Thoughts and images from an eccentric and somewhat reclusive artist
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
dolls in the toy section of my favourite thrift store H2O is an
emotional experience. It is like going to an orphanage and wanting to
take everyone home. I pick up a doll and look at the face. If she
(most of them are 'she's) looks back at me, I take a moment and regard her. I
ask myself if I can use the doll as a subject in a painting or other
art project. Sometimes a ping of nostalgia goes off in the back of my
mind. Sometimes she looks at me as if she wants to beg me to take
her... if I don't... then how long will she be left there? Sometimes every
fibre of my being... every string to my heart... wants to set her in my (already near full) basket. Fortunately, for the sake of my pocketbook
AND my limited space at home, I have learned to harden my heart and
say, “No” to most of them. I already have so many. But yet, I
still feel the need to acquire 'just a few more' from time to time.
Here are today's
newbies to the fold (pack, herd, ...whatever).
I was quite pleased to
find the troll doll. I watch for them and this one has an over-sized
5” wide head. Not crazy about the soft body so I will probably
remove it. There is a mechanism inside that does something special
and I will figure out what when I get a C battery for it.
When I was paying,
the clerk asked me if I knew what the 7” glass globe was. Seems no one
there knew. I already have a similar one and explained it was made
for holding fresh flowers. I also told them that this probably won't
happen as I will most likely put a doll head or something similar in
it. Maybe I will fill it with my army men. This one is from the 1950's. The bottom is bakelite and stamped with the name "Lewis P Weir."
I also watch for
animal figures and these lions are wonderful. The largest one is 8”
long. I am looking for a wolf for a project but may have to order
on-line as they are hard to find.
I paid $3.50 for the
I have several ideas
for paintings and mixed media projects that will use toy army men. I
already have some small (and very cheaply made) ones and also some
4” figures. But I need more for what I want to do. I rarely look at
CraigsList, but late last night was looking at toys and dolls to see what was available in my area. I got lucky! I found a two week old
listing for four boxes of all kinds of small figures for $5.00. The
seller was in the same town as the thrift store so I contacted, went,
and bought them today.
I now am the proud
owner of four boxes full of violence and destruction. There are (have
not counted) 'tons' of high quality army men of different sizes and
colours of greens, browns, and blues.
There is a box of
Another box is full
of politically incorrect cowboys and Indians along with a large
handful of what I think might be firemen.
I found a few tiny
treasures among them... a couple of miniature cowboys are barely an
inch high. Very cool! There are also two 'camo' men!