Archive for March, 2009

Sleepy House

Posted in Art, cute with tags , , on March 30, 2009 by darcyarts

I watch the PowerPuff Girls. I love them and I love the layouts and color schemes of Craig McCracken.

A night time landscape of the PPG home has been haunting me, with it’s red trees against a black night sky, I was driven to create something akin to it. The PPG home is uber modern 50s style architecture.

The red trees against the black, the red trees at night. Red trees?

sleepyhouseI decided to try a stitched night time scene of my own.

I made a little white house (not mod) that looks pretty sleepy.

Pink smoke is coming from the chimney.There are tiny gold stars in the dark sky.

I’m about halfway through this project.

I’ll sew a black backside to it with some batting sandwiched between the pieces.

Someday there will be a story to tell about the sleepy little house in the red tree forest.

Toy Photos 2

Posted in cute, etsy, family with tags , , , on March 29, 2009 by darcyarts

elephantdandelionrightlopixYesterday’s warm sun in the late morning was very nice for the second toy photo shoot.

This little elephant seems to be enjoying a dandelion.

The yellow petals are fresh and vibrant.

The little pink pig is very photogenic, too.

piggydandelionclI got a little bit of shadow in this one.

When my kids were young I loved buying toys. When they grew up I just admitted to myself that I love the toys, too.

Now I’m saving them for the grandchildren I hope to meet in a few years.

piggydandelionmedlopixI think this one is the cutest image from the photo shoot.

Piggy and Dandelion is up over at DarcyArts.Etsy.

Wouldn’t a print make a great baby shower gift. Welcome to the world little baby!

The piggy looks like he’s waving.

img_7129After a tough 15 minute session in the sun these guys have a break in the shade.

Cute Trumps Clarity

Posted in cute, projects, television with tags , , , on March 28, 2009 by darcyarts

elephantDecided to try a photo shoot with cute toys and figures in addition to the gnome.

This first session was bad, blurry but we have to catch the dandelions while they are in bloom, don’t we?

I’ll try again. The sun seems to be here to stay.

Elephant is not so bad.

Little Pig is pretty blurry but tremendously cute. Cute rocks and sometimes trumps clarity.

blurpigI’ve imagined taking my cute friends on a photo tour. I’ve taken Gnome to Home Depot with nice results.

I just need to pack them in a little travel case and have them with me all the time when I’m out.

I need to hit the river trail. It’s Spring!

Speaking of light-hearted. Oh, wasn’t I? This week’s 30 Rock hit me where I live with its portrayals of various character’s points of view. Jack, the page, sees a Sesame Street world. I can relate.

Coming Along

Posted in Art, esoterica, film with tags , , , on March 27, 2009 by darcyarts

Angus is coming along.

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It’s day three of working on him.

The work was interrupted by a dragon order.

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That little guy is popular. This dragon went to Austin. Is SXSW still going on?

Those white squiggles at the end of Angus’ tendrils are tight spaces I have to get into with a small brush and a steady hand. I should have painted the black coat before I painted the hair.

I’m doing the red guitar, the sweet Gibson SG today. I love Gibsons, too.

I sold my little thrift shop deers. Found them Tuesday. Sold them late Wednesday.

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Would have made a nice little profit but for the fact  the buyer lives in Belgium. I seriously undercharged for shipping. Oh, well.

She should be happy with them. They were sweet.

Frank and I watched a documentary about Paul Klee last night. He lead a strange life, dedicated to art but in that kind of hyper-analytical way. He was a strange mix of impulses.

Tonight we might get to Chris and Don. Heard about this docu on Fresh Air. I love documentaries.

This is a sweet life. Everybody I love you.

Folk Art

Posted in Art, dreams, socialization with tags , , on March 26, 2009 by darcyarts

angusunfinishedThis morning Frank shared a portion of the Art History book he’s been reading.

The writer was speaking of painters prior to the Renaissance facing a more difficult task than sculptors because there was so little Greek and Roman 2D art surviving.

This seemed a very elitist P.O.V. It seemed to assume that all artists were educated and would have been well versed in history. It came from the belief that Art is the province of academe.

