Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kitties and Bunnies

I made kitties and bunnies. They play with each other. I play with them. 
I haven't felt like painting lately... I'm obsessed with making dolls. All kind of dolls.
If you want to play too, you know where to find them
 (At my Etsy store!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Unique things from Halloween

Steph from Creative Steph Blog shared these fun Halloween finds with me and I couldn't agree more. Don't they look great with my Halloween Girl?  I think so too!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Sharing the doll making process

This week I have been totally deprived of sleep, have not eaten well and my house is a mess. And it's been a blessing. After a very long dry spell of depression, darkness and fear, a light lit inside my heart and I suddenly felt the urge to make, to create, to bring things to life.

And what better way to create than making dolls? There's something very special to me about doll making. I get to take raw material and shape into a little person that will have a defined personality, a story to tell and will come to life when I hold her in my hands. That very act of creation fills my heart with happiness and joy.

I am like a child, playing in my own little world, busy cutting, sewing, painting, sewing and cutting again until I am satisfied, and I know no sleep, hunger or pain while I am entranced on the process of creation.
I can stay up all night for days, busy busy while I fill this hunger my soul has for creating and making things with my hands.

Slowly, the doll takes shape. The idea inside my head leaves the realm of my dreams and enters own own reality. Every little doll I make has a piece of my soul and my experiences imbued in her, and when you take her home, you take a piece of me with you.

I connect deeply with every doll I make. Each one has a deep meaning for me, a web of emotions, ideas and feelings go into the stuffing that makes her up. Each one has been inspired by something I saw, something I felt, something I feared, something I loved.

When you take the doll home, you embrace that emotion that created her and give it a new meaning.
You see the beauty within, give it a new chance to be loved and become something much grander that what it was before.
Your love makes her better, and she loves you for it.

Thank you for taking my dolls home, I have been so blessed with your love for them that they have homes even before they are finished, and they are very grateful for that. And I am too. Thank you for letting me share the process, and what goes on in my mind when I create.

Now you know.

Monday, September 29, 2014

I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul

I finally started to own my new creative space! After shifting furniture for months to no end, I finally accepted in my mind that I have a new studio and that I better get to work here or I will starve to death because I haven't produced much lately.
Now I have a layout I'm comfortable with and I started getting all my knick-knacs back on my shelves.
To me this means I'm ready to own the place and let my muse visit and inspire me to create beautiful things.
I even created a little research corner where I can plop my iPad and start goofing off on Pinterest... I mean researching trends and ideas.
Since this is me we're talking about, just seeing the place all tidy and full of pretty things made me forget about everything else and I felt the unstoppable urge to create that I get from time to time.
Chaos is ensuing right now at Danita Art. There's fabric everywhere you look. I'm in the middle of an almost perfect storm of creativity.
Why it's almost perfect?? We seem to have a fly infestation around here. They are everywhere and there's one that's been buzzing over my head for the last three days. It has escaped the wrath of my pink fly swatter.... You'll see when I catch you!
I started Friday morning doing this, and I have not stopped, stepped out my studio, eaten a proper meal or slept at all. It's an imperative of my soul to create until I have finished.
Pizza Hut thanks my business and Frozen and Wreck It Ralph have been stuck on a TV loop for the last 24 hours. The kids think Mom's art attacks are awesome.
It's 3 AM and I have no intention of stopping. Maybe when I see the the sun coming out I'll go to bed. I'm going to leave you now with a preview of what I'm working right now.

Monday, September 15, 2014

In Halloween Mode

As soon as the weather starts changing, my creative status changes to pure Halloween Mode.
I've been busy creating dolls. I just can't stop. All kinds of dolls. And lots of ideas still in my mind. That justifies the mess in the studio.

Wooden kokeshi dolls with mixed media details...

I've been experimenting with spun cotton... and I like it!

Spun cotton, crepe paper, felted wood, paper mache... all in one. 
And liking the look of the real instead of painted hair... I made a set of witches and I'm still haven't decided which one is my favorite.

 Which one is yours?
They're listed here if you want to grab one. 
(Or click on the pictures and they will take you where you want to be).

Monday, September 08, 2014

Muse Merriment is my latest online class.


I am thrilled to announce I am part of the teaching roster of Muse Merriment, a great artist collaborative class by Kelly Hoerning.

This amazing class will be themed around 9 muses of art, where we will use the muses of Greek mythology to encourage you creativity, your imagination and your inspiration to let your artistic self grow and bloom with lessons from me and other 9 great artists. 

I will be there along with Tamara Laporte, Deb Hill, Lisa Lavoie, Rachelle Panagarry, Effy Wild, Susana Tavarres, Golda Rader and Kris Binsfeld.

I feel free when I work with watercolors, the unpredictability of the medium dictates where the piece wants to go and the ethereal colors and textures make me feel happy.  While we explore the story of Urania, the muse of Astronomy, I will teach you about my work with watercolors and how free they can make you feel.

The price is $78.00 for 10 lessons, that's only $7.80 per lesson by a different artist every week! We start on August 25th until October 27th with a new class every Monday, and you will have access until July 1st, 2015. Learn more about the class and the teachers at

Sign up today, and see you there very soon!!

Friday, September 05, 2014

World ap-ART Issue 6

As a member of the World ap-Art group, I'm so very proud to be featured in this month's issue of the World ap-Art magazine!!! It features a few pages filled with my dolls and some snapshots of my studio (plus an interview). If you want to read it click on the image. And feel free to share it!