To be honest, fashion designers don’t like people. They don’t actually care about you feeling represented. And neither do I. Fashion models are nothing more than decent hangers. So keep in mind, You are your own best hanger.
What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.
(~19th century nursery rhyme, Mother Goose)
(Oil Painting-Mixed Media Installation by artist K. J. Legry, 2020 originally featured by BitterSweetPlace a Fleeting He(Art) Gallery: vintage Dupont brand nylons and wooden hanger from estate sale, Chinese Laundry brand shoes were “found” on a sidewalk at night, Chinese fortune Cookie came from Tam’s Garden restaurant, the American Spirit cigarette was bummed, Shower Room provided by Atomic Ranch, Baking Powder label is Clabber Girl brand)
The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), also known as “Common Swan,"
the one that concerns us: doesn’t emit shrill sounds like others.
It stands out
for its reddish orange beak.
It might spend the winter at the river mouth
where the water is brackish.
The swan-maiden keeps her human form,
as long as she is deprived of her integument.
The significance of the feather-dress
may best be sought in the etymology of words like the German:
in which the body is described as a garment of flesh for the soul.
The soul, passes from one visible shape to another,
has only to put on the outward
of the swan-maiden in which it wishes to incarnate itself.
Courtship begins with a dance.
Long necks form two halves of a heart.
Once the pair is formed, they remain together
A Love Story
until one of them dies.
*Note: I wrote the above 'poem' partly inspired by:
the Atlantic Magazine article by John Fisk, "Werewolves and Swan-Maidens"
Left: my tulip bed under snow (April 2022) Right: Swan Courtship (photo from the Boston Globe.)
I hope this palette inspires your soul to slip into something a little more comfortable
whatever your choice of integument!
May your tulips survive sudden snowstorms
and continue to bloom like mine did...
Happy Trails to You, Until we meet again!
Jonathan Harker's Journal (excerpt)
...The fair girl went on her knees and bent over me, fairly gloating.
There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling
and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips
like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining
on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp
teeth. Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the
range of my mouth and chin and seemed about to fasten on my
throat.Then she paused, and I could hear the churning sound of her
tongue as it licked her teeth and lips, and I could feel the hot breath
on my neck.Then the skin of my throat began to tingle
as one's flesh does when the hand that is to tickle it approaches
nearer-- nearer. I could feel the soft, shivering touch of lips on the
supersensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp
teeth, just touching and pausing there. I closed my eyes in a
languorous ecstasy and waited-- waited with beating heart.
~author Bram Stoker, Dracula
(*note: My sweetie pie is currently reading the novel aloud to me! It's
the original printing (only with corrected typos and standardized
punctuation.) It's actually an elegant and thrilling read.
We are pacing it to about a chapter each evening
so we can savor it longer.
Turns out he's exceedingly good at effecting Dracula's voice!)
Embrace the Suck:
If you find yourself in the (cherry) Pits of Despair
If someone is trying to put the Bite on you
When life feels Batshit Crazy
Photo from the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Dracula (Colby Parsons) featured with two of his vampire brides. Choreography by Ben Stevenson, Composer Franz Liszt, Costume Design by Judanna Lynn, Orchestra Conductor Niel Deponte. February 2022
(*Note: none of the songs below were used for the Dracula Ballet that we attended. If you are interested to hear that music, look for composer Franz Liszt) Below are songs of the Vampire(S) that you may simply listen to (in a trance like state?) or perhaps transform into some immortal dance moves. Regardless of how you choose to channel these dreams and nightmares, I recommend you take time to witness the first song on the list: “In der Palästra” by SOPOR AETERNUS & THE ENSEMBLE OF SHADOWS, taken from the album “Les Fleurs du Mal”. Created by Anna-Varney Cantodea in 2007. It is truly mesmerizing.
I hope you've enjoyed this "Children of the Night~ What Music They Make"
May you draw from it's shadows something tantalizing for your poems
or perhaps cryptic for your artworks...
Make this your Vampire "Immortal Birthday" Soundtrack of the day!
Maybe you're simply considering reading the Bram Stoker novel,
to which I say, Yeees... Make of this library what you will.
However you are compelled, I wish a safe journey
and Happy Trails to You, Until We Meet Again!
It seemed an obvious choice for the Bride of Frankenstein to dance to Billy Idol's "White Wedding."
I love how the bride played by Perry Lister dances in the kitchen surrounded by those bright red cabinets!
