Thursday, October 28, 2010

Unlike A Virgin

Here's some more devilishly delightful artwork for you just in time for Halloween.

I had the pleasure of creating the artwork for Opposite Day's 'Unlike A Virgin' show, in which they cover the Immaculate Collection of the one, the only, Madonna (!!!!!).

So naturally, I think the opposite (no band name pun intended) of Virgin of Guadalupe and go with snakes and demons. And cone bras! Researching the Madonna fashion references for this one was a lot of fun. I could draw conical bustiers all the live long day -- they're so funny lookin'.

And my favorite part? The Madonna snakes, of course! I'm tempted to do some artwork featuring just a bunch of Madonna snakes, I love them so much.

Make sure you mark your calendars for Nov. 20 at Jovita's so's you can catch the show. I'll be there with bells and conical bustiers on (err, probably not that second part...sorry, I lied) . Pin It

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monster in the Family

There's one in every family, right?

The annual Domy Books Monster Show is opening on Saturday, and I'm pleased as punch to be a part of it again (I skipped out on it last year because of wedding and honeymoon induced lack-of-time, but I'm back, baby!) . This is my piece this time around, and it's gouache on Rives BFK and titled 'One in Five'. And I love it! It was a lot of fun.

You can go check it out in the flesh at the big ol' opening this Saturday evening. I took a peek at the artwork submitted for the show this year when I was dropping off my piece, and man-oh-man! There is some GOOD stuff there. Incredible work!

So if you're in Austin, make sure to monster-up this weekend. That's Saturday at Domy Books, 7-9pm! Be there or be scared (see what I did there?). And if you can't make it, be sure to check out the show (and the awesomeness of Domy in general) at some point during the next month while its up!

I don't know what it is, but all while working on it, I'd look at the two older girls and think to myself how they totally capture the epitome of the whole 'sister' thing to me.

Perhaps being an 'all brothers' gal or being the only daughter of an only daughter that has given me a skewed view of the sister-sister relationship. Maybe I've watched a little bit too much Brady Bunch.

But I just look at these girls and I think to myself. "Yep! That's totally 'sisters!'"

And speaking of the Brady Bunch -- the color palette on this one? Yes, it was absolutely inspired by the Brady's kitchen and all of its orange and brown glory.

Aaaah, orange formica, monstrous and styling at once -- perfection! Pin It

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Gram Parsons Project

Back when I painted my Michael Jackson portrait, I had such a nice time painting whilst listening to my subject's music that I thought it might be nice to have a little dead-musicians-of-whom-I'm-very-fond-and-who-I-would-like-to-paint series of portraits.

And so, I made up a list (a very loooong one -- we'll see if I can make it through them all), and decided that my next one should be of Gram Parsons. The finished portrait is acrylic gouache on wood, and if you're curious about some of the imagery surrounding him, take a look at his wonderfully famous Nudie suit. It's pretty crazy, awesome (aren't ALL Nudie suits?), and eerie.

Not only was I eager to paint his pretty poppy covered jacket, but Gram and I have a connection of sorts. Or at least I have interesting story as to how I discovered his music....

You see, once upon a time, I went to the same school Gram Parsons went to, albeit at a different time (poor Gram was long dead before I was born). At the time I heard the rumor that he had attended the school but was "not very proudly claimed as a famous alumnus because of the whole 'died of a drug overdose in the desert' bit'", I had no idea who Gram Parsons was.

And so, for a while, I thought they meant that the dude who started up the Alan Parsons Project (you know, Alan Parsons...) once went to my school. Yeah...

Boy, was I off! Like, not-even-the-same-country OFF. What can I say? I was young, and I did still have my music blinders on at the time.

Of course, I would embarrassingly spout off this erroneous rumor that Alan Parsons went to this school to everyone, until I told a friend who knew better, and who introduced me to Gram's music.

I'm so very glad I was schooled on Gram Parsons v. Alan Parsons, because despite Gram's life story being incredibly tragic, his music is simply beautiful perfection. Gorgeous!

I like it far, far better than the Alan Parsons Project (sorry, Alan).

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Bats for Babies

In the past year, October has become the official month of nieces! With one celebrating her first birthday, and one due for arrival any time now, I decided bats were particularly good birthday and birth-date presents for them both.

After all, it is the month of all things spooky, creepy, and crawly, and bats are definitely a symbol of the spooky. Nieces, not so much spooky or creepy, but in the case of the one year old, definitely crawly (and walky)!

Besides, I had made a more baby-friendly bat for my oldest niece on the occasion of her first birthday, and a tradition was established.

But I wanted to make the bats more all-over cute and less seasonal, so I nixed any Halloween aspirations and went with some cute Alexander Henry 2D Zoo fabric for each one instead.

The pink one is for the littlest niece (please excuse the wrinkled and non-pressed ears and wings!), and is meant to compliment the soft colors of her nursery. The yellow one's cheerful coloration is a bit bolder and brighter and is an exact match for her sister's bat (although hers has a different body color).

I made them a bit friendlier to little ones (although they still may have to bide some time on the shelf for the littlest niece) by giving them felt eyes and velcro tabbed wings as opposed to the traditional safety eyes and metal snaps on my standard bats.

They are a smidge chubbier, and have bigger ears as well -- perfect for playing bat peek-a-boo!

And so there they are, two October bats for two October babies...unless the one decides to take her sweet time and arrive in November. In which case, hooray for bats for all seasons!

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Piñata Tutorial Offspring the First: Catbus Piñata

I was absolutely tickled to see the words 'Catbus Piñata' appear on my blog roll yesterday, but even more excited when I checked out Heidi Kenney's post about it over on My Paper Crane.

It turns out Heidi used my handy dandy paper-maché-free piñata making tutorial to help get this Catbus made for her son's birthday party! See?

" Here is the Catbus piñata that the kids and I made last night. We used techniques we found on Alicia Policia's blog entry about making a Luke Skywalker Piñata. I had never thought about using cardboard rather then paper mache. It was much faster, and way less messy."

Coolness! Go check out her whole post to see more pics... now!

And remember, I'm always super stoked to see other folks' piñatas -- if you used the tutorial, make sure to send some pics my way!
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