Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bringing the Sweet & Sexy Back to the Studio

Party Time!!!!!!

In celebration of completing the first week of school and moving in a lot of my art supplies and drawers into the studio, it's time to pantry shop for sugary inspiration. Well, the healthy sugar inspiration. The ones that don't feature corn syrup. It still isn't good to pop them in your mouth like a crazy binger! Moderation is the key here. (But it's so darn tough!) That would be all kinds of nuts. But I burns my calories by painting and staring at all kinds of cool art on the Net.

The Sweet Side of the Studio Pantry

1. My new sweet thang. Yummy!!!! Eat it on top of toasted blueberry waffles, on cinnamon sprinkled apple slices or as frosting for cake. Really good out of the jar though!!!! Have to have one at home and the studio. It's so good. Perfect gift for chocoholics!!!!! Tastes so luxurious and rich that your buds are thinking that you've died and went to chocolate induced heaven!

2. These are just divine!!!!! I know they may be animal crackers, but they are so much more. Light, airy, and crispy, these treats are amazing on late night painting fests. Cats may be eager to have one, but like the label says- it's for the people. :D

3. 1/4 of these is half a serving a fruit. What more can I say!!!!! It's not just for the movies anymore, ya'll. Adding walnuts, dried cherries, and toasted coconut inside of the bag add an even sweeter experience. Actually, those items are on the list. Hahahaha.

4. I hope my studio mates can resist the temptation. There are going to be times when we're desperate for carbs and bread provides a lot of that. Apple Danish Bread is good alone or with some Dark Chocolate Wonderful, cream cheese, or Nutella. Plus, it makes a delightful French Toast, one of my favorite breakfast foods. But who has time to make that?

5. And the stuff that isn't allowed and not healthy at all. This I keep at the crib. I kick back and relax after those long fruitful (okay and sometimes fruitless) nights at the studio. Yum!!!! Always keep a cold one of these (or more!!!!) on ice. Never plan on going anywhere after the third or fourth one though.

I can feel my teeth rattling already and my veins are ready to be intoxicated by the sugar rush!

Doggie Commissions!!!!

Jaime, a friend of a friend had commissioned me to do portraits of the bride and groom's respective dogs. Their wedding just so happens to be today. I finished these on Wednesday at Tien's house on 12"x12" canvases that were very nice (especially at $18.99 original price) with acrylic paints, oil pastels, and a thin coat of glossy mod podge. It was ten hours of mind numbing labor (the fun sort of course!!!) and the kiddies came by to "help." I'd also like to thank Tien for bringing that Butterfinger milkshake from Steak & Shake. I didn't need it at all, but that sugar had me buzzed and ready to deliver.

She liked the top one more. That was understandable. Retto, second doggie, was one I had major problems with during my initial black and white sketch process. It all worked out (fast and quick!) in the end. I was very grateful that she chose me to do this project. I do hope that the bride and groom love their gifts and hang them either in their home or at the workplace. Commission work is just a job to me, but I still take the time to make every piece of art special. My personal art is something else entirely.

Jaime has a dog. There is a slim possibility that I may be in the running to paint that one as well. Lord knows that pets are more fun to paint than expressionless people. :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Shrinky Dinks!!!!!

I made these last semester as a part of my final Drawing VI project. This time I'm ready to explore doing more of them. So my studio is armed with various paints and a box of oil pastels. As well as the Almighty Toaster Oven. That's how these babies are made. I acrylic paint on 4 1/2" by 8" plastic sheets and oil pastels go on top. A few hot seconds in the oven make them melt, distort, and take on interesting forms. I'll move on from the half supermodel, half cat faces to something else now. Not sure what, but at this point I'm loving shrink art and the chance operations that come with it. It is usually a kiddie craft, but I think that some amazing results have came through for me. I'll continue my exploration and see where this takes me.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Things I Need Indeed!

My new apartment is all moved in. All moved in. Yay!!!!
Well, except that I haven't opened up a single box, my frig is still empty, and my bed has yet been constructed. I have a lot of things to shop for. In fact, here is my list.
1.) Blender (I need to make my fruit and yogurt smoothies! They help me start the day right)
2.) Dish rack (A pretty one that helps me dishes dry)
3.) Couch (saw some nice ones on craigslist, but Tien wants me to get that blue couch. Yuck!)

