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Monday, September 2, 2013

What a Doll!

6 x 6
oil on canvas panel

It was suggested that participants in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days project, pick a theme.  I had kicked around the notion of doing a series on my toys and other familiar items from my childhood in the 1950s and 60s. I spent a day digging in our storage for the big container that stored my toys and then upon finding it, had a wonderful reunion with them all.  I was amazed to find the girls in remarkably good shape considering how enthusiastically I played with them and how many multiple moves they've made over the years.  Among my treasures are Tiny Tears, Betsy McCall, Beth of Little Women, three Terri Lee Dolls (no relation), my Trolls, Skipper, and of course Barbie.  Barbie was my most loved doll and went with me everywhere. I still marvel at the details in her clothes and little accessories.

BUT she was surprisingly difficult to paint!  This ended up as tedious and worrisome as anyone else's portrait, especially since everyone knows what Barbie looks like!  I decided after this to do some paintings along this theme, but not exclusively.  The Barbie Game made a nice background for her although her pose looks like a cruel Yoga position.  Poor girl is going to be 54 next month after all.

10 comments:

  1. I had that same outfit for my Barbie. Love this and now you know I'm going to have to get my Knickerbocker stuffed Snowman and my Revlon doll out to paint sometime. Thanks for the memories!

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  2. I was really torn between this and the little blue corduroy pinafore over the ruffled dress! Yes! I'd love to see your toys painting!

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  3. I love this! I remember those shoes and earrings!

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  4. Wow 54! she looks good for her age! I never was able to have a Barbie, I always had to have the really cheap ones. But I remember paper dolls, I used to play with them for hours.

    Love this painting :)

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    1. I remember wanting her and dreaming of having a Barbie for over a year before I finally got her for my birthday. Today kids have multiple Barbies!! But I have to admit, I bought a designer Klimt Barbie for myself last year. I guess there's still a 7 year old inside of me!

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  5. Oh my gosh! I can't believe how much you got into a 6x6!!! She's great and brings back so many memories! Love that lighting on her face! Really nice

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    1. Cathy thanks! It was way more challenging than I expected!

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  6. 54! Wow she looks great for 54. :-) Lovely painting, really brings back happy memories.

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