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Work Space Streamline

Posted in family, film, projects with tags , , , on September 20, 2011 by darcyarts

Just a little tweaking to streamline the cubby-hole work space at the south end of the living room.

It is actually a return to the old set up with both the computer table and the art work bench, side by side.

There is still lots of color in this small space.

I had originally chosen a smaller TV for the viewing space just on the other side of this work area. I fretted a bit thinking the giant stacks of brightly colored fleece would be distracting. With the smaller screen you could clearly see it in the work space.

My son Brian gave me a really big screen and now I don’t even notice the shelves full of material.

I did put up a theatrical curtain to separate the two areas if we ever choose to close it off. I like the purple curtain and green paper shade together.

The big screen fits right up against the shelf which holds the big printer which closes in this work space.  It’s a perfect solution.

The long shot of the small work space  is taken from just above the printer.

I’ll have to do something about that black lamp cord.

Color at Home!

Posted in constructions, esoterica, family, finds, food, shopping with tags , , on May 3, 2010 by darcyarts

Color is one of the most important elements in any environment I create. Everything is a set to be designed usually with inexpensive or found pieces.

Discards and thrift store items are liberally used in the decor.

The chair closest to the door, a nice comfy old rocker, was left at the curb by neighbors. The wingback chair was a $12 find at the Discovery Shop. They are draped in pink jersey bedding that I bought on sale at Target but didn’t like on the bed.

There are small paintings from my pink period on the wall with a floor lamp with pink shades from Target, on sale, $19.

In the kitchen vegetables provide a  blast of changing color, too. Nature’s color and design is inspiring.

I love beets.

I want to use them to dye something someday. Maybe I’ll try some on my hair.

Yellow beets look great sitting in the produce section. Subtle yellow, pale green, a bit of brown in the root ends that look so like rat tails.

Look at the patterns on this sliced yellow beet. Beautiful.

Sometimes I long to live in a less well-groomed landscape.

I would love to throw all the beautiful scraps in a compost pile.

As I’ve said before, the grounds belong to the landlady and she does not appreciated our laissez faire gardening tendencies. So, we keep the plants in the buckets on the patio and let the gardener care for the big spread of lawn. Noplace for compost or free range chickens. Dang. Next time.

Sometimes the particularly attractive bits of vegetables end up drying on the spice rack.

I love this life that Frank and I have built together — simple pleasures, odd creations, deep delights.

It’s so comfortable and full of color.

Magenta Moment

Posted in constructions, etsy with tags , , , on July 6, 2009 by darcyarts

I love warm colors. I dyed my hair for a decade or two with permanent dies and henna. It was my first canvas. I played with all the shades but eventually settled on red. It fit my personality I told myself.

When my hair started turning gray I ignored it for a long time and then decided to leave behind the dye and grow it out.  I have been living with it happily for about five years but I am a restless soul.

This is an interesting time in my life. I am free of any corporate ties at the moment, living by my own hand as a crafts person. Now is the time to freak it up a bit.

I wanted to go farther with hair color than I have gone before. That’s where the Manic Panic came into this tale. I bought two jars — Cotton Candy Pink and Vampire Red — to highlight on the front sides of my hair .  I tried a little at first. It washed out really quickly. It was too noncommittal.

Now I’ve done my entire head.

MermaidHairAAm I worried about people finding this weird? Maybe a little but it’s just color and I love color. How many days have I left in this world? Quien sabe? I deserve more color.

There are few places in Redding to get richly colored things. One of them is the Beadman. I bought a load of new beads recently.

I’ve added a few more shade of oblong beads to my collection.

NewBeads 001I’m putting them together as earrings in trios by colors that I think look right together. I’ve started with three pieces on each earring but I may try more, for a sort of 60s satellite look.

As I mentioned previously, I dreamed of these type of earrings. Just simple dangles with frosted beads but I’ve added clear colors to the design, too.

NewBeads 004

I guess it was more of a vision than a dream. there was no narrative action just the earrings.

I’ll take the inspiration and go with it, I told myself.

We’ll see what happens.

I have these pink and red dangle earrings in my Etsy shop.

I’ve added the yellow, green, red dangle earrings, too.

Tuesday with Morning

Posted in Art, nature with tags , , on October 21, 2008 by darcyarts

Tuesday has arrived at last and I am here trying to gather myself and get to work.

I felt very much like painting this morning and I am hoping that I can avoid being so distracted that I lose that motivation.

The light was brilliant outside the kitchen windows this morning and the wind helped make the fairy light circles dance around the patio, all over the herbs and vegetables, the picnic bench and the gray concrete.

