Monday, June 23, 2014


"Open your mind to what I shall disclose, and hold it fast within you; he who hears, but does not hold what he has heard, learns nothing." - Beatrice - Canto V 40-42

Dante's guide through paradise, 'Beatrice', was my model for this little creation.  Its so nice to have her here in my studio.  She reminds me to think and create with an open mind.  

Sometimes, when I'm struggling, I just have to find the right key or remember the combination numbers.

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." - Winston Churchill


  1. She looks like a very thoughtful lady..

  2. oooooooooooooo! She's so gorgeous!!

    ...and I like the sentiments she embodies...

    x C

  3. She's adorable and such an excellent guide with that serene and unruffled face.

  4. Lovely! and just what I needed today. I was lamenting in my journal about my lack of creativity these days, and the Churchill quote is perfect. Thank you:)

  5. Stunning, Penny! She has a soft look, and the vintage lace is perfect. No locking up of minds for sure!

  6. Beatrice is my favorite for now: she is my special color of pink; she sports hearts and script fabric and our wonderful French knots!!!!!!! Oh, and her dear face looks like porcelain and is so peaceful.....thank you for sharing photos of your beautiful art dolls with your blog friends!



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