Sunday, 21 October 2012

Ring Leader, Tom Boy, Chum To The Weak


It's been a slow week in Simmonds land. This is my 100th post, although I haven't got anything special to show you I'm afraid.
I actually did some art this weekend. I've been constantly moaning to people that I can't seem to get started, I've just been collecting loads of material. 
This piece was inspired by Joseph Cornell's shadow boxes and John Betjeman's poem Myfanwy. 
introduced to me by the wonderful Lucy Joy
Hopefully now I've got my art mojo back I can do some more work. 
spotted in the village
I'm terribly sorry but my brain is extremely slow, it's been a real struggle to concentrate on anything!  The above mentioned Lucy, as well as Vix and Sarah have been keeping me entertained in cyberspace with general gossip, encouragement and talk of measuring creme eggs (that one was Lucy).
Here's a video of Ruby eating a prawn cracker, I think mainly for the sound they make.I like how crazy her eyes go when she's eating them



Talking of crazy, I don't think I've ever shown you this video of a dancing gatecrasher at a street music performance in Oxford

I also haven't shown you these photos from The Might Booth at Wilderness

This isn't very inspired, but I will be back with more in the week. If you've got any thoughts on my artwork I need some feedback.

BYEEE


26 comments:

Vix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Shut up, you're always inspiring and entertaining! Loving Ruby and her prawn cracker face. Polly Piglet's just discovered custard and she's like a crack whore trying to hunt it down.
Love the upside-down face art work and the bizarre shrine and what's going on with the street performance, how rude to gatecrash it!
Love the Mighty Booth at Wilderness, you two got to play with some splendid props! xxxx

Ivy Black said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Give over, you inspire me left, right n'centre! Your vid is so funny...what a sweetie. My dawg is called Ruby too and she loves a bit of Chinese takeaway. She has a Chinese takeaway face when it's plopped in her bowl! Myfanwy fan here.xxxxx

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Well, happy 100th! It's easier for others to see your genius than it is for yourself. You are always inspiring, I love your art (painting, animation, styling, photography, sculpture...), and you have the coolest eye for other things that I love, like the mailbox up there LOL. Try not to fret about the art thing! I get like that and then the gates slowly open or crash open. Go with the flow, baby, and keep sucking up those excellent finds you always stumble across. As you say, creative juice for the brain. It's all in there brewing up a storm.

Louise Mc said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You know I think it's just something in the air at the moment that's taking all our mojos away. I've been struggling for the past few weeks, maybe it's the adjustment to the new season. You're art looks fab to me though, I love it, so I hope you find plenty of time to keep on with it. xx

Jeanne said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Happy 100th! I think you have your Mojo back, who wouldn't love the shadowbox! Videos were unavailable when I passed through I hope to check back later.

lucy joy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love posts with a bit of everything, a very fitting 100th post from multi-talented you.
You say you haven't got anything special to show us - liar! Everything is unique, exciting and special.
I really want to spend some time with you getting inspired and finding creepy funny crap.

You are a talented and very sweet charming intelligent lady. You know it, just BELIEVE it, ok?

Lucy x

Joni said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your artwork shows your uniqueness and the ability to be gusty. I play it pretty safe with art and always have been sort of controlling that way. I love how you're able to be fully expressive. I've found over all my long long years that setting a deadline or some kind of goal really makes me be much more productive. If we wait until we "feel" like it, the inspiration rarely comes. If we want it in our lives we just have to do it. Not waiting for the urge. By jumping in we then invite the muse or feeling. If you send me your mailing address I'd love to send you two books which have helped me tremendously. I think you may like one or both of them...then you can pass them on to the next person. Sound good? You can e-mail me through my blogger profile. I believe there's a link in there.
By the way, is Ruby a chihuahua?

Lucy Nation said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

"You will protect me, my silken Myfanwy" I can totally see why that line stood out. I only realised on second look that it's sad upside down eyes dolly. She looks a little bit like a blow up doll which is mildly disturbing, and also quite sad. Certainly got my interest. Thank you for sharing xxx

Pull Your Socks Up! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your new art so much - it's exciting to watch you run with new ideas that have been collecting in that beautiful skull:)). My mum is constantly gatecrashing public performances and buskers. They don't seem to mind a mad woman doing the Fijian/Bollywood routine she's been perfecting for the past 30 years - brings in even more punters! The mailbox reminds me that my shrines need some work - I think some fluffy Tank Girl goggles need to join the party! xoxoxo

