Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fabulous Fishducky (A Few Things Her Friends May Want to Know)

The road trip I posted here last week took us to Fran (AKA fishducky) and her husband Bud's house in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. 

 Fran and Bud's house.

When I saw Fran about a year ago, I told her about my blog. She began to read it and leave comments every day. Then she branched out and started to read  several other blogs and leave comments on them. Soon something marvelous happened: Fran's comments were so special, so right on target, so frequently humorous, that she began to get a following just from leaving comments. People were begging her to start a blog of her own, but Fran didn't want that kind of blogger interaction, she was happy leaving comments. So a compromise was made and Fran is now writing stories of her life that are published on her friend Elisa's blog every Friday. Fran has lived an incredible life, she has both wisdom and a fabulous sense of humor, and so many crazy fun stories to tell, so if you have a minute on a Friday, stop by Elisa's blog and visit with fishducky. 
So with her fans in mind, and perhaps adding to them, I decided to show a some of Fran's stuff. She didn't want her photo added here, but it doesn't matter. There are other ways to tell a person's story. 

Fran's got a thing for speed, so this is Fran's car. Did I mention how old she is? Those of you who read her Ode to Being 73 know she's at least that old.

Did you know that Fran is an artist who has worked in many different media throughout her life? Stained glass, oil, pen and ink, and some whimsical motifs, like the mirror we have in our home. And, of course, her signature ducky.

My husband built an elevator shaft for Fran and Bud and Fran had the brilliant idea to move her gorgeous stained glass window from another house to the hallway here. 

Imagine being greeted by this window as you step out of your elevator into your hallway.

A closeup of the window that Fran made. If you look closely, you will see a little worm or snail climbing up a flower stem. Fran is not one who takes herself too seriously.

But she is a serious artist and this painting is one of my favorites. It speaks for itself.

Last time I was at her home, I admired her pen and ink drawings of Victorian houses. So what does she do? Of course she sends me a set of professionally made prints of them. She gave me so many because that's another thing about Fran, she is a very generous, kind, and thoughtful human being. I will share more of these, but for right now I'm sharing my three favorites.

Look at the details in these drawings!

This is the simplest, least adorned, of all the houses and my favorite. Oh, to live in a house like this!

Fran sent me many photos of her paintings, but in a pdf format that I can't upload to my blog. I tried copying too, without success. So I will work with Fran on getting them in an acceptable upload format and display them in a later post. 
I blogged about Fran's home, her art, and how the elevator came to be a much needed reality for Bud and Fran here last March. 

Several years ago, Fran had a great idea: She would make mirrors for her friends and family, using miniatures to represent what was important in each family's life. She asked my husband to make the frames, which he did, and, lucky us, we got a mirror too.  As you can see, ours shows that we like friends, cooking, baseball, sailing, dogs, and so on. The mirror is such a special work of art that we love and treasure.
My husband and I had a great time visiting with Fran and Bud. They took us out for lunch to Junior's Deli, one of those wonderful, old-fashioned, delis you have to live in a city to find. While Beverly Hills has Nate 'n Al Delicatessen, the famous deli where you can find an assortment of comics, movie stars and tourists; West Los Angeles, for as long as I can remember, always had Junior's. And that's a good thing. 
Thank you Bud and Fran for a lovely lunch and a nice visit.


  1. Fran truly is amazing. I couldn't read what you wrote as much as I wanted to. But the pictures are delightful and I'd recognize her work anywhere. That woman is a card.
    Love you Fishducky!

  2. What a wonderful artist she is. I must begin reading her stuff.

  3. Just my favorite senior poster!


  4. For those of you who were concerned about the missing post on my hubby's sugar machine inventor ancestor: I clicked Publish by mistake so I removed it. I didn't know it would show as missing on my blog. I will post it tomorrow or the next day. Thanks for keeping me informed.--Inger

  5. What a lovely testament to a wonderful friend. I'm one of those who has seen many of Fishducky's comments and tried to find out more about her -- what a fascinating woman she is! The stained glass is just absolutely fabulous and the mirror must be one of your favourite treasures.