Terrific imagery in the genre of what counts as 'light-hearted macabre' these days.
Added bonus, my photograph of the peony looks strikingly like Billy Idol's hair! See how that works?
Have fun with the concept(s) of Valentine’s Day. I hope this ‘Bride of Frankenstein Valentine’ inspiration palette gives you some creative prompts for your art or poetry, your dress-up and dance moves. Allow it to open your heart and mind to your own Valentine’s celebration. Love to YOU and Happy Trails to YOU until we meet again! ~Dawn
I hope you feel inspired by this “Vampire in NYC” inspiration palette! Write poems or short stories using these vibes and have some fun with it! Paint or draw or cut and paste to make a “soul” collage like I did! Embark on your own photo excursion and come up with your own Vampire story where you are! Create a mix tape that is your own personal Vampire soundtrack! Whatever you decide, Happy Trails to YOU, Until We Meet Again!
Many a child has been scolded, “Don’t play with your food!” As well as, “Don’t play with yourself.” Well, today’s inspiration palette ignores all that!
The music video “Don’t Tell Me” by Madonna is a real hotdog! It feels like an 80’s song even though it was released in 2000. I was never a big fan of Madonna (musically) truth be told (although I always admired her tenacity or maybe audacity) but so I liked how this ‘vibed’ with today’s palette. It’s a little bit “Have your cake and eat it too” and a little bit “Let them eat cake” while using rather than appealing to “a little bit of country and a little bit of rock and roll.” Definitely features some dancing hotdogs. Can be mashed up with “I wish I was an Oscar Meyer Weiner” under the right Reddi-Whip pressure.
I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration palette. Happy Trails to YOU until we meet again! ~Dawn
Above Photo: Red Poppies (the beginning of a Bud Splitting Open and a Young Black-Crowned Capsule)
Hark, an angel bears its light
Through the gates of heaven.
By Gods angel's beams so bright
All the black nocturnal shades are driven.
~The verse sung by the children in VAMPYR (the screenplay)
by Carl Theodor Dreyer and Christen Jul (1932)
Listening Project For:
Shadows & Light
So, I hope this helps your poetry prompts, your improvisational skits or performance art, decorating your tea parties… and that it doesn’t give you too many nightmares! Have fun with your gothic-romantica inner-selves/ streaks. And no matter what your take away is, Happy Trails to YOU until we meet again! ~Dawn
Pictured above, Left hand side: Paper Origami (that opens into a box) on top of upholstery fabric depicting geranium leaves. Right hand side: image (from page 25) “Carrot” for the “Vegetable Ballet” from a Portfolio of Erte’s designs for the theatre (1926) featured in Volume XVI No.3, Horizon summer 1975.
Pictured above, Left hand side: A Friendly Goat. (photo taken by my beau when he was attempting to locate fuel lines underground for a farmer who needed them decommissioned. The goat is standing among what looks to be chamomile. He liked sharing the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that was offered to him.) His horns make it seem as if he too is dressed in carrots and ready to dance in Erte’s “Vegetable Ballet!” Right hand side: That’s a tiny mushroom growing in a type of fat feathery moss. The plumage of the carrot top that is spilling down Erte’s “Vegetable Ballet” model looks like it would feel as carpeted as the tree trunks in Oswald Forest Park, Oregon.
Pictured above, Left hand side: Four layers of wallpaper! (This is a patch I peeled off from my living room wall.) Center: This is what the back of the geranium leaves depicted on the upholstery swatch looks like. Right hand side: Yams.
Listening Project for:
Sticks Dangling Carrots
Shades of Green
Tender Pink Places
You might want to view this collection of textures and patterns as a spring board for your poetry today, or as a prompt for what flavors you want to combine in your own recipes. Maybe you can draw on it to create the flare in your outfit… Whatever the case may be, I hope you feel inspired! Have a beautiful morning, a creative day, and a good night!
Welcome to my happy trails recipe box! Take the first step in a journey towards inspiration. These are just some of the secret ingredients…
Find these colors today. This is your “working” palette.
Textures are echoed in wooden boxes, sage leaves and green tipped match sticks.
Patterns are ruffled dahlia petals, papers between the candles and hand written notes.
As music inspiration goes this one by Cake is pretty funny. Enjoy your own reactions/responses today! Good luck with your hunting and gathering. Safe journeys. And… Happy trails to you until we meet again! ~Dawn