Art by Helen Grossman

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Location: Lakeland, Florida, United States

Hi, My name is Helen Grossman. I like to paint, read books, and learning a new forms of art and techniques. I love to learn and experiment with different medias and surfaces, like clay, paper, beads, gourds,it is always something new here to learn and grow. When I am feeling burn out I am reading books or taking my brushes and paint. Back in Ukraine I learned a decorative folk art style of painting called Petrikivka named after village it was born. You also could see some of my work on Instagram, @helldg123. Thank you for stopping by and if you have a moment, I would love to hear your feedback. Helen

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Collage in shadow box frame

I bought a few shadow boxes frames in a dollar store with making a doll inside of it in mind. Once I started to work on background, mind that I did not have a doll for it yet, I painted, glue some paper, images, more paper, more paint, I forgot about the dolls :) and was consumed by the process itself. For one of the frame, I used apoxie to create a tree to give some dimension, adding some glass pebbles inside and outside the box, painted the frame or used the pieces of paper...

I was learning and practicing...You can the results of having fun, making the mess and creating, did I mentioned creating the mess around as well :)

Monday, November 13, 2006

A new adventure - a Holiday Bazaar

I needed to try that. Our fire department hosted a holiday bazaar and I decided to participate. I did not count on any sale for a lot of reasons, but thought it would be fun to do it anyway and some exposure for dolls. OK, we had exposure :) and one sale, so, it was more than I expected. I enjoyed seeing reaction of the people to the dolls. Some of them were laughing finding resemblance in the dolls to their friends or themselves. I made some ornaments which I will show you , and those were making people smile as well.
Anyway, below are ornaments that I made. I cut different shapes that will resemble tree ornaments or just any shape I like and then I attached a needle sculpted faces, no back to the head, just a tread pulled tight and then the fun began. Drawing and creating a character. When the face was painted, then I decorated the doll based on what she was telling me.
Have fun meeting my ladies! and let me know what do you think, please.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Gourd family

I was on a roll with gourds. I created, painted some dolls on small gourds. They can be used as an ornaments or the smallest ones can be used as a necklace piece. In a meantime they are one gourd family. Some of them I painted, on some of them I use apoxie sculpt and used molds to create faces on a few other dolls. I really enjoy working with gourds.

It is like working with wood, you can feel the warm of the wood, smell of it...talking about the smell, this is not the best when I have to work with gourds though...And finally I finished the piece I started a year ago. It can be used a bowl and just a decorating piece. Again, I used some apoxie sculpt to decorate it.

Below are the gourds that I painted. Those gourds are 3 to 4" inches tall.

Let me know what you think. Thanks!