Sunday, June 28, 2009

Alice and the Dust Train...

Well Hello Lovelies!

Whew, the weather here in Maine has been misty and rainy for almost two weeks and while it does wonders for my work (because I always imagine my characters in this sort of setting), it doesn't do wonders for my mood. But alas, I'm grateful for the inspiration. Let me start off by sharing a little bit of excitement, one of my photographs made it to the front page of Etsy! Yep, my Skydiver print has done me proud and it has convinced me to keep taking those photos and listing them for you fine folks.

Moving on, as I mentioned in my last post, I have been busy working on a new painting for the gallery and July's First Friday Art Walk in Portland. It is finally done so take a peek at From the Dust to the Grave, a fun little romp inspired by the art of Joseph Mugnaini. Joseph collaborated a lot with Ray Bradbury, illustrating some of his most famous book covers including Fahrenheit 451 among others. Both are favorites of mine. Make up any story you wish when you see this. I like to think that this run-down and eccentric train is taking these monsters to a ball far out in a barren wasteland where ghosts and witches and creatures of all kinds dance and celebrate in a dark mansion until dawn.


And, as many of you faithful followers know, I am a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland. I did a photo illustration series based on this story and I find the imagery and characters in general one of my biggest inspirations. I also adore Tim Burton's work so you can imagine how overjoyed I was when I found out he was doing Alice in Wonderland slated for release next year. Well, some promo shots have been released and uh... IT LOOKS AWESOME! Oh. My. Goodness. Seriously. Johnny Depp's makeup? Needless to say, this is going to be a version that resembles none of its predecessors. Sigh. Love all of them.


And let's wrap up with some more strange news folks, shall we? Sigh. You are not going to believe this one kids. Apparently, a couple in Shelbyville, Tennessee has been charged with assault against each other... using Cheetos as weapons. (For those of you not from the US, Cheetos are puffed cheese snacks.) Now, I don't know how one commits assault on another person using a snack but it can be done because both were arrested and charged. I don't think that's what they meant when health experts said excessive snacking wasn't good for you.

Until next time: unpleasant dreams!

7 comments:

Flight Fancy said...

Nice work! I find the painting a titch disturbing (not really sure why) and compelling . I want to see where they are going. :)

The Stapelia Company said...

FlightFancy: I'm glad you get it. That's the whole purpose of this piece. I too want to see where they're headed! Thank you for looking!

Christie Cottage said...

Great painting :-)

Cheetohs??? Really??? That is ridiculous!

Angela said...

Fascinating!

cabin + cub said...

Great painting! And yes.. I am soooooooo excited about Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton's new flick that i am dancing on the spot!!!! Wohhooo... That is on my list with Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are.

The Stapelia Company said...

cabin + cub: Yay! I'm glad I'm not the only one who's doing a dance over here!

Chrisy said...

That painting is great escapism material...