You Have to Believe



When you're in process with a work, sometimes they get to a stage where they're downright ugly and it's hard to believe they will ever be what you envision.

 

It's hard to believe that THIS above 
can become the doll on the left below.
But it can.


Being an artist is not a straight progression from point A to point B.  Being an artist is about problem solving. The glue stockinette layer will dry for 24 hours.  I'll pick off any glue blemishes.  Then I will be filling in the crevices where the stockinette meets.  Gesso will be applied to the head twice, maybe three times.  Then I'll paint her.  These dolls are very labor intensive, as many of you who have taken the Izannah Walker Workshop have found out.  

You have to be in a very patient mood to apply stockinette.  Calm music doesn't hurt, either.  ;-)

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden




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