I wondered about the the people that were creating other things, things that might now be classified as folk art.

I believe the urge to make things for decorative purposes or for self -expression has always existed. Of course it does require a certain amount of free time and that is a result of a certain degree of economic balance in a particular culture.

If, to provide your daily bread, you must toil until your head hits the pillow or lump of hay,  you may not have the energy to get at Art for Art’s Sake. Still, I believe that some folks did in all places at all times.

Even those that were enslaved could find some small way to scratch out something akin to art.

It wouldn’t have been looked upon or classified as art. It would have been born of the daily work one did. It would have come out in the materials at hand. A person prone to dreamy, imaginative flights of mind might have, once upon a time,  used those materials in an unusual way.  That use, might have been relatively purposeless and in that, subversive.

I would love to read a long history of folk art, folk creations. Imagine the research, traveling all over the world to try to find that point where work leached into art. Searching places  for proof of moments in which the worm turned.

I don’t believe this would be an easy task. You would have to have a lifetime.

Joseph Campbell did this kind of research in a slightly different vein.

The Antiques Roadshow skips around this territory, too.It is always fascinating to see

Folk Art Societies exist.

It’s probably a safe bet that much of the evidence had gone to dust or maybe it’s buried in someone’s barn.

If one  were capable of really good research one might be able to write an account of a fictional search for these elusive traces of the creative urge.

Handmade Wishes

Posted in etsy, plush critters with tags , , , on March 24, 2009 by darcyarts

fullwide1Jolly Squidopus with red licorice will start the morning for me.

Doesn’t he look a bit like a deer caught in the headlights?

After I sewed the fancy little squid for Wholly Craft I wanted to make a batch for the DarcyArts shop.

I love using my fleece scraps to make their head gear. Some of the adornments look like anemones.

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This pink Squid loves candy, too.

I love the pink taffy in the yellow bowl.

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I am definitely in a pink phase.

I’m also in a Facebook phase. My dear friend Patti Ramelli invited me and a whole slew of old friend. It’s a riot of cyber socialization.

It’s fitting that an Aquarius gal pulled us in.

Seen Cute?

Posted in nature with tags , , on March 21, 2009 by darcyarts

If you thought you’d seen cute lately take a quick cyber trip to Bella Vista Farms.

Over at A News Cafe, Doni Greenberg has a wonderful story with visuals by hubby, Bruce, about Chic and Bob Miller and their large assortment of adopted farm animals.

You can sign up to donate funds to help the Miller’s care for goats, cows, sheep, burros, dogs, cats, pigs, llamas, chickens and ducks.

Want to see something that brings tears of joy to my eyes?

Ramone Rampage

Posted in Art, etsy with tags , , , , on March 20, 2009 by darcyarts

Okay, it wasn’t exactly a rampage but it was tons of great fun.

I got to my Johnny Ramone painting project and just couldn’t put it down!

johhnyramonenonprintI never imagined I would paint Johnny but I love requests.

I’m in my pink phase so I put Johnny on a pink background. Goes well with the black leather jacket.

I played Ramones Mania while I painted. I thought of sweet Joey and of Johnny stealing his girl, his broken heart, teardrops, his sweet Taurus sadness.

The girl was no good for Joey because she didn’t really feel him but you can’t stop feeling hurt just by reasoning your way through the dark. Psychotherapy, indeed.

eyeJohnny prints are over at DarcyArts.

Mr. Moises Domingo Rios asked for Townes Van Zandt.

townescropplusJessica Pratt suggested the columbines when I said I wanted to put flowers on the border.

They are mentioned in Townes’ sad, beautiful song, Columbine.

“Now breath upon the petals fine,” said Townes.

Colby Drosher requested David Essex.

Never in a million years would I have painted David Essex.

I really liked the portrait.

I went with polka dots on his shirt. I love to paint faces, so sue me art-elitists. I’m happy as a hog.

davidessexcropOh, Mr. Mick Jagger won’tcha sing some country blues for me.

Yes, Mick is going on my list of portraits to do.

