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DarcyArts Diaspora

Posted in Art, dolls, dreams, food, gardening, handmade with tags , , , , , on September 10, 2010 by darcyarts

DarcyArts studio has a new map of the United States. Here, we will keep track of all the places Soft Boys, Big Donuts, Curly Stars and plush critters have gone.

There is a map of the world, too. Watched over by my two favorite Brits — Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry. As it should be, doll.

It’s very nice to have a visual record of the diaspora of DarcyArts pieces. Such a thrill to be scattering seeds across the globe.

I’ve sent donuts to England and squids and donuts down under. Canada, oh, Canada, close at hand and on the USA map, has taken quite a few items as well. Thank you, handmade-loving people of the world! You are making my dream come true.


It had been a while since I snapped any pix for the ol’ blog. I’ve been very busy stitching.

Yesterday I  photographed the beautiful cloud-filled sky.

Rain, dew covered things in the yard.

It was so cool outside in the early morning hours.

Frank and I dug it completely and were very grateful for such a cool summer.

The squash I planted late in the season do not agree.

These beautiful squash are from K and D’s lovely haven in Sebastopol. We are using up the veggies and my bod is digging it. I am saving seeds while telling myself I must start fresh with a new dirt trough next year. I think I’ll invert a big crate on which the pots sit and fill it with nice soil. Fresh, Fresh, Fresh.


Lettuce Alone

Posted in food, gardening, nature with tags , , on June 25, 2009 by darcyarts

LettuceBlossomsThe bitter red lettuce is blossoming. It’s tight, scaly green and purple red pre-blossom buds look like something you might find in the desert.

I love the scrubby little yellow flowers. They may be chartreuse.

LettuceCLIt’s a strange looking plant but nevertheless, effective.

I’ll collect the seeds and plant lettuce in the fall.

Sounds logical.

The tomatoes are ripening. We’ve had five so far.

They are the cheeriest red.

Here are three on the kitchen window ledge.


I bought what I thought was cilantro at Grocery Outlet. It’s parsley. Boo. I have room for more cilantro. Must have some.

I really should have snipped back the buds on the one cilantro plant that came back from last year.

It’s so hard to nip it in the bud.

MushroomWe had some mushroom spring up in the container with a heavy fertilized soil. Must have been cow manure.

Pretty, pretty. The heads are so soft.


Knit Vegetables

Posted in Art, etsy, projects with tags , , , , on April 5, 2009 by darcyarts

Some crafty people enjoy making vegetables out of yarn. An homage to our agrarian past?

knittedvega17These are from an 80s how-to sewing book I found at one of my fave thrift shop.

I think it’s a little strange but probably only because I carry a lot of sense memory that gets twisted at the thought of food made of string.

Knitters and crochet fans have also made cakes and cookies out of yarn.

It’s cute, especially the cupcakes (here’s the reverse). But what’s the point?

I guess it’s cool to enshrine one’s favorite thing in one’s art. Lord knows I have. Like this portrait of a young Frank I did in marker and crayon years ago.

frank1a1Sometimes your head is just full to the brim with an image, a though, a thing you crave. Sometimes you know you shouldn’t indulge in that thing so you make an icon of it. You make it a visual delight. One that can’t make you fat or pregnant.

Just as I once had to bring home hunks of rusty metal and then realized that taking photos of them would be almost as satisfying.

cinnamontwistsThis pile of cinnamon twists was something I couldn’t resist the last time I walked through the bakery section of Winco.

I don’t have to eat them to be happy.

I can just knit them or blog about them.

My Vegetable Heart

Posted in dreams, music, nature with tags , , , on April 4, 2009 by darcyarts

Frank and I planted new cucumber and red pepper yesterday. After a morning of first of the month errands we hauled out the heavy bags of soil filled a tote box full of organic soil and put in the newbies.

cukeredpepper43The red pepper is in the middle. This may be an unrealistic amount of room for everybody but we’ll make it work.

I can trim and tend to the greenies like a motie.

Vegetation, I salute you.

Vegetation, dear departed Brian Jones salutes you.

brianjonesclhipixThe sun calls you out of the ground. Its radiant warmth pulls you from below.

