Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Eyes


I have a confession to make. A few years back I discovered totally by accident how to use my secret element to make eyes. When this happened I was thrilled as the truth is I've never felt very comfortable painting eyes. As it would happen the eyes of my dolls have made them my own and I'm grateful for this accidental discovery.



But I can't deny that I'm always so impressed and intrigued by peoples ability to make such life like eyes and thought I'd give it a whirl.
With a little help from one of my ADO team mate, Susie McMahon I've managed to give my last two dollies some hand painted eyes. Please take the time to check out Susie's blog and work, she is an amazing artist and just a wonderful person as well. Susie is an accomplished artist with great knowledge and she is so willing to share with and help her fellow artist. I feel privileged to have come to know her through the art doll world.

I will certainly still be using my regular eyes for most my dollies but I'm feeling a bit accomplished in having actually painted eyes. I've been telling myself for years that I can't paint eyes and well...apparently I can:) The funny ways we limit ourselves....

14 comments:

ODD imagination said...

FANTASITC job on the eyes Colleen! I love the way the create yet another level of depth and expression to your art dolls.
It's been a while since I stopped by...
Hugs!

Artes da Libélula said...

Hello, I fell for your blog .. and I also love the movie Harold and Maude ....
Congratulations is all eerily beautiful here !!!!!

Dragonfly

Sue said...

Colleen these eyes look amazing!

It's funny as I have been playing with trying to make eyes (I usually paint mine). I'm fascinated by the
eyes that some of the artists like
Nicole West make. So far I haven't had any luck, but experimenting is fun (kinda LOL)

Sue

Pattee said...

I've always loved your eyes Colleen~they are haunting.

But these new eyes are fantastic as well ~ glad you have 2 ways to do eyes now!

oldblackcatboo said...

LOL!
I'm sitting here laughing at myself!...I've taken off my glasses and I have my nose almost pressed against the computer screen!
Those eyes are Freakin' FANtastic!
But so are your other eyes!
Hell, so are you!
XOXO - Cindi

Gia said...

Great job Colleen! Eyes are always such a pain in the ass to paint, I had to find an alternative way to make them myself that's become my signature too. So nice to be able to paint them though huh? Your dolly's look great either way. Love them all!

Pinkypix2 said...

wow those i's are freakingly scary and cool

duendes said...

hi, i loved your dolls.hugs

Добронрава said...

Terribly and interestingly!!! BRAVO!!!

dollmaker96 said...

Dear Colleen,
I have been looking at your blog for about a year and finally I decided to say something. I find your figures interesting and haunting. I like the way you do the eyes since it gives them a unique look that only you have. Your new Alice is very different from your usual kind of figure. I wonder why this one has a different style.
Connie Turner

Nancy Tobin said...

Oh these are just amazingly wonderful! My daughter (17) has aspirations to put her dolls and puppets into an Etsy shop. I will definitely send her the link to your blog and store!
Thank you for sharing your talent with the world!
Nancy Jean

BigWayne said...

Maybe it's the eyes doing it, but when I first saw these they reminded me of the characters from the CN cartoon show Ruby Gloom. Especially Misery, the dark eyed purple girl.

Loveless said...

wow. sort of creepy but way cool. come check out my blog sometime if you want :)

Linda said...

Well done! Now you know you can paint eyes, what will your next discovery be?


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