My love of nature and love of paper have influenced my love of drawing, painting and making things for as long as I can remember. For me, there is excitement in the visual pleasure I get from copying the beauty of nature. The colors. The gentleness. With my artwork, I seek to inspire and enlighten the viewer.
I told you one time, on my other blog, about these dolls that my grandmother's brother in Germany sent to me when I was a child. His name was Oswald and I have included him in several of my art pieces lately. I love these two little "twin" dolls and I guess they remind me of Heidi.
But I think my favorite was always this larger doll in the middle. She always brought Heidi to mind too. She is 6 inches long, so you see they are all small dolls, but beautiful.
I never met "Uncle Oswald", but he must have been a very very kind person to think of me. He wrote to my grandmother, who we lived with, and I still have some of his letters to her.
I knew they were something special, so I never really played with them. They look just as they did when I got them.
When we moved into this house, my mother lived with us and moved along with us. Her health was failing and she was with us for about two more years. When she died, I wanted so much to keep her memory alive in whatever way I could. I wanted her around me. She loved pink.
We bought those flowered pink couches and then my art teacher had this watercolor that matched perfectly!
Pink flowers from Bella Fiori!
My mother's crocheted afgan in pinks.
My grandmother's cups and saucers that she brought over from Germany. Pinks and purples.
A rosey plate from a garage sale.
A framed mirror that I made at one of Rosie's workshops with paste paper.
I assembled lots of other pinks...
to go with my mother's pink dishes...
and started looking for these pink statues that I would find in antique shops. This charming couple...
this bashful girl...
another cute couple...
and this telephone. My mother loved the old time telephones!
And then there was pink girl and...
and these lovelies that she had for years, all the while I was growing up.
Packed all my Valentine stuff away and forgot to post some of my February treasures here. This gal is still hanging around. I made her one year, before my valentine party, to sit at the little dolls' tea party. Her tea companion changes from year to year, according to who Danielle chooses to be at the party. She's just a funny rag doll, but I had fun making her and I love her jewelry and her button mouth.
She's dressed for the occasion with her heart fabric dress and look at those beautiful red shiny buttons!
A long time ago, in our first house, I had a wonderful neighbor and we became great friends. Her name is Ida. She taught me how to make egg ornaments. Many times, in the evening when the children were asleep, we would get together and work on them.
We would take apart old jewelry and look in all the stores to collect tiny things to put into our eggs. There was a woman who owned a very special store called "Crescent Landscaping" where we would buy rolls of gold cord and extra beads and do-dads. She had everything.
After blowing them, letting them dry and applying the gold cord, we would use a tiny scissor to cut openings in the eggs for special things to show through or sometimes leave them as they were and decorate with the finest embellishments.
Each one was a treasure to us, and as soon as we finished one we were on to another, thinking that one would be the best.
They have lasted all this time, about 45 years now. I love them as much now as I did then. And I love the memory of that time. I guess that's what I love most.