As many of you know I am on a quest this year to be published in more national magazines. I have been checking all the CALL FOR ARTISTS in the magazines that I love to look at and be inspired by....This was a call for artist put out by ART DOLL QUARTERLY which they challenged artist to make dolls out of gourds. These 2 were my submissions, and they have contacted me and they will be published in the fall issue of the magazine. I am so excited, honored and feeling joyous about this FIRST STEP! Now, I have never made dolls out of gourds before, but someone gave me a bag of gourds that has been in my garage for the past 5 years! I always wanted to do something with them, but originally thought of bird houses!! I went through the bag and decided that these gourds were the ones that spoke to me!!
My heart is in the Garden...was the first one that I made...The face came and then her bodice just sort of painted itself...because the gourd would not sit straight I opted to place it on the grapevine wreath and embellish it....The hat is made from felt and I just love her whimsical look!!
A Pair in a Chair...was inspired by a photo of my sister and I when we were young!! I originally thought I would use the photo's of our faces, but these gourds wanted to speak for them self! So I took doll parts and made the legs and once they were completed placed them on a little wooden chair that I had painted up....
This has been a year of challenges in all sorts of ways for me and I am so happy to have this first soon to be published piece under my belt....Just makes me so totally aware that the POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks to all who visit and view and for all the loving support and inspiration! Share in my happiness.....