So I’m not the only artist in the family. My sister happens to be the best videographer I’ve ever encountered. Seriously, I’ve scoured Vimeo trying to find an equal to her editing that will push you to cry, feel butterflies, and embrace a sudden surge of inspiration….. all within three minutes.
Recently we went to Las Vegas and I took some photos of her for her blog, Heart + Camera. She has a way with cameras, whether it be used for video or one single snapshot. So take a look, and if you want to see some of her videos go to Cabana Pictures Blog. It’s where both her and her husband post videos and blurbs from their life as videographers.
This post is a little random, I’m aware of it so that makes it ok. I guess… Anyways these are some photos of my inspirations for the day and what I have going on in my studio.
This little orange patch doesn’t leave my mind. I found it on a rock right outside my studio while I was taking a walk. First off, the color. I can’t even handle it. Second off, I love seeing how it forms. A lot of my work deals with swarms and natural growth. It’s nice to see some ideas on how to make my pieces seem more real….
Here you have turmeric dissolving in Linseed Oil. Yeah, I know it looks just like that previous photo. I need to figure out a way to capture this… Ideas are brewing.
More turmeric pigment. This one is mixed with water. I’m going back to my obsession with circles. It was only right that I made one piece with a circular shape.
These guys don’t leave my side. That’s nice because sometimes at night it gets creepy. But they pass out all day and all night in my studio. I guess they like that I keep a tropical climate in here. Plus I give them treats…
Some more cutouts. This one is a largescale installation in progress… I was inspired when I first saw Keira Knightley wearing a hat with mesh in some movie that I really hated… anyways she had a similar pattern on the mesh and I instantly knew I had to make something with it. It also is supposed to resemble rainforest plants/sea coral. Really, all of my images are jumbles of representations that are only meant to seem familiar. You know it’s some sort of organism, but not what kind exactly.
My fanny pack has become my new best friend. I take it everywhere and it’s so easy to carry. I’ve had it for a while now, but I recently studded it. Gold studs of course…. and this is my little hook of clothing goodies. The dogs know it’s time to leave whenever I walk over to this hook and grab something off it.
Bones out drying. They’re all washed but the next step is to grind them down and then wash again. Little branches. So beautiful, I don’t know what to do with them first! Do I put them in a piece? Copy the shape and the growth pattern? I don’t know!
My latest Photoshop experiment is a banana lady. I’ve been wanting to make a lot of ladies with screenprinting, but this is the easiest way to do it. Maybe a painting will come next but for now this is it!
Made her sketch by hand.
Scanned into photoshop and then inked it out.
Color filled everything and added shading
Drew parts to go into the pattern. Made a fill pattern and that was that.
Went to the Fair in the Park this weekend. Usually, I don’t find too much but just enjoy walking around. This year, I talked to some interesting people and actually found some cool little items.
Below is a photo of the Squonk Opera.
This awesome woodblock print is done by Mr. Eddie Spaghetti. He was nice enough to let me photograph a fresh print! I loved this one. He told me that it was of a girl he saw last year playing the fiddle by a tree. The paper has whole leaves in it and is made from a Mulberry tree.
Oh, these are some photos of the big, bad Tugboat Printshop. Their booth was amazing and made me want to buy everything. I must say, I could actually do that since the prints were very reasonably priced. Maybe once I buy a piece of art I’ll feel like an actual adult, right? Anyways, check this artist out!
OH THIS IS MY FAVORITE THING EVER! AND I WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. This is an amazing octopus belt buckle. I went to Ron Swanberg & Family’s booth and fell in love with just about everything there. I talked to the woman who made this buckle and she told me she carved it herself. Then, she sends it off to be casted. When it comes back, she grinds and sands it some more until it’s finished. Ron sells all sorts of leather goodies like belts, bags, and bracelets for a great price. I definitely think this was the best find of the day.
Here’s a photo of myself with an adorable little puppet. If I had a child, or was a child, I would get this. And love it forever. They’re made by Nancy Gates Designs
It’s that time of the year where I begin wearing long sleeves and all black again. That’s right: Fall is almost here! I was shocked when I stepped outside. Here was my outfit for the occasion.
Jacket: Forever 21 DIY denim jacket
Shoes: Dr. Martens
Necklace: Nameplate gold necklace
Shirt: Michael Stars
Earrings: Forever 21
Ring: Thrift store find
My latest obsession is the studded jacket. Well, it isn’t the latest but it’s the one that I’ve most recently accomplished. See, the thing is that I’ve been loving punk fashion since I was about 13 years old. All that time in between I’ve been wanting and craving for a chance to go and wear it. Those chances have been available for so long but now I’ve finally done it. The other thing is: I don’t like silver. I’m a gold kind of girl so I needed some gold studs. That’s where the whole stud craze came in. Since everyone is going mad about spikes, the market finally opened for gold studs. Yay! Ok enough talk here’s my outfit:
Jacket: Forever 21
Shoes: Cole Haan
Socks: TJ Maxx
Necklaces: My own gold nameplate necklace and a Medic Alert Coin pendant (NOT FOR FASHION PURPOSES. PLEASE DO NOT WEAR THIS AS AN ACCESSORY UNLESS NEEDED)
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Earrings: Betsey Johnson