Well, as usual, busy as a beaver up here in the mill. I have a couple of side projects I've been doing that I wanted to share with you all. First, below is the finished scratchboard piece that I mentioned in my last post. I like how it came out and every time I work with scratchboard I realize why I love it as a medium; it starts off being about as dark as you can get and gives an almost unintended moodiness to anything you make with it.
I sent my raffle donation off to Indiepublic today and I'm excited to see what everybody else sent in. If you live in the local Portland, ME area and don't mind giving a piece to the cause, they'd appreciate it I'm sure.
I also sent off my contribution to Diary 2010 Project. This project takes submissions from tons of different very talented artists and put them into a day planner/diary. Each person gets 1 page and you can do anything you want within certain guidelines. I decided to draw an old horse-drawn hearse on my page... of course.
I have found a wonderful new artist thanks to one of my friends on Twitter. Holy smokes this guy is talented. Plus, his work has a sort of sick sense of humor that I love. James Jean has had several books published that I'm now slathering at the bit to buy. His paintings and sketches are effortless and intriguing and you can look at some of his work a long time and still see new things. The two below are entitled: Trike and Homeopathic. Wonderful stuff.
For those of you who like the Ringleader's Elephant piece in my shop, you'll be excited to hear that I did a shoot last week and there will be two brand new pieces in the circus series in the next week or so. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but make some room on your walls for these my Lovelies you're going to dig them.
Let's wrap up with a little something that's had my mind in a state of unrest since I saw it last night, shall we? I just saw the Gray Gardens movie with Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore after I saw a little blurb about Gray Gardens on Etsy of all places. Then I found this slideshow of the real Beales on Youtube and it seems like the portrayals were pretty accurate aesthetically. What a tragic and disturbing movie. Apparently it's also a play. I just can't fathom what would make two people into that. If you haven't seen it, watch it and maybe put your 2 cents in below...
Until next time: unpleasant dreams...