I thought it might be fun to take advantage of some of these WordPress writing prompts so my Freaky Fanatics can get to know me a little better. So here we go….
I actually do remember my favorite book from childhood all too well. It was King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey and Don Wood.
I always grabbed this beautiful, hardcover book from my elementary school library whenever our class had library day. I bet if it still exists at my old school the library check out card would be filled with my name over and over again. I also remember my friends and classmates never understanding why I loved it so much, which was fine by me because then I knew it would be available to check out. Maybe it was my love of whimsical things, the Renaissance Faire, fantasy films, and fairy tales. Maybe it was because it was like no other book I had ever picked up before. Maybe it was because I have always been drawn to the strange and unusual things most people don’t usually appreciate. All I know is that I could not get enough of this humorous tale no matter how many times I read it and I was absolutely captivated by the illustrations. So much so I would look at the pages over and over again incase I missed something the artist had hidden somewhere. I will forever be grateful for this book as it was a great escape for me as a little girl when life was cruel. I guess that is another reason why I remember how mesmerized I was by it.
What was your favorite childhood book? Feel free to leave a comment if you feel like sharing and be sure to read my artist bio to learn more about what makes my brain tick on my portfolio website.
When invited to go to a 60’s/70’s themed birthday party I didn’t just show up in the requested themed attire, but in the usual Nicole fashion I took it a step further and jumped at the opportunity to show up dressed as my fairy goddess mother (that’s what I call her)… Stevie Nicks. So needless to say I am a big fan of Fleetwood Mac and when I heard Amazon was making a tv show based partially on Fleetwood Mac fan fiction by writer Taylor Jenkins Reid my interest was highly peaked.
I actually counted down the days until Daisy Jones & The Six was streaming on Prime and when the episodes were released I made my husband watch “my rock and roll soap opera” with me every Friday. I’m glad I did because I fell in love with everything about it. The writer’s backstory of the musical influences that inspired the storyline was intriguing (which was much more than Fleetwood Mac and brought me back to the days of helping manage my husband’s band). The talented actors were perfectly casted and incredibly talented (did you know they had to learn how to play music as well as performing together as a band during the pandemic). The fashion was what my 70’s dreams are made of (I love me some bell bottoms, fur edged jackets, and flowing kimonos) and I still can’t stop playing the Aurora album on repeat (they used some heavy hitter song writers to make it as authentic as possible) or singing and humming the songs around the house (my neighbors either love me or hate me at this point). Let Me Down Easy is actually playing on my Mac right now as I type this.
I was excited and sad at the same time the week of the final episode. I wanted to know how they would end it but didn’t want it to end at the same time. To say I have been in engulfed in Daisy Jones & The Six would be an understatement and I am not ashamed to admit it.
Although I loved all the characters in the show I was very fascinated by Daisy Jone herself. Played by Riley Keough (granddaughter of Elvis Presley) I could not help but fall in love with her feisty character. Her struggle to believe in herself after being raised by a family who didn’t support her and her determination to follow her dreams and find true happiness pulled at my heart strings but also motivated me. I picked up my drawing pencils and put all my other projects on hold as soon as the inspiration struck and have been working on this piece ever since.
I call it “I Am The Somebody. I’m The Fire.” inspired by two different Daisy quotes that I feel sum up her journey. It was done in pencil and chalk pastels and I used references from various scenes and photo shoots Riley had done during her career but focused mainly on her look from the Aurora photo shoot episode (above).
I hope one day I will be graced with Riley’s presence and can gift her the original art piece and show her how much her talent has inspired my own. And although Daisy didn’t want to be anyones muse, I will never deny that she was indeed the “inspiration for my next big idea” and I could not be happier with the way it turned out.
If you are a Riley and Daisy fan, I have prints and made-to-order t-shirts featuring this art piece for sale in my online Etsy and Amazon shops and will also have prints available to purchase in store at Closet Collectibles in Crete, IL as soon as I do my next art drop off.
Red stands fearless as she shows the world who wears the real cape in the family. She sports a decayed and bloody red and white plaid dress, laced edged pantaloons, tights, shoes and red velvet cape. She proudly tops off her look with what remains of the big bad wolf and a basket of her freshly undigested Granny as a reminder to never let anyone challenge her intelligence or bravery.
Like my other dolls she is handcrafted, one-of-a-kind and a unique piece of art that only you will own if you adopt her. She is available online in my Etsy shop and will soon be available to purchase in person at Closet Collectibles once I make my next art drop off.
Please note this is NOT a toy. This is an indoor decoration/collectible for adults to display and is not intended to be played with by children etc. The clothings and accessories are both a part of the artistic vision and are not removable. The metal doll stand that is included is already placed on the doll in the ideal way to properly display her.