Friday, December 5, 2008

"We Be Cruisin"

I just finished a new painting for my friend Jennifer as a Christmas gift. She is one of the people I miss the most from San Diego.

We like to joke about being old grannies together, bitching about the slut neighbor with our long red press on nails and a house full of cats. I keep trying to convince her to move out here, but I’m sure that will never happen. People don’t tend to jump at the idea of moving to Mormonville Salt Lake City enthusiastically. More like the way you drag yourself to get a tooth pulled. Or the gynecologist.

She is really colorful and more daring so I wanted to try something different. The picture is actually her riding a tricycle while ridiculously sloshed.

It’s titled “We Be Cruisin.” Clever aren’t’ I?

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I love it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Rasterbator

I just found this totally awesome application called The Rasterbator. I know it sounds like some bad thought up porn product, but it is actually totally amazing. The Rasterbator creates huge rasterized (dotted) images from any picture using several sheets of regular-sized paper to turn into giant posters.

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Choose your image, crop and resize if necessary, and the Rasterbator will create a multi-page PDF file. Try the Rasterbator online or download a copy of the software. It’s totally free and you can change the size of the dots and how many sheets of paper you want to use.

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I can’t wait to use this on some paintings. I have already started playing around with different ideas.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

I Heart Brains

I want this necklace so bad. It’s from Beatblack on etsy.

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I don’t know why but I HAVE to own it. I could probably make one myself seeing as it’s made of clay, but I think buying it would be much simpler.

Does anyone else tend to find things for themselves while Christmas shopping? Oops...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Freggin Brilliant

I LOVE Banksy. He is a British graffiti artist. His messages are usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. He is pretty much just kick asstic. (This happened in 2006 but I just learned about it. I thought it was brilliant and wanted to share.)

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Banksy replaced Hilton's CD with his own remixes and given them titles such as Why am I Famous?, What Have I Done? and What Am I For?

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He has also changed pictures of her on the CD sleeve to show the US socialite topless and with a dog's head.

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A spokeswoman for Banksy said he had doctored 500 copies of her debut album Paris in 48 record shops across the UK.

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She told the BBC News website: "He switched the CDs in store, so he took the old ones out and put his version in." But he left the original barcode so people could buy the CD without realizing it had been interfered with.

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My favorite part of this whole thing, "No customers had complained or returned a doctored version." HA!

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I have TONS of picture to share but until then, his website is on the right. Check it out...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Craft gift for Christmas

I have been completely obsessed with crafts the last few days. I am trying to think of some simple gifts to make Holden’s great grandparents since we will get to see them this Christmas. (We are really bad about sending pictures.)

I am leaning towards making this mini accordion book for the Stevens. It is super adorable and I can bust it out in a few hours.

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I will probably make mine larger using full 12 by 12 scrapbook paper though.

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I found directions here.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

I actually sold an effing painting!!!

I am so happy right now it’s orgasmic. Seriously, I never truly thought I would sell anything and the feeling is worth the trouble.

I wish I could bottle this feeling and sell it to upper class suburban teenagers. I’d be rich in a day.

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This is the one I sold. Even if I never sell another painting, I feel like I finally accomplished something.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Great Deals

Most people don’t know that I am super cheap (…ok, I don’t like the way that sounds. Thrifty is a much better way to put it.) I LOVE LOVE LOVE shopping but I refuse to spend too much and always buy things on sale. In fact, I have a really hard time paying full price for anything and have no problem waiting a year for something just to save money. It seems I am really lucky though, since the clothes and shoes I like the most always end up on clearance. (I try not to think too hard about what that says about my taste.) Besides clothing, my favorite things to buy are household items. I am a sucker for furniture, kitchen gadgets, textiles, and odd decorations. I like to own things that you’re not going to find in every house you visit.

On my quest of owning more crap then necessary, I found this totally awesome website called GreenerGrassDesign. All the items they feature are really funky (in that hand made retro way). I also love sites that offer price based shopping. Here are some of the things I love so far:

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SUCK UK CALENDAR TAPE BY LABORATORIUM. Multi-functional sticky tape that works as a calendar, diary, organizer & planner. As well as being pretty useful packaging tape! For 12 bucks I just can’t pass it up.

