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"the paper mausoleum" #496 verse:3

A china doll with missing eyes

lay naked in a box,

who am I to argue with

the gravity of clocks?


Step one.  This is a painting from a photograph I took of a doll in an antique store.  It didn't have any eyes, which I found interesting.  June 3 '17.

Step one.  This is a painting from a photograph I took of a doll in an antique store.  It didn't have any eyes, which I found interesting.  June 3 '17.


I stayed up 'til 3 working on it.  This is the start.  It's 30 x 40", on a deep stretcher.  I stretched the canvas myself, and mixed some burned umber paint into the gesso to tint it.  The lines for the arm, and the nose are all that you can see of that now. 


Layer 3.  So far, so good.  I'll lighten the cheeks a bit on the next layer.  The lips look better here than they do in real life.


Up 'til 3 again.  I like the cheeks, even though they're more abstracted than the photo. 

Up 'til 3 again.  I like the cheeks, even though they're more abstracted than the photo. 


Second layer on the cheeks.  Looking better. 


Added the text, and some blue to the eyes, and pink to the body.  Gettin' there.

Added the text, and some blue to the eyes, and pink to the body.  Gettin' there.

Added another layer to the box.  I'm going to say this is finished.  I went to Michael's and bought a new canvas, so that's a good sign.  I've initialed the side of the canvas, but I normally sign the back, which I haven't done yet. 

Added another layer to the box.  I'm going to say this is finished.  I went to Michael's and bought a new canvas, so that's a good sign.  I've initialed the side of the canvas, but I normally sign the back, which I haven't done yet. 


doll's head painting June 8.jpg

A few more small changes.  Maybe now it's finished.


This is the original photo I took.  I wish here eyes were lying beside her in the box.  Hmmmmm.......

This is the original photo I took.  I wish here eyes were lying beside her in the box.  Hmmmmm.......