Today I set myself up to work in the garden.... I'm all about 'Esther Williams loveliness' at the moment and the warmth of the sunshine literally plunges me into a technicolor whirl pool of sycronized swimming, swim caps and fab 50's swim suits.... I'm in my element.
|Hollywood Mermaid Esther Williams August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013|
|Here's a collection of my Esther Williams magazine memorabilia which I've collected from various flea markets.|
|My two favourites|
I also tend to come over all mermaid whenever the sun comes out ....so here's a few of my latest sketches and illustrations, oh and some snaps of my latest dolls...working progress of course and still sticking with the 'vintage swim' theme.
|..sketches done in the garden today. They've not scanned too well as they are just light pencil sketches so I've turned up the contrast a little so you can see.|
|Esther with her children. I scanned this beautiful pic from my Esther autobiography - to be honest its the only photo I've ever seen of her in a flowered cap!|
1950's bathing suit from Etsy which arrived last week - it fits a dream! I can't wait to wear it later in the year when I go on holiday...... Until then I shall continue sashaying around the house in it with added tights and cardigan....
|Embracing my inner Esther!|
Esther meets a mermaid.......
|I Got Your Message Gouache on pastel paper|
You can't quite see in these photos but I have incorporated a slight bit of shape into the dolls arms and legs and given them a cartoon twinkle in their eye. These dolls have not only been inspired by Esther Williams and her strong, athletic shape but the constant desire to evolve and perfect my dolly.
One of my old Esther Williams inspired pieces from June last year....
|SOLD a long time ago I'm afraid|
|I love this picture. I've never been able to add this 1951 LIFE magazine to my Esther collection despite my efforts - beautiful. I shall keep searching.|
Hope everyone is having a tip top Wednesday! x