One day seems to blend a bit into the next one during this part of the year in central Finland. Sunrise was at 9:22 and sunset was at 14.54 today. We’ve had six years to get used to it. That doesn’t mean that I have to necessarily like it though. The fairy lights, coupled with lovely candles make things cozy. But it doesn’t always help to distinguish the day from the night time.
Daytime, night time, it really doesn’t matter a whole lot to me right now. At any given point of the day or night, I’m usually planted at my desk working on art for the upcoming exhibit in January.
Finalized dates, etc.:
The dates for my exhibit at Matara have been finalized. My artwork will be hung on 11 January and come down on 5 February 2021.
There are all kinds of things that I need to sort out and finish prior to getting to the point in which the work is actually up and on the walls. This time around, I will be taking a taxi instead of riding the bus with my artwork. While I love the busses here, my work did suffer some damage in getting it to a prior show when I took the bus.
I still have no real idea of what I want to call the exhibit either. It will come to me at some point. But as of right now, I just have no flippin’ idea.
Work of the past week:
I’ve spent the greater part of the past week working on a doll I’m calling #10. And finishing up some doll housed sized furniture for my Go Marielle series.
#10 is at the point in which I’m adding layer after layer after layer of gesso to the surfaces of the piece. The head and torso are one piece. The legs are two separate pieces. And the legs are ten small cylinders, about the size of large, American-style Jet Puffed marshmallows. Every one of these pieces gets coated with gesso several dozen times over.
In addition to the gesso work, I’ve also been working on some carved wood antler/horn like elements for #10 and another doll for the show, who at present is nameless. At best I am an amateur at wood carving. The wood I use is what I find laying around outside on the ground.
#10 has some additional wooden elements, inside the square opening in her torso. She also is getting some wooden finger-like appendages on the ends of her marshmallow cylinder arms. You can take a look at the pictures here.
During the times in which I found myself waiting for the gesso on #10 to dry, I began painting the bedroom furniture for my Go Marielle series. I’ve been wanting to create a bedroom set for Marielle for quite a while. The furniture was started when I was waiting for gesso to dry on two other dolls.
All of the furniture that I’ve finished has been painted and sealed. You can see what it looked like prior to painting here. I still need to create a mattress and pillow for the bed. And I have an idea of some nifty little draperies for the bed that I got from Bentley House Minis. I’ve been enjoying her videos so much over the past few months. Especially the cardboard house and furniture.
Seriously. Ara is amazing. The Adams Family doll house she made is just insanely cool!
I’ll be working on a bedroom set for Marielle while I’m still working away on the pieces of art for the exhibit at Matara.
What’s with the title of this post?
It’s my birthday today.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again next Friday.