Angels start life as paper mache doll templates in three different sizes. Once face paint has been added they go on to have their character created.
Packs of coordinating angels can be purchased in my Christmas shop, due to the length of time required to create only limited numbers are available each Christmas. Check out current stock here
Each outfit is handcut, their angel wings are sewn to felt jackets and each angel is given a pretty fabric dress before putting on their coats and wings.
Finally each one is lovingly decorated with various sequins, given a felt base and hanging ribbon ready to adorn your Christmas tree.
On occasion I think it would be a great idea to make a photographic record of a painting in the making. However, it does not always turn out as planned . . . . . . . . . . .
I find in the early stages stopping to take a photograph every once in a while is easy, I often take breaks to stand back and consider the work and where I want to go next, it is just a case of having my camera to hand and actually remembering to take the picture. The problem is at a later stage, once I am in the zone as it were - time just disappears and the momentum of the artwork takes over . . . . I am sure there must be other artists out there that know what I mean. It is at this stage that the thought of photography is completely forgotten and it becomes not so much time-lapse photography as 'time-gap' photography!
Below is one of my more successful attempts at capturing the progress on a piece. This is a 16 x 12 inch acrylic on canvas titled 'Oxford Train', inspired as you can probably guess by a train journey to Oxford and some silly photos I took whilst keeping my daughter amused (she is featuring in the piece). The painting was created in 2008 and I love looking back at these images as a fascinating view on how my mind works when building up the layers and colours to make the finished artwork.
You will notice that the previously mentioned 'time-gap' occurs between pictures 3 above and 4 below, it is not so apparent with this painting which is why I have shared this older work of art with you. It is also something that is not a typical composition for me, though I hope you agree that it still shows my recognisable style.
'Oxford Train' 2008 . . . I hope you have enjoyed the insight into my artistic mind.
I love traditional Japanese Kokeshi Dolls, and if you know of my work you will have seen that much of my original artwork and craft products are variations on these lovely figurines, but where did they originate . . . .
You can see many of my Kokeshi Doll inspired artwork and craft items on this website and also on my artist pages at www.deesummers.me.uk