Thursday, November 8, 2012

The “Exquisite Doodle” Artist Project, Post 25

Lisa Kaser - I recommend pleasant, and have you seen my Pooka?

I was thrilled to receive Lisa’s Exquisite Doodle box which made its way to Madrid from Tigard, Oregon.  Her work enchants me and I think we are kindred spirits in the way we express our feelings through our art.  Photo: “While Balancing, A Little Fish Whispers In Her Ear,” ©Lisa Kaser
For one thing we both love to tell stories and to use text to accompany the images we create.
Lisa seamlessly wove a ribbon of text and images across her scroll incorporating the little drawings I had started for her.
Lisa’s beautiful giclee prints are like scenes from a story and so it makes perfect sense that on her etsy site, where she sells her illustrations as prints and cards, there is a caption for each one.  The caption for this print which is called “Pup's Pooka” reads:  “Pup’s trusted guardian offered sound advice in the realms of both fashion and life's pursuits.”

And now that we are on the subject of Pookas, I can’t help but write a few lines from that marvelous movie based on a play called “Harvey.”  

“P-o-o-k-a.  Pooka.  From old Celtic mythology.  A fairy spirit in animal form.  Always very large.  The pooka appears here and there, now and then, to this one and that one at his own caprice.  A wise but mischievous creature.  Very fond of rum-pots, crack-pots…”  It is easy to see why my own pooka is very fond of me.

“Harvey, A Comedy in Three Acts,” by Mary Chase, ©1944, 1971 Mary Chase.
Photo: “Pup's Pooka,” ©Lisa Kaser
Looking at Lisa’s sculptures on her website ( I observe how they act human although they look like animals which gives them a whimsical air.  They seem to be frozen in time.  They are delicious moments we can savor with the help of their narrative titles.  Photos, from right to left:  “Marguerite Holds Fast To Her Dreams,” “Do Like This,” “Two Ships Passing In The Night,” ©2008 Lisa Kaser

And now, back to “Harvey” because his way of being comfortable with himself fits so perfectly to Lisa’s own characters:

“Harvey says that he can look at your clock and stop it and you can go away as long as you like with whomever you like and go as far as you like.  And when you come back not one minute will have ticked by.
- And does he do this for you?
He is willing to at any time, but so far I’ve never been able to think of any place I’d rather be.  I always have a wonderful time just where I am, whomever I’m with...”

“Harvey, A Comedy in Three Acts,” by Mary Chase, ©1944, 1971 Mary Chase.
Here is the way the scroll turned out after Lisa doodled in the white spaces I left for her!  See Post 16 to compare.  Scroll pic 1 of 3,
scroll pic 2 of 3,
and scroll pic 3 of 3.
Lisa’s caption for this giclee print which is called “Charmed By Life's Little Wonders” reads:  “Early morning kick ball in the courtyard, dappled sun shadows across the weathered tiles, a breeze that ruffles one's hat strings and pompoms and an unexpected glimpse of Marilyn on her superlative overland descent.”  Taking time to marvel at the little unexpected things as we go about doing whatever it is we do, now that’s a good plan.  Can I just say I want a hat with pompoms too?  Photo: “Charmed By Life's Little Wonders,” ©Lisa Kaser
To my delight Lisa also added her magic touch to the interior of her box by including tiny handwriting all over.
“… my mother used to say to me, ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.’  For years I was smart.  I recommend pleasant.  You may quote me.”
And so I have.  May you have an extremely pleasant day!

“Harvey, A Comedy in Three Acts,” by Mary Chase, ©1944, 1971 Mary Chase.

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