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SUCK UK ORIGAMI STICKY NOTES. Re-cycle your old sticky notes and turn them in to fun 3D models! Each pad has instructions for 10 different shapes, including: pig; penguin; boat; crane; butterfly; squirrel; lily and water bomb. Only $5.

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FROZEN SMILES by Jason Amendolara. All of a sudden, dentures aren’t just for Grandpa anymore! Freeze up a batch of Frozen Smiles and drop them into any glass. Frozen Smiles is made from soft, food-safe synthetic rubber. Ok, this is just ridiculous but it will make the perfect gift for my boyfriend’s goofy little brother, $7.

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INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS- EMMA FILE FOLDER Set of 6. What more needs to be said? These are just gorgeous. 6 for 10 dollars.

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GOOD CHEMISTRY SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS. This clever porcelain salt & pepper set reduces our favorite condiments to their elemental essentials. Must be the nerd in me, but I HAVE to have these, $16.

So there are some of my favorites. I wanted almost every item in the office section. Check it out.

Monday, November 17, 2008

To Paint or Not to Paint

I am totally down right now. I just completely ruined another painting I loved. I know it happens and a lot of good things can come out of mistakes, but it is hard to see that right now. (Sometimes you can’t help feeling a certain way, even if your brain knows better.)

Moments like this make me wonder why I even do it. The whole reason I started painting was because I just felt like I had to, but why do I continue to do it? Even though I have gotten better in the last year, I know I still have a long way to go. I keep telling myself that I don’t want to show anyone until I get a good size collection but my heart knows better; I’m scared. I don’t want to be rejected and have all my doubts voiced by someone else.

I just don’t know.

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At least the panel I ruined was small and easy to replace. I had drawn the peace sign in sharpie so it will only take me a few minutes to redo. I also wasn’t completely happy with the shade of yellow I had chosen so I will probably change that. (Ahhh….is that the infamous silver lining coming out to play?)

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I also just finished this one. I am not too sure about it right now but we’ll see what happens. (I can be really fickle.)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sugar High

So Halloween is officially over. Not that I didn’t expect you to know that, but it still kind of makes me sad. I am making sure I take the time to put everything away properly today since I actually made some of the decorations myself.

My favorite decoration is this egg sack looking thing. I got the idea out of a Martha Stewart magazine and I love they way it came out. (Yeah, I was totally shocked too. Her ideas are totally spiffy but usually turn out horribly. At least for me. )

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Holden would NOT go trick or treating though. In fact, he was scared of his costume and would run from the room anytime I pulled it out. I can only hope that by next year he is a lot more willing and the costume will still fit. Though there is still no shortage of candy at my house since I had my friends bring a bag of candy each. At the time it sounded like a good idea, but now the house is overflowing with it. I also made cookies that no one ate. That’s right, NO ONE ate them. (WTF?) They are delicious and totally festive snicker doodles dipped in white chocolate.

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Overall the night was good. What better way is there to spend a sugar high then with good friends and good times?

NONE.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Can you spell R.E.T.A.R.D....?

Right off the bat I have to say I am seriously pissed at myself. I painted a picture I seriously loved and it was pointed out to me by someone who wanted to show off their total awesome spelling skills (jerk) that I fudged up a few things. Ok…ok, I’ll admit I was actually glad this happened with friends and not strangers. Even though I was embarrassed I would have been MORTIFIED if it was with someone who didn’t know I am actually NOT an idiot.

Most of the time.

I spelt “afraid” wrong, twice actually so at least I’m consistent, and then I left out the “e” in “falsehood.” Now that one was a total fluke because of the way I had to keep using the same letters over and over. Needless to say, I made the whole thing twice as hard as it should have been and then dropped the ball. I just can’t understand what I was thinking because it is so obviously wrong when you look at closely.

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Am I going to let this get me down? Of course not. Ok, well maybe a little. I just have to keep reminding myself that it happens to even the best of us (obviously). I could have fixed the spelling mistake but there is no way I can add an extra letter in so I am going to have to just cover it up. Fortunately, I have been on a craze and have the perfect idea already lined up. I have also decided to redo the original one. I’m not sure when, but I really liked it and think it’s worth the effort.

