A gift prompted me to think about a theme that seems to run through my studio….Angels, Cherubs and Dolls. I played with paper dolls as a child but those were the only ones. I was too busy playing in and on the water. There are a lot of little boats in there too but that's another story.
I did own one doll that my Uncle gave me when he came home from the war – WWII. She’s Martha Washington and one of her eyes was missing but she was beautiful anyway. She lived in my bedroom at our lake home until my brother and sister-in-law moved in there. I believe someone was going to try to repair her eye but that never happened and Martha disappeared.
She was a sit-on-the-shelf-and-look-at-me kind of doll which was fine with me, as I mentioned, I didn’t play with dolls… that is until a few years back when a couple of artist friends asked me if I’d like to be part of an art doll collaborative. Elzabeth was the beginning….
I’ve always collected angels but they were Christmas Angels; gifts from my mother, my spouse and later our son. Since the doll thing started that collection has gone beyond Christmas and I've made a few myself.
|A chorus of angels that hang in the doorway|
|A few that sit on a bookcase along with a couple of owls (and photos of my son)|
|Even in my herb garden|
After Elzabeth another collaborative, this time a mermaid…. I am a Pisces after all. Next thing I knew I was making and collecting. The following photos are some examples… some I made, some I bought and some are gifts. There are more scattered around but that would mean taking way too many photos. I think you get the idea….