The remaining dolls begun last March (as we were listing our old house to sell) are now almost finished. There are two completed 21" Izannah Walker repros, with clothing and all. There will be three more by the first of December, as well as three 16" Izannahs. I've got them all painted and assembled, ready for their second skin and new clothes!
I had to stop in the midst of it all because I got a commission order for an 18.5" Izzy, and she'll be headed to Maryland at the end of the week. So why is this post called Little Lessons? Because this mad rush to finish so much so quickly has had me sitting quietly while I work, oddly enough. And as I'd posted last time, that quiet work allows me to think.
It's a scary job, living in my head, but somebody's gotta do it.
|The newest Izannah Walker (18.5") and an Experimental Friend who needs eyelids. See the one hanging by her toes in the upper right? She was drying, not being tortured. I promise.|
Some things I've observed: small organizational efforts really do add up and help in the long run. I've been afraid of this studio for months, overwhelmed by the immensity of what needed doing. I made some good changes this weekend, and there's hope.
On a less philosophical note, there are two other things that might seem like a "DUH!" moment for some of you, but here goes.
A. Clean your acrylic paint brushes with water and soap. I keep an old sour-cream tub for water at my paint table to clean brushes as I go, but you'd be amazed at the paint that comes out with soap that water doesn't get. That paint is what hardens at the join and eventually makes it less flexible. I finally learned that if I'll take all the damp brushes to the sink at the end of a painting session and scrub soap into them, they stay flexible and smooth much longer.
B. Get a new needle! Being of a (
I have made another declaration as well, regarding the studio cleanup effort. Rather than "It Will Be Clean" by a certain date, I believe that those little efforts--putting a bit of cleanup on my plate before the yummy desert of creativity--will get me where I want to be.
Happy Veteran's Day.