Archive | June 2009

“Cleobatra” – Signature Series II Vampire

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Cleobatra Vampire Etsy Listing
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Royal, Wicked, & Intense … she is the keeper of all Vampire Bats. Like the Queen Bee, she is the Matriarch of the Vampire Bat colony. She decides which bats will become her workers and which ones will be her slaves. The strong workers are sent out into the dark of the night as she commands them to seek her victims. The Vampire Bats drain the blood from the victims returning to the cave to feed Cleobatra and her bat colony. Without her, the colony would not survive. She is the Royal Queen of the Vampire Bats.

This is my second Signature Series doll in my Spirit Doll Collection. She is a Vampire and is Royal Queen. Her silk gauze outfit is hand dyed pure pigment violet (purple). The camera does not pick up how beautiful her purple violet color really is (it looks more blue), however, she is undoubtedly a beautiful violet color that I wish the camera would capture. Apparently violet can only be seen by thehuman eye and camera’s do not pick up this pure violet color. Under the silk gauze is a beautiful black cape. She has bat wings accented with purple veins!

She has two custom signature tags. One that reads my artist name “D.Lynne Art Dolls” and the other reads her name “Cleobatra Vampire”.

She wears a hand sculpted bat along with her creepy bat cave helper. As always she also wears a spirit face on her waist.

Her hair is beautiful hand combed shiny black mohair locks and adorned at her crown is a headpiece in silver.

She comes with her hand sculpted base and a black velvet spirit bag tied off with violet ribbon and beads.

She will be listed in my Etsy Shop June 30 @ approximately 4pm EST.

My Very First Book Cover Published

A few weeks back I was approached to design a book cover. I had not a clue on how to go about this, but with my self taught graphics abilities and the desire to be creative, I willingly accepted the challenge. Using the publishing companies template I worked within the guidelines to design the cover. Naturally, due to type of book being horror category, I opted to use my photos from my creepy doll sculptures as part of the cover. 🙂 The title of the book is called “Dead & Decaying”

The book was finally published today and is available on Amazon..

I learned so much about this process and I am glad I accepted the challenge. It was a great experience and to see something I designed in print is really exciting.

The author, Scott M. Goriscak, writes books that are a collection of short stories in the horror category. I also had the opportunity to design his blog site. With my interest in dolls leaning towards the creepy side, it also gave me inspiration in my own work. I highly recommend the book at the fabulous price being offered. It is great reading and has a beautiful book cover design too! 🙂

My Small Tribute to Michael Jackson

I had to blog on this as I really have felt very sad last couple days. I am hoping this helps get some of my feelings out and maybe I will feel better. It is hard to imagine that beautiful voice will never sing again, his creativity no more.

Since the time of owning any type of MP3 technology playing device I have always had Michael’s music on my player. Ive used it for exercising, working out, my long walks. When I needed a nice beat to move my feet along, he was always there. I can still remember the day that my best girlfriend and I went to the mall to buy the Thriller Album the day it came out. We brought it back to her house and we just listened to it probably about 20 times. I was so amazed with him back then and always have been. Something in him grabbed every teen girl at that time. I was not immune to it myself, but his music felt good, he was so handsome, and it was Hhe only album I ever remember getting that excited to buy and listen to. He was my youth and perhaps that why this is also so hard on emotions. I still have this Thriller Album.

I enjoyed all his music. I loved his dancing, and I have always felt when he sang he was not just singing, his entire soul, body, and mind were in each song. He was ever so present in his songs. Watching his music videos and the stories in them, during those 4-7 mins, you felt as if what you saw was as true as real life.

I have poured over all my songs in my Itunes last couple days. I love them all. However, the one that I seem to really connect with right now is his “Earth Song”. It didn’t make me want to dance, which I didn’t feel like doing with this sad news, it didn’t make me want to sing along with him either. It just made me feel feelings very deeply. Not only about him and his music, but about the things that were important to him outside of his entertaining career. The world, the environment, animals, earth, people. It’s all in this song.

I am surprised when I mention this song to many people they did not know of this piece. This song is very intense and the video is even more intense. I can feel every word in this song he just didn’t ‘sing’, he felt it. When I see his music videos, it never feels as if he is just performing, he is rather ‘living’. He is feeling every word of his songs very deeply. This is why he was such an amazing artist. I can’t help but be tremendously moved by this intense song.

What else can I say about what I feel was an amazing artist. I am lucky to have grown up with his music, extraordinary talent, creativity, and true artistry. Although his life sadly filled with personal turmoil, in my mind, did not take away from what he brought to me with this music. On my most down day when his music came on, it undoubtedly lifted me up. He will be missed and he will always reside on a play list on my itouch.

Here are the Lyrics:

What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things
That you said we were to gain.. .
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said was yours and mine…
Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we’ve shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores?

Aaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaah

What have we done to the world
Look what we’ve done
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son…
What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine…
Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores

Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaah

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don’t know where we are
Although I know we’ve drifted far

Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaaah
Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaaah

Hey, what about yesterday
(What about us)
What about the seas
(What about us)
The heavens are falling down
(What about us)
I can’t even breathe
(What about us)
What about the bleeding Earth
(What about us)
Can’t we feel its wounds
(What about us)
What about nature’s worth
(ooo,ooo)
It’s our planet’s womb
(What about us)
What about animals
(What about it)
We’ve turned kingdoms to dust
(What about us)
What about elephants
(What about us)
Have we lost their trust
(What about us)
What about crying whales
(What about us)
We’re ravaging the seas
(What about us)
What about forest trails
(ooo, ooo)
Burnt despite our pleas
(What about us)
What about the holy land
(What about it)
Torn apart by creed
(What about us)
What about the common man
(What about us)
Can’t we set him free
(What about us)
What about children dying
(What about us)
Can’t you hear them cry
(What about us)
Where did we go wrong
(ooo, ooo)
Someone tell me why
(What about us)
What about babies
(What about it)
What about the days
(What about us)
What about all their joy
(What about us)
What about the man
(What about us)
What about the crying man
(What about us)
What about Abraham
(What was us)
What about death again
(ooo, ooo)
Do we give a damn

4 Elements Dolls Added To My Etsy Shop

My 4 Elements Dolls are now in my Etsy Shop.

If you purchase all four dolls (as a set) shipping first class within the USA will allow for FREE shipping. Also, I am offering a recession/economy special which allows the 4th doll FREE OF CHARGE!. Only pertains to these 4 dolls.

Thank you for looking! Click on links below to view Etsy Listing.

Fire

Water

Earth

Air

4 Elements OOAK Spirit Dolls – Etsy Listing

My 4 Element OOAK spirit dolls will be added to my Etsy Shop Saturday, June 27. As a member of the ADO, these dolls were created for an event challenge to create an art doll of the 4 elements; Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.

Earth Spirit – “Stability”

Earth is green, it colors the plants that spring to life from the foundations of stability. It is understanding of life. It is the solidness of the future, built on the foundations of the past. Of all the elements it is the most dependable. Many people feel the earth beneath our feet is the most solid and reliable thing there is. We call her Mother Earth, the nourishment of our lives. And just like a mother, we often take her for granted. Earth is about understanding, and above all understanding and acceptance of self.

Air Spirit – “Thought”

Air is beholden to none of the other elements, for it is master of its’ own destiny, yet when held for a while in pockets of water or earth, it can grow heavy and oppressive through lack of movement. Air was born to be free, just as our minds should be kept clear and agile, not clouded by emotion, or prejudice. Air is about freedom and true peace of mind. It is about faith in yourself and belief in this great universe that has given you life. It is about truth – and above all, the truth that is you.

Fire -“Desire”

It is enthusiastic, warming, and the spark of life. It is passionate, emotional, untamed; the most powerful of energy forces, for it represents the force of the Spirit. Fire is our hope, our goal, our desire, our energy and urgency for the future. Fire cannot build, yet it is the essence of “being”. It cannot absorb, yet by itself, draws others to its’ warmth. It gives life, but can destroy the life it gives. It is fiercely protective, yet needs protection from itself. Fire is about energy and enthusiasm, the vitality of life.

Water – “Emotions”

It feels, it dreams, it nurtures the heart. Water is the food of life, and essential for life, for all things arose from the sea. Water is serenity. It is blue, clear and passive, yet seeps through the cracks of our defenses. It flows with our mood, and cannot be held, for it slips through the hands. Only water can bring the sanctity of true love, the balance of harmony. Emotions are strange and unaccountable just like water. They “rise up” within us, often unbidden, take no account of reason or thought and, without control, can lead us into trauma and confusion. Water is about tranquility, gentleness and compassion, the blossoming of an open heart. It is about love, and above all the love of giving for its’ own sake, and without conditions.

Feature of my Artwork at Baroness Bijoutery

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I am most humbly honored and absolutely thrilled to mention that The Baroness has just posted a beautiful feature of my artwork at her blog. Please visit my feature post.

Since becoming part of “blogland” I must say I never had so much fun from my computer. Pretty pathetic social life eh? LOL. Truly though, I believe that being a blogger has opened up so many doors for me in the creative world. However, even more so, it has really opened up my life where I have met so many wonderful people. I feel so lucky to have such great friends here.

I love to make my rounds at night and visiting all my ‘blogland’ friends and seeing what they are up. It inspires me, it intrigues me, it challenges me, and it truly fascinates me to see so many creative people. I love to read their creative musings and I love the photos of their work. I find from 10pm to midnight I have smile on my face doing my blog rounds. I must say, I sleep very well after making my rounds! It is like a huge family that I visit every night and get to see what is going on in their creative world and their lives. I feel honored to read what they share.

When I first became a blogger I immediately met Sue from Barton Originals and I owe alot of thanks to her as she so kindly provided me with alot of introductory traffic to my site. I found Sue through my other wonderful artist friend Dani from Ambitions Design. Another fabulous artist and great friend who also helped me tremendously when I was a ‘newbie blogger’. I am very grateful for her help as well.

Now onward to the main focus of this post…. another great lady ….The Baroness Bijoutery!

Through Sue I met Baroness Bijoutery. I always enjoy visiting her blog and just love her eloquent writings. When I stop in to visit her blog it feels so comfortable and welcoming there. Whenever the Baroness posts a commentary in my blog I always feel honored.

