Sunday, September 23, 2012

finally finished and on their way...

i've been working on these day of the dead pieces for the annual day of the dead show at mariposa for weeks! 
needless to say, once the diagnosis came in about my ear tumor and i found out what my surgery was going to entail, i pretty much lost most of my focus, art wise.

these ladies have just taken forever for me to finish and ship. 
but, i did it!!
they will be whisking their way to new mexico while i am having my ear operated on on monday....







i was very pleased with how they all turned out. 

i also got some news on friday that has made me very happy and given me something positive to focus on while i get ready for surgery and go through, what i hope, is a short recovery.
i can't tell you all what it is just yet, but i basically have to roll off the operating table and start sculpting! 
ha ha!!

i hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend and i hope to talk to you all later next week!!!

xoxox

♥amber♥

Saturday, September 22, 2012

a picture collage for a lovely saturday...

happy saturday, everybody!

thank you all for the lovely comments this week and the kind words regarding my upcoming ear surgery.
to take my mind off things, i thought i would make a little collage of my work -from the very first piece i ever sculpted to two that are getting ready to ship to out today...


sometimes, when i'm wondering why i bother to try and make a living doing this, it's nice to look back and see how far i've come.
i didn't really have any idea what i wanted to do when i started making dolls...but now i think i have a fairly cohesive look and i always have at least some idea of what i'm doing!! ha ha!!

well, i think it's going to be busy weekend for me as i run around trying to get things ready for monday.
wish me luck!!!

until next time,

♥amber♥

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

and they eyes have it....

....oh i just couldn't resist!!
i've been trying to figure out how to make eyes for my dolls for, well, since i decided to try to make dolls!
finally...i figured it out!!



thanks to my friend, michele lynch for giving me some fantastic instructions!!
so, i guess we'll see if they work for my dolls....

♥amber♥

Monday, September 17, 2012

keep on keeping on....


i could not focus on much of anything this weekend.
i did get this piece started...


but i don't know what to do with the other half of her...

♥amber♥

Friday, September 14, 2012

the good, the great, and the scary....

well, let's see...what's been going on over here at casa de middleton?....
a lot. some good. some a mite scary.

first off, the good...
 i would love to show you some work in progress shots of the latest batch of day of the dead dollies i've been working on. i shared the pencil line pics last week, and here they are getting their paint on:

this girlie was inspired by friend, conchita who suggested the monarch mask with the horns.
i have to say, she may be my new favorite piece of all time!!

this one is a tad more traditional. and her face came out longer and more skull like. happy accidents....

and here are the two of them in all their glory! ha ha!
they are still not completely finished, but pretty close.

i've also been working on some more pieces that hang on the wall....

this one was inspired by the abney park song "victorian vigilante". 
i will make more of these. i promise!!

and a little masked victorian ringmistress.

aaaand...together. they are fairly small compared to the day of the dead pieces above.
i want to make some day of the dead dolls that hang, so that is next on the agenda.

so that's the good. here's the scary....
 i think i may have mentioned this before - over the last couple of months (since november 2011 actually) i've been having trouble with my left ear. i went to the doctor in november 2011 for what i thought was an ear infection. i've seen 4 doctors since then and after many, many tests and trials with antibiotics and the lot, i've been diagnosed with a "glomus tympanicum tumor" which is a vascular tumor and according to my surgeon, major ear surgery. i won't give you the grisly details of what's about to happen to me, but i am considering having kamila mlynarczyk of woodedwoods make a doll for me to commemorate the occasion! ha ! i already feel like a cross between george weasley and frankenstein, and they haven't done anything to me yet....

i'm scheduled to have surgery the week of sept 24th. i've never had surgery or stitches or anything like this before and i'm a little freaked out, but i suppose it has to be done. at least they think it's fairly small and confined to my ear canal. evidently these things can attach to your jugular vein....but they don't think mine has. which is good!!

so, i guess i'll be dealing with that over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, i'm trying to concentrate on art, friends, and good food and good wine.
everything good.....

oh, i almost forgot --- one last thing to share. and this falls into the really good category...
 if you are in the london, ontario area (or not-because they are online) i have 3 dolls at "the great doll harvest" show at dollirium art doll emporium

"after the daughters of demeter carnival ball, 1833"

"oh, the devil of time"

"in the woods behind the midway"

i am beyond honored to be featured alongside some of the most talented and prominent doll artists working today!! it is truly a dream come true to have my dolls showcased at dollirium!!! i wish you could see the grin on my face!!!

i should have some finished shots of the day of the dead dolls later this weekend.

i hope everyone has a great one!

until next time,

♥amber♥

Sunday, September 9, 2012

WIP day of the dead dollies....

trying to get back in the swing of things since hurricane isaac.
been working on some large day of the dead pieces....

this one is going to have a stylized monarch butterfly mask AND she has a butterfly on her chest as well.

this one will be more traditional.
i just bought some new brushes to work on them, but alas, i have to go to my day job today and tomorrow.
perhaps tonight?!
we'll see...

until next time....

♥amber♥