Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

1980's children



What a nice surprise to have a friend send me an email showing two of the primitive paintings I did in the early 1980's. I sold over 350 large paintings, about 250 of them children. (of small paintings, like 9 x 12, there were too many to number and keep track of.) Two of my favorites were portraits of blond twin girls in Connecticut, of actual contemporary children but painted in this style. This pair with the vivid coloring and stencilled floors was a great joy to do! I made so much of this art! It happened mostly between 1972 (first one) and 1984. And now it is gone from my hands, I cannot make them happen with the complete ease and elan of that time, I am attempting to recreate a lost one for my daughter Beth, of Granddaughter Sarah, and it is no wise the same! I would like to do several of them just to have about. A nice pastime for hot weather. Edyth

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