Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Grandmother Tree Paper Art Doll


"Grandmother Tree" Paper Art Doll

Creating paper dolls certainly is addictive. Today I decided to construct a paper doll by using my “Grandmother Tree” theme, which is really a series.

This series started many long years ago and I found through trial and error that it is a customer favorite. For my first “Grandmother Tree,” I sculpted a very large face out of stoneware clay and then mounted it on a large board that I covered with Melaleuca bark. The Melaleuca tree is grown in Florida and is the tree from which we obtain tea tree oil.

First in my "Grandmother Tree" series

Close-up of "Grandmother Tree"

Now, I create all types of Grandmother Trees in various sizes. The “trees” come with a story that I have written for them.

“Grandmother Tree”

The trees are alive! She wandered
into the garden early one morning
and she heard them speak to one another..
It was a language spoken on another another vibrational time
frame. They spoke of healing with power
and energy and of the relationship between
energy and matter.

She was drawn to an ancient Chinese
Elm and as she leaned her body next to the
base, somehow she felt immersed
in the tree and felt herself slip into the
tree..was one with the
tree and knew that she was the tree.....

~Cheryl Dolby~

Sillouette of "Grandmother Tree"

This particular doll is a bit busy, but then again, all the "Grandmother Trees" seem to be. I used distressed felt for the body, horsehair, reindeer fern and coir, which is coconut bark, and I sculpted the face out of paperclay. I guess you can tell that I’m still experimenting to find exactly the direction I want to go with my dolls. I have to say that I’m enjoying every minute that I have to work on them!

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  1. She is amazing, so beautiful.

  2. I love your grandmother tree series. So beautiful and reflects my shared love of trees perfectly. xJ

  3. Wonderful Cheryl! Have you ever read Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock, (English fantasy writer sadly just passed on?) Your Grandmother tree reminds me very much of the journey of the young heroine Tallis in that book, which is one of my all time favourites. Complex stories full of myth and imagery - and designed to make us think and question - just like your wonderful pieces...

  4. I definitely think you are on the right track in terms of direction with your dolls; they are lovely!

  5. So lovely. I love her shape, her face and everything about her. I love trees too so that makes it even better. :)

  6. I love the idea of your series. And it is really cool that you have a story for each doll in the series. I love the smell of tea tree oil!

  7. These are fabulous! I love the faces you sculpt... wonderful! I am a follower of your blog now too! Thank you for stopping into my blog and for your kind comment!
    Sugar and Spice Art Confections

  8. Fabulous Cheryl just breath taking, I love the Grandma tree series. Their is such a peaceful and delightful feeling to your art.
    I am hooked and just adore your artwork.
    You are just amazing and such a special person. It shines from your art work.
    Thanks for sharing a real pleasure to visit.
    Hugs,Laura. xoxx

  9. Love the silhouette photo, as if you have captured a fairy.

  10. I love your grandmother tree theme... the dolls are amazing!

  11. wonderful post, wonderful dolls
    I love that they are in the tree clan.


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