When you have more than one doll to work on at a time, it's nice to be able to switch back and forth between the two (keeps things fresh and interesting). I'd painted a body for Morse last week, but hadn't done anything with it since. Tonight I made a head for it (click on the image so you can see it in better detail). The best thing about this head is that I think it really captures something about Morse than many of my other pictures of him fail at: namely the sort of serene, vapid look in his eyes. I've never thought of Morse looking especially wise or priestly. I think he can be austere and certainly frightening for the intensity of his gaze, but I think his predominant expression is one of mindless ease: he's in no hurry to get anywhere and no earthly matter can be so pressing as to cause him a moment's fretfulness. This is not to say he doesn't ever fret or that things don't concern him, but in general, he really ought to have this slightly glazed happy look on his face.
The chasuble here is just a scribble (I was trying to come up with a "Christmas" outfit of some sort and I figured he would wear gold at the Christmas mass). Now that the doll is complete (head and body), I will probably make a more concerted effort to make him some actual clothes.
Meanwhile, Amy's looking good so far. Transferred her over to the painting paper. I'll probably paint her and Lewis both tomorrow.
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