I’ve been working on several projects in the studio this week. With copper faces and other “bits and pieces”, all of my art dolls have a steampunk flavor to them, but some obviously more than others. “Fly” certainly fits into that category.
I find that I time and again return to the theme of details in these small figure sculptures, and that these sometimes lead in a direction not originally intended. With “Fly”I began with the intention of creating an updated version of an earlier piece that was captured in the motion of taking off herself. When I had Fly just about done, and was preparing to take photographs, she appeared unfinished. She to need a job to do. Apparently she is the steampunk fairy that helps newly emerged butterflies and moths to fly themselves.
Lady of the Wood
This second art doll will be titled Lady of the Wood. She was created in response to an art doll challenge. I’m not quite sure if she is complete yet. After looking at her photos I felt that there is still something she needs. I’ll share a full length photo when I figure out what that something is.
For both of these dolls I think that I will be changing their positioning, as each seems to require a bit more animation . I guess another photo session is in the future of both.
I just finished setting up a Flickr feed as another place to share images of my art dolls. Why? Like many artists I try to increase the exposure of my work to a wider audience. Exactly the best way to do this online is a question I see raised often. If I’m to believe the greatest portion of my blog comments and replies (spam) some people have Search Engine Optimization and web promotion all figured out, and they are only too happy to help you increase yours… for a fee, of course.
The fact that the landscape keeps changing, and what worked last year no longer does, makes it even more challenging. Anyone with a separate Facebook fan page for their work knows that now even those who had taken the time to “like” your page probably don’t see your posts on their news feed. You have to pay to “boost” your posts, or run ads for that to happen. I got another such surprise when I went to add a new image to my Fine Art America page last week. As a 3D artists I never had any reason to use their paid service to sell prints or canvases of my work. Recently, they limited the number of images that free users could have to 25. I have about four times that already. I’d have to sit and delete 75+ one at a time to add just one new piece of work. You can upgrade to a premium account to address the issue. Needless to say, don’t check there for my new work.
Hopefully, some of the new things I’ve added like Pinterest boards and a Flickr stream, or that I’ve done like changing the way I name and tag images will help. There are some things I’m still researching like coordinated Instagram and Twitter usage. Others, like opening an Etsy shop, I just don’t think are for me.
Right here where you are on my blog will remain the best way to keep up with what I’m working on, like “Reading” that I photographed earlier today. If you’re an artist friend, share what you do or are trying to get your work out. I’d love to hear.
I would guess that most often artists find themselves creating from their own ideas, or perhaps those of a patron for a commission. Occasionally we do create for an upcoming show’s predetermined theme. For these shows serendipity can sometimes play a role, and when a “call-to-artists” is read there is already something completed and on hand that is just right. Other times you have to sit down with the sketchbook and think of something that perhaps you wouldn’t have.
In general, I like creating for these shows, and the way they force you to stretch creatively. That is not to say that some do not drive me to distraction. About a month ago I worked on one such piece. I’ll share that one in a couple of weeks when the show goes up in the gallery.
Below is my newest art doll “Wednesday’s Child.” She was created in answer to a monthly challenge that is posted by an art doll group that I belong to. I hadn’t created any dolls to date that were based on nursery rhymes, though it does seem a natural area for fodder given the medium. Gesture in these small figures is always a focus for me. I think her body language says woe, but hopefully she’s thinking of ways to make things better.