Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 79 – August 2010)

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Submitted by denny December 13th, 2010
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About time these incredible chalk wall hangings get a post all to themselves. This is one of my favorites but the whole series is just amazing.

This one reminds me a little of Carmen Miranda. Is this an onion?

The banana is killer!

This must be Mr. Pear.

Love the orange too!

Not wall hangings but I do believe these little statues are made of chalk. They sit on the kitchen counter at “Willis Wonderland”.

12 Responses to “Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 79 – August 2010)”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    I pick up these plaster/chalk fruit people whenever I see them cheap enough. I never really appreciate them until I see them in a post like yours. They hang in my kitchen on a little section of wall that you can only see if you’re sitting at the kitchen table. This is why I never appreciate them enough but I’m always happy when I manage to look up at them, usually because one of the cats is chasing a fly and they’re staring up there.

    The little chalkware couple are from the 30s and actually quite valuable. They were given to me by my gradeschool friend, Lynn Goldsmith, who’s a very famous rock photographer and was at one time also known for being Bruce Springsteen’s girlfriend who he punched onstage in a performance at Madison Square Garden in the early 80s. This chalkware couple would crumble with a flick of a finger let alone a punch.

    • Allee Willis

      Allee Willis

      Wow, you are good! How did you find it with so little info? I’m not home now but will look on the backs of the Peedees (that name makes me love them even more) as soon as I get home. Right this second I’m in the studio writing with DMC (as in Run DMC). Killer song. Unfortunately it’s the first day EVER that I forgot to bring a little pocket recorder to tape the writing process so I’m distracted… but we be happy little Peedee kids over here in Frank Zappa’s studio.

  2. denny

    denny

    DMC! YAY!

    Thank you K2 for this link. I can’t wait to have a peek! I found a couple small chalkware wall hangings and I love them.

  3. denny

    denny

    Just checked. I have 1 Scotti dog, 2 bushels of roses, and a duck. Little chalkware wall hangings! They are posted here but not sure if they popped up yet…..

    • k2dtw

      k2dtw

      The chalk pieces sound so great.
      There was a major local collector (moved to hawaii…i know) who decorated her kitchen with chalkware…the small fruit pieces she hung just above her chair rail moulding, and the large chalkware flowers/fruit she hung all along the ceiling. Some were hung in a row, down a narrow wall space. All primary colors, it was just the most colorful and cheerful kitchen.