Saturday, January 28, 2012

Angelic Whispers...

There really is healing in the creative process!
I'm finding that this doll is a shadow of certain aspects 
of my journey, thus far, on the road to recovery.
What my oncologist referred to as a "bump in the road"
reminds that I do not always need to see 
what is around the bend... sometimes I just need to believe 
that it's all going to work out just fine.
Sort of like color schemes and important stuff like that... 
Tsk! Tsk!   Enjoy your evening... Daryle

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Broken Wing... But Flying!

In a moment of inspiration, I decided to snap one side of
the wings in two.  And then hastily repair it... 
with a wooden "splint" and (eventually) some laced twine!
The head and hands have a generous base-coat of black
that I will begin to work over in the next few days.
I'm not sure about my color choices for the wood turnings.
My healing process?
I had a chemo-injection on Tuesday... a higher dosage 
than I expected, but with fewer anticipated side-effects.
Now I wait... and let it do its job!
Warm Wishes, Daryle 
(quite literally as it may reach 60 here in South Jersey today!)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Spring 2012 Issue of Art Doll Quarterly!

"Harvest Moon" can be found on page 75
of the newest issue of Art Doll Quarterly!
He just recently found a new home... in Vermont
with our daughter Emily and Chad.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A New Doll... a Healing Doll!

Several days ago I began working on a new doll...
my attempt to to work-through some of my journey, 
as I began phase one of my cancer treatment two weeks ago.
The head is sculpted paper clay over a styrofoam ball 
with inset 16 mm flat paperweight brown eyes.
His hands are paper clay as well.
Both the upper arms and (four) legs are wooden turnings.
The outer body box is a yard sale find... the real treasure 
is the inner wooden box! A vintage, grooved slide top 
wooden box with the word "fragile" stamped on it.

This was a gift from a dear friend several months ago, 
who lives in Virginia.  She had filled it with small objects
that I hope to one day incorporate in a new assemblage.
Over the course of the next few months, I anticipate "filling"
this very special box (the heart of this doll) with items that,
 will not doubt, reflect part of my journey!  The rusty heart
 and the square head nails all speak for themselves.

As a w.i.p. I will base coat the wooden turnings in black
and probably base coat the head and hands with black gesso.
The broken, chipped, and worn wings capture the sentiment
that I will put on a coffee stained hang tag:
“But for you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness 
will rise with healing in His wings.”  -Malachi 4:2a

My heartfelt thanks to each one who has posted a
note of encouragement or a word of concern over the
past several months...   Warmest Wishes, Daryle 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A New Year's Sentiment...

Dear friends of ours kept this sentiment on the wall 
of their old stone house... up in Addison, Vermont. 
Before moving down here to South Jersey,
I hastily penciled the words on a piece of paper;
knowing that one day I would want them to hang on our wall! 
We picked up this worn cupboard panel two years ago,
on one of our jaunts to Lancaster County.
I photocopied the words on manila card-stock,
then coffee stained them... added a primitive fabric heart,
and a nice vintage key... all held together with rusty wire!
It reads:

There is a place that we call memory.  
A province by itself, which though unseen... 
is home and haven to the heart. 
And there, in peace and beauty waiting... 
are those with whom we shared our yesterdays.