Monday, April 20, 2015

Now Online - Nightmare in Wonderland Part II

You can now view all of the work from this wonderful show, online!

Head over to Distinction Gallery's website to view all of the work, and browse pieces available for purchase.  My little Nightmare, "Curious", is available at this website:

Or if you're in the area - stop by the Gallery!  The show runs until May 2.  

Distinction Gallery
317 E. Grand Ave
Escondido, CA   92025

Above photos from Distinction Gallery, on Facebook ~here~.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Nightmare in Wonderland

Hey there!

I'm delighted to share a new soft sculpture!  
This mischievous serpent was created for a new exhibition, opening April 11 at Distinction Gallery:  
The Nightmare in Wonderland Project 

This show collects work from artists all across the globe, to celebrate the work of Tim Burton.  
When creating a piece for a Tim Burton tribute show the initial burst of inspiration is almost overwhelming.  In order to start working, I focused on a simple flow:

Surprise  -  Delight  -  Temptation  -  Horror

Tim Burtons' ability to charm in one breath and terrify in the next is one of the aspects I find most appealing in his films.  While I was sketching out my initial ideas for this piece, I was inspired the most by Burton's 1982 film Hansel and Gretel.  

Burton's Hansel and Gretel is a true nightmare - disturbing and yet completely engaging.  Burton's formula for terror is drawn out through this familiar tale:  a dreamlike surprise, which delights us and draws us in.  Temptation follows, and we're lost in exploring something new, sweet, sticky…  And then we're caught.  And then the horror really begins.

Detail:  heavy hand-beading glistens under the serpent's coils.  
He seems to be oozing something saccharine, perhaps to lure you in closer… a little closer... 

12" x 6" x 5"
Wool and wire, with beading details 
Back is finished with cotton fabric and embroidered signature.
$450 - inquiries to Distinction Gallery

The Nightmare in Wonderland Project, Part II
Opening April 11 at Distinction Gallery

Exhibiting Artists include: Andy Kehoe, Ania Tomicka, Atsuko Goto, Bill Carman, Calvin Ma, Clementine De Chabaneix, Domenico Scalisi, Dorote Zaukaite, Dan May, Elisa Anfuso, Heather Nevay, Ixie Darkonn, Jon Jaylo, Julie Filipenko, Kukula, Lana Crooks, Leila Ataya, Leslie Ditto, Lola Gil, Mark Elliott, Mark Kostabi, Matt Dangler, Melissa Sue, Naoto Hattori, Natalie Shau, Paul Barnes, Ray Caesar, Roby Dwi, Antono Ross Jaylo, Scott Radke, Susanne Apgar, Tasha Zimich (artist and project assistant), Victor Castillo, Yoko d’Holbachie and more! 
And Here you can watch the video created for the event
"A Nightmare is a misunderstood dream we may not share, out of fear of ruining it. This project pays tribute to the creative process of bringing beauty out from our nightmares. The artists in this project have paid a silent tribute to one of the greatest directors of our time, who has embodied and embraced the beauty of the nightmare on screen. Their work speaks of this visionary artist secretly, just as nightmares are spoken of silently in wonder and awe.” -Ixie Darkonn

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bell Jar

This new succulent beastie is having an adventure in Seattle!  
I'm thrilled to have this piece on display alongside the work of so may other talented female artists, at Ghost Gallery this month.

"BELL JAR features 24 local & national artists working with the ever-iconic cloche vessel.  Mixed media work will be encapsulated in these seemingly fragile yet protective environments, portraying varying levels of sentimentality, experimentation and personal narratives.  Viewers will be able to interpret for themselves the meaning of these miniature worlds, organic forms, conceptual objects and occasionally suffocating compositions, presented by a diverse group of women from across the country."

Hand-sewn soft sculpture, wool & wire inside glass bell jar
apx 8" x 6"

He's available through the gallery:

Ghost Gallery, Seattle WA
On view March 12 - April 3

Monday, March 9, 2015

Finished - study of Natanya

Last week, amid all the usual chaos, I finished my oil study of Natanya.  
This is the painting I started last month, at the 3-day burlesque modeling session at Stvdio480.

Overall I'm happy with how it turned out.  There's some things I'd do differently, and there's some things I know I need to focus more on as I get back to life drawing 
(hands, for instance.  ugh.)
Because it was a study, and really supposed to be completed at the studio, I left a few things unfinished and instead focused the final painting on demonstrating the lessons I picked up from the experience.  

And then I framed her up and took her over to the Fulton Street Collective space, where she's hanging now as part of the current exhibit:
"Sensual Chicago"
~a celebration of Chicago's burlesque performers & models~
The show runs through March 12

Day One

Day Two

Day Three (last day in the studio with model)

Making time this year to do these oil paintings has really been fantastic.  
I can't wait to start the next one.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Some weeks...

…you just need to have a Gin and make a Mandrake.
The last week or so has been like that.

The Mandrake is for an art-swap that I'm pretty excited about - and he turned out pretty cute:
What a wee screamer!

Besides making this little fella, the rest of the last seven days or so has been pretty random and a little crazy.

Valentine's was lovely!  
Even though it was something terrible like -2° all day, we went out for a long walk, 
sketch-booking and bar-hopping and had a blast.  
Old Fashioned's and Sketchbooks, <3 .="" p="">

Also spent some Valentine's-Time with these lovely ladies
Lana & I met Ixie while she was in town with her Nightmare in Wonderland Project - and then had a fantastic time out and about Chicago with her. 

Right after Valentines, Dr. Sketchy's made its triumphant return:
at the Beauty Bar!

We were all treated to a fantastic double-model session with Brooklyn Britches and Millie Toulouse.  

And the Beauty Bar just continues to be one of my favorite places to hang out.

Everything else was just run-here run-there 
work work work.

I've got some super-exciting shows coming up (news soon!)
and a super-terrifying commission I'm working on:
But more about this beastie later.  


Saturday, February 14, 2015

So Many Cheeseburgers

Last night, to celebrate Friday the 13th, I treated myself to my very favorite burger:
the "Iron Maiden" at Kuma's.  It normally doesn't get much better than that - but - Kuma's was also pouring a Peanut Butter Imperial Stout.  Throw in some crisps, and the whole thing was just ridiculous. 

Anyway, seems like a fitting time to say:
This lovely lady is now available in my 2D shop, for a sweet price!

There's a couple deals over there too:
Custom work on sale for a limited time
As well as the last of the Marceline and Eggplant prints!

Now, if you'll excuse me - I'm going to go eat a giant salad and then run around the park five times.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cheeseburgers, Pancakes & Booze

Last Saturday, February 7, this was the scene outside Reggie's Rock Club

Because this was the scene inside Reggie's Rock Club
A (very) large crowd, music on two stages, live painting, lots and lots of art, and 
free pancakes.
Once again, Pancakes & Booze hit Chicago.
It's pretty much open to whoever wants to show up and do whatever they like - so there's all sorts of work on display, or just happening.  I think I saw about five easels throughout where artists were painting or drawing.  I put up a couple things, and then Max & I headed upstairs near the Free Pancakes booth - where there were tables.
because we can't go anywhere without drawing, apparently.  
A party's not a party without your sketchbook.

After participating in last year's Pancakes & Booze I had a better idea of what to expect, and what to bring.  I wanted to create a painting specifically for this event, but I didn't want to sweat too much over it because - really.  It's called Pancakes & Booze.  Seriously.

So I gave myself about a week of after-work evenings, and:

"I Freaking Love Cheeseburgers"
oil on canvas

This lady loves a fried egg.  And she'll be up in the Shop later this week.