OOAK New Repaint Kish Vinyl Doll Size 10.5" Lifelike Painted Eyes Bitty Bethany
Note from Nancy:
An heirloom for doll collectors . . . painted by Nancy Lee Moran
A beautiful sculpt, painted by a portrait artist who admires dolls, lovely clothing, lifelike painted eyes = an artistic doll!
Keepsake Bitty Bethany is a 10.5-inches, 26 cm, vinyl doll by Helen Kish, Limited Edition 300 for a 2005 doll luncheon in New Jersey. In 2016 Nancy Lee Moran repainted her face and eyes (deep ocean blue). Her red wig has a bob cut with bangs and a blue bow. She has her original clothing, darling shoes, and my repainting certificate. She has jointed shoulders, hips, and neck.
Here is the web page that Nancy created for this doll and two others:
Nancy purchased the doll on eBay, from an owner who had displayed Bethany in a glass cabinet in a smoke free home. Unfortunately, she arrived at Nancy’s studio without a tube (box) or COA.
Keepsake Bethany is featured on page 135 of the book titled Helen Kish: The Artist and Her Dolls by Louise Fecher (hardcover published in 2006).
Nancy used a blush of shadow-colors in creases, dimples, and concave areas of the face. Variations of the cheek color are on the nose and chin, at the skin-corners of the lips, at inner corners of the eyes, along the inner edge of eyelids, in the nostrils, in the collar bone crevice, inside the ears and on earlobes.
None of the paint pigments use lead or cadmium. While painted for adult collectors, the paint is safe around toddlers and babies. Nancy selects paint pigments that meet the highest standards for color permanency (non-fading). She uses artist-grade alkyd-oil paints (in thin translucent glazes) with the addition of alkyd resin to make the paint surface become as flexible as the vinyl and to make it adhere well.
The photos are of the actual doll, taken in natural daylight near a window by Nancy Lee in her smoke-free studio. Nancy is not affiliated with any doll company, creator or manufacturer.
The doll page on the artist’s website (Google: Nancy Lee Moran) shows that each doll she has repainted is unique.
Nancy Lee Moran's POLICY TO SHOW RESPECT for doll creators is as follows: The dolls I repaint were factory-artisan painted or were blank mannequins. I would not repaint a doll that the artist (Helen Kish) had painted herself, such as some of those in the Kish Signature Line. I would not paint a Kish sculpt in a limited edition of fewer than 300 (preferably 500 or more). I consult the beautiful book I own titled Helen Kish: The Artist and Her Dolls by Louise Fecher (hardcover published in 2006). I am NOT affiliated with any doll company, creator or manufacturer.
Here is a link to Nancy's Ebay guide, "Painting and Repainting of Vinyl and Resin Dolls."