Monday, July 22, 2013

A doll story: Constructing your art doll from scratch live workshop in Santa Ana, CA

I'm going to California! That's right, last year I was there teaching a painting workshop in the fabulous Studio Crescendoh and this year I'm teaching how to make dolls!!! Last year it was only one day and we wanted more time to play so this year we're offering a 2 day workshop.  I'm so excited about it! 

 Have you ever wondered how I go from this:      

to this? 

Wonder no more! In this workshop I'm going to teach you EVERYTHING.  

From the concept of the doll, how to make your own patterns, sewing, stuffing, painting, drawing the face, aging and embellishing.

 All will be covered and you will take home your own beautiful creation! And that's not all, I'm including a kit with the basics to make your doll and with my own pattern for you to play with.

Don't have a sewing machine? No problem! We'll have some available for the ones who can't bring their own and I'll be happy to share mine too.

Here's the info about the workshop:
A Doll Story
Construcing Your Art Doll from Scratch with Danita

2-Day Workshop, August 10-11, 2013
in Studio CRESCENDOh

Doll Making has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy starting with an idea, working with my hands and making choices that will define who I am creating in the process.
The finished piece can be a girl, an animal, happy, sad, and wearing anything I want. The power of creating something out of nothing brings joy to my heart like nothing else. It's a very different feeling from just painting, because my idea gets to be more than just an image and becomes a tangible, touchable thing. I love it, and I want to share with you that feeling.
Join me in a 2-day workshop as I guide you through the process I use for creating a soft doll, from concept to the finished piece. We will learn together how I transform an idea using a basic pattern to make the initial shape. I'll show you how I use an alchemy of mixed media techniques to sew, paint, dress up and embellish your creation, and by the end of the workshop you will get to take home a beautiful one-of-a-kind doll.

I chose Alice In Wonderland because it's a favorite of mine, but you can do anything you want.

What do you think? Are you ready to join me?
I promise you will learn a lot, have fun and you'll get to take home your own custom art doll!

Can't wait to see you there!!!

From the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU!!!!

With your help, I was able to replace my phone and now I'm connected again! 
I feel so blessed to receive messages and acts of kindness from many people and I really appreciate that.
From the bottom of my heart: Thank you! 
You're awesome!!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mini tiny little paintings

I made a batch of little portraits. 
They're just 2x2 inches.  Painting so small is so challenging! Specially they eyes, but I loved the results.  I like them all together, whenever I work on batches it's always hard to pick a favorite.

They're all so cute! 

Want one? Original, affordable art.

They're available here!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lost iPhone. Will make art for a replacement.

Well, this afternoon I lost my phone after running around doing errands and enjoying and ice cream with Mr. Danita and the kids. I got off the car and when I looked for it, it was gone. It sucks to be me right now.

In the meantime, Mr. Danita got me hooked up with a low-tech replacement, the one you see in the pic. It's got a camera and can make phone calls, but I'm afraid it's not what I had in mind.

I know that being so worried about losing my phone may sound swallow and banal to you, but being an online artist, a continuous digital presence is a must, and my phone is my office on the go. I use it to communicate with you, keep reminders on top of my head, look up references, taking and posting pictures of my latest work... and losing my phone is not an option in my case. It will be like closing my studio doors and dropping off the sidewalk if I were selling at the art fair.

So, in order to raise funds, I'm having a BOGO sale on my Etsy shop right now. All printed items and wood mounted prints are 50% OFF using coupon code ILOSTMYPHONE on the checkout page.

It's a great opportunity to get the ACEO and Big Blocks you were looking for. Drop by my Shop! There are new images from my latest paintings, old classics and custom blocks if you don't find what you are looking for. Any paper print can turn into a wood block!

See you in the shop!!!! And Thanks for your support!!!


Saturday, July 06, 2013

Before the day ends: Happy Birthday, Frida Kahlo!!!!

Today Frida Kahlo would be celebrating her 106th birthday!
I think that calls for a celebration!
Happy Birthday Frida!!!!