Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Doll head sculpted from polymer clay and destined to be used as the master for a porcelain ball-jointed doll. This piece still needs ears, a good sanding, a coat of primer, another sanding, then if everything looks perfect, she goes into the mold. I work on her every time I have a spare moment, between feeding Max or reading with Azalea. I'm hoping to have her finished within the next couple of weeks.

A sketch of my most favorite people of all! I've had an image of this in my head as a photograph for awhile now. I just need to construct the bird wagon and pixie wings.

A nice sketch of Azalea at the bookstore, designing fairy houses for us to build. Its under construction, a process delayed by rain, heat and mosquitos.

The previous few days were spent in various states of befuddlement, annoyance and oddly, productivity. Too many emotions fighting for attention, I suppose. I couldn't sleep, so I stayed up really late, carving my doll with an xacto knife. I moved around like I was doll myself, stiff and wide eyed, my expression fixed in a daze. There were problems of all sorts to contend with, some with protecting our copyrights, scheduling conflicts, misunderstandings and arranging a doll meeting. Largest of my anxieties was the nervous tension surrounding my first signing of Enchanted Adornments. Which, by the way, will be at Chevron Trading Post in Asheville, NC this Saturday 2-5 pm. For some reason, I'm filled with an irrational worry that I might burst into tears or hysterical laughter, or talk non stop . I've spoken in front of groups of people countless times, yet here I am, swaying between excitement and dread. I asked one of my friends to sit with me, that way, if no one shows up, I wouldn't have to sit in utter mortification alone. Anyway, I can hardly think about it without imagining all manner of silly things happening. If you're in the Asheville area on Saturday, please stop by and say hello, it'll be fun! Plus, the store is wonderful, well stocked and totally worth visiting.

11 comments:

Janet Bocciardi said...

Oh I wish I could be there! Your honesty in how you're feeling made me feel your nervousness, but you know what they say - if you weren't nervous you probably don't care. And of course it's because you care... and you'll do Great!

Sheila said...

Cute drawings and doll head! Those two kids are my favorite people, too. Maybe think of the signing as another bead show. You've done tons of those!

Gaea said...

I would love to be there! I'll be there in spirit though! Beautiful sketches!

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

Love the sketch of your kiddos. It is so gorgeous. You are an amazing talent. I love how honestly you write about your feelings. Wishing you a fantastic book signing!

kvk said...

I was just thinking about you and your dolls yesterday - very much loving the unfinished head. Hoping to stop by on Saturday. Downtown Asheville on a Saturday in the middle of tourist season ... oof - we'll see.
xx

Linda-B said...

How I wish I could be at your signing. I bought your book as soon as it was released, and I love it. The jewelry ideas and instructions are really extraordinary, but really I read it repeatedly because I simply enjoy the story!

Sharon Driscoll said...

You're an incredible talent Cynthia. It shows in everything you create. I love the doll head, even now it conveys a lot of emotion.

Cynthia Thornton said...

Thanks for the kinds word and encouragement everyone! It helps. I just try not to think about it. Or block myself from imagining the silly stuff.

Alice said...

You have been gifted with an amazing amount of talent! The doll and sketches are just gorgeous!

I know you will do wonderfully at the signing.

Andrew Thornton said...

You know what? The doll head reminds me of the pictures of mom when she was in her 20's. You know the one I'm talking about... where she's got the really short hair? For a long time, I thought that was the most beautiful picture. She looked really young and happy in it. I guess, that means I really like your doll head.

I miss Azalea and Maximus Prime! That would make an excellent photo-shoot!

And you'll do fine about the signing. Just tell yourself that you can go to the Chocolate Lounge afterwards for a treat or go to the Chocolate Fetish for a truffle (or two) as a reward... maybe both!

Janet said...

Oh Cynthia so lovely!!