Good morning all and happy Friday the 13th! I’ve been adding progress photos to my Zombuki Instagram account, but I haven’t been posting them here. That’s hopefully going to change though, and I’m going to do my best to bring back the SPF roundups. I hope you enjoy this week’s photos (forgive the quality, my iPhone is old).
The first few layers are being added to my new girl. This Zombuki has a multi-blue/aqua/purple/pastel lime green color scheme with metallic gold details. I don’t have a tan MIO body, however (I actually need two), so if you have one to sell please let me know.
In this photo you can see some of the colors I’m mixing for her. I have a love/hate relationship with mixing colors. I love it because I can get everything just right, but I also hate it because the paint dries out and it’s hard to match the original color. You’ll see this with her eyebrows; I re-mixed the colors so many times they keep getting darker and I have to fix it. Oops!
I thought that the intersection of Throwback Thursday and Studio Portrait Friday would be a good, liminal place for these throwback photos of Zom-Byul-ki Marigold. She was started in summer 2016 after being commissioned by an incredibly nice person, and I worked on her off and on through August. As you all know, however, in August 2016 I abruptly left my job and started a new one (then a lot of calamities happened, which I won’t go into). Completely overwhelmed by life, I stopped working on the doll, and didn’t pick her up again until December 2016. I was so ashamed (and the person who commissioned her was understandably angry) that I never posted photos of her until now.
To paraphrase Toni Morrison, “Anything dead coming back to life hurts,” and some days that’s how I feel about my dolls. Every summer since I started teaching four years ago, I come back to life again, and I start to make Zombuki dolls again. Every fall, well, you get the idea. Sorry this is such a dramatic post, I guess I miss my little monsters more than I thought I did, and I’ve come to realize that my job isn’t something I want to trade for them.
SPF and SPT are rolled into one this week just for kicks. Here you can see me with my fanciful red hat and a new style of pseudo-kokeshi in progress that I’m debuting at the Super7 show in March. Super severed head kokeshi!
Did I tell you my space heater arrived and that I’m in love with it? Because that’s precisely what happened! My house remains frigid but wherever I roam in it I am now surrounded in a cloud of warmness. Snoogins.
Almost missed it this week! I’ve been working on a ton of stuff lately but I’ve been really lax about taking photos, partially because some of the things I’m working on are secret present type things … I did just get in my blocks from Art-o-Mat though and I’m super excited to get started on them! I’m planning on making working on them (collage) my evening meditation (which right now is … Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands). I am in the middle of spray painting them all white, as you can see here …
Speaking of, I’ve never used spray paint before and the can is too big for my tiny hands, so as I was coating all these white my fingers started to really hurt! Also, perhaps not amusingly, after I went to Lowe’s to buy the spray paint I got in my car to go home and the darn thing wouldn’t start. The bad part is that I had to get a new battery ($130 which was a rip off) the good thing is that I foolishly got it towed and there was a puppy inside the cab with the driver! She was soooo cute; really took the edge off my car troubles.