Archive for February, 2010

The Sweetest Ramone

Posted in Art, constructions, cute, projects with tags , , on February 28, 2010 by darcyarts

I have finally finished my Joey doll. The first Soft Boy. Thanks, Robyn Hitchcock and dear Moises.

I will have a hard time parting with him. He is so sweet and cute and cuddly and he has great hair.

I left off Joey’s glasses because  after his trip to heaven he’s all brand new and can see just fine. I want to have each of my rag dolls coming from a fresh innocent place no matter what their stylee thing  may be  saying.

I have him done up in casual soft clothes, a stretchy striped T-shirt made from oft washed cotton jersey and some stretchy black jeans.

Joey has beautiful pale pink lips, embroidered with love.

He’s taller than most of the other dolls. It’s kind of hard to tell in the photos.

He has a little belly. I love him. He’s special.

Prime 11 Comes Through

Posted in film, radio with tags , , on February 27, 2010 by darcyarts

I am so very, very stoked! Prime 11 has come through again this year to allow me to see the film I have most been looking forward to this Academy Award season — A Single Man.

I delighted in the Fresh Air interviews with first, director, Tom Ford and then lead actor, Colin Firth. Both so bright and such creative people.

We had the added pleasure of watching the lovely Julianne Moore work with Firth.

I will go into this film knowing the aesthetic considerations are handled by an artist, that the acting was done intelligently and that it deals with subject matter that is very meaningful to me. What more could I ask?

The film will be shown only this week, through Thursday, so get down to Anderson and catch it.

We have a week, too, until the big event.  Reading about films and viewing them in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards is the equivalent of  high, holy days for me.

No offense to anyone’s religious sensibilities.

I really love movies.

Just as dreaming is a strange and wonderful alternate reality for me, film comes as close as we will get to that experience while conscious, and not in a chemically altered state.

Of the many films I’ve seen this season, my favorites, so far, are Jane Campion’s Bright Star, a sloow, beautiful poetic film sadly overlooked for all big awards, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker,  Pete Docter and Bob Peterson’s Up, John Lee Hancock’s heart wrenching,The Blind Side and the Coen Bros’ A Serious Man.

I loved James Cameron’s Avatar for the the visuals, for the nod to pagan spirituality and detested all the war gore.

I expect to love Ford’s A Single Man. I’ll let you know.

Rainy Day Clay

Posted in handmade, projects with tags , , on February 26, 2010 by darcyarts

I have a certain indescribable aesthetic when it comes to jewelry. I don’t generally like gold, though if I came upon some ancient Celtic jewelry I’d wear gold.

Both pairs of earrings purchased this year  have lost their mates. I decided to just by fat beads to slip onto silver hoops I have. I’ve  already lost one of my favorite sparkly yellow beads.

I decided I would fashion other danglers for my oval hoops. I broke out the polymer clay and made stars.

I cut the “legs” extra long and made curly stars. The brown stars look like they are made of leather.

Now if I can just get the jump rings to stay together.

Don’t these look like they are made of fudge?

Tangible Tiny Women Artists

Posted in Art, constructions, etsy, handmade with tags , , , on February 24, 2010 by darcyarts

Making dolls in a simple Americana, rag doll form is very satisfying. I love to see the amazing art dolls that creative makers pull out of themselves but the uber realistic things kind of freak me out.

I want to keep it simple, simple, simple. I  am still very excited by how well the dolls are  utilizing all the materials I have collected and exercising all  my of my creative impulses.

Over time, in addition to a series of Fridas, necessary to capture all her glory, I am going to do a series of women artists. Georgia O’keeffe, Yayoi Kusama, just a quick google check of  “women in art” reveals a wealth of wonderful artists who would look great as small dolls. I want to make something tangible, something to hold and be reminded of the many women that worked as artists. We rarely hear of most of them.

I’ll let you all know when I get Frida up on Etsy.

LA Ink Season 5

Posted in constructions, TV with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2010 by darcyarts

With absolutely no fan fare and little presence on the internets LA Ink unrolled season 5.

Did Aubrey get fired? Hell, yeah. Is Cory still Kat’s rock? Yes, indeed.

The producers or who ever is in charge of shows like this really milked the psycho drama. So many of the little nasties in the storyline  had to be fake, fake, fake.


Cory can’t take time off because prissy Dan gets special treatment to go on the road whenever he wants.

Anyone who has checked out the High Voltage shop site knows that Kat employs nearly a dozen tattoo artists. So Cory is not responsible for holding the shop together, doing all the tattoos by himself.

Eric commented on this very thing last October. Right on, Eric.