  6. such talent housed in one human being! i remember that window and your mirror, too. greatness!

  7. What a talented and wonderful friend. I also remember that window and your mirror.

    Thank you, Inger, for the Versitle Blogger award you gave me. I'm most appreciative!! Yes (blushes) I've got the award but really want to pass it on as there are so many wonderful blogs out there. Hugs!

  8. Vilken konstnär, läckra grejer! Här töar det på och det kan bli uppåt 10 plusgrader i veckan spår de. Härligt!

  9. Fran sounds delightful! And these pictures are amazing. There's such an art to leaving comments, isn't there? I know a blogger (Jane Finchwood) who leaves the best comments ever, yet she rarely updates her blog or goes online. She has the gift. I only wish she were online more often to leave comments on my posts!

  10. Kära Inger -- tackar dig SÅ mycket för denna underbar post! Jag känner som jag just fick en stående ovation!!!

    The above is a direct translation from my online translator. According to you, Inger, it's not aleways correct. What I asked it to translate was:

    Dear Inger--Thank you SO much for this wonderful post! I feel like I just got a standing ovation!!!

  11. OK... I just put 2 and 2 together! I had ready last year's post about Fran's house. I had read your posts mentioned - now I realize they are one and the same!

  12. Fran is amazing - and we all have our own talents don't we? sandie

  13. Some of her artwork is awesome, Inger...as awesome as her firendship, I imagaine!...:)JP

  14. Fran is an amazing artist! I greatly admire people who have such talent for creating visually creative pieces -- it is a true gift:)

  15. Dear Inger,
    What a lovely tribute to a special friend and truly gifted artist. I'm glad you linked us to your posting last year about the building of the elevator. Am I right that Fran and Bud can get out of their car on the driveway and then enter the elevator through a side door there?

    All her art draws forth from me an "ooh" and "ahh." So creative. And so professional. Those pen-and-inck Victorian mansions beckon me as they do you, Inger.

    Fran! As I've said before, you are a marvel.


  16. Fran is an amazingly talented person!
    I love her art,the window is simply stunning!

  17. Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments!

    Dee-The picture of the window taken from the driveway shows two doors. The door on the left opens into a storage room, which sits under the entry hall. The one on the right is the elevator. We can also go directly from the elevator into the storage room without going outside--a definite plus in rainy weather or when we're not dressed.

    In case anyone was wondering, the "iris window" is 4 feet wide by 6 feet tall.

  18. So many talents in one person. That window is just beautiful. I love the casting from the sun.
    I have had the pleasure of recieving FishDucky comments. Nice to know there is a way to view back. Thanks for the link.
    Lovely post.

  19. I wanna go to fishducky's house to play.


  20. Fran is one amazing artist! Love her work!!!

  21. You people are all so nice!

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Fran is just an awesome artist!!
    Just loved those colorful windows, they look so pretty!! Would love to have some of those in my house!
    Have a nice day :)

  23. What an amazing character Fran is. We should all be so lucky to have such a friend.

  24. Thanks for your nice comments. I knew some of you had met up with a fishducky comment or two and thought you would want to know who she is. Thanks Fran for clarifying the different entrances to your elevator. Old hermit me felt truly blessed to have visited both with Rachael and Fran in the same week.

  25. Hi Inger! I will read this later but wanted you to know that I replied to your comment today and left a link. I will leave it here too:


  26. Fran sounds like a wonderful lady. I have seen her comments here and there and have been looking for her blog. Now I know.

  27. I write and maintain a spiritual blog which I have titled “AccordingtotheBook” and I’d like to invite you to follow it.

  28. Hi Inger .. love the photos of Fran's art - and how clever to include an elevator within their house .. let alone the art display within. Cheers Hilary

  29. I LOVE this post AND Fran! :0)

    You're winning your way into my heart rather quickly as well.

  30. I just LOVE the flower window!:)

  31. So I'm just catching up but how lucky are YOU to not only be able to hang out with the ducky but you also got one of those awesome mirrors! I'm so jealous!!!

  32. I loved this post and seeing Fran's art - reading about her, etc.

    She is so talented.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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