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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Progression: From Paper Clay to Publication!

I couldn't be more delighted!  
The summer 2014 issue of Prims (which is available May 1st)
is featuring my "Flying Folk Art Angel" on pages 126-129. 

I thought it might be fun to post some "start-to-finish" pics!
This guy, like so many of my dolls...took on a life of his own.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Approaching Passover...

Last night, framed behind the branches of one of
our large Ash trees in the backyard...
the moon hung in the sky with a wide orange ring around it.
Approaching a full moon on Passover... in this week that we call Holy.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Up in Smoke!

If you follow some of my foolishness here at Woodstown Whimsies…
you know that I have an affinity for "coffee-stained" just about anything!
Well… if you have ever asked yourself: 
"Does he ever burn anything while attempting to age it 
and give it character?"  Here's the answer:
My "Hilde" book created for the ADQ Medieval Doll Challenge…
is proof-positive; "Yes indeed… he sometimes sets the world on fire!"
When coffee-staining, I use the microwave to "set" the stain and dry 
the piece I am working on… Well, 45 seconds was a tad too long for
Hildegard's "Simple Book of Medicine"  
Alas… it certainly does look old & worn!
(click on the pic to enlarge and really see the "aging!")
Thank You "Yankee Candle" for your sage & citrus concentrated spray;
totally (more-or-less) eliminating the smell of charred paper!
Tsk! Tsk!  Happy Daze… Daryle

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The "Mystery"… Revealed!

Working on the most recent Art Doll Quarterly Challenge has been,
well… a challenge!  But she is finished!  My Medieval Mystery Maiden:
(drum-roll, please…)
Playing softly in the background, while completing my doll 
for the “Medieval Doll Challenge, are the ethereal voices 
of a Gregorian chant.   I am listening to music composed 
by one of the most remarkable and gifted women 
in medieval history: Hildegard von Bingen. 
Born in Germany in 1098, she would dedicate her life 
to serving others; becoming a nun at the age of fifteen.  

During her lifetime, Hildegard of Bingen created an immense 
outpouring of work in music, poetry, and scientific literature.  
She was both a woman of vision and a “visionary” of some 
Biblical and religious texts during the 12th century. 

The music, which I have incorporated on the doll stand, 
represents one of Hildegard’s chants: O virtus Sapientiae 
(Strength of Wisdom). I wonder if the text could have been based 
upon this familiar proverbial quote that Hildegard 
would have been acquainted with: Proverbs 9:10 
The fear of the LORD 
is the beginning of wisdom: 
and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (KJV) 
 The manuscript sitting on the small side table is a representation 
of her writings on medieval medicine: Liber Simplicis Medicinae 
(Simple Book of Medicine).  The glass jars hold her herbal remedies. 

Hildegard… a medieval lady in waiting! 
(Yes, waiting to be shipped off to California…)
Thank you for taking this creative journey with me! Daryle

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lancaster County…

Katie and I were able to spend the day in Lancaster County
and found a new favorite place to stop, while in New Holland:
Vintage Kollections (adjacent to Carson's in the Cornfield).
Katie picked up some linens and a nice little vintage flower "frog" 
which she will use to keep reminder notes on her desk!
I found some porcelain insulators that will make the perfect
mixed-media doll arms, along with a one-of-a-kind tin funnel (hat?)
some brass drawer pulls and a vintage (circa 1870) 
German Children's Bible Primer… all treasures!

We also spent the late afternoon at Sight & Sound Theatre
where we enjoyed their newest production: "Moses"… with about 45 
other folks from our church family.  It was dazzling and memorable!

Here's a link from the premiere opening:


Monday, March 17, 2014

Mid-March…a Record Breaker!

It certainly doesn't look like a "record-breaker"… does it?
By late afternoon, our most recent "dump of snow" had settled 
and started slowly melting in the mid-March sun.
It was official though: 
the second snowiest winter on record!
We have Lenten Roses under that heap of snow… with buds on!
Good thing, they are a hearty lot!
Warm Wishes… and keep those snow shovels close at hand!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Snap…Crackle…Pop! (well, "crackle" anyways!)

DecoArt crackle medium does its magic… with a porcelain-like
finish on the Maiden!  Poor thing definitely needs her hair-piece
back in place and the wimple to cover the top of her head.
I used a matte finish sealer to get rid of the "sheen" that was 
left by the application of the crackle medium.
Her eyes are acrylic paint with black pastel crayon/pencil.

I am pleased with her hands, love that bulbous nose…
and am ready to dress her… Ugh!