I had started working on a second doll with an enameled mask even before the recent sale of her predecessor “Carnivale”. Taking my hand hammered copper faces to a new place with the addition of torch fired enamel provides a multitude of new design and color options.
Mirror Mask art doll
This doll, Mirror Mask, has an additional bit of intrigue for the viewer. Where Carnivale was wearing her mask and only allowed a glimpse of her enameled eyes, Mirror Mask has pulled her mask slightly away from her face. What the viewer glimpses behind is their own image in a mirror. With her hair piled high and bejeweled, and her peacock hued gown and walking stick, she’s obviously off to a very interesting ball.
The other piece I’ve been working on this week goes in a different direction. While still technically an art doll, she will be one that can reside inside or out. I have several shows coming up in the next few months, and at least one takes place in a garden setting. I’ve decided to create some “garden dolls” for that show. the torso of the first is cast concrete utilizing a recycled plastic bottle for my form. She is still curing in my outside workspace, so ill wait to share an image of her in my next post.
I added several new things to the site today. The first is my latest art doll creation, Carnival. As you can see she is masked and ready to attend a ball in Venice. She stands on her own with the help of her very fancy walking stick, and an interesting pair of metal shoes. Her face is torch-fired white enamel and metallic paint on hand-hammered copper.
If you look at her addition to my Art Dolls page you will also notice that she and all my other available dolls now have a price listed beside their title.
I have been researching different on-line sales options lately. To tell the truth, it made my head spin. If you do a search on selling art there are literally hundreds of options from the sprawling Etsy stores to small juried media specific options. Some are free, some charge percentages, others a membership fee and all claim to be able to put your work before millions and millions of collectors.
I decided that I’d first try to see what would happen if I added the option to my own site. So, you may also notice a new page listed in the menu titled Art Doll Purchase. I figured that since my dolls really are one of a kind figure sculptures, that I would handle any inquiries with collectors one-on-one as well.
I will be trying to add and keep the doll gallery as up to date as possible, and will be phasing out listing new work on my Fine Art America page, as they are more suited to 2D work, and don’t seem to show up as high on searches anymore. Besides, all the double listing and updating, is getting a bit too time consuming.
If you were wondering about my other sculptures, for the time being I’m only going to do this with my art dolls as they are much more shipping friendly.
Happy New Year!
(apologies to the Dragon for the title paraphrase)