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December Cocoon

26 Dec

CocoonLala confirms that the rumors of her “December Cocoon” are true.  The December Cocoon is a concept Lala Drona learned in art rehab.  During the time she spent at the Tableau Vierge her guides taught her that in order to create art, there must be periods of silence, periods when one must deny his/herself the pleasure of creation.  This period is thought to bring the artist inspiration, and motivation, but also much frustration and anxiety.  After the process, the artist emerges transformed, clean-headed and swimming in creative imagery (hence the name “Cocoon.”)Painting

Lala recently decided to apply this theory to her life, outside of the center and unguided by Tableau Vierge personnel.  She calls it the “December Cocoon.”  Unfortunately, Lala only made it to day 26 before relapsing and indulging herself in an all day art-binge.  When asked why she prematurely broke through the cocoon, Lala responded, “It was just time.  I was really frustrated, and I needed my fix.  I don’t feel guilty about it either.  On the contrary, I’m pretty proud of myself.”  She explains that the process is much more intense and unstable without the guidance of a sponsor, and does not recommend anyone to experiment with the cocoon theory without proper guidance and preparation.

Lala documented the project process for all you Drones, and has been kind enough to upload the photos to us here at Based on a Fact.  The art piece is still unfinished, but here are some images of the progress she has made during her all day art-binge.

Lala: "The first thing I do is surf the web for images that I can steal.  Then I digitally edit them to create a reference for the painting.  I create several examples with different types of shoes and different dogs.  These (above) are just the ones I chose.

Lala: “The first thing I do is surf the web for images that I can steal. Then I digitally edit them to create a reference for the painting. I create several examples with different types of shoes and different dogs. These (above) are just the ones I chose.”

Lala: "The next step is to draw the image directly onto the canvas with pencil.  There, I outline shadows etc. to prepare for the painting.  Next, I choose color, mix color and paint.

Lala: “The next step is to draw the image directly onto the canvas with pencil. There, I outline shadows etc. to prepare for the painting. Next, I choose color, mix color and paint.

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First showing since art rehab! Success!

21 May
Lala Drona before opening.

Lala Drona before opening.

At the base of Montmartre, Lala stands with the smokers and chills out after a successful art opening.  The night is calm, and the air chill enough to lure art enthusiasts into the small bar where Lala has presented her work for the first time since released from art rehab.  Art talksExplains piecesSamantha Bait, a well-known Parisian art appreciator commented on the exhibition.  “The story (behind the paintings) becomes more emotional and full of life as Lala Drona explains her work… I expect to see more paintings, a way to discover her.” Many others were also surprised by how personal the content was.  Abstract realism, women’s bodies, and no heads.  One, a self-portrait of the artist, a story about her medical history.  The colors illuminated the bar and impacted many of its onlookers.   Lala explains

Based on a Fact had a moment to catch up with the artist and asked her why she chose such a personal subject matter.  She responded, “I’m an artist, so everything I’ve experienced is sort of on blast for the rest of the world.  What is art but another way of telling stories?  And who wants a half-finished story?  It’s like, sorry readers, but the author was too chicken to write the whole story, so you might not understand it with its missing pieces.  I think I’ve told every embarrassing or frightening story I’ve ever had in my paintings.  Or at least, that’s one of my goals.”

"U" Tres Fermee

Although the last metro had ended, many stayed at the bar, sharing, talking and drinking.  “I had a great time.  Lala surely knows how to turn a bar into a place full of emotions with her beautiful paintings.  I’ll surely keep an eye on this artist,” said Amine B., CEO of Mazian.

Based on a Fact would like to thank everyone for participating in this special showing of Lala’s work.  For those who would like another chance to speak to the artist about her work, there will be a small showing Thursday May 30th at the Botak Café.

Botak Café

Botak Café

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Out of Rehab and Out of Cash

7 May

Lala OutAfter Lala’s last few run-ins with the local 94 police, she admitted herself into Le Tableau Vierge, a rehabilitation center located in the outskirts of Paris.  The orderlies commented on Lala’s participation, saying she was “surprisingly well-behaved,” and “actually quite a pleasure to have, despite the image painted by the media.” Games in Rehab

Rumors stir about financial struggle after Lala’s accident last February (medical bills) and other negative media hits.  No well-respected galleries are accepting the young rock-and-roll-image artist.  Many wonder if  this is why Lala is exhibiting her work at a small local café in Montmatre this month.  TherapyThe LD Times theorizes that perhaps the young artist feels as if she has sold out in Paris, and is taking control of how her work is exhibited, something that has been impossible thus far in her career with established galleries.

Either way, it looks like Lala Drona might need some help.  This is why Based on a Fact will be accepting donations to help Lala stay in Paris and to help her continue with her art.  Keep art alive, and keep Based on a Fact up and running.  Anything helps!   

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Lala still in art rehab: Some pieces released

28 Apr
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