersey...
be sure to stop by the Riverfront Renaissance Art Center on High Street
 and take a peek!  The gallery is full of treasures!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Artful Giving Show... Millville!

These three rough 'n tumble "kindred spirits" will be in the
Riverfront Renaissance Gallery "Artful Giving" Show & Sale
during the next month... the opening reception is tomorrow night! 

These three fellows are rag-stuffed, vintage toy advertisement transfers
with sculpted paper clay faces and vintage skeleton key arms...
What a hoot!

For obvious reasons... this guy just won my heart over!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Reliquary Shrine Doll for ADQ Challenge!

I can hardly believe that it has been over a month since
I have found my way here... to post!  Shame on me!
Life has a way... of distracting us at times; wouldn't you say?

I have been working this past week on a new mixed-media doll
for the Art Doll Quarterly challenge: "Black & White"

In a word (actually two): Emily Dickinson

This W.I.P. has been inspired and coaxed along 
for about a half-of-century of admiration, 
reading, researching, and even a little "sleuth-stalking"...
 when visiting Amherst, Massachusetts  years ago! 

 The "body" of this mixed-media doll will house some memorabilia                that relates to Emily Dickinson and her work... 

The "house" will eventually be covered with some of her public domain 
poems and pieces of decorative tissue and handmade papers.

Her head is a photo transfer on bleached Osnaburg fabric
(my attempt to keep it "black and white").
Using charcoal pencils and acrylic paint, I have added brush strokes
to the image and fabric, for some added interest.

I hope to post more pics... soon. (wink!)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Down Jersey....Stopping by a Cemetery!

It was an ideal afternoon to do a bit of "leaf peeping"
in South Jersey... ending up in the historic town of Greenwich. 

The Old Cemetery of Greenwich Presbyterian Church
was the perfect place to stop... so many stories to tell,
about so many different lives... lived so well.
(tea-burners, craftsmen, Revolutionary soldiers, doctors, 
preachers, school masters; all with a story that should be told)

At first glance, this pile of smaller stones was unsettling...
only to find out that these are "foot stones" that 
have been gathered over the past three centuries.
At one time both a "head" stone and a "foot" stone
were placed as burial markers. 

In the background... the old brick church; built in 1736.
It originally occupied a 34 by 44 foot space.
The stone in the foreground was placed a century later.

"Hope... aged 24 years, 2 months, and 5 days"
(we didn't measure time much differently, two centuries ago)

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, 
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."
~Proverbs 13:12 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Day at the Wheaton Arts Festival

Stroll with us on this glorious South Jersey afternoon,
as we share some highlights from the festival...
at Wheaton Arts in Millville:

From this delicately, detailed carved wren... (Tom Ahern)
To the whimsical work of fall gourds fashioned into birds. (KuKu)

(see who won my heart over...)

From delightful Fimo tree frogs and "friends"... (Small Wonder)
To owls captured in a photographer's lens. (Andy Smith)

From woven basketry, detailing nature's best... (Samuel Yao)
To woven ash that is as traditional as the festival. (Mary May)

From contemporary mixed-media... (Daryl Harwood)
To just plain... contemplative! (Daryl Harwood)

It was a festival... a feast... for the eyes and soul!

Oh... and did we mention "food"???
There's nothing like a chili-dog... on a cool October day!