|Paper Linda watercolor/mixed...a paper doll 11.5.x 7|
|Paper Linda (back)|
One of our first creative problems to solve in watercolor class involved the making of paper dolls. Needless to say, the project was met with skepticism. My motivation was twofold: to understand the moving of painting in three dimensions in the focal area (the face) to a more flatly rendered body and clothing; as well as to paint what is imagined, yet unseen (the back of the figure).
Artists brought picture of themselves as children. One artist just painted a self-portrait that moved from detail into more of an abstract presentation at the bottom. I ended up painting a front and a back, as well, stitched the edges on my sewing machine and stuffed it lightly with cotton balls. All in all, the project was a bit of silly fun. Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously.