Last week I created a male face, that of the Elizabethan dramatist, Christopher or 'Kit' Marlowe. This week I challenged myself to turn him into a peg doll. But first, because I like to make these dolls double-sided, I decided to reference Marlowe's most famous lines on the reverse side to the poet...
Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
The sketch was to have been Helen of Troy, but the doll had a will of her own! She turned into something much more pastoral for some reason and the whole project changed direction. Perhaps it was because I was drawing in a page from a recipe book about the simple delights of home-made bread? My husband was tutoring in the room where my art materials are, and, because I didn't like to interrupt the lesson and I happened to be in the kitchen, I ripped the first page out of a cookery book! When he had finished the tutorial, I coloured her using Portfolio Pastels. Above is a scan of what I later reduced digitally to use on my peg doll.
I used some napkin tissue as a background for her head and painted the peg with PaperArtsy Frescos in Antarctic, Blue Oyster and Smurf, but she was destined to be a country lass - far too fresh-faced and contented for Helen of Troy.
Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields...
And I will make thee beds of Roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of Myrtle;
And a close-up of the face with what my son describes as 'Kit hair'!
And Kit who became Corydon to wish you a sunny day full of roses, birdsong and pastoral delights!