Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Frigging in the Rigging

Everything was going just fine. The seagulls circled, there was a beautiful sunset, and the waves were breaking against the shore:Then this happened:Oh no! Those poor fishermen or whatever! Close up:'Twas an ugly day at sea.
(An ugly 11 1/2" x 13 1/2" day.)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Stick Your Head Between Your Legs...

...and Kiss Your Ass Goodbye is the title of my latest work. This is how I found it:
This is what I did to it:

Here's a close up:
You can see that it's a very weird shape. It's 7x9" and it sticks an inch and a quarter off the wall. The canvas wraps around the bizarre little frame in an intriguing-slash-pretentious way. I decided to not get too technical with the perspective because I could never pull that off. I think it turned out well. Not well for those poor folks... but you know what I mean.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Return of the Yeti

Here's my latest painting, completed last night. Before:


You know you want more Yetis. Close up:

Right before I started working on it, I realized that what he's walking on probably isn't a road. I had thought it was, but upon further contemplation I realized it was probably water. I then made the executive decision that it was frozen water, and therefore stable enough to support a big dumb yeti heading out to run some errands.

As a bonus, here is a free sewing tip: I can't ever get those stupid blue pencils to write on my fabric. The best one I have is a "dressmaker's" pencil, whatever that means, but the other ones never work. So the other night while working on a project for a friend, in frantic desperation I licked the point of one of the pencils before holding it to my fabric. Huzzah! It traced a perfect line right where I needed it.

If it's not going to write on the fabric unless you lick it, why don't they print that shit on the packaging? Is this something that everyone in the world knows except for me?? Probably. Anyway, I was so pleased with my discovery that I wanted to share it. Go forth and write on your fabric with abandon, grasshoppers.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Baby Hats

A friend of mine just recently had a baby. Well, he didn't have it, his woman did. But he saw a photo of my Baby Valkyrie hat and requested one for his offspring. Being that he and the baby are black, I offered to make black pigtails instead of the usual blonde:This is not his child. This is a baby skeleton I got at Joann Crafts one Halloween, and I freaking love it.

His other request was a Jamaican-style dread basket with attached fake dreads. I came up with this:The skeleton's head way stretches out the hat. On the baby it will poof out more. At least I hope it will. I have demanded photos of his kid in these hats. They are 100% acrylic, but with the fake hair attached I recommended hand-washing. But spit-up or spewed carrots and peas should easily wipe clean. Or just blend in.

I plan to use this pattern again. I think it would make a cute bonnet if done in a solid color, or would make a good wee Scottish tam if done in a kilt color combo. Of course I would leave off the dreadlocks in those cases. Maybe.