Thursday, July 8, 2010

Elsita's secret garden

It all started last winter- remember?

She sat waiting for a long time- this new sculpture with the unfamiliar structured shape. I didn't know what to do with her. I really wanted the shape to dictate the result.

I tried this. could be done. But was it too "Alice-ie" in time when Alice had just been released upon us and everyone was crazy in love? By the way- just saw it for the first time and I, too, heart Alice.

So "Off with her head!" Or "Off with the birdcage! By the way, I wasn't kidding- I can't find it-its not ever shown up again...

Then this came about and I was off and running. So I thought. There's been a lot of stops and starts along this path.

But, finally, here she is. She's formally named-
Elsita's secret garden

Elsita is a name I came across while blog hopping. I can't find it since then but it was a South American doll artist. Perhaps Venezuela? I thought this lady looked like a south American beauty and so I borrow the name.

Elsita is by far the most 'decorative' of the sculptures I've done. The wire I wrapped around her undulates in contrast with her linear shape. It flows and travels a path around her. It ends (Or does it begin?)with a key. The colors are meant to be vivid, triumphant but mysterious. I hope the whole piece conveys a sense of mysteriousness and secrets.

Every garden should have butterflies and roses. If you look closely at the picture above you can see a trail of tiny butterflies.

By the way- I teased you about the captured spaces and the enamel based paint I used within them. Well, its nail polish. Pearl, turquoise, burgundy and red. Just wanted to give it a try.

The flower inside is an old fashioned wild rose- not the kind we see today in the florist shops. Its made from paper clay. I shaped each petal and leaf and then used wire to assemble the whole flower. The butterflies I found in the jewelry supplies dept at Michaels. Of course, I added nail polish to 'bring the outside in' as it were.

There are plenty of things I would do differently if I were to create a sister for her. I never will. Off to the next thing. I learned a lot on this project and can't help but wonder if its knowledge I will ever put to use as each project seems to take on a life of its own.

Anyhow- what do you think? If anyone knows of this Elsita who blogs let me know, I'd like to let her know I borrowed her name and see what she thinks of my Elsita:)


  1. FABULOUS! I did love the birdcage though... you know how i am!
    now when i set up your etsy store will i also be in charge of shipping?

  2. oh my goodness- she is amazing! Nail polish- brilliant! I kept trying to guess what you used! I love the butterflies and the wild rose inside- so wonderful! I really adore this piece Chris- I think you have done such a fantastic job. I'm thinking Chinamommy is correct- you need an etsy store!

  3. Hi Kim,
    Thank you so much! I have a name reserved and everything- just trying to get some peices together to list. I am going to have Chinamommy show me the ropes- I need help!

  4. Amazing piece! Everything is so visually appealing with this piece and I love the added interest of the interior rose and butterflies. Beautiful!

    I hope you find the birdcage because I love your idea of using it as a headpiece. Brilliant idea!


    P.S. Thank you for visiting my blog.

  5. Hi, Chris !!! I'm so glad you came over to my blog so I can find your blog ! You are the one with these amazingly beautiful dolls from those ning sites :))))))
    I'm so happy to find your blog and can't wait to see more of your work. It's very inspiring ! This doll is absolutely beautiful !


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