To be true to the art work, real Babushka’s are spelt just as I’ve just typed it: BABUSHKA, and not as in the Kate Bush song ‘Babooshka’. Or to give them their usual name that we mostly all know them as: Russian Dolls.
I had a set of Russian Dolls when I was about 8 or 9 years old. It had 8 nesting dolls altogether – each of them getting smaller and smaller, and I loved it. However, at some point in my life it went missing and I’ve thought about it off and on as the years passed. Then something really weird but totally wonderful happened last year.
Our neighbours went away on holiday, and when they go away we look after their cat for them. They’d gone to Russia. When they came back they called round with the gift of a set of genuine Russian nesting Dolls. I was absolutely beside myself with joy. My neighbours didn’t know about my lost dolls. I was in a state of total joy for days on end.
The set is so lovely and every now and again I take them apart and set them up as their individual dolls, just so I can look at them and enjoy them. Then I very carefully pack them all back into each other and pop them back where they ‘live’ on top of my grandmother clock – out-of-the-way of cats, dogs and Little Cobs!
Anyhooo... regular readers will remember that I did a make-over on a rather tired cup-mat last week, painting a Goose on it. Today is the turn of a Babushka, a Russian Doll, to grace a cup mat in the craft room.
Just like last weeks cup mat, this mat was rubbed down, painted with a coat of white Gesso, then two coats of black acrylic paint. I don’t normally draw a detailed drawing when I’m going to paint, I generally just go straight in with the paint. But I had to get the proportions of the big round body and smaller round head right, so I used a pencil to draw gently on top of the black acrylic and ‘place’ everything where I needed it to be. Once I’d painted her, and took the above photo, I decided that the colours weren’t quite as I wanted them to be, so I re-mixed some paints and painted her scarf and apron a slightly warmer colour.
If you compare the two pictures you can just about tell the difference in her scarf and apron.
So … you might be wondering why I haven’t shown you a photo of my Russian nesting dolls, the gift from my neighbours. Well I wouldn’t because these are different from the Russian lady dolls . . . . . .
They’re cats! Five beautiful, fabulous cats – and the biggest has just come back from a fishing trip where he caught a rather pretty fish. I’m certain that he caught it as a pet for them all. [I totally refuse to believe anything else]. The Dog in the photo, (on the left as you’re looking at it), is a sculpture, and he really does actually have two ears … it’s just that the one you can’t see is on the other side of his head and I didn’t notice when I took the photo that it wasn’t showing. I only realised that he looked like he had an ear missing when I was re-sizing the photo to post here, and by that time …. well … it was a case of ‘Oh sod it. I can’t be bothered to set it all up again’. LOL.
Soooo … Happy Monday! Got anything planned this week? Birthdays? Anniversary? Holiday anywhere? Visiting somewhere which you’re looking forward to? Someone coming to visit you? Or … going back to the theme of re-cycling or doing a make-over .. have you or are you planning to do a make-over on something? If you’ve done one and posted on your blog about it, then put a link to it, here in the comments below, so that we can all come and visit your blog! (Who knows, you may pick up one or two followers in the process!)
Have a truly lovely day today. I know that traditionally Monday can be Misery Monday because it’s the first day back at the daily grind … but look … it’s a Monday. A brand new day. What if this was going to be the very last Monday ever? Wouldn’t you make sure that you had a darn good, memorable last Monday? Go and have THAT darn good day! (Then come back and tell me about it!).
Sending big squidges, from my corner to yours