to the Evening Ocean CD
that inspired my ocean art...
Story Behind this Page of Art
Doll's Dream is inspired by my childhood and is
definitely influenced by my reading of Alice in
Wonderland, loving the ideas in C. S. Lewis' books about
Jean Cocteau's movies
(Beauty and the
Beast where Belle's bedroom is in a garden) and
listening to an amazing CD I reviewed called
Strangely enough, this art is also a result of my
current fascination with modern art (I watched all of
the DVDs for Art 21) and how beauty can be created from
treasures you find around your home.
all these pictures were spontaneously created with things
I had around the house (except I asked my husband to pick
up a bunch of flowers at Costco on his way home) and the
doll is a Madame Alexander Doll (I call her
Angelique) from my childhood, along
with some of the furniture given to me by a kind
The story of the furniture is interesting because when I
went to live in Africa as a child, my mother said she gave
the bedroom set to my cousin. I then remember crying over
such a loss of my treasured furniture.
later when I went back to live at my grandmother's home in
Seattle, WA - guess what appeared? A box had been left in
the basement of my grandmother's home and I finally had my
doll furniture back again.
The little handkerchief with
the cat print belonged to my grandmother. Angelique is wearing a little
outfit I found for her and her original cape and original tea
Some of the fun things I found as a child include the bottle she
is holding. It has real soda syrup in it and we found it in
Africa. The Belle Fleur candle was sent to me by a friend who
read about it in the New York Times and it is delicious with
pomegranate and orange blossoms.
So the entire time I was
creating the art, this candle was scenting the room with a
Kitten Meesa snuggled up on the blue blanket my mother bought me
and I thought it was so cute. My mother wanted to call me
Angelique but my grandmother wouldn't let her, so my doll from
childhood now has the name.
A Doll's Dream is my idea of how Angelique loves the ocean,
flowers and has a dream where she finds herself inside a
wardrobe and disappears into another world. These are all things
she does when I'm not around, including taking naps with Kitten
And last but not least, I would like to thank my mentor and life
guide for saying my first attempts at art were beautiful and
that I should continue on in my quest.
Poetry & Original