Daily Archives: June 13, 2012

Silly walks, Irish dancing and the fine art of hair acting

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I have to confess I am watching a special called Strictly Irish Dancing on TLC and watching some of the steps, I find myself thinking of John Cleese and the Ministry of Silly Walks on Monty Python.

John Cleese as a civil servant in the halls of...

John Cleese as a civil servant in the halls of the Ministry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sorry, no offense to anyone who is a practitioner of the folk art. Irish dancing actually reminds me a lot of clogging here in the US, although cloggers do get to use their arms a bit.  And it obviously takes talent, a lot of agility and plenty of practice. And the kids seem sweet.

The huge Shirley Temple falls on the girls’ heads are giving me the giggles, though. Some of the contestants remind me a little too much of the glitz girls on Toddlers and Tiaras–the fake hair, elaborate thousand-dollar dresses, heavy makeup and fake tans. The experts say the wild corkscrew curls are supposed to give them more movement on stage and improve the dance, but some contestants are almost overshadowed by all that hair. I would think that would distract the judges. But hey, what do I know?

Little Keeva Corry, a young Irish Dance champion. Courtesy of irishcentral.com

I am sure mastering acting with that mane of hair as Thorin was a challenge for Richard Armitage, but his earlier efforts in Robin Hood surely stood him in good stead.  Swordfighting, horseback riding and–hair acting!!

First, Sir Guy made his floppy fringe work to his advantage.

And then came Tortured Angsty S3 Guy. And hair acting reached a whole new level. His long, tangled, greasy mane symbolized all Guy’s internal conflict and self loathing. And it brought out my Inner Cavewoman.

Guy was like a trapped and wounded animal beneath all that hair.

Glamour Guy. Lustrous locks, tossed back like a proud stallion. Gorgeous!

So beautiful, our Glamour Guy.

And now we have Thorin, the mighty warrior dwarf,, with an even more impressive mane of hair than Sir Guy’s (Shhhh. Don’t tell him I said that!!)–complete with those nifty braids.

Great for whipping to and fro in the midst of a fight.

Wonderful to toss back as he sits majestically astride his steed.

And of course, he looks darned nifty wet and roaring with those long, wet locks.

Can’t wait to see more of Thorin and his singing, riding, battling the bad guys–and hair acting.

28 Days Until Comic-Con!!

Thanks to all who have supported my efforts to raise funds for my trip to server as an online reporter at Comic-Con in San Diego July 12-15. So far, I have received donations from Australia, Hungary, Switzerland, Canada, Austria, Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Germany, England and the U.S.  Every gift, no matter what the amount, is much appreciated.  You can donate using PayPal and the button at the top of the sidebar.

You can also purchase this lovely winged heart sterling silver necklace, made to order by Asilomar for $35, which includes the cost of shipping. A generous portion of the sale goes to my Comic-Con Trip Fund.  Contact me with shipping address and desired length of necklace and allow five business days for shipping And thank you, Asilomar, for your generous support.

I’m in the Mood for Monet . . .

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Claude Monet-Madame Monet en costume japonais

Madame Monet in Japanese costume

c. 1920

c. 1920 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Richard Armitage‘s luminous performance as Claude Monet in The Impressionists popped into my head this morning. And so I share some of Monet’s work and my fan art of this talented actor. What a wonderful portrayal of the sensitive artist with a passion for light and color . . .

Water Lilies

Water Lilies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have a date with a TDHBEW July 14 *fingers crossed*

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In case you haven’t seen it, it appears  Warner Brothers, the studio behind The Hobbit films, has booked the big hall, Hall H, at Comic-Con for three hours on Saturday, July 14.  I’m guessing it will start at 10 a.m., the time the event typically opens, I am told.  God forbid they make all the fervent fans wait any longer.

Of course, I want, I dream, I hope to see this bloke:

I can never get enough of the images from that press conference. Intelligent, articulate, thoughtful men who also look like that? Whoaaaaa.

But I am also very much looking forward to seeing this fellow, too:

My favorite movie director. I’ve got a bit of a crush on Sir Peter and his brilliant, sweet, disheveled, adorable self.

Getting to go behind the scenes via PJ’s video blogs–and there’s still one to go!–has made me all the more intrigued about the process of making films. I genuinely hope to make my time at Comic-Con a learning experience as well as just plain fun (although I should say I subscribe to the notion learning can be fun).  And of course, I hope to represent Armitage World in my own small way.

And to take lots of pictures. I think there will be plenty to attract my attention. It’s going to be quite an adventure . . .

Comic-Con Costume Group 02

Comic-Con Costume Group 02 (Photo credit: heath_bar)

A Comic Con sign.

A Comic Con sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fun with Mr. Armitage’s Face

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Armitage through the wet glass

This is Richard’s headshot that you see on his page with his talent agency. I’ve wished they hadn’t Photoshopped out all the “imperfections” of his lovely visage–the crinkles, that forehead scar, the lines. But I suppose it’s the way of the world these days–everybody, even the truly beautiful, get Photoshopped. And it’s a shame because it takes some of the character away and makes so many people look like Stepford Wives and Husbands.

I’ve been playing with this image–having fun with it. ‘Cause he’s such a treat!

“Notepaper” Armitage

Colored Pencil Armitage

NEON Armitage

Grainy Armitage?

groovy, baby!