Helga! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

OMG I ADORE those booth pix,most especially the last colour one,your face is CLASSIC!!! Fark,I'd love to get in one of those booths with you,we'd have a right time of it!
That arty gemof your is fabularse!!! YAY to getting your mojo back.Mojo's are fickle things.In and out and up and down more often than a nun's drawers!
Great vids,Ruby is a HOOT and a natural star!!!
Rock the fekc on,sistah!XXXXXXXXXXXXX

Misfits Vintage said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

LOOOOOOOOVE MYFANWY!!! Ruby is fab, dancing lady is fab, YOU are fab... mojo schmojo, that bastard of a thing is worse than jugging boyfriends! LOVE the booth pics - especially with the furry specs. You inspire, darling - you are art! LOVE! Sarah xxx

Lynn Dylan said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Clare! I love your newly created piece of art! I am not familiar with myfanwy, so will have to look that up. But the art piece itself is full of things that fill me with wonder! The yellow eyes -- well, they are not quite scary, but not quite normal either. I love it! Keep on cranking it out, okay?? Love the videos!

xoxo
Lynn

Marisa Noelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yay!! Happy 100th post Clare! Those photobooth pics are really just fabulous! I never seem to master the booth pics...I always turn out looking like a creeper..haha. Those glasses are pretty darn awesome I just say!

orchid said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Dearest Clare,
Congratulations on your 100th posts♡♡♡ Lovely to see your dog and your pictures from The Might Booth and good of you to add black and white pictures(*^_^*)
And as for the street performance, my husband might have loved to see the saxophone player, haha.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Bijou Sugar-Socks said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hahahahahaha that lady got confidence! LLUURRVVVEEE the booth pics! awesome! we all have days like those, hope u finally found your art mojo back ;) keep well clare! xx

edie pop said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Best 100th post from art and poetry to madness and photo booth: this is brilliant, I would ask for more, but it's not possible!John Betjeman's poem is beautiful and your art too, I like the Monopoly money in the background, the lovely upside down eyed doll and the collage, I think is a really good work!I hope that now that your mojo is back you'll continue to make other pieces like this!!Keep on rocking!
Love xxxxxx

Julie liverpoolmrs said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Clare, always in awe of you and what you do. Love reading your adventures, you ARE an inspiration!
mrsmarsa x

pastcaring said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You're 100, hurray! Well, your blog is. You know what I mean! I've missed all my blog anniversaries, I'm so useless.
Anyway - you are a constant inspiration, whether you know it or not, and you have an eye for the weird and hilarious that is right up my street! Crazy dancing lady is bizarre, Ruby is crackers (see what I did?) and the photo booth pics are fabulous. Love your art, and LOVE Jesus-in-a-lantern. The Light of the World indeed. (Isn't that painting in a church or college in Oxford? I forget. I'm old. And mad.)
The mojo is rising, Claribel, now let it fly! xxxxx

Kitty said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh I love these photobooth pics!! your personailty shows through it's fab. YAY to getting the mojo back.xx.

Krista said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great minds I totally did a shadow box this weekend too! I love what you did, it's mad in a crazy good way! Keep it up sweet Mama! You know there is nothing cuter than our doggies snacking on crunchy treats I like feeding Peetee crackers
just to hear the crunch. Your photobooth shots are silly fun too!

Miss Maple said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My dearest Miss Simmonds, thank you for your comment on my post about vintage parasols. The event was on Governors Island, New York in summer 2011. It was called Jazz Age Lawn Party. Unfortunately there isn't any similar event in my area.
Congratulations on your 100th post. Love your doggie! My first dog also got such big eyes when it comes to eating.
Hugs from Miss Maple

Sacramento Amate said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I adore you art wor, your 100 posts and you, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Camelia Crinoline said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yay 100 posts! I think your shadow box is fabulous. Also, the photo booth pictures are hilarious. Love the glasses.

CityScape Skybaby said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Congratulations on your 100th post Clare, and it's full of inspiring things, I love your new art, good to see you're getting the feeling to do it again. Your photos are so funny, you always seem to be having a lot of fun! Love dancing lady, especially the way she just walks off at the end like nothing unusual just happened there. Love cute crunching Ruby too, one of my chickens is called Ruby. I've always been lazy when it comes to poetry but you make me want to read more, just the name 'Myfanwy' sounds so beautiful. Love your creeping Jesus peeking out too! xx

A Treasured Past said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Clare,the dancing loony is very funny. Good gosh. Your little poppet eating prawn crackers is funny too. Where did you find those fluffy glasses, did you steal the from Elton?? I love your little shadow box! Your art is crazy cool! Big congrats on 100!!

Mary Lou said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oh it seems so much fun hanging out with you;) so much happiness on those pictures!
love and kiss,mary