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(Quote from Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky's THE IDIOT, 1869)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Some Finished New Work...

Little Blondie
(click to enlarge)

Blue Girl
Magic is in the Air
Red Circle Folkart Angel
So I've been trying to work in lots, to keep me focused. These last 2 weeks I've been working on about 14-15 or so. The rest are also nearing completion. Magic  is in the Air, Blue Girl, and Red Folkart Angel are all on wood-(7x7 and around 7"diameter). Little Blondie is on wrapped canvas(about 5"x5"). Except for Little Blondie, they have multiple layers of paint, tissue paper patterns, artist papers, maps, etc..Then they were distressed/aged /sealed.  Little Blondie is painted, not collaged.

I think that next week I want to work w/my fabric. Some great finds at local thrift stores...all washed up nicely and shrunk when woolen. Then maybe my jewelry cache, or miscellaneous finds to collage/alter...

I also decided to let the family deal with my painting in the kitchen, 'til my studio is done(we haven't even started). Because, if I keep on waiting for the perfect chunk of time, it just won't happen. Don't worry I keep it all clean-organized little piles when necessary. Luckily, for the painting, my kitchen is big.

There just isn't enough light in our basement yet(has to be wired).

Hand sewing is done in my bedroom on my bed. Machine sewing is done on my dining room table. All this is make shift 'til I can have my studio. The house is plenty big. Have just had a few 'things' on the plate for quite a while. Hubby's ongoing Lung Cancer, my Lyme Disease, 3 kids(2 in college, 1 in middle school)...3 kitties...

The acute Lyme disease was very difficult before, but I have so much of my energy back at this point. When you've had untreated Lyme Disease, and get a bull's eye, it comes on very acutely. Just that, all 3 bull's eyes, were right outside my front door/yard. Have to put out these Tick Tubes by Damminix 2x a year. Not all  of my energy is back, and I can get wacked out tired, so have to watch the late night candles.

I like the Blue Girl. She seems to be the favorite out of the latest. What do you think?


Laurie said...

I like the first girl in the last post! You have been very busy! Keep it up -- you inspire me!

Oh, and the way you work? I do the same -- all over the house. But I really enjoy being out in the middle of everything! Even though I'm always apologizing for my mess...

Тётя Трот said...

Здравствуйте. нашла ваш блог через Оксану. Очен понравилис ваши работи. Скоро и я попробую нарисоват картину, вот толко с куклами разберус.
Да, услишала музику " ... и сердцу стало так тепло... " Люблю етот романс. Спасибо, что напомнили.

Lydia said...

Spasibo za takiye krasiviye slova:)
Thank you for such nice words:) Lydia

oksana said...

Hello Lydia! Thank you very much for information!
YOur pictures are very beautiful. My favotite sre "Red" and "Blue".
By the way, Teta Trot is my sister:)

Lydia said...

O, Those are my husband's favorites as well! :)

Khto starshe?

T.T., I'll have to put my older doll pictures on Flickr.

Did you know that I founded the Russian & American Dollmakers Assoc.(and Friends), Inc?(RADA) It never did much, because then I made my largest doll-Seryozha 11lb. 12oz.! There weren't enough hours in the day to raise my litttle ones,(3), make and sell my dolls, and run R.A.D.A..

Lydia :)

trisha too said...

these are very sweet--what did you do to age them?

i'm like them all!


mystele said...

i LOVE your work!!!!

vivian said...

HI Lydia! thanks for visiting me. im adding you to my blog list because I thought of you not to long ago, and couldnt find your blog. love all your new paintings. I think my favorite is also the blue girl, but the red angel is close behind. I'm glad you have some of your energy back and that there is a way to control those blasted ticks in your yard. I hope all is ok with your hubby too. sounds like you have alot on your plate. do you find that creating art is theraputic for you? i know it is for me. Well ttyl!

Patti said...

I love all of our work both finished and infinished. Hope you will have all of your energy back soon.

I missed you and I am glad to see you are creating again.
It is all GREAT!
God Bless You

Lydia said...

Thank you Trisha.

I crackle them, then use an antique gel that I rapidly rub off- Plus I sand alot, and use lots of layers... before I get to the above final stage. Sometimes I even keep on going w/additional painting/sanding,etc., as in Red Circle Angel on the background wood. etc.

Thank you Mystele, Vivian, and Patti:)
...and yes, Vivian, art work keeps me more balanced.

I've had to use my hands, ever since I was younger and say, carved my Mom's name (1st & last) into the buffet table w/a steak knife. I was very young, and very proud of what I'd done- Couldn't believe that they wouldn't be happy. That's probably why I don't remember a punishment, just the scolding.

oksana said...

She is 7 years older than me.
Yes, put all your photos on flickr. I saw your adorable cats there:)) My sister has also 3 cats:)))
I will tell her about the doll Accociation. I think it would be interesting for her.
By the way where is the cace recepie?:))

My Journey to Hope said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! And no worries about the gift, I have a crazy life, too. Looking forward to seeing it when it comes. Until then, keep making your incredible art!


Jann said...

Lydia, I think they're all fantastic--I do have to agree, though, that Blue Girl is my favorite, too!

Renee said...

Lydia, you have so much to deal with. Too much for one person. But of course there is no alternative, right?

Lyme disease is very serious. I don't know your life, but if you can believe it, I am trying to wrack my brains on ways to make it easier for you. I don't even have my own life together, but I'm thinking I can help.

Of course I can't, I just wish I could.

I am sorry to hear about your husband too. Please take care of yourself.

I love the blue girl the best. She is lovely.

Poetic Dreams said...

I want to thank ya for ya sweet words. I hope ya don't mind me following ya. I will be praying for ya Hubby as well ya for you. I can relate to not being able to create but in here or there places. Once ya studio is made it'll be so lovely. Can't wait to see the pics when it happens.
I'm still unpacking all of my supplies and haven't made a dent so far.
Hope ya having a wonderful day.
Big Hugs~

Jenn said...

oooh these are darling! Love the bottom gal with the red and white polka dots so much!! Happy weekend to you:):) xox...jenn

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Wonderful creations, the crackle finish is an excellent finish!

We recently had hot water issues, hope you're all squared away now, it certainly is unsettling when things fall apart!