Brian Jones wants to go. Brian Jones wants to go.

Something kept you sleeping, but in your tiny seed a promise.

Your energy unleashed by light.

You could feed the world. You could clean the air and look so beautiful while in the midst of your charity.

You are so willing to lay on my plate.

Vegetation, be yourself. Be organic.


DarcyArts, where rock takes a vegetable for a bride.

Ah! Do you hear it? Strains of the Mothers of Invention.

Soprano sax sez: da da da da da da da da da .

Ray Collins (vocals)
Jimmy Carl Black (drums)
Billy Mundi (drums)
Roy Estrada (bass)
Don Preston (keyboards)
Bunk Gardner (woodwinds)
Motorhead Sherwood (soprano, baritone saxophone)

(Cheesey, Cheesey)
(This is a song about vegetables, they keep ya regular
They’re real good for yo)

Call any vegetable Call it by name
Call one today When you get off the train
Call any vegetable And the chances are good
Aw, The vegetable will respond to you

(Some people don’t go for prunes…I
don’t know, I’ve always found that if they…)
Call any vegetable Pick up your phone
Think of a vegetable Lonely at home
Call any vegetable And the chances are good
That a vegetable will respond to you

Rutabaga, Rutabaga,
Rutabaga, Rutabaga,

(A prune isn’t really a vegetable…
CABBAGE is a vegetable…)

No one will know
If you don’t want to let them know
No one will know
‘Less it’s you that might tell them so
Call and they’ll come to you
Covered with dew
Vegetables dream, Of responding to you

Standing there shiny and proud by your side
Holding your hand while the neighbors decide
Why is a vegetable something to hide?


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.

Morning Dew

Posted in esoterica, nature, socialization with tags , , , , on September 21, 2008 by darcyarts

Another photo session in the container garden this morning revealed amazing things.

This is a young Japanese eggplant. The purple sheath  has little fuzzy stars all over it.

It’s kind of reminiscent of chicken skin with little the remnant of feather roots embedded in the pores.

Up close it looks like a prickly cactus.

There are micro stars in many things.

The ‘regular’ eggplant that I had thought was not producing is just taking it’s time. I did my vegetable shopping late, probably June, and I hopewe dont’ get an early winter though it feels like we might.

Here is the first eggplant produced by the late bloomer. I though blossoms became vegetables. I guess that is not always the case.

Isn’t this just beautiful. I can see why fairies may have entered the minds of early gardeners.

I was thinking the other day, and this may strike some as a wild thought, that it is probable that back in time, when we were closer to nature, some of us were capable of intuiting information about the nature of a plant. I guess I mean we could intuit what the plant could do for us medicinally.

Yes, people have died from eating things that are poisonous but I believe there is a subtle communication between the spirits of all types of entities. Most of us have just lost the power to engage in that dialogue.

An Early Girl tomato just waiting to be plucked.

That word makes me think of Shakespeare. He was naughty and probably a Taurus.

If there is some force guiding the minds of men and women do we turn our collective attention toward things that we will need for our future?

Here is the first cucumber. It’s getting bigger. There will be others on this same vine.

A Japanese eggplant hanging outside it’s container environment.

We will be eating alot of eggplant soon. They are pretty tasty. I cooked the first two in August.

I have two in the house and these can go anytime. They don’t get very big.

Purple and green are a good combo. The cinnamon basil acutally tastes more like licorice basil. We have a freaking giant load of basil.

I need to get on some pesto.

Tarragon with it’s nice yellow blossoms sits next to the squash that is also a very late bloomer.

Haven’t seen a veggie bud yet.

I love the green on the Chili leaves. It’s wonderful. These chilis, at least when I’ve picked them — at a bright orange stage — are delicious and so attractive on nachos.

They are mild and have an interesting tang.

Stay tuned for these babies when the orange up.

I can make a unique transition form vegetable to art project.

I began making these “starlight” brooches months ago and had lots of fun doing so.

Here is my first with orange “fairy” lights and yellow split peas. I added the thin curled wire which comes in lovely shades

As a sort of tendril. This is the brown wire.

It is used in beading and I get mine at the Beadman on Athens.

