Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tiny Tunes

Well, I tried hard to avoid it. But I must relent. The mushroom cafe party will have a band. This is the guitar, festooned with party flowers.

I had the misfortune to have the idea that the bug party needed a "No Lady Lady Bug" smoking a cigarette, with too much make-up playing the bass cello, legs akimbo, wearing torn stockings in her high sparkling red heeled pumps.

Got the cello going and her leg armature so that her toes can tap. Planning a tom tom tomato drum, grass blade xylophone, and twig clarinet as well. The rest of the players will be as simply rendered and plain as I can make them.

Crowning Glory

Had in the back of my mind a golden crown for the Queen Bee puppet to wear. Had loads of great crown reference images. But then I saw the crown that grows naturally on the top of my favorite food, pomegranates. I received a bunch of fresh poms off a local tree and one had a top that struck me like a perfect crown. I cut it off and stuck it in the freezer for several weeks to dry it out slowly. Then I painted it with frosty reds and golds, bejeweled it with real keshi pearl and gold spheres so tiny like could be pollen.

I left the sort of seedy bramble on the inside and painted each seed gold and added more tiny pearls.

The wonderful creature modelling the completed crown on the right is one of my most favorite possessions. It's a small sculpture by artist Jo-Ellen Trilling. A sensational creature, part bird, part lion, made of taffeta, painted fur, and feather, on its own upholstered plinth. I love him. And I'll love the new Queen Bee when she comes. I have her crown ready.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Architect's Brief: Memo to Charles

Hi Charles, I respect your gifts and talents as an architect tremendously as you know. Thank you for your offer to come to the studio and work on Halfland! I'd most love your help building the main set cottage porch!

It's built now only to the point you see above (top) with a plank base and two holes for branch posts. The three references below show the flavor I'm hoping to get when it's finished, half Victorian/half rustic-primitive/organic.

I'd like a little overhang just over where the uprights are. At one point I had intended the porch's roof to run along the length of planking. But Cirelle pointed out it blocked the view of the cottage door too much. I agree, so, building just over half of it seems better to me now.

We can use whatever materials I happen to have here when you arrive, redwood lathing strips, scrap wood, hole drills, bolts, etc. It doesn't have to be structurally sound, and should disassemble/come away in pieces for when I'm needing to get past it for filming the cottage interior.

FYI: Each panel of the roof and each wall of the cottage already slide out and away independently for filming from any angle inside.

Let me know if this is something you'd like to tackle during your visit (we should start at 11a for something like this). If not, we can plant landscape grasses that have been made by other fine folks, more casually, if you'd prefer (starting at 1p).

What do you think?! Should I save the porch project for you?!

 UPDATE: Here is Charles emailed reply:
"Yay. I love porches. Let's go for it! See you at 11."

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