Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I'm back from Susan Fosnot's Sami oil painted doll class in beautiful downtown Woodstock, IL. I had a good time catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, and learning new techniques. If you have never taken a class from Susan, you're really missing something. The classes are small, so there is a lot of personal attention, and she makes sure everyone is happy with their doll.
I got there late Friday night, but with gaining an hour, and the fact that Susan doesn't start her classes till 10, I was fine. We got there early to set up our space at the Old Courthouse where the classes are held. Saturday we worked on a flat face on a piece of canvas paper. We did some shading, then a wash over that, and then did the final painting. When we were happy with that, we did the shading and wash on our doll so we were ready for the final painting on it on Sunday. Sunday for lunch we all made a beeline for the antique mall in town, and I found a few vintage sewing notions for future projects. I'll be sure to bring more money next time! And thanks to Janice Lipsey for letting me buy that lace. I picked it up out of her basket, which was so full I thought it was a bin for sale!
Here is a picture of my doll without his hair. I was fussing with the face for so long I ran out of time. I'll post another picture later when I get him assembled and dressed. Susan always has something new to show us, and I'm so glad she is giving workshops again. Her next one is July 24th and 25th, and will be for a 13" French Fashion type doll named Daisy done in acrylics.
Here is the class photo of our dolls. We all start out with the same pattern and paint colors, but yet at every class, each doll takes on it's own personality.
Here is our class photo. Back row from left to right, Judy Jaques, me, and Susan Fosnot. The front row is Eloise Cashman, Janice Lipsey, Susan Corbett, and Barbara Meisner. Not pictured is Carol Gordhamer taking the photo.
Speaking of dolls, I found this great antique photo of a little girl with her doll. Does anyone know what type of doll this is? I've seen several of this type in photos.