Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends.
West Central Texas is heating up, I spend the center of each day sheltering in place with my air conditioner and my painting supplies. A few friends drop in and I have lots of family nearby. My second try at the chimney rock on Ghost Ranch. This one is oil on panel 9 x 12. See my post of 5 15 2019 for the first one which was a study, 6 x 8, in some ways stronger than the larger one. Still wet, just laying on the frame it will have soon.
Last month I completed a third painting of the San Geronimo ruins at Taos, Like the pueblo Mountain itself there is so much meaning there, I expect I will paint it again and again. Impossible to catch the vibrations in the ground and echoes of those seeking sanctuary inside at the end of a bloody conflict.
This one has significance for my family. Oil on panel 11 x 14.
Morning and late afternoon I check on my little container garden. cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, basil, garlic chives and mint are growing. The yard is lush and green from abundant good rain.
I have much to be grateful for in a snug comfortable home. e
25 inches tall, softly worn and appealing with her original old cotton twill body. There is a mend low on one shoulder from sometime back, maches sometimes split on that seam line. Under black light small areas of her complexion show retouch and the tip of her nose has been mended like many of her Greiner sisters. The strong blue of her eyes is original. Greiners often had almost turquoise eyes.
Her dress is very suitable. I purchased it for her from French's in NH in 2013. The indigo dress is handsewn and the bodice is lined in nice old calico. She has a petticoat but no bloomers. Doll is offered at $265 plus $18 to mail her. Total $283 to paypal if you would like to add her to your doll family. e
Four inches tall with fine face. One arm re glued as pictured,. Not many of these come to us with their original clothing. Adorable amazing tiny clothes. $100 plus 8 postage. Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org be sure to check your mailing address. thank you for reading, e
note tiny flaws in fabric of pink cape as pictured. e
Offered at $100 including priority, a dear group of doll accessories.
Shoe soles 2 1/2 inches long, very good and old, one button missing. I gave 65 for these.
Knit white mittens 2 inches long over all. All of these are very small things. I displayed them with Izannah Walker dolls but did not force them on the dolls as all are old and fragile. If not pleased you may of course return the complete group but not individual items.. Small roughness on top edge of blue cotton lisle sox. Beautiful. Four items as pictured, sox 2 pair , shoes and mittens, Thank you for reading. Paypal please. for goods . Continental US only. email@example.com e
Gorgeous boy and girl. Jan Conwell's dolls are very special, I have enjoyed living with two of them, but now need to downsize my doll family by half or more. I will offer them for less than I gave, though they are both in lovely condition and Jan makes fewer of them now. The beautiful little boy is stunning. He has a velvet suit that I bought for him, he still needs a little simple shirt underneath the jacket. If you are interested in the dolls I will be happy to answer questions about them,, firstname.lastname@example.org The little girl doll in the brown dress is very pretty, I do not know where her apron is but would send it if I find it. I have seen it lately somewhere. $620 for the pair, including postage, very much a bargain as you can see. Paypal or personal check . Boy barely under 19 inches, Girl 19 inches. For questions, email@example.com
Box with shoes for girl doll included.
stand not included
Very fine hands on both dolls.
These are modeled one at a time, no mold is used. e
link to a seller on Ebay with 8 copies of Rugs for my Red Cape, still brand new. I have in my family fewer than 10 of these we are keeping in case grandchildren want them later. So the book has long been sold out, this box has turned up and copies are being offered at about $70. Pretty good for a 19 year soft bound! Thank the many of you who have supported the book in the past. I sell copies from my blog as a digital download at $15.
On my kitchen table, (a round hutch table Jackie made) there are always paintings drying, and often items from the local thrift store till they find their right places in my ever more crowded cabinets. Jack teased that I never met a dish I didn't like! But I do love English ceramics, even the humble ironstone which is still abundant in second hand shops though surely not "hot: like it was for a little while some years back. These were my Great grandmother's pattern, how could I not buy them? In the past I have had a large collection of it, but parted with those pieces over time.
