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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Dog Portrait on: July 15, 2015 05:55:52 PM
That is phenomenal.  What are the finished dimensions?  Your detail is wonderful and that is such a lovely tribute.

Thank you! The finished piece is 5" by 7" and contains 24,000 beads. The beads are called Miyuki Delicas and I work with size 11.0.  There are many different sizes but I like the tiny ones because there are over 1100 differnt colors of them. You can fit over a hundred of these beads (well over a hundred) on a teaspoon. Glad you liked it!!
Chek  Smiley
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dog Portrait in Beads on: July 15, 2015 02:18:18 PM
...this was done using beads...very tiny beads, 24,000 of them. The person who requested this portrait (as her pet had passed on from old age) had asked if the dog could be made to look younger, hence the difference in the darker coloring in the replication.


and here is the photo I worked from:
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Strawberry Shortcake Doll on: July 10, 2015 05:51:49 PM
You are killing us with cuteness!!!

those gloves are a gorgeous touch...

LOL! There were fun to make! Thank you so much for liking my dolls!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Strawberry Shortcake Doll on: July 10, 2015 09:23:12 AM
You know, I was wondering if your dolls are washable...I see lots of knit and crochet dolls and animals and wonder if my nieces and nephews would get them so dirty that they would need to be cleaned...I guess it is like any store bought stuffed animal...they can be wiped clean?

I work with acrylic yarns which are washable and the filler (batting) inside the doll is also washable and non-allergic. I never washed one of my dolls because I never have them long enough to get dirty...LOL!

Below is a pic of one of her other requests for a doll...this one for Princess Peach (my own pattern) from Super Mario Brother's game...she loves that game!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Strawberry Shortcake Doll on: July 10, 2015 07:58:57 AM
oh she is so cute!  Her little nose and those eyes...adorable!

Nice details on the clothing, too...even lace undergarments! CUTE!!!!!!

Thank you!! My grand daughter requested her; her next request is the Frozen sisters. Better get to work!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Strawberry Shortcake Doll on: July 10, 2015 07:54:11 AM
Very cute. Her face is lovely and so is her hair. What pattern did you use?
 

I used my own pattern making it up as I went along.  The only part of the pattern that was not mine was the skirt. You can get the pattern here.  Thanks for stopping by and leaving you kind comment.

http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-347125-1.html
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Strawberry Shortcake Doll on: July 09, 2015 03:48:57 PM
This is my version of Strawerry Shortcake. Missing some strawberries for her hat...waiting for more to come in the mail. But for the most part she is done.
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Raggedy Ann - cloth doll on: March 07, 2015 08:14:54 AM
...my version of Raggedy Ann
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: new painting - Saturdays at Sully's - in two colors on: December 07, 2014 09:09:27 AM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Smiley

OMG!! That is so awesome!  Thank you for deeming my work worth the honor!! I am beaming from ear to ear!! It's always nice when you put so much time into something and then get to see that it is appreciated. Thanks ever so much, again!

Chek

20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: new painting - Saturdays at Sully's - in two colors on: November 30, 2014 07:46:22 AM
Beautiful! That is one of my favorite photos.

That photograph may have been an inspiration for the American Adventure at Epcot, there is a little write up on it here: http://thedisneyblog.com/2011/08/06/photo-that-inspired-epcots-american-adventure/

WOW! Thank you for posting this and letting me see what that old general store looks like today and boy was I surprised to see it is still standing.  Awwwww, it always breaks my heart when things pass into history like this old store certainly has. Doesn't look like it will be holding up much longer! I bet a lot of living and laughing went on there.
I am an old fashioned traditonalists so naturally I am in love with the past and all things history. I checked out Dorothea Lange's other photo work and OMG!! There are about 20 more of her photos I now want to paint!! At first I thought I wouldn't do another one like this but then there is just so much Americana just ooozing out of her photos (and I truly do LOVE that stuff) that I changed my mind about that. Besides, I can't go back in time and take my own photos. Then too, I really enjoyed the time I spent while painting this painting because the whole time as I was doing it, I went on a long walk down memory lane thru the days of my childhood when I used to pass that old wooden planked store on my way to school. I think most general stores back then were all pretty much built this way with that step-up wooden plank front porch - due to unpaved streets, mud and all that. Dorothea also captures the poverty of that era, an era I happened to have known , well - I lived it. I was also brought back to the long, cold, hard-working days of my youth (working since I was Cool...made me also wonder at the strength and ingenuity of my mother who did her best to feed all us kids and keep us warm. Know what? I wouldn't change it for the world.
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