Saturday, November 2, 2013

Of Art Classes and Seemingly Dead Dolls

Mercedes - Day of the Dead inspired doll

   Some of you know that I've been experimenting with painting. Since that first post, I've discovered the vast world of online art classes. In my search for new techniques I stumbled upon Danita Art's online workshop Mixed Media from the Heart. For me, the best part of Danita's class is that from day one she encourages her students to find their own voice and create art that is true to them. I'll be sharing some of my recent paintings soon, but for now I'd like to share a doll.

   Curiously enough, joining a mixed media workshop inspired me to make a new doll. I guess, in a way, it's still mixed media artwork - just not the kind I was hoping for.

   How did this happen?

Las Catrinas by Danita Art | Available on Etsy


   If you browse through Danita's blog or her shop you'll notice that Frida Kahlo and the Day of the Dead are recurrent themes in her artwork. Seeing her beautifully rendered Catrinas made me want to create one of my own. Mercedes was born from this sudden urge.

Mercedes - Day of the Dead inspired doll
   She's yet another doll that has taken me way out of my comfort zone. Making her painted face was fun and scary at the same time. I wasn't sure if my collectors would be interested in such a doll, but I just had to make her. Lucky for me - my fear was unfounded. I fell in love with the finished doll and she was well received by others. In fact, she's already in her new Australian home.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Yadira!

    I love it that your talent and interest are diversifying. Congratulations on your newly found venture! With your hardwork, creativity and talent, I know this is another endeavor that will impress everyone.

    Have a great week ahead :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. You've always been supportive of everything I do and I'm grateful for that.

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  2. I just love her!!! The painting is done very well and she is quite a distinctive doll!!!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, I had the urge to make this doll, but didn't know how she was going to turn out. I really liked the end result. She was a first, but I don't think she will be the last.

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