I remember when I was single and living in Ft Worth, my Aunt Maurice was visiting and seeing a pine cupboard of this tea leaf luster pattern, exclaimed "My Dear! That was my grandmother's pattern!" Aunt M loved family and was always interested in genealogy and family history and old letters.
The same trip out yielded two Lemon Thyme plants, needed to complete my atrium planting for the summer.
I also stopped by friend Ruby's house to pick up a bottle of beer she left in her mail box for me by prior agreement. I have poured part of it in a large plastic plate near my tomato and basil plants. Snails are about to overcome those plants. We have been blessed with lots of rain this spring and snails are really out in force. We will see in the morning how the plate of beer does. By no means will I resort to chemical poisons over this issue. My friend Dixie wrote that a protective ring of copper stripping can also discourage snails and slugs. I am happy in this pleasant spring letting more serious concerns in our world recede for a bit, while I work through this bit of drama in the garden. e
Our town is lush and glowing this Sunday morning. I love my tiny yard. I do not have an open space for veggies, so a group of big pots in my sunniest area hold herbs and tomato plants.
When we lived in the country I had a garden!
I grew kitty cats.
And lots of pumpkins!
See the pumpkins on the porch of this great red house we used to own on Schubert street.
And I used them in the Red Cape of course.
I miss my country garden, with black berries and eggplants and cucumbers and onions and tomatoes and so much more. No way could I do the work of it now. It is good to have done it at the right time.
The first two blooms have opened on the Little Gem Magnolia. High above my head but there are lots of buds lower.
The small atrium gives light and a view to the breakfast and dining areas. The outer wall is profusely blooming Star Jasmine right now.
St Frances watches over it.
Paintings usually sit out to dry on my breakfast table. Some works in progress between painting sessions include Daphne a donkey at New Buffalo near Taos and some of the sheep Daphne usually protects. As these paintings are in progress, I have received word that Daphne was in another pasture and coyotes struck and killed 4 lambs.
Also drying on the table is a doll head I have painted in a different way. This one will have a mob cap and a braid of mohair down her back. She will be about 30 inches tall. Mask from my sculpt.
The red haired doll with long curls was so much fun to paint. This one is a sculpt by my friend Elaine and has been sent home now to join her doll family.
Below, my five completed at present from the series I am working on with Elaine, a few more to go. I like my red haired doll in blue, wish she had curls too! Each doll is different as they should be.
She is a doll, a painting and a textile. This covers so many of my interests! e
Insight Gallery of Fredericksburg hosted a reception Friday April 5th for three artists featured in a newly mounted show, "Heritage of My Home'" with artwork from Mary Ross Buchholz, Oreland Joe, Sr. and Gladys Roldan-de-Moras. On Saturday morning Orland Joe spoke to an appreciative gathering and I was happy with this opportunity to hear him.
A Southern Ute/Navajo, Oreland Joe of New Mexico, is a renowned sculptor working in stone and bronze. He is a celebrated painter and a member of Cowboy Artists of America accumulating countless awards and honors. He has made important jewelry pieces sculptural in nature. Now he is inspired to create a visual Native American history, rendered in pastel hues and filled with rich symbolism. His Ledger art is an interpretation of events in the style of Indian primitive artists of the 19th century. Their stories were traditionally painted on hides and then later on ledger sheets like those used for trader's journals. This series of Oreland's has the freshness of a new vision, seeing as a child sees. And we his viewers have our eyes opened also to history we were not taught in school.
Oreland Joe speaking with Elizabeth Harris, who with her husband Stephen are gallery owners.
I love my town and all the artists and art events here! e
Still trying to put one together each week. Three done, three more to go. These are the molded cloth heads that Elaine has made from my old sculpt plus plenty of her own magic as she worked with them. Elaine has two , and has given me the rest. The very small Steiff bear is just right for the little boy doll to hold.
I love the little bonnets but hate to hide the doll's hair.
It is hard to focus and divide my time between painting on canvas and making dolls. I am using a few days each week for each pursuit...And it gets worse, I am gathering supplies to make beaded leather medicine pouches with my daughter Cheryl when she visits soon. Here is my Road Runner, the state bird of New Mexico. "Our Bird!" Oil on Canvas 11 x 14 inches. e