Yes, I like dolls!

Painting is not my only hobby; I also like reading, decorating (mainly looking at decoration magazines and dreaming) and dolls. Yes, I like dolls and, to the big surprise of my family and friends, I will probably always do.

That I liked dolls being a child was ok and like most Spanish girls of my time, I owned a Nancy by Famosa, probably the most famous Spanish doll of the 70’s and the 80’s. The surprise came when, once I grow up, I didn’t stop liking dolls. Try to understand the context: we are a modest, traditional family from a modest village in the South of Spain. So following the tradition, on the day of my 14th birthday, my mother, instead of a buying me a doll as she always did, gave me some nice sheets, in order to save them for my hopefully future marriage. To her surprise, I started crying feeling that this was the end of my childhood. Wisely, she said: ‘from now on, I will continue giving you dolls until you ask me to stop’. And I love her for this decision even though this meant I had to buy my own sheets…

One year later, I asked my grandmother to buy my first Barbie Malibu. This is the only Barbie I got in years.

But of course, being an adult I didn’t buy a doll for myself. That is until I knew I was pregnant with a baby girl. I ran to the toyshop to check all the dolls around and discovered the My Scene, the Bratz… I was in paradise and with the best of all excuses to be able to buy them. One of my most beloved dolls was actually a cheap imitation of a Barbie I bought for my daughter to play with. We called her Harry Potter (go figure).

And then I discovered that Blythes and Pullips and other collectible dolls existed! During years I saw them in pictures in the internet but I didn’t dare to buy them. One thing is to like dolls and another one is to spend a lot of money on them when real life keeps being expensive. But then Pullip Sabrina appeared in the market in a moment in which I needed some attention and affection. I have to add the old Sabrina movie from 1954 is my favourite one so I couldn’t avoid falling in love with the doll. The next step was to buy a Blythe. This one was more difficult to get because people around me think she is not a nice doll. Luckily my daughter understands my passion (although we don’t always agree when choosing the nicest doll in the market).


Dibujar no es el único hobby que tengo, también me gusta leer, decorar (bueno más bien mirar las revistas de decoración) y las muñecas. Sí, me siguen gustando las muñecas y mucho. Podeis leer más del tema en: http://mafaldillas.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/de-chica-me-gustaban-las-munecas/

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The beach

Now that is winter, we miss a bit the sunny days of summer. My sister wrote a nice entry in our Spanish blog about it (http://mafaldillas.wordpress.com) and I made this drawing representing her in the beach.

Ahora que es invierno, todos echamos un poco de menos el sol veraniego. Mi hermana ha escrito una entrada al respecto en nuestro otro blog (http://mafaldillas.wordpress.com) y este dibujo la representa a ella tomando el sol en la playa.

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23-F

Thirty years ago, on February 23rd, there was an attempted coup d’état in Spain. I was then a child but I can remember the fear and confusion at home. After almost 40 years having a dictator, it seemed that our young democracy was going to disappear again and my parents weren’t happy about that. Actually, they were so unhappy that considered sending my sister and me back to France where we both were born. I spent the night scared and visualizing us at the border alone, waiting for family that still lived in France to help us and far from our parents. Fortunately, the coup soon collapsed and there was no need to do such a thing.

Hace 30 años del atentado de golpe de estado del 23 Febrero en España. Aunque entonces era una niña, puedo recordar el miedo que pasamos en casa. Tras casi 40 años de dictadura, parecía que la casi recién estrenada democracia llegaba a su fin y la idea no era del gusto de mis padres. De hecho, estaban tan preocupados con la situación que consideraron seriamente mandarnos, a mi hermana y a mi, a Francia, el país donde habíamos nacido. Me pasé la noche muerta de miedo y visualizándonos a las dos solas en la frontera, esperando a que nos recogiera familia que aún vivía en Francia. Afortunadamente, el golpe de estado se fustró pronto y no tuvimos que separarnos de nuestros padres.

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A few shoes

These are some of my early paintings and also probably some of the more personal ones because they tell a bit of my life. They show a bit of my Andalusian roots and a bit of my added Dutch roots. The background of the one at the top is based on the wonderful Dutch artist Eveline Bouwkamp.

Estos son algunos de mis primeros dibujos y también probablemente los más personales porque cuentan un poco de mi vida. En ellos se muestran un poco de mis raíces Andaluzas y un poco de las holandesas. El fondo del cuadro situado en la parte superior está basado en un cuadro de la artista Eveline Bouwkamp.

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The Orange Perfumery

A friend wanted a new painting for her house. She wanted a perfumery with a lot of orange colour on it. I decided that the shop had to be an old shop with ‘glas in lood’ in the windows and contain some perfumes from our childhood so every time she sees it, she can remember those smells…

Una amiga quería un cuadro nuevo para su casa. Quería una perfumería en tonos anaranjados. Decidí que tenía que ser una tienda antigua con vidrieras diseñadas con la técnica de ‘glas in lood’’ y contener algunos perfumes de los de nuestra infancia. Así cada vez que mira el cuadro, podrá rememorar aquellos olores…

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The Princess from the space

Once upon a time, a little girl of only eight told her parents that she wanted to marry in space…

This announcement inspired me to paint this and her aunt to write a little tale for her (http://mafaldillas.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/princesa-sideral-se-quiere-casar/). The style is based on the beautiful girls of Maicen.

Había una vez una niña que, con tan solo ocho añitos, le contó a sus padres que quería casarse en el espacio sideral…

Tal noticia me inspiró para hacer este cuadro y a su tita para escribirle un cuento (http://mafaldillas.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/princesa-sideral-se-quiere-casar/). El estilo está basado en los dibujos de Maicen.

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Siesta in the beach

Yesterday I found the art of Karin Taylor and was immediately in love with her ‘roundy’ beach girls and lively colours. Here is my own version of one of such girls. This girl is also today’s star guest in my other blog: http://mafaldillas.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/%C2%A1viva-san-benito/

Ayer me encontré con el arte de Karin Taylor y me encantaron sus colores vivos y chicas redonditas en la playa. Esta es mi version de una de sus chicas que también es hoy la estrella invitada en mi otro blog: http://mafaldillas.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/%C2%A1viva-san-benito/

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