Friday, December 31, 2010

new years print giveaway!

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***we have a winner!! thanks everyone who played along! we'll do it again soon***

happy new year! i hope everyone feels relatively awake and not too headachy and whiskey-drenched this morning. i've been thinking of doing a giveaway for a long time and i decided that the new year is a perfect reason when i found the perfect challenge to go with it! the above isn't the print, it's the mystery. this is the back cover of a book i found a few days ago and i have spent a good bit of time trying to decipher the entire poem written in pencil in the center. i can't find it online when searching for the lines that i can make out so maybe it's an original.

the title is Boys and you can download a super big version here. i like doing this sort of thing and if you do too then give it a go! the first person who emails me (contact@holliechastain.com) with the entire poem can choose any one print from my etsy shop for free, shipping and all!

2010 was such an amazing year and i want to thank you all for following along and for your support!
i wanted to share a few things i've picked up recently, some for work and some just because i couldn't pass them up.



new stacks yet to be sorted and a glimpse of the beautiful botanical anatomy poster of mistletoe i got for christmas!

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i didn't stand a chance against paint-by-number-german-shepherd's noble gaze.

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ticker
an entire bankroll ledger book that i already have three of was purchased just to acquire this perfect ticker tape that was tucked inside. they might have let me just have it if i had asked but i'm normally too chicken and i always have this feeling of things "going" together so they can't be broken up. like if i'm flipping through an old book and find a letter or a picture then those things should stay with that book. i'll get over it one day.

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ickle wee owl vs. collie

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gorgeous webster's dictionary with a leather cover. the first few pages are missing where i might find a date but there is a school book plate in the inner cover dated 1905.

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...and inside.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

happy holidays!







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we woke up to snow this morning! a lot of it too. warmest wishes for the holidays and thank you everyone for making this past year amazing.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

out in the night
out in the night

in the shop now! this will probably be the last small original for awhile. i have a lot going on in the new year right from the beginning and already have a big checklist on the wall. fun!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Conner Branch"
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another small original for the shop!

in other news this is the last picture i took with my camera before i tripped over the dog and dropped it. it was old and crappy and needed replacing anyway but it still doesn't change the fact that i'm without a camera now. also choosing to get a new camera and having to because of a clumsy mistake are two different things. lame. new camera suggestions are welcome! is there one in particular that you're in love with?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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two thirty eight 5.5" x 8.5"

one of a few small original collages on book covers that i'm adding to the shop this week. items can be shipped without an extra rush option up until tuesday in the states.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

tony fitzpatrick

the winter tiger





the december moth




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i don't like moths. butterflies are fine so i really don't know exactly what it is about them but maybe the thick grub-like bodies and moth fur have something to do with it. i really want to like them. usually i adore night creatures and i can picture a luna moth in my head with the offending parts tamed down (basically i make it look like a butterfly) and it's just beautiful. it's been with me for ever i guess because i can remember how huge green and orange ones would bask on the warm brick on fall afternoons at my elementary school and i would swing wide to avoid them.

so you would think that tony fitzpatrick's drawing collages of moths would offend but they don't. i love them.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

wip

just a few workday photos to share. we try to coordinate the afternoon coffee break with the 20 minutes a day when the sunlight coming in the front windows is perfect for basking and warming your belly.

my giclee community chorus print made the bloesem 2010 gift guide in the company of some of my favorite ladies! i'm keeping this guide in mind when i start my holiday shopping this weekend. no, i haven't started but shhh don't panic me. it'll be cool. deep breaths. in addition to shopping local and supporting some super chattanooga creatives i have a few websites bookmarked. this one specifically!

thanks lori for the mention on automatism!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

a few found pages to share...

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one of my very favorite books growing up!

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i have extended the holiday sale in my shop to last until midnight on monday nov. 29, tomorrow night. just use the coupon code "HOLIDAY2010" for 20% off your entire order!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

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The Telling-Grandon Scrapbook is a 28-page scrapbook/diary containing photographs and ephemera collected by an Evanston, Illinois group during a visit by train to the New Orleans Carnival of 1903. The New Orleans section includes brief references to Begue's Restaurant, Fabacher's Restaurant, Christ Church, Metairie Cemetery, St. Roch Cemetery, Tulane University, the French Opera, the U.S. Mint, the Young Men's Gymnastic Club, U.S. and French battleships in port, Royal Street, the French Market, and the Rex and Proteus parades. While the scrapbook has no single author, several of the entries are signed by individuals within the group. Two of the more prominent among these were an Irving Telling and Willie Grandon; thus the title of the collection, Telling-Grandon.

this is why i'll spend hours digging in the forgotten corners of junk shops, splintered trunks, the bottom drawers of half-rotten bureaus. i can't even imagine the thrill of finding something like this. every image is golden but of course when i saw the costumes my heart beat a little faster.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

holiday sale!

it's that time again...
today and tomorrow i'm having a "start of the season" sale in the shop. just enter the coupon code HOLIDAY2010 to receive 20% off! also, i sent a stack of limited edition prints to leo handmade this week so if you are in or near chattanooga tomorrow you can buy local as well. and the ETAS at nahcotta gallery is offering free shipping from now until christmas so if there is a piece of original work you have your eye on then now is the time!

happy shopping everyone and please support independent businesses and artists this season!

