11.24.2006

"Gabriella", OOAK One-of-a-kind Original Angel Art Doll Ornament by Max Bailey

Gabriella is a lovely, blue-eyed angel with a golden halo, chestnut-colored hair with golden highlights, and long graceful wings. Her heavenly robe is a deep rose-red, with lighter rose highlights. The soft folds of the robe flow around her body, and I think she looks as though she might suddenly catch a breeze and lift upward in flight.

She represents my idea of what an angel watching over us must look like......serene, beautiful, and at peace. I painted her a brass horn with highlights to look heavenly, and gave her robe a gold band painted with precious pearls, rubies, and emeralds.

Her wings are attached separately and the details of the feathers are painted in shades of blue. She comes ready to hang by a pearl cotton cord. Including her wings, she is 10 inches long and 8 inches wide. Without her wings, she’s about 9 inches long and 6 inches wide.

Gabriella is signed and dated by me, Max Bailey. She is a true one-of-a-kind original work of art from the beginning idea of her, to her design, to her finishing touches. I painted her with acrylics and sealed her with matte varnish to protect her.
(This entry is copied from our former "In Progress" page and is back dated.)

"Patience", OOAK One-of-a-kind Original Angel Art Doll Ornament by Max Bailey

In creating "Patience", I was inspired by the beautiful dolls of the Victorian Age. Patience holds the symbol of peace, a white dove, in her hands. She has little flower-patterned bloomers, and golden lace-up shoes.

She wears a golden halo, highlighted with light tones to make it look like real gold. The golden light from the halo touches her long brown hair, and the top feathers of the dove. Patience has wing feathers that are detailed with soft blues to make them look feathery. She’s needle-sculpted at the elbows to give her more dimension.

I’m especially pleased by the way her sweet little face turned out. Her green eyes have a direct and hopeful look, and her expression is a little wistful, but thoughtful rather than sad. She’s what I imagine an Angel of Peace would look like, patient and hopeful.

Her little white-laced apron ties in the back in a big bow, and is signed and dated by me, Max Bailey, on the sash. Patience is 9 ¼ inches tall, with a 7 ½ inch wingspan.
The small loop at the top of her head allows her to be hung as an ornament, but she can also be displayed as part of a table centerpiece, or propped on the mantle with your Christmas greenery, or nestled on the inside of an indoor wreath. She is softly stuffed and very lightweight.
Patience is a true one-of-a-kind original work of art. I created her first in my mind, then from my own pattern. I painted her with acrylic paints (my favorite part), then sealed her with matte varnish to protect her.
(This entry is copied from our former "In Progress" page and is back dated.)

11.22.2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Here's a newly baked, hot apple pie to share with you :) Have a lovely holiday!

(This entry is copied from our former "In Progress" page and is back dated.)

Pigs in Progress by Max Bailey

These are "Horatio and Hannah", my first sculpted dolls, in progress. This is my first time using Creative Paperclay and it has opened up a whole new world of art dollmaking possibilities for me.

Horatio, the papa pig, has an entirely hand sculpted head of paperclay over hand carved styrofoam, with painted fabric ears inserted. I smoothed the paperclay into the fabric for a seamless look. Hannah, Horatio's little piglet daughter, has a hand sculpted paperclay snout smoothed into her fabric face. They will both be painted with acrylic paint and sealed with matte varnish for protection.
(This entry is copied from our former "In Progress" page and is back dated.)

11.19.2006

"Angelicat and Angelifish" Original Cat and Fish Angel Folk Art Dolls by Max Bailey

These are my first orginal folk art dolls, "Angelicat and Angelifish"!

Everyone who has or ever had a cat knows that all cats are angels. With her innocent and angelic expression, this petite white cat is adorable. She’s only 8 ½ inches tall from ear to toe. She can sit on a chair (chair not included) or she can sit by herself. Her cute little curled tail will support her back in a sitting position, and her small size allows her to sit pretty in your favorite curio cabinet, or nestle in anywhere among your favorite collectibles. Sitting, she’s only 4 ¾ inches tall.
Her quilted wings have been attached separately and are painted with feathery blue detail.

She has sweet little high-button shoes with black soles, painted on. Her faded blue apron sets off her lovely blue eyes. I painted a pattern of wavy water across the bottom of her apron just for her good friend Angelifish.

Angelifish is very colorfully painted and detailed in shades of blue and green, highlighted in yellow to give him that wet “fishy” look. He gazes up adoringly at Angelicat, and is suspended from her apron button with pearl cotton cord. Angelifish is only 3 ½ inches long. In addition to being Angelicat's best friend, he makes a wonderful ornament for a small Christmas tree.

Both Angelicat and Angelifish are signed and dated. From top to bottom and beginning to end, they are true one-of-a-kind original works of art. I made my own patterns for Angelicat (and her apron) and sculpted Angelifish from paper clay without using a mold. I painted them both (my favorite part of the process) with acrylic paints, and sealed them with matte varnish to protect them.

"Angelicat and Angelfish" have been adopted, but they still have their own web page :)
(This entry is copied from our former "In Progress" page and is back dated.)