Her comments are always sweet, classy, and loads of fun and they always make me smile. She’s a wonderful writer, with a great blog, and has fabulous Etsy shop filled with beautiful offerings. So stop by to check her out!

Thank you Baroness for taking the time to do this feature on my work. I am truly honored and I am excited that I can ‘ride’ this feeling for the whole week!

4 Elements ADO Challenge

You can see my work at the ADO Blog which announces the latest dolls by D.Lynne Art Dolls (that’s me), Yve Hooson of Freaky Little Things, Sprite and Esther Verschoor. We are all participating in the 4 elements challenge. Stop over to the ADO blog and check out our creations! And then ENTER the challenge yourself!

The challenge is open to anyone who would like to make an art doll, ADO member or not and whether you’ve made a doll before or not. Here is the link and hope you join us!

Here are my 4 Element Spirit Dolls. Air, Earth, Fire, Water. These dolls will be listed in my Etsy shop soon but not before my usual blog post on when they will be offered. So stay tuned on on when these 4 lovely ladies will be available. If anyone is interested in them as a complete set, please contact me. However, at this time, the plan is to offer them each separately.

Shaman Spirit Doll

Shaman Spirit is now in my Etsy shop
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The word shaman originated from ancient Siberia and eventually came to be applied to all medicine men and women of indigenous cultures. Shaman comes from the language of the Tungus of North-Central Asia. It came into use in English via Russian.

Shamans are intermediaries between the human and spirit worlds. According to believers, they can treat illness and are capable of entering supernatural realms to provide answers for human beings. Several common beliefs are shared by all forms of shamanism. Such beliefs are that spirits exist and they play important roles both in individual lives and in human society.

Shamanism is based on the premise that the visible world is pervaded by invisible forces or spirits which affect the lives of the living.

As a healing practice, shamanism has been very powerful for both the people of today and those reaching back into the beginnings of recorded history. The reason that it is so powerful is because each healing is tailored to the needs of the individual being healed.

She comes with a faux suede shaman bag. She wears a sterling silver wire wrapped genuine quartz crystal around her neck. Also included with her is a stamped metal tag, set in clay, with the word “Shaman”.

Her traveling spirit bag is already completed making her very ready for a journey to a new guardian.

She comes with her sculpted display stand which includes a baked-in authentic “shaman stone”, also called “moqui marble”. She will also come with 3 more additional moqui marbles in her spirit bag.

What is a moqui marble?

Little is actually known about the origins of Moqui Marbles. In the United States, most of them come from the Navajo Sandstone Formation in the state of Utah. These mostly smooth, eliptical or round balls of compacted sandstone are encased in a “shell” of hematite (an ore of iron). They are also referred to as “Moqui Balls”, “Thunderballs” or “Shaman Stones” and come in a variety of sizes ranging from that of common marbles to that of a baseball.

Shaman Spirit Doll will come with 3 marbles like the ones shown here:

In the US, they are commonly called Moqui Marbles after the Moqui Indians who inhabited the lands where they are found. Found during the excavation of ancient ruins around the world, some archeologists believe they have been used for centuries by Shamans and other mystics. There are various theories about how they were formed. Some geologists believe them to be ironstone concretions formed 130 to 155 million years ago.

In the Hopi language, the word “moqui” means “dearly departed one.” Legend says that the departed ancestors of the Hopi Indians of the Southwestern United States played games with these “marbles” in the evening when spirits are allowed to visit the earth. When the sun rises they must return to the heavens so they leave the marbles behind to let relatives know they are happy and well.

These are a few shaman stones I have collected over time. One quite large one which is about 3″ in diameter and two shaman stones that are a pair (female and male). These stones generate so much energy. During meditation I hold one in each hand and can feel the vibrations. I love moqui marbles!

Shaman Spirit Doll will be added to my Etsy Shop on June 21st at 3:00pm EST.

Painted Desert Spirit Going To Scotland

Painted Desert Spirit arrived safely and she is so happy to be with her new guardian in the USA. I have also been made aware that Painted Desert has an upcoming trip with her guardian to Scotland! Boy am I jealous. I suppose if I can’t go, at least my spirit doll has the opportunity to go.

When I initially decided to make the spirit bags for the dolls, they were intended for this type of purpose. This way the dolls are able to be tucked away safely in their spirit bag and can travel with their guardians to wonderful and exciting places! I am so happy for Painted Desert.

It seems while she is in Scotland her guardian will have a photo session of Painted Desert in Scotland. I will update my blog when that time comes!

Wow, she is excited and probably packing her bags already! Have fun sweetie!

Midnight Blue Rose Fairy

I have just listed my Midnight Blue Rose Fairy in my Etsy Shop. She is a beautiful 8″ standing fairy sculpture.

Her outfit is hand dyed silk gauze in deep blue. She has blue roses on her waist and one blue rose on each wrist. Her wings are silk organza fabric.

Her base is a wood with a blue rose hand sculpted of Aves Apoxie.

She has a brass rod in her left leg allowing her to stand on the base. She is removable from the base.