Sunday, October 29, 2017

Article in Art Doll Quarterly

Keeper of the Earth by Marla L.Niederer
I just received my preview copy of the Winter 2018 Art Doll Quarterly and am so excited to see my article on Keeper of the Earth in it!  Here is a sneak peek of the article. 



I also wanted to share what has been on my workbench this week.  One can never have too many beads can one?


Can you guess what I will be using the beads for?

Until next time…….
warm hugs,
Marla

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Wouldn’t you want to make your own Little Lamb Lissette?

Little Lamb Lissette by Marla L. Niederer
I was wondering if you would like to make your own Little Lamb Lissette?  I created her after admiring a vintage little lamb created for the French market.  I decided to create a little lamb of my own inspired by the one I saw. She would make a lovely companion for one of your dolls or bears. After I had sewn her head and body I decided to needle felt wool fleece on her.  I will be teaching a one day class on how to make her in two different locations. 
Little Lamb Lissette by Marla L. Niederer
I will teach her at the Quinlan Artist Doll and Teddy Bear Conference in Philadelphia April 2018.  If you are interested in joining me there for the class just drop me an E-mail orsinisangelsclass@gmail.com
I will also be teaching this one day class in Clayton NY at the Thousand Islands Arts Center this summer.  The date is still to be determined.  To find out more information about the class in Clayton contact Marcia at 315-686-4123 or send her an E-mail Marcia@TIArtsCenter.org

I just updated my 2018 workshop page.  If you wish to see more classes I will be teaching in 2018 just click on this link
Until next time……
warm hugs,
Marla

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Whispers of Mermaids


Sleeping Mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
One of the things that happen when you immerse yourself in your art every day is that it can take you deep within the fantasy world you are creating.  Since this spring I have been immersed in the world of Mermaids and Goddesses of the Sea.  It is almost as if they have all been whispering in my ear, waiting to be brought into being.  It all started with this Sleeping Mermaid which I exhibited at the Quinlan Philadelphia Artist Doll and Teddy Bear show this past spring.
Sleeping Mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
I then was given the request of creating a custom Mermaid which is now living in a wonderful home.
Small custom mermaid by Marla L. Niederer

Small custom mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
Since I was making the custom Mermaid, I couldn’t just make one so I made this one which has also found a wonderful home.
Small sleeping mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
Small sleeping mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
Then I started working on Goddess of the Sea. She is far from complete.  At this stage she is just painted with watercolors and waiting for her bead embellishments, hair, and setting.
Goddess of the Sea by Marla L. Niederer
Goddess of the Sea by Marla L. Niederer
I’ll share more pictures as more work on her is done.

Until next time........
warm hugs,
Marla

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mardi Gras Class

Mardi Gras Tassel Doll By Marla L. Niederer
I always love it when doll artists that take my classes share with me their finished doll.  This past summer I taught a class on how to make a tassel doll in Clayton NY at the Thousand Islands Arts Center.  This is what the Mardi Gras Class doll looked like.
Mardi Gras Tassel Doll By Marla L. Niederer
Cande Houghton took the class with no experience of ever making a doll before.  She shared with me a picture of her completed doll.  She did an absolutely wonderful job!
Tassel Doll Created by Cande Houghton from the Mardi Gras Class
If you are interested in this class I will be teaching Mardi Gras at the Thousand Islands Arts Center next summer again in addition to another class called Little Lamb Lissette.  
Little Lamb Lissette by Marla L. Niederer
Both classes will be one day classes.  Clayton, NY is a lovely place to vacation in the summer and I would love to have you join me in class.

Until next time……
warm hugs,
Marla

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Just wanted to share


Goddess by Marla L. Niederer
I always love to see the creativity that doll makers exhibit when taking one of my classes.  Julia Gausvik took my class the Goddess at Artistic Figures in Cloth and Clay this past spring.  
Goddess workshop doll completed by Julie Gausvik

She shared with me these pictures of her doll from the class that she completed.  She did such a wonderful job completing her.  I just love the colors she used!
Goddess workshop doll by Julie Gausvik
 
Goddess workshop doll by Julie Gausvik

 If you happen to be in Clayton NY this weekend I will be presenting a free needle sculpting tutorial at the TIAC Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday August 26, 2018 from 10:30AM until 2:30 PM.  If you get a chance stop by and say hello.

Until next time…….

warm hugs,
Marla

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mermaids on my Workbench

Sleeping Mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau
Reclining Mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
I have always loved to be around water, be it a lake, river, or ocean.  I always feel calmer, more peaceful, and uplifted when I am near it. 
Reclining Mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
 I have also always held a fascination with mermaids.  Maybe it’s the femininity they represent, maybe it’s the beauty they are always portrayed with.  
Sleeping Mermaid by Marla L. Niederer
So when asked to create a commissioned small sized mermaid, of course my response was YES!   I was so happy to create this little mermaid that I couldn’t just make one!   
Mermaids by Marla L. Niederer
They are far from complete.  They need hair, headdresses, and all sorts of embellishment.  But, I thought it was time to share what has been on my workbench lately.  
Some of the watercolor paints I used on the mermaids
I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Until next time……
warm hugs,
Marla
Mardi Gras Doll by Marla L. Niederer
If you are interested in taking a live class, I am teaching a one day class at the Thousand Islands Arts Center in Clayton NY on July 27,2017.  If you wish to find out more about the class or to sign up give Marcia Rogers a call at the Thousand Islands Arts Center at 315-686-4123.  There are still a few places in the class left.
Mardi Gras Doll by Marla L. Niederer

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Watercolor Weekend in Kingston

My Beloved and I just recently spent a weekend in Historic Kingston Ontario.  It is such a delightful city to visit.  We enjoyed an absolutely amazing gluten free meal at Olivea. 
My Beloved and I
Since joining a watercolor group last fall I have really been enjoying taking my watercolors with me wherever I go.  While there I was able to do a little bit of watercolor painting at the waterfront.
Watercolor painting by Marla L. Niederer
 I also spent a little time painting in front of the Prince George Hotel. 
Watercolor painting by Marla L. Niederer outside of the Prince George Hotel
When we returned home we made our own sushi at home. 
 
Home made sushi
Until next time……
warm hugs,

Marla