(above: antique couch for $65, left: couch selling for pull apart blue couch for $60 and right: 5 piece floral imprinted bamboo furniture for $300)

4.) TV (flatscreen would be nice)
5.) Blu Ray Player (I'm just being fancy, lol. No way I'll end with one!)
6.) Nintiendo Wii (again, a nice thing to have, but so unlikely...)
7.) Hair dryer (Preferably one that you sit under. Gotta keep that frizz at bay!)
8.) A mini frig for my studio. ( When the nights are long, it's good to have healthy snacks on chill)
9.) Curtain rods to hang my glow in the dark constellation curtains (A must need!!!!)
10.) Food for the fridge!!!! Duh!!! (How could I forget subsistence?)
11.) A job to buy all of the stuff mentioned above. :D

Yep, I think that's about it for now! School starts August 24, 2009.
Would it be a bad time to ask to be shot?
Just kidding!!! Looking forward to getting down and dirty this senior year!!!!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Silkscreens Part 1

This is the progress of my design so far. I can't wait to finish painting them with acrylics and maybe some oil pastels before iron setting them. I was inspired by the above picture of James and Ali portraying the Days couple- EJ and Sami, lol!!!!!! Kinda looks abstract and I like the look of it.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Boston, Massachusetts Here We Come!!!!

Hi James and Ali!!!!! (Okay Ali won't be there, but hey!!!! She looks so lovely next to him).

Well, well, well. Looks like Boston is nine days away. Tomorrow I start painting on the screen and getting ready to make some prints on tops of t-shirts for the Days Charity Event. I'm thinking maybe sell a couple as well as give some to the charity itself. The money that they donate goes towards Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) which I think is a wonderful cause.
I'll make some sketches and post them up later.
Then I'm going to find some great quality t-shirts to print on. I'm thinking either American Apparel or Target. (Heck, maybe even Walmart). I want some white ones as well as different girly colors (pink, purple, cerulean, lime green). We all know that mostly women watch soap operas. Not to be stereotypical. I'm just looking at the facts, lol.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sign This Oh Mighty Emma Caulfield!!!!

Tien and I am gearing up for Wizard World this weekend. I must say that I am so excited about the line-up. There's famed artists like Mark Millar who is creator of the hit comic, Image's Kick Ass and also writes for Marvel's Fantastic Four, . Celebs that are showing up are Michelle Rodriguez, the girl that kicks butt in the Fast and the Furious, Gary Coleman (I am at a loss of words right now), Lou Ferringo (the original Incredible Hulk), Margot Kidder ("Lois Lane" with Christopher Reeves as "Clark Kent" in the classic Superman movies), Todd Bridges, Billy Dee Williams, Doug Jones (that scary one eyed Cyclops in Pan's Labyrinth that gave me the heebie jeebies), and a host of other names. I must say that I am very, very excited for this year.
But being a big Buffy, the Vampire Slayer fan and an avid collector of all things Slayer, I am so happy to see that Emma Caulfield will be gracing Chicago with her presence. I don't know what she's supposed to be signing, but I'm most eager for her John Hancock to grace my one of a kind Anya featuring bunny suit action figure, a itsy-weensy replica of the one she wore in Season Four's Halloween episode, "Fear Itself." Now that would be all kinds of sweet! Anya is this funny ancient demon in the body of a mortal high school chick who is deathly afraid of bunnies. She wears the costume thinking that we mere humans would be afraid as well, lol.
What's so frightening about something so cute, so harmless? I laughed so many times at Emma's portrayal of this hilarious character. Boy! I bet she'd be a real hoot to meet. Maybe I'll even manage to get her to sing her part of the "I've Got a Theory" song.

"Bunnies aren't so cute like everybody supposes,
They've got those hoppy legs
And twitched little noses.
And what's with all the carrots.
Why do they need such good eyesight anyway?
Bunnies! Bunnies! It must be bunnies.
Or maybe midgets."

Maybe not, but LMAO!!!!! That's some memorable stuff.