Friday, November 19, 2010

fine line magazine

Milwaukee based artists and curators Cassandra Smith and Jessica Steeber are pleased to announce Fine Line Magazine, a follow up project to the now defunct Armoury Gallery, which closed in spring of 2009.

Fine Line is a hybrid between the gallery and traditional magazines; free of all advertising, reviews, previews and biographies, Fine Line instead presents carefully curated thoughts and ideas.

The first issue, titled “Welcome Home” features the work of 14 artists spanning 7 states and 7 countries. It will be available to the public at a launch party to be held Friday, November 19th at Studio Deep End near Milwaukee’s 3rd Ward.

A limited 500 copies of the first issue will be available for $10 each. Copies will also be available at www.finelinemag.com after the launch party.

Participating artists, in order of appearance:

Christopher Gorski (Portland, OR)
Jeremy Daigneault (Evergreen, CO)
Sidney Pink (Baltimore, MD)
Eva Eun-Sil Han (Seoul, South Korea/Belgium)
Casey Jex Smith (San Jose, CA)
Jennifer Bastian (Los Angeles, CA)
Inca Pan (Taichung, Taiwan)
Matthew Craven (Brooklyn, NY)
Li Hui (Hangzou, China)
Alexandro Garcia (Uruguay)
Benedetta Falugi (Follonica, Italy)
Virginia Echeverria Whipple (Santiago, Chile)
Hollie Chastain (Chattanooga, TN)
Buddy Wakefield (Seattle, WA)


VERY honored to be featured in their first edition! there is information about the launch party on their facebook page. i wish i could make it.

a big thanks to grain edit for the feature this week and making afterthought their poster pick. the site is so full of yummy eye candy like this print recuerdos by alberto cerriteno. it's going on my christmas list, for sure.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

new prints!

there are now a few new giclee prints that have been added to the shop including i came to get down which i am particularly thrilled to offer. there are also a few that have been released exclusively through poster cabaret and sebastian foster including exit 119. new work is coming very soon! i'm cutting as fast as my fingers will let me and enjoying every second of it.

thank you all for the wonderful comments lately surrounded my handmade portrait. i've been overwhelmed by the amount of inspiration and support and i truly appreciate it!

and thank you jonathon for the mention on cultural dissection! i'm a fan of your blog. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


i am sooo lucky to be a part of the etsy handmade portraits project that you can now see on the etsy blog! it was a lot of fun to make, though incredibly nerve-wracking leading up to the actual filming. i am clumsy and silly and ridiculous 75 percent of the time so i would like to thank pascal for producing such a wonderful finished project! so check it out. you can see my crazy kiddos and my desk mess and other fun things. :p

in other news i have prints available now in both urban alchemist in brooklyn and also tedda hughes in san francisco, both great boutiques.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


SoulPancake released a video trailer for the new book! can i just say again how much i adore rainn wilson? adore. it also reminded me that i have a little interview up on the site and forgot to mention it here.

i'm spending my 5 minutes of down-time this morning with a second cup of coffee and illustrator sabine timm's flickr streak. what a charming world...

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dinner party for little Oaky

Sunday, October 31, 2010

happy halloween!


we've been celebrating my favorite holiday all weekend and now i'm celebrating in the shop as well! free shipping until noon tomorrow on anything your spooky little heart may desire.

i also compiled my annual halloween mix this morning.


it's a little mellow this year. the scary edges soothed by early morning coffee and a still sleeping house. hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, halloweeny or not.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

new prints!


i added two new limited edition 12" x 12" giclee prints to the shop today. the annex, which was just featured in the soul pancake book, and home life in faraway lands. they're big and pretty and i love them!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

my copy of soulpancake came in the mail friday afternoon!




i'm going to be signing and numbering quite a few limited edition prints in the coming weeks so i decided to treat myself to some twin peaks pencils for the occasion.


just a quick picture run-down. it was such a busy week around here that, as much fun as it was, i'm glad it's over.

Friday, October 8, 2010


the first attempt at the picture. i clicked the mouse with everyone in view and by the time photobooth counted to three everyone had giggled away and out of the shot but me. second attempt...

chester the pig

yay! we semi-spontaneously adopted a new little member to our tiny kingdom this morning. we bought him grapes on the way home, the cat is interested but not in a sinister way, and, for the time being, the ape man and the devil are letting him take a break from the squeezey cuddles. this is chester. he seems happy.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


this is an album cover i made recently for a wonderful couple of people. they loved the piece "homelife..." and wanted something similar but a little more personal to them and their story. i wish them all the best with this and can't wait to see the finished product!

in other music news i finally got to see the books last weekend. floods kept me away from their last tour and this past weekend was just perfect. the first really chilly weekend of the season and plenty of time to get there and back without stressing about deadlines and work.

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i love these guys. (i just saw a post on tumblr somewhere last week about jerks who take crappy pictures at shows ((one of those rants that is made more "relevant" by placing white text on an ironic image)) but i just need one and i can't help it) front row balcony is the best place to see them and the screen and it all comes together as one unit. so sad when it was over. we could have watched them all night.