So here's what I've been working on the past 2 nights (quite slowly). I recently read on Rachel's blog that her guilty pleasure while stitching is "Sex and the City" so I thought I'd reveal (very sheepishly) that I was watching "The Real Housewives of New York" while stitching this. I blame it on my boyfriend, who is a reality TV junkie, and rather than wrestle the remote from him every night I sometimes just put up with it. And enjoy it. And feel very guilty, indeed. :)
On Sunday I did a mini-painting (4 x 6 in.) on watercolor paper for my boyfriend, entitled "le Carotte retires to his study."
He requested a pipe, smoking jacket, and that le Carotte be in his "study". It appears the monkey obsession is catching... :) My boyfriend is a tough client, let me tell you. He requested tweaks on the completed painting (which, after 6 hours of tweaking on my own, I ignored). But they were good suggestions, so rather than let them perish I will list them here:
- Shouldn't le Carotte's bookcase have elegant, detailed wood carving?
- The books are rather colorful. I think le Carotte prefers more muted, leather bindings.
- As I recall, le Carotte has very prominent ears...
- Shouldn't smoke be coming from le Carotte's pipe?
- What color exactly is that tie he's wearing?
While I agree that these are all excellent points, since he is not a real client I am afforded the luxury of being able to say "zip it." :) Thanks everybody who responded to my favorite Wes Anderson movie poll! At this point it looks like Royal Tenenbaums is leading (by only 1 vote!) against Rushmore... Somebody loves Darjeeling and 5 of you don't know who Wes Anderson is - if that's the case I suggest "Rushmore".
I also thought I'd respond to a few of your comment/questions here - so Stacy, yeah I agree, Bottle Rocket was his first film so I can't be too hard on it. I'm sure I could never get James Caan for my first film - I did like a lot of it, I just can't say it's my favorite. And hi Ani! I'm with you on Jules et Jim - there's a part of me that really wants to be uppity and smart and love all the French New Wave but I just don't. I've tried watching Jules et Jim a few times and just couldn't appreciate it as much as some of Truffaut's other films. I do, absolutely love Jeanne Moreau in general, however. And Missy, yes, I've seen Bottle Rocket about 3,000 times - when I went to UT Austin it was on the dorm channel constantly.
And now, before I go, has anyone read this on Wee Wonderfuls? Or, the ridiculously negative comments Emily Martin got when she said that items made from her doll pattern should not be sold? Sheesh I do feel bad for them. Copyright is by no means a cut and dry affair in every case but when a designer specifies exactly what use is and is not allowed on their pattern, it really should be honored. And they shouldn't be attacked for making that request. That's my 2 cents.