Saturday, July 23, 2011

Petite Poppet Portraits

Hello everyone!

I'm so glad you came back for another visit ~ or that you are here for the first time. :)

Here are the watercolors that I have been working on in between everything else.
They are called Petite Poppet Portraits and as the banner reads, they are inspired by English Wooden dolls of the 18th century. I have painted them on aged watercolor paper in keeping with the antique, naive feel of the artwork. I wanted to create the look of a well-loved painting passed down in the family that was perhaps done by a mother for her daughter to hang beside her cherished dolls.

{click on each photo for a larger view}

Each watercolor is about 4" x 6", not including the mat or the vintage frames. They have screw eyes and pale, pale aqua vintage ribbon for hanging, or you may remove the ribbon and replace it with a string or wire. If you prefer a cream colored ribbon, I can accomodate you with that.

Matilda, a bit homely looking, is in the horizontal frame with the textured aqua mat. It is a vintage piece of thick paper that I had saved for a special purpose. There is no glass is this frame, but not to worry, for both watercolors have been treated with an acid-free, archival-safe coating. Matilda has been washed with pale aqua, light peachy salmon, and light brown watercolors. Details were done with a sepia PITT artist pen.

Lucinda {shown below} a bit prettier in the face, is in the vertical frame with glass. She, too, is dressed in soft aqua, peachy salmon, and light brown colors. All of her details have been done with a tiny, liner watercolor brush using hand mixed sepia watercolor paint.

For now, I only have two completed. These are for sale but I won't be listing them on my websites with my other wares since there is a Summer Sale going on at those places for now.

If you wish to purchase a Petite Poppet Portrait for your early American, folk art home or to accompany your doll collection they are $50 each plus shipping. Just email me {lanamanis at} with your request. I accept PayPal, check and credit card payments. If you wish to talk to me, just email and I'll send you my phone number.

Sorry, these watercolors are not included in the Summer Sale.  

Thank you so much for stopping by again and don't forget to leave a comment if you have time. I enjoy hearing from all of you! :)

Take care and God bless,


  1. These are sooo sweet! I particularly like Lucinda. Wonderful idea!


  2. Your work is very charming and I love the vintage touch. Fun and beautiful work.

  3. Hi Lana! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind words. It was a treat. Love these pics and I LOVE your blog header/photo. Hope you are well.