I’m planning on making a new batch of brooches and may put some in the Shasta Arts Council Holiday sale.

Then I can make lovely tags for them too.

Here is my

collection of wire, so far. they come in various gauges.

See that curled piece that looks like a giant pencil shaving? It’s a metal shaving I found near the railroad tracks.

I used to walk there at a time when the only art materials I could afford were thinks I found. I loved the rusty color.

Unfortunately, I picked up much more than I could use and most of it was heavy. I eventually learned to take only the small pieces.

Future Vegetables

Posted in esoterica, nature, socialization with tags , , , , , , on September 5, 2008 by darcyarts

This lovely blossom is from the eggplant that has yet to produce a vegetable despite producing many blooms. They look pretty and then they fall off, no eggplant bud takes it’s place. I guess that means this plant, there are actually two, so these plants are infertile.

We have plenty of tomatoes growing, Roma and Early Girl, but we are between ripe batches.

Having cut bundles of basil this morning I decided to make pasta primavera and had to buy tomatoes at the health food store.

Aphids are still having their way in the squash/cuke bin. I sprayed heavy chili water the day before yesterday. The bastards are tough.

It’s hot as a motie today and I’ve done the errands I had to do. I will stay inside like a mole in my hole and contemplate the universe.

A new type of chili is getting bright and big. These measure about 3 or 4 inches.

These flowering and just begiining to grow are also a mystery variety:

The tag on the cannister they came in read “variety chilis.”

These seemed to take a very long time to show themselves.

It will be interesting to see how they turn out. They have nice flowers.

We have two whole beans growing right now. I didn’t think it would ever happen. One has a blossom remnant on it. Cute.

My growing space is probably unrealistic for harvesting big meals. That’s okay. I will really appreciate these beans. They took a long time to come into being.

Astrological Aside: The Moon is in Scorpio. We may feel things intensely now. Scorpio is the sign associated with Sex, Death and Mystery. It may choose violent or passionate expression. Someone with planets in Scorpio can read others in a flash and understand the deeper motivations that move other humans. that means they can push your buttons.

The Sun is in Libra. Libra seeks balance and therefore has the quality of mediation. Libra, ruled by Venus, as is Taurus, is gentle, loves beauty, kindness and peace. Libra people are often soft spoken, well-dressed and pleasing to look upon. If you are a Libra or know a Libra who is analytical and or critical, you are sensing some Virgo in there. If you are a Libra or you know a Libra who has dark eyes and hair, a wicked tongue and an extremely passionate and or trouble-seeking nature, that indicates a few planets or the Ascendent in Scorpio. You’ll know what I mean when you read this.

Saturn is in Virgo now and will be until next October. You will be learning lessons associated with the house that Libra occupies. Go to Astrolabe for a free chart (know your birth time, peeps) to find out where Libra lies.

Because Pluto was in the house of publishing and communication when I was born I am likely to write about things that most people don’t want to hear about. How true that must be at times. My readership plummets when I post about transgender issues or past life, and life after life ideas/beliefs.

The topics that bring the most readers, if the data here at wordpress can be trusted, are Andy Warhol, Jeffrey Lee (but I’ve learned there is a young music phenon by that name, not the Gun Club Jeffrey), Isaac Hayes and Kat Von D.

Cantinflas was big for a time.

I don’t think anybody tunes in because of a vegetable lust but I could be wrong.

I guess it could be coincidence but more than likely it means most people do not find these topics as captivating as I do.

Maybe I’ve just gotten so self-indulgent in my posts that everyone is bored silly, but it is all about me, right? 

Maybe everybody went back to school and time to read the ramblings of an olderly person obsessed with strange things is limited. Naw.

Brian Pratt will be enrolling in Law school in November. He will kick the ass of all constitutional learning. I will pray to President John Adams to help him kick the ass and guide him in his task so that my son, the one with Libra Rising, sign of balance and the scales of justice, will be able to mediate on behalf of the deprived, the harried and the persecuted. Om, muthafucca.


Here’s a cool blog, Sunset Gun , about movies by a real smart girl who is also pretty.  Perk: it’s all on a pink background. I shall explore.