Thursday, February 10, 2011

Art doll work in progress

I'm not sure how it happens. The clay gets warm in my hands and I begin to sculpt and form and without really thinking about it, the doll begins to be revealed. Yes, I have an original idea in my mind and maybe I even sketched it out but, the doll truly creates itself. 

The ideas flow as I work with the clay. This one in particular has evolved during the process. I didn't know at the beginning that she would end up becoming a wood sprite with a dress made of leaves.

Here she is; unfinished. I have yet to seal the clay and then the wonderful task of selecting the acrylic paints begins. I have a fondness for autumn. One, I love trees. Two, I love the colors, scents, and food of fall. 
I imagine her being a shy creature. She hides among the leaves of gold and ruby.
What should I name her?


Lorraine said...

wow look at this isnt it cool..I quite like it unpainted as it reminds me of classical statues

Anonymous said...

I love her neck! Dressing her in leaves does make her a wood sprite!
Lorraine has a point, but in keeping with your Fall theme, go for the color!
XO Mother

Kimmie said...

Valentina ;-)

mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted

Anonymous said...

I can hardly wait until you paint her! She is so very lovely, and the leaves, the tiny, intricate leaves are amazing. I would choose a Celtic name...maybe go to a Celtic name website for mythical wood sprites...just a suggestion.
love you!
I do have a Celtic book of names...but I don't know where I put it.

Shariyah said...

Hello Rebecca,
Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and for your sweet message & the invitation to visit your blog too! I must say, I was just in "awe" when I started look at your clay dolls... you are incredible! I made my first clay doll a couple years ago, and what an incredible experience! (it is on my 'to do' list, I'd love to make at least one a month!) but anyways, your dolls are just exquisite, I wish we lived closer so I could learn from you and 'feed' off of your creative talents! :) You have a beautiful family too, and triplets - plus one!!! Wow, how do you find time to create as a busy mum?!?! You are definitely an inspiration to me, and I will follow and be back more to explore your beautiful blog and amazing work! I look forward to talking to you again soon!
Peace & Love, from New Zealand!

Deborah said...

Your dolls are lovely and I would love to see her when she's done. Triplets, huh? Can't imagine how you find time to make anything :)

rochambeau said...

Wonderful Rebecca!

Anonymous said...

This is such a beautiful piece Rebecca, I love her pure and unpainted, the leaves really stand out. I am curious to see what she will be like finished. I agree tress are essential, beautiful, life forms.
I suggest Arduinna, (goddess of the Ardennes Forest) as a name. She is a Gaulish or Brythonic deity.

Abi said...

Oh I love the leaf accents. Looking forward to seeing her finished.
As for a name? have you chosen one yet?
I'd have to name her....
Amicitia ~ Which means friendship in Latin :O)

WindandHoney said...

Oh my goodness she is so cute! You are very talented.

Dixie Sargent Redmond said...

Oh, my! What a beautiful creation. :-)