Thursday, May 8, 2008

Maiden ~Oil Painted Doll


My sewing machine is on the fritz!
I cleaned, and oiled it the other day and now
it won't work properly.
Thats what I get for being nice to it!!

Well I made the best of it, and worked on
my dolls hair. First I made her a wig (hand-sewn
and not by choice, lol)
She seems to me a young maiden with this do.







I also tried my hand at painting her hair. I
can't seem to get the right... "highlighting"?
Like I said, I'm a novice at this so I might, and really should
buy a book on oil painting-
A much more sophitsticated look tho don't you think?
It just amazes me what a difference hair styles can
make to the actual doll itself! Hmmm. Which do you
prefer?

18 comments:

Heather said...

Oh my goodness...I love her wild wispy hair, it is gorgeous! She looks like a windswept early settler...I can see her standing on the rocky shore, very "Scarlet Letter" (although Im sure she's a good girl, lol)

tj said...

...Hello Nan', they are both beautiful - I'm so glad that it is up to you because I really couldn't choose! :o)

...But if I have to choose one, I for one love the more tousled look. She looks like a simple farm maiden who has been working in the garden on a summers day...

...Beautiful work as always...

...Blessings... :o)

fiddlestixstudios said...

Oh my,Nancy!They are both stunning!I think I love the one with the Mohair,though.Sorry about your sewing machine!That's how it goes,isn't it?Hope you get it fixed soon,it's like being without a car,isn't it?!!!
:)~Mandy

Christine LeFever said...

Well, in the mohair she is a rather sexy wench, yes? Whereas the painted on hair is a prim and proper miss, so I suggest you go with who you would prefer to have around, or who you would prefer to be. It's hit and miss with me!

Naughty sewing machine!

Christine

Dixie Redmond said...

She's beautiful both ways. With hair seems a bit more modern and painted hair seems a bit more antique inspired.

I usually prefer painted hair. Partly because I see what happens to dolls with age on them at country antique auctions. It's not a pretty site after they've been traveling from attic to cellar to box ;-)

Florrie said...

I love her and I would have her bald, she seeems to have an inner beauty.

Lone Pierette said...

Nan - they are both lovely - but I´m such a fan of painted hair !
Hugs Lone

Doreen said...

They are both wonderful. It's amazing how different the faces look with the different hair. I would say to go with the look you are trying to achieve. The painted hair is much more proper and the flowing hair is very wild and sexy.

:) I love them both and can't wait to see the finished ladye!

Hugs,
Doreen

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

She is coming along so nicely.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

ack! I hate it when the sewing machine is badly behaved. I finally bought a new one, after reprimanding my O L D one many, many times.
Love the doll, she looks great either way, but I like her a little wild. you only live once.
xo Lidy

Suzanne said...

Hi Nan, sorry about your sewing machine. Your new doll face is just beautiful! She looks wonderful whatever "hair" she is wearing.

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Nan, I am always in awe of your work! Those hands of yours are blessed from above!
You did such a beautiful job on her painted hair I think she prefers it. :> )
~Peanut

MORNA said...

I love her hand sewn wig. She is beautiful.

Nina said...

What a beautiful face she has, Nancy! Both hairstyles are lovely, although I think the painted hair makes her look "serene" while the real hair gives her a look of childlike innocence. Does that make any sense at all? Looks like she's just been out romping in the woods, like Beatrix Potter or George Sand.

Nina

Becky said...

What a face!
What a beautiful face.
I adore with the real hair.

Smiles,
Becky

Plain-n-Simple! said...

I couldnt decide, they are both so lovely!!!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE her face, its so peaceful and friendly!!!!!
Hugs,
Jackie

LJ said...

Hi Nan ~ Love the hairdos and can't wait to see what you decide. Catherine Earnshaw is my favorite character from Emily Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights' and the wild and free mohair make me think of her! With such a face and hair, how could Heathcliff ever be cruel again!??!

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

I think she is stunning with the handpainted hair!