Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday's "Wabi"

This morning's early light... dancing off some daffodils 
and a favorite little birdhouse in our front-yard flower garden.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wednesday's Whimsy!

It certainly ranks right up there with some of my all-time 
favorite quotes.  I found it years ago in a two-volume set 
of Christina Rossetti's poetry that I picked up at a used bookshop.
  She makes this observation:

"Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? 
Yes, work never begun." 

I was never very satisfied from the get-go with this guy...
so it's time to put him in the "unfinished, some-other-day-pile!"

Some "whimsy wisdom":  
"Know when to let it go... and move on!"

Gonna have to hustle now, to come up with something for the
ADQ June 15th deadline!  Happy Holy Week Wishes... Daryle

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Companions Are Back!

These three have been sitting far too long
on my worktable...waiting!
So... today I began to give each one of them several
color washes and layers of acrylic paint.

Boo-Hoo... these poor chaps are STILL held together 
with nothing more than pins and pieces of masking tape!

This guy has just wiggled his way into my heart!

And I'm really excited about the transparent wings 
Yes... They look very natural!
I will be posting a "How-To" one of these Wednesdays.
(No insects were harmed in the production of these wings!)

OK... the truth is... this guy really wiggled his way into my heart!
Lamb's wool hair from a local sheep farm, here in Woodstown.

He looks so much like our oldest grandson!
(Who by the way, just started wearing glasses!)

Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek!  Daryle

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Trolling, Trolling, Trolling Down the River..."

The Art Doll Quarterly Challenge: "Mythological Creatures"

I finally found some time to apply an additional layer of color
to my basecoat of raw umber! 
(gettin' a little crazy in my old age)

Wishing you a week marked by wellness!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday's Whimsey

Hey, all you doll makers! Join Me... in the Upcoming Challenge:
Art Doll Quarterly's "Mythological Creatures"

Stampington & Company Publishers must receive your artwork 
by June 15, 2016 for consideration.

Here is a link with more information:

Yup... that's where this guy is headed... 
The Benevolent Troll... "California or Bust!"
Have fun and Happy Wednesday!  Daryle

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Troll...La, La, La, La... La, La, La, Laaaaaa!

With his batting wrapped body; he is still waiting for the last 
of his paper clay fingers!  And... he now has over-sized, pointy ears.
(more pics on the way, one of these days...) 

The dilemma: With temps in the low 70's this coming week, 
I do believe I hear our gardens calling me!
Thank you for stopping by!  Daryle

Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Troll by Any Other Name...

My attempt(S) during the past week 
at creating a benevolent troll:

Clockwise beginning with the top right insert... #1.
The first attempted sculpt: perhaps "a gentle giant!"

Lower right... #2.
The second sculpt: "a weary, old man" (me, not the doll head!)

Left insert... Sigh!
I do believe we have "a Benevolent Troll!" 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Sugaring Snow... in South Jersey?

Back in Vermont... they refer to this as "sugaring snow!"
Cold nights and warm days encourages the sap to flow!
Our friends back there in Addison County, 
have been in the woods, boiling for a week now...
making gallons and gallons of "Vermont Gold!"
(Anyone for a short-stack of pancakes?)

Here in South Jersey... we refer to it as simply... "snow!"  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


I never "tire" of taking photographs of this yard-sale find.
Each year, I marvel at both the beauty and the resilience 
of this birdhouse that hangs in our backyard.
The colors, the gentle warping of the wood, the wear-and-tear...
 all are at the core of "wabi sabi"

Wishing you wellness of body, mind and spirit... Daryle