Thursday, January 29, 2009
My trip to Seattle last December brought us to this really sweet shop owned by our friend Spencer. For those of you who aren't up on the pirate history, Anne Bonny was a female pirate who sailed with Calico Jack Rackam in the Carribean. The thought of a female pirate brews up quite a lot of amazing imagery in my head; however if you were to glance at her booty (not the one YOU think) it may just look like the inside of The Anne Bonny Believe me, I felt completely at home here, and honestly wanted to buy everything in my sight. The Anne Bonny's blog is updated often brandishing photos of people, performances, and items in the shop you can purchase; quite a neeto curiosity shop for the lover of antiques, interior design, and art. I only wish that I could come in once a week to shop. Right off the freeway it's 1355 East Olive Way, Seattle. The next time I come up tot he Pacific Northwest I will be dropping in to check it out again.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Yeah, over the past three years I've been wrestling with the fear of messing up on a painting that I know has the potential to be absolutely gorgeous. Today I finished it. It's a portrait of my favorite drag queen Peaches Christ. I was having lunch with my friend Jen who works at Glamarama and she's successfully convinced me to have an art show there. It's a huge salon which also is home to large walls that need to be filled with awesome tacky velvet art. So, I'm going to book the show, and then work my ass off for the next year to produce as many velvet paintings as humanly possible to attempt to fill up this amazing space. Let's see if I can do it!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Insinuendos: A hybrid word in⋅sin⋅u⋅ate + in⋅nu⋅en⋅dos = Insinuendos to title the shop of my close friend, Maria. She is a meticulous artist that works with a number of items that would normally make the average crafter wallow in their own failures and hang themselves. The monumental amount of fine detail and finesse she uses with sculpy, glitter, glass beads, rhinestones, nail polish, and the ever-popular industrial strength caustic glue E-6000 produces an outcome that is truly stunning. Maria's trinket boxes bring to mind horror and classical literature with a heaping helping of sardonic humor. I've been graced with the privilege of being close friends with this lady as well as receiving stellar hand made Day of the Dead-inspired gifts- sculptures that now grace the walls of my home.
I feel privileged to be able to call her a close friend. She's a sweet, super-smart, and creative force. Some days I enjoy crafting along side her in hopes that her craft wizardry will rub off in some way. She's inspiring and full of gumption. Visit her etsy shop. Her trinket boxes are one of a kind, and really worth way more than the going price.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
My mother always illustrated the importance of list making for me. She'd knit out a grocery list so involved, it was listed in the order of the grocery store in which items were placed so she wouldn't have to walk in circles around the store. Her script writing is so classy, you'd think Jeeves was writing the list.
Last weekend I made the house spotless while my husband was in Vegas for work. While doing so I discovered several lists. Normally when I finish a list, I toss it. The amount of unfinished lists I found was dumbfounding. Some are still necessary, and I'll use them soon, but I honestly believe that if I don't make a list, I'll forget what I was going to do. CRAZY.
Most of the time, I have so much on my mind I cannot concentrate, so I spew it all out into a list- then I forget about it- until I need it. Then one day, Jeremy came home after visiting Richard and Amy at 1984Printing and he brought me home this sweet little book. Now, I'm keeping all my lists in one place. Hooray for doing away with scraps of paper everywhere! Write here has space for my ramblings, lists, and brandishes drawings by Cindy Crabb that are soo cute. Purchase one! 5x7 fits in my purse perfectly!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This is Medusa in the skin. I'm pooped. I'm too tired to clean house now- and Netflix & my pajamas are calling.
I just watched NEAR DARK which stars a friend of mine; Jenette Goldstein
Near Dark is going with the vampire theme for the season.
I met Jenette through her husband Aaron who's close friends with my husband, Jeremy. Jeremy spoke at their wedding. We try to visit them whenever we're in LA and we did get a chance to see her in a play, FROZEN. Good stuff. Aaron is a pretty amazing artist which I will write about soon enough.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I'm working on another epic tattoo. Medusa for a friend of mine. It's due tomorrow.
The sketches have been made; They were just approved with an enphatic "Fucking amazing. Holy shit." In the meantime I'll paint in watercolors so I have a decent color scheme going for her. Tracing over and over, tweaking and tweaking.
I went to the Parkway Theater where a couple of friends and I saw "Let the Right One In" which was a very amazing vampire flick from Sweden. It was a nice compliment to the cheese of the Twilight series I devoured over the last month and a half. It's pretty obvious that my obsession with the cheese of "Horror" involving vampires, since I finished "Eclipse" in December and suggested a side trip to Forks, WA while we were in the Seattle area over Christmas. I even went back and repurchased all the Poppy Z. Brite books I've read in the past. Lastnight I can safely say that I will be cementing my collection with a dvd of the movie I saw last night.
My friend Lori wrote a sweet review for it in Me-Likey.