Angus Young is next. Then Arthur Lee. I’ve had him sketched for so long.

And then Poison Ivy and the late Lux Interior, and . . .

Just ask people. I take requests.

Start Growth

Posted in esoterica, etsy, nature with tags , , , , on March 19, 2009 by darcyarts

img_6885They took their place in this year’s garden on a gray day in March. Then three days of steady rain and in the last hours of the storm, a real pounding that left a small lake in the low spot on our long driveway.

Frank always reminds me that plants are made to  withstand wind and rain.  I still flinch remembering the ranuculas (renuculae?) that got hammered by an April hail storm.

After a good few days of sun the veggies are just fine.

newgarden09They are now girded against invasion. The first bucket that received the chicken-wire fix was the catnip.

Big Orange, a talkative feline with a goofy face, was getting too friendly with the new plants.

Then the squirrels began hiding their nut-stash in the pots. Sloppy little diggers abused one tender Early Girl tomato so we did all the pots in chicken wire.

This morning, on my way back to the computer, I took ghosty shots in the window glass that reveal the layers of domesticity in which I exist.

meinkitchenwindowglassInside and out blend together. The kitchen curtains, the hedge, the blue pots, the sky blue material I used to make the chimp hat, candles, the green fuzzy leaves of an african violet and the radio antenna that cuts a diagonal across the image, are all elements of my current experience.

Near my heart, through the glass, you can see part of a picture on the kitchen wall.  Above a folk-art image of a flying  angel it reads “Bless this Home”.

toysinkitchenw16jessWe have been at this river house  for three years.  Frank and I have grown together and feel settled. We  have done good work here. We feel safe and calm.

There are unseen elements in every life that shift and change and eventually necessitate a rearranging.

Change is relentless. Still, I know that feeling of safe and calm is  internal. The waters can be stirred but they always settle back to placid.

A trip to the Beadman, to pick up sage oil and amber resin, gave me a chance to slip into the Discovery Shop.

I try to remember, while spending the days enjoying the things that take up physical and psychic space in my life, that life can and does eventually come to a sudden halt.

I am always reminded of this fact when I find treasures and trinkets in my favorite thrift shops.

You will see, on certain days, a new influx of items that have an stylistic unity. They represent a particular taste. It becomes clear that these are things that once filled the home of someone I’ll never know. When their time here was over, family passed these trinkets on for others to find.

I found these kitchen wall plaques. They are probably from the 70s.

The back-to-nature, avocado aesthetic is evident.

fourI listed them at DarcyArts.

I imagine a long-haired woman creating simple still life sketches in her kitchen. She worked up nice backgrounds for each in checks, stripes and paisleys.

Each basket is different. I like them and thought others would, too.

I also found owls at the Discovery Shop.

fullgreenowlCute speckled owls.

They have holes in the top of their heads. Something to do with the firing process? So they don’t blow up?

The bigger green owl has a face on each side.

img_6940img_6941I may list these on Etsy tomorrow.

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I am enjoying this “free” time, after finishing the proto-chimp, and before a response comes requesting one or two more. I’ve been sewing since December on one project or another.

It’s time to paint!

Gaudi, Rock Star

Posted in Art, dreams, nature with tags , , on March 17, 2009 by darcyarts

Here at DarcyArts the most viewed post, by far, is the one with pictures of the work of visionary architect Antonio Gaudi.

Here are some links to pix elsewhere on the web.

The Adventures of Josip and Melanie

Great Buildings

At Flickr:

Tom29ger’s Barcelona

Matilde B

Here’s a Flickr search for Gaudi.

One of the photos by campru:

The sky looks like it is drenched with a bottle of  Dr. PH Martin’s blue dye.

What amazing mosaic work. I have wondered how, after the works of Gaudi were created, anyone would ever create buildings and spaces in any other style.

The aesthetic that enriched the decades on either side of the turn of the last century was so appreciative of nature, of natural shapes and forms.

There were crafts-people. There was an investment of time. The materials were rich and beautiful.

Greed and impatience robs beauty from the world.