Saturday, October 31, 2009

works in progress

i have been working this past week despite the "all i've been doing is drinking coffee and watching movies" implications of the previous post. a lot of work, actually. my solo show seems far away but i know i'll blink and it will be here. i have a to-do stack on my (remarkably and abnormally tidy) desk to tackle next week.

they always carve a set and paint a set. we can really move through some pumpkins around here. they stayed with their aunt the last two nights so when they first arrived home, between the absolute lack of sleep and amount of sugar coursing through their blood streams, they had the emotional stability of a menopausal valley of the dolls rehab clinic. but now finally calm...and ready for trick or treating...which is of course more sugar and less sleep. but it's what we do, right? halloween ftw.

happy halloween!

it's been a horror-movie love fest all week in the house. the boy is all about the zombie movies and i could watch an asian ghost story every afternoon and never get sick of it so it's rare that we both fall in love with the same film. until wild zero!

this is how we spent our halloween morning with coffee. it was so much fun, the music is awesome and it has everything...

"crazy rock managers in very tight shorts, transsexuals, naked women shooting guns in the shower, and bloodthirsty zombies ready to tear them apart. Leather jackets, loud over-modulated music, laser guitar picks, motorcycles, guns, muscle cars, and fire "


yesterday i watched a tale of two sisters while i worked thinking i could give it half my attention and get something done as well. that lasted all of twenty minutes before i was glued to the screen. it's incredible. a great story and it's breathtakingly beautiful. i had to resist the urge several times to pause and take screenshots.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

new prints!

i forgot to mention earlier that i've added 4 new prints to my etsy shop! trees and foxes and boys. that sounds about right.

shut away

i'm in serious work mode making an absolute mess of my space with several projects at once. not even i entirely know what's happening here. a lot. everything comes together in the end but sometimes when i'm working on several pieces at once on the same surface i just stop and think...what the hell is going on? another side effect of the mess, i've lost a pair of feet. they'll turn up eventually just like the missing hands did last week. one little breeze and it's an anatomy free-for-all.

a few things that have caught my eye this week...

this is edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros performing their song home in an in-store gig in august. this song was on a summer mix that i mentioned a few weeks back and has completely won me over. you can't help but smile.

i stumbled upon and read alexander pushkin's the dead princess and seven knights over the weekend - a story based on the grimms' snow white with a more deliciously dramatic title. it was exactly that hint of darkness that reminded me of one of my favorite sets of illustrations. i found them through a blog that has become a weekly addiction, a journey round my skull. the book is tales of mystery and imagination by e.a. poe, illustrated by the always wonderful harry clarke.

you can see the full set here.