What I like most about my daughters’ American Girl dolls are the narratives that they create when they play with them. Each doll develops their own personality, likes and dislikes, friends and family.
My daughters used to spend hours dressing the dolls, mumbling and telling themselves stories, like a waking dream. I have vague memories of play-dreaming like that myself.
Then at a certain age, the ability to play just stops. And while the dolls still come out every once in a while for nostalgia sake, their voices have been silenced.
The painting captures their inner thoughts.
I really like this painting because it returns some inner life to the dolls. From afar, it’s four dolls on a chair, but if you look closely, each of them has an inner life and is aware of the others.
These are famous dolls.
For those of you who follow American Girls, we have Kanani Akina (2011 Girl of the Year), a Truly Me doll for one of my daughters, Rebecca Rubin (2014 Girl of the Year), and Marisol Luna (2005 Girl of the Year). Marisol is rocking my daughter’s version of the Evening Dress by Paco Rabanne from 1965 that is in the Metropolitan Museum Collection.
You are buying an original painting
I paint using gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Arches Hot Pressed 300 g/m2 Watercolor paper. The painting is 10" x 14" and is signed on the back.