But at least this one came out fine.

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I can’t help but wonder why I wanted to admit this to everyone, but it is kind of freeing to tell the world “Yup, I fucked up” and then shrug of the self criticism.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Floating ideas

I really want to make a piece of art using one of my favorite quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.”

I’m not sure how yet, but I am excited about the ideas I got floating around. I have also finally finished the last panel of another picture I was working on. I still need to put some red behind the yellow and blue panels but I totally love them so far. (That’s why there is a faint circle around the peace sign.) I want to paint the sides black but I tend to get lazy at that point. I’m sure one day I’ll be on a good one and bust them all out.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Creative differences...

I had all these ideas for different pieces of art using some of my favorite quotes but I am not sure I like that idea any more. I really like the first one, JFK 10-08, but I’m not really happy with the second one I finished yesterday, Gandhi 10-08. Oh well, I have a habit of hating everything I do and then about a week later loving it. I think art is just like that.


JFK 10-08
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Gandhi 10-08
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I have a bunch of ideas right now though so I am pretty stoked. I’m just gonna step away from this project and who knows? Maybe one day I’ll actually come back to it.

Holden's artistic touches

Holden is finally at the age where we can actually do things that are fun for both of us to do together vs. the random carpet lint of which he found hours on end of entertainment previously.


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Yesterday we were painting together, which so far has to be my favorite thing we do. (I especially like it when I walk away and he decides my painting wouldn’t be complete with out a few splashes of every color within reach.)


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It was nice to do something together too because even though we live in the same house, I am pretty sure we’re on different planets. I don’t know how it is with other parents but it sometimes feels like we are living parallel to one another without actually touching. Don’t get me wrong, I am totally OK with that. I need personal time and my selfishness for something that resembles my own life did not fall out with the placenta, but it was nice none the less.


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I also want to see if Holden is old enough to go to the Children’s Theater. It says ages two and up but I have never tried to put him in a situation where he has had to sit for long periods of time and I’m not sure I can handle the stress of making him. So tonight I’m going to go with some friends to check it out. Hopefully it’s something we can do as a family and if not, well I am pretty sure I will have found something fun to do.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Confessions of A Book Whore

I don’t believe in New Years resolutions. I never have. To me it’s just some ridiculous crap we make up in order to force ourselves to think optimistically about the next 365 days we are going to waste on the daily grind. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s a good idea to have goals and look to the future, I just don’t need some arbitrary day like New Years Eve to provide an opening. I tend to just think of what I want to get done or try throughout the year and this year I did actually set a few goals for myself. I am proud to say I actually finished one of them. (Did you get the urge to shout overachiever? I know I did…)
I wanted to read at least 50 books. That’s one a week with room for laziness and I am almost ashamed to say that I will break and maybe exceed 200 by time the year is out. My friends like to joke that I need to go to Reader Anonymous meetings or pick up a more controllable habit, like drinking, and I am starting to see their point. I can easily read a book in a day and have even finished two a few times. I keep detailed lists of books to buy, books to check out, books read, and upcoming releases. It has literally become another person in my life. Now the reason I feel like I can say this finally is because the urge has started to wane. I have finally been able to start some of my other hobbies again I am glad for the breather.
I have actually started two new projects. The first is paintings incorporating some of my favorite quotes. I figure I can’t go wrong pilfering some genius. The second is mixed media collages of my friends as fairy tale characters. Not gonna lie, it’s pretty awesome.
Here's a preview:
Me and Ryan:
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Mike and Tyler:
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Kaleena and Stephen:
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I still have a few more to do but I am happy with the way they have turned out so far. I tried to include some inside jokes with some of the pictures, like Mike having a sword and Tyler a hose. Hopefully everyone likes them. (Well, at least the few people whose opinion I actually give a damn about.)
So don’t fret imaginary book world, I will be back. And maybe by then I will have learned a little self control. I highly doubt it, but what's life without self delusions?
BORING…