As the weather is getting more autumnal, the colder temperatures are inviting me to spend less time in my garden, and more time in my studio. The garden requires less attention. Everything is becoming a little quieter, a stillness inviting us back in, both figuratively and literally.
It’s not that I don’t create things in summer: I often find myself in the garden working with clay, or doing some knitting or crochet. Autumn weather gives me more peace in my studio – there’s less pressure to go out into the garden and spend time amongst the plants and flowers.
The photos in this post will show you what I’ve been up to lately. I’m working on a couple of dolls. As there’s so many different steps involved in making dolls, it’s nice to work on several dolls at the same time. Crocheting dolls dresses I can do in the evening, sitting on the couch next to the heating with a nice cup of tea.
I’ve also been working on quite a few paintings recently. Since our trip in the UK I’ve been using a lot of green in my paintings. My head must have been filled with all the shades of green that I saw flash by from the train window, traveling through the English landscape.
I’m currently working on a series of paintings based on some of my antique dolls. Surprisingly, I’ve never painted dolls before: I’ve always made dolls, but until now I never painted them! It’s nice to see my doll making and painting coming ‘full circle’ in this new series!