Monday, September 29, 2014

Weirdos Abound

Greetings, Glow Clouds!

I received a fabulous comment on Artistcellar the other day from Amber K... HI AMBER!  Here's what she said:
I’ve already been following (stalking really) your blog and Wonderstrange and I just adore you guys! I’m always excited to see when you have a new canvas video up!! I would love love love to see a post that just shows your studio table/art area and how you “organize” your stuff. In all your pics/videos you look like you work in a narrow space b/c you have so much other wonderfullness on your table, I and a lot of others out there end up working the same way. I’m always scanning the outside edges of your pictures to see what kind of supply I might find laying around. How about a tour! And not a fake, my studio is clean and pristine and never gets used tour. The real, bare all tour.
Ask and ye shall receive!  I say "crap" a lot.  I'm also a little scatterbrained.  WHATEVER.

In other news, I just designed this pattern which is my new favorite thing.  I swear I would be happy just designing patterns and stitching all day, but that's not so financially lucrative.  Bah.

I should be working on pieces for a gallery show (gulp!), but clicking stitches into boxes was really the sum of my energy.  And remember, in the immortal words of Cecil of Night Vale:

as you watch the sun rise again tomorrow morning, think to yourself: past performance is not a predictor of future results. And then force a smile, drink another cup of coffee, and try not to look down as you walk across the soil that will eventually fill your lifeless lungs and repurpose your corpse
With that cheery thought, I am off to bed!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Artistcellar Stencils, Blog Hop, and GIVEAWAY!! WOO!!


Today marks my final post as a design team member for Artistcellar and my very first post as part of a blog hop!  Confetti!  Tears!  Confetti!  Tears!

Those clever kids over there managed to snag an amazing papercutter, BĂ©atrice Coron, as their newest signature artist.  She has done a couple of awesome TED talks, check them out here and here!  She is 12 kinds of adorable.


They are, in order of appearance, Painter, Housework, Online, and Dancers.  So SO so cute.

I decided to go with a funky canvas and chose the Painter stencil.  I started by brayering black paint onto a 6 x 6 canvas panel:

I love how grungy that looks!  I laid down my stencil and carefully applied white acrylic paint with a makeup sponge:

And then, without moving the stencil, dabbed on some turquoise acrylic with the same sponge:

I removed the stencil and was left with this lovely bit of lovely:

I LOVE how shocked and/or awed the lady skeleton looks.  I sort of wanted to keep it like that, but then this would be a really short post, so I started filling in bones using the flat edge of a paintbrush:

I also gave them big heads.

I used acrylic paints to give them little skully heads and gave the guy a Dali mustache just because that is the kind of mustache I would have if I could grow a mustache. 

One of my favorite parts of Day of the Dead art is the flowers (sometimes I am SUCH A GIRL), so I gave her a flowery headdress and gave him a flowery boutonniere: 

I could not get over the idea that the lady skeleton was scandalized over whatever Dali Guy is painting, so I thought long and hard about what would scandalize a skeleton and came up with this:

If you can't make it out, it says, "his portraiture was scandalously fleshy" ... hahahahhahahaaaaaaa!

I finished it off by using Distress Stain to age the text a bit:

And there you go!


You can win the full set of stencils by leaving a comment!  I will use to pick a winner on October 1, 2014!  WOOT WOOT!!

For more chances to win, be sure to visit the other blogs on the hop!  VISIT THEM REGARDLESS because they are awesome, every last one of them!

September 20th – Lisa Cousineau, Artistcellar
September 21st – Jill K Berry –
September 22nd – Janet Ghio –
September 23rd – Cheryl Sleboda –
September 24th – Sarah Trumpp – WHOA that's me!!!
September 25th – Diana Trout –

Don't forget to leave a comment with a working email address to win!  GOOD LUCK!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ack one day!

Last week when I posted I was three days from a show (a show that was not so good, unfortunately) and freaking out a little bit.  Now I'm one day from a three-day show and freaking out a lot.  So I'll blog.  What the heck.

Here, have some eye candy!

I FINALLY got around to painting those zombie cupcakes who have been lurking in the shadows for weeks now.  My painting process is always a little crazy - there are tons of layers and drying and blah blah.  I always tell myself that I'm going to start using colored clay so that I don't have to spend so much time painting, but I never actually will.  I like the look too much, even if it is a pain.

This is where I'm standing right now...

Uhhhhh.  Yeah.  I guess I need to tidy up a little before I get working, eh?  I have a printer's tray that I am planning on filling up with tiny geeky sculptures on alphabet blocks for this weekend's show (which is Rochester ComicCon), so I guess I should get busy.  I have to be done by 2:00 tomorrow.  :-/

I spent most of this week putting together costumes for my kids.  My 6-year-old wants to be the 11th Doctor, so I spent an entire afternoon wandering around an enormous antique mall trying to find a fez.  I finally succeeded in finding one in the VERY LAST ROW.  Of about 100.  Sheez.  My 12-year-old wanted to be the Empty Child, a gasmask-wearing creepazoid.  SO CUTE!

Are you my mummy?
MAN I need to sweep.  My dog sheds like he's going for a record or something.  Sweeping sucks, though, so that probably won't happen.

Stay tuned next week for fun stuff!  WHEE!  *throws confetti*

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Three Days

Three days was the morning
My focus three days old
My head, it landed, to the sound of cricket bows…
I am a proud man anyway…
Covered now by three days…

It has been bananas around here, all sick and with bonus migraines.  YAY.  Today I'm sort of feeling human (sort of), but now I have three days until a big show.

Three days was the morning
Three lovers, in three ways
We knew when she landed, three days she’d stay
I am a proud man anyway…
Covered now by three days…

SO now I have to play catch-up.  I painted an abstract today for the 50 Canvases challenge, and now I am off to sculpt.  But YAY NUMBER 30!!!

Abstracts are hard.  It was a crazy sort of struggle to not actually paint THINGS.  It still looks kind of like a city.  You can find more images (and the video) at wonderstrange!

We saw shadows of the morning light
The shadows of the evening sun
Till the shadows and the lights were one
We saw shadows of the morning light
The shadows of the evening sun
Till the shadows and the lights were one…

Monday, September 8, 2014

An announcement or three!

Greetings, pickle chips!  Welcome to September!

This is my favorite time of year.  I was sitting outside on the porch having coffee this morning.. It was about 48 degrees and foggy, mystical, fabulous.  You can already start to feel the thinning of the veil.

Anyway.  Woo woo mysticism aside, I have some announcements!

First and foremost, I just turned 40 on Saturday, which was a weird sort of transition in my head.  I have also been dragged down by my annual Labor Day Cold, so I didn't really notice the transition until this morning.  Expect to see more of me around here!

Announcement #2:  Soul Food!

I'm going to be one of the Sous Chefs for Soul Food in 2015, and I am SUPER CRAZY EXCITED.  It starts February 1, 2015 and offers two lessons per week for three months.  Jam PACKED with awesome!  You can read more information about the class here and get information about the instructors (and see my goofy mug) here.  Woot woot!!

Announcement #3:  I like you!

I have so much other stuff to talk about, but some is secret and some is overwhelming, so I'm just going to leave you with a picture of a painting I've been working on with my daughter, who is 6.

She thinks those ladies are awfully cute.  She's such a little creeper.  The pink things in the background?  Zombie cupcakes.  BWAHAHAHAHAHA.

I'm off to walk the dog and enjoy the quiet house in between bouts of lung-wrenching coughing.  YAY LABOR DAY.