Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bone Creek. © Liz Darling 2012. 
Bison. © Liz Darling 2012. 
Testing The Water. © Liz Darling 2012. 
Some photos of Bone Creek Lake, Lake Crawford, and Prairie State Park.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Self-Portrait As A Happy Meal Toy. McDonalds Toy, Air-dry clay, acrylic, toothpick. © Liz Darling  2012.

Speaking of experimentation, this is probably the strangest thing I've done in awhile. My daughter got a truly freakish Happy Meal toy from McDonalds. It was a cartoon-like bust of something resembling a Bratz doll. Bleached blonde, highly "made up", alien-sized eyeballs... very hypersexualized. I cringed to think of her playing with this toy (not that she seemed to pay it much notice anyway), so I took it into the studio and attempted to start painting over the overload of makeup and make the eyes a proportional "human" size. I got a little carried away, sculpting the face with air-dry clay, and creating a tiny pair of glasses out of a toothpick. The result of this madness is a tiny version of myself.