We never see the other artist on the show for whatever reason — please somebody fill us in on how this stuff works — anybody from the reality tv show biz can you enlighten us? Like I said last fall I would love to know how much the principle  “actors”  get paid.

The first show of the season did show Aubrey getting right over to see Paulie and Amy at Craig’s shop. I think they will maintain a parallel operation in this fifth season, like Custoncruiserroy mentioned on last years post.

I do think Paulie is good, Amy is compelling and the eccentric Craig is very interesting.

Perhaps the show producers are hedging their bets for good reason.

Kat von D seems to have a really tough time negotiating the realities of business and the myriad projects she takes on. She has been relying heavily on her sister, Karoline, as a personal assistant.

Karoline organizes everything for Kat and reminds her of what to do when.

Granted Kat is a gifted artist, a Pisces. She is very creative and does not operate from the linear, logic mode. Though she is very ambitious she often gets tangled up and befuddled by the requirements of the real world.

There is double drama this season. Audrey is gone and Kat need a new shop manager as soon as possible. On top of that Karoline is taking an open ended vacation to South America.

Good for you, Karoline! Take care of yourself and your needs. It seems Kat can use people right up with out even realizing it ( I hope it’s unconscious). She really keeps a lot of creative work on her plate. Life is short and she’s going for the gusto, homes.

Kat is flogged by this news. She is about to hire a woman with what seems like a really questionable self-opinion for shop manager.

“I’m usually over qualified for jobs, ”  says the new candidate. She wants to take control. How will that go down in the shop?

Kat knows nothing about hiring management help. It would seem one must be aggressive and invisible to get along in the shop. TCB and stay out of everyone’s face.

Don’t get me wrong. Somebody need to take control but not in a poseur sort of way. Kat cannot deal with many elements of the biz. This is how many musicians end up screwed by their management. They have no head for business. It will be interesting to see if Kat can negotiate this rough terrain.

As usual my enjoyment of the show will be directly related to how fake and fabricated it seems. Please, powers that be, don’t neglect the ART! Read beth’s comments.

TLC producers — If you want a show about immature emotional drama rent a house, fill it with mediocre tattoo givers, have them tattoo one another and watch what happens. And make sure they have a well stocked bar. Hilarity and shameless grandstanding will ensue.

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Frida Kahlo Art Doll

Posted in Art, constructions, handmade, projects with tags , , on February 22, 2010 by darcyarts

She’s done. My Frida Kahlo doll is complete. I’ve have been working on her slowly. Thinking about every detail.

I pretty happy with her.

All the dolls are simple, moon-faced things by design. I don’t want to try to make them just like real people.

Photography lessons are in my future.

The new light I bought is blowing out the color here.

Here is where I started.This is how all the dolls begin. The round face is embroidered and starts to take on personality.

I am feeling like I could make many Frida dolls. She is such a rich subject and satisfies my affection for the Americas whose culture I absorbed as a girl in Santa Ana — the Californios, the Mexicanos — all that rich culture fed me.

I want to make a Frida with a green shawl and a pet monkey.

I could also make her pet dog. I could be stitching this woman for days and days.

Cold and Carbo

Posted in Art, film, food, projects with tags , , , , on February 22, 2010 by darcyarts

The cold weather is back for a few days and so I’ve made a quick carbo breakfast to counteract the chill.

One big brown egg and two french toast waffles. Keeks A$$. French toast waffles from the frozen breakfast aisle of Walmart are very popular around here. My granny just loves them with a little butter.

Getting granny to eat regularly is my job and these little eggos are my secret weapon.

We are having a fruit smoothie with all kinds of good stuff including a dose of D-ribose. Not the best thing sensually on a very cold morning but essential for health.

I am having a cup of coffee, too. A rare treat these days.

The day started with a 10 mile fake bike ride and then a cup of Morning Thunder tea. It’s my favorite.

I’ll wrap two books I sold on Amazon and take them to the post office and then it’s back to Frida’s clothes and stitching mini dragons. What a great life.

It’s been a good  year  so far and it’s only getting better.

Frank and I have seen more film this Academy Awards season than ever before. We’ve been enjoying Prime 11 Cinema in Anderson.

We saw A Serious Man via Netflix and it was really interesting. Bravo Michael Stuhlbarg. I marveled, I laughed, I wanted to slap somebody. Coen Bros out do themselves.

The big show is March 7. I love watching the Academy Awards. I do have one regret a head of time. Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic, the producers of this year’s show, revealed on Fresh Air last week that they had originally wanted Sasha Baron Cohen to host. That their idea was rejected by the powers that be is our great loss.