I just finished another framed art doll. This one emerged entirely from the face. I tend to work strictly on instinct. When this interesting face appeared and I instantly saw the whole piece in my mind. It was exciting because I have not worked often in a more pastel palette and I was initially wondering if it would fit into my "look". Ottavia (as she has been newly dubbed) started with a serene expression and a slightly longer face. It reminded me of the film "The Tale of Despereaux." I loved the colors in that movie so that gave me a direction. First order of business - a tiny violin.
|Stringing the violin.|
I used one of our violins to model this one and strung it as realistically as possible. The bow also has "hair" to give it that true-to-life feeling as well.
Here are the finished pieces.
I designed a gown befitting a proper young lady and created sheet music that will lay in the corner and began to set up the final arrangement.
I painted the more pastel palette and used my aging technique.
I loved the tranquil feel of all of the colors coming together but it still had that bit of drama I adore.
Then Ottavia was given a mane of fair hair.
As a final touch I added a portrait of William Byrd. He was an English composer of the Renaissance and wrote for Queen Elizabeth. A little bit of history for you.
At last Ottavia was complete and secured to her frame. I find I love working in frames. It gives me the chance to create an environment that can tell a little more about each character and I am sure it won't be long before another face inspires another framed work.