The sun made the tarragon look so great. The yellow was bright and beautiful next to the green.

I didn’t really have a choice of color when I bought the buckets but blue has looked just right in all the pictures.

A few days ago I received notification that the Amaryllis Belladonna bulbs I ordered had arrived at my local Orchard Hardware Supply.


They look great but the best thing is their aroma. I’ve spoken of it here before. It’s heavenly. My perfect environment includes the sea, towering eucalyptus and soft California rolling hills dotted with Amaryllis on their naked stems.

We won’t see these until next spring. At least I don’t expect to see them. The plants in California often become confused by weird weather.


The pale yellow chilis I cut last week are turning orange.

They are big, about four or five inches long, and waxy. When they are yellow they taste like something you’d find on an Italian sandwich . They mellow into a more interesting flavor as they darken.

I think, this year, I’ve had more fun looking at the vegetables than eating them. 

Still, a tomato that tastes like a tomato is a wonderful thing.

I posed the ripened chilis like nude models yesterday.


This one is a delight with the green stem and the patch of yellow near the tip encircled by the darkest orange color, nearly red.

 As usual these vegetal things have the best color sense. I bow down to their natural ability to work a color scheme.

Perfect in every stage.

I love the wrinkled, dissected chili with the seeds exposed.

Clothing designers, I have spent the last few weeks with you via Project Runway.

You could really get “organic” into your pallette if you spent a little more time with veggies. Cut them open and have a look. Watch them ripen. They have a lot to tell you about shape, texture, blending color.

Give the Illustrator Some

Posted in Art, etsy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2008 by darcyarts

 To our left is the amazing Chick Webb.

In music you hear the phrase “Give the drummer some.” This was, in jazz, the star player’s attempt to share the wealth. He was pointing something out to the audience, making them aware of an element that they had taken for granted. “It’s the drummer that’s holds it all together,” they were saying. 

With rock, say in the 60s, it became less necessary. Though the lead guitar player garnered lots of attention – Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix – it was more difficult to over look the work of John Bonham, Keith Moon or Mitch Mitchell. Then Lil Tommy Lee came along with his swirling, spinning, expando elevator drum kit and well, ain’t it great the technology that money can buy?  

There are always exceptions. Few overlooked Gene Krupa or the mighty, mighty Buddy Rich. Sure, he was an asshole but you would be too if you had his chops.

I once caught three sets of Buddy Rich at Disneyland and could NOT leave my seat. All the fantastic wonders of Disneyland paled in comparison to what he could do with a pair of drum sticks in his hands.

Back to the world of Art.

Illustrators have in some quarters been considered “less than” an artist who’s work finds it’s way into the rarified temples of FIne Art. But with artist like N.C. Wyeth, Alphonse Mucha, Maxfield Parrish, Aubrey Beardsley, Jessie King and Jessie Smith, to name just a few, I don’t know how it’s possible.

As Andy knew (see my last post) it’s all a mind game. Sure, skill sometimes plays a part, but I’m convinced it’s a construct like any other psych game.

As Americans we live and breathe the illustrator’s art. Advertising is the life’s blood of capitalism. It’s everywhere around us.  

Aside Warning!!! > I think I should write a little book filled with my theories about Andy Warhol’s genius. He knew that as Americans, from birth we are swaddled in advertising copy.  So in addition to my giant list of great things I think Andy pre-saged, I dub him an early environmentalist. He saw that we are up to our necks in images and as a radical artist, he could just co-opt and recontextualize, repurpose, reuse and recirculate what was already out there. My heart goes badub badub badub.

Here are a few really cool illustrators who have found a way to do their work outside of the corporate setting. How long Etsy will be corporate is another question for another day. Lord let the creators of Etsy keep a pure heart and a strong clear vision, amen.

John W. Golden

Golden has a lot of really attractive images. They are sweet and funky and retro and unique. He makes cool pop art rings too.

Here are others Etsian illustrators to check out:

elloh from Philadelphia.

apak, a duo from the creative stronghold of Portland, Oregon.

berkeley illustrations another duo from Portland.

matte art cool stuff.

The great thing about the democratization of art, writing, music, etc., in the age of the internet is that we can really muffle categorization. We can hyper-apply new and more abstract labels if we want to, but eventually the diverse nature of the myriad creations will mock all categories. Mountains of art will shine bright and wiggle free.

Low Brow  is a neon sign on the road to the democratization of Art. Will it become so legit that it will be invited into the palace of Fine Art? Will the life blood then be sucked out?


Check out what i just bought on etsy from another fabulous Tampa artist, Irma Diaz at souroctopus .

There will always be rebels capable of keeping things interesting and intentionally walking the line.