Thursday, August 27, 2009

Push the button see what comes out...

Hello Lovelies!

Well, as usual, things are busy over here in the mill. I have completed 2 paintings for my gallery that I probably won't submit for awhile, but here they are so you can see how they came out since I posted sketches last time. These are entitled Drink to me Only with Thine Eyes #1 & 2. I think they came out pretty well considering I was trying a new technique.


And, as I mentioned before, I will be putting some 1 inch buttons in the shop here shortly. The order has been placed and the buttons have been designed (see Ink and Chuckles below). I will be selling sets of 4 different designs to dip my toe in and if they sell, I'll design some more for you kids!


I have found 2 great artists that I'm sure some of you have already seen, but for the rest of you get set because this work is amazing. The first is Brandt Peters. Where to start really? I mean, he hits all of the themes I personally love; dark circuses, sideshows, popular culture, grit and he also paints on found objects and does sculpture, dolls and toys. I mean, really? You need to go to his website and check out his work. Wonderful stuff.

The second artist, Mike Shine, also touches on some carnival work as well as Nordic themes and old signage all on found pieces of driftwood etc. His site is amazing too, I love the way it flows and the dang random song he has on there and the creepy carny music?! Seriously. Check him out as well and don't forget to hit the Shack link... his house is amazing.

I think all of you have a pretty good sense of humor so I'm going to let you in on a gem of a website that literally makes me laugh out loud every time I go there. Awkward Family Photos is hilarious not just because of the photos (and those are pretty good, let me tell you), but the captions and the comments are also pretty chuck-a-licious. The 2 below are merely a taste of things to come...

And let's wrap up with some strange news, shall we? Did you read about the 2 families in a small town in Alabama who had been feuding for several years? (We don't know/care why...) Well, they had been feuding and apparently, someone shot out a window in the other family's house. This apparently led to a 150 person full-scale riot, with baseball bats, tire irons and whatever else they could get their hands on and ended with 8 people in jail. Now come on. You know most of those people didn't even know what was going on, but that didn't keep them from grabbing a broom and beating a neighbor! Nice. Sigh.


Until next time: unpleasant dreams...

6 comments:

RockinMamaBG said...

Hahaha! Love the girl with the skunk! Hilarious! Love your new paintings!

Kate8085 said...

That eye is amazing. Stunning, stunning work and love the new technique.
And how freakin' awesome are those buttons! Yes!

The photo of the creepy cabbage patch head lurking in the shadows, and apparently levitating is gonna give me nightmares. Thanks.

And don't be talking no trash about what goes on in my neighborhood. My weapon was an old chain of my broken lawnmower in the front yard.
Don't judge me. hahahahaha.

The Stapelia Company said...

Kate: Thank you!

And no judgement... as long as you brought along the ol' chain to join in the action! :)

Cabbage Patch Kids. *shudder* How did that conversation go: "I want you to just take a shot of the doll and fade it back real nice... like that." Wow.

MAB Jewelry said...

Your new paintings are gorgeous and unusual. Loving them, never seen anything quite like them. But why is the poor cute green octopus so unhappy? Did he just come from an interfamily riot in Alabama? With a banjo on his knee? Or tentacle? Or something.
Sorry, I was trying to tie it all together. . .
Not touching the Ghost Of Cabbage Patch Past.

Jewelry by Tara said...

Love the paintings:)

cabin + cub said...

Love the new paintings!

And I love the awkward family photos... I wanted a cabbage patch so bad when I was little (never did get one), but now that I see that photo, I am glad I didn't.... ooooh creeepy!