Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Hunter

I love how Joel combines a certain amount of strange objects in his pieces to tell a story. He's a great inspriration!

Canson paper with Prismacolor pencils (black and white). 12in x 7in.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lock and Key

The two halves of Catalina's tattoo. Key will be placed on inner thigh. Skull with lock is on her forearm. Ink and Bristol.

Thanks Cat for the opportunity for my art to be permanently yours.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Beggining and End

As I posted earlier about being in a new relationship, I guess I am posting about it's end. When you meet someone and are aware of their life style, getting into the relationship is like an agreement to accept them for who they are and to accept a certain lifestyle. I decided to date a musician: a fiddle player. A very intelligent fiddle player. I knew that there would be tours and periods of him being away and I accepted them and dealt with the alone periods with grace. When it comes down to it, I am very loyal and patient, however my patience only last so long. When he is here and barely has time for me, especially during the holidays (that's when I need the most emotional support), and he has to lightly pencil me in, that's when I know that it's 'time'. I realized that it would be best to support him and his goals as a friend (and maybe take another shot at the relationship later), instead of his neglected and angry girlfriend.

It would be more effective that way; he would stay in my life and I have the understanding that when things calm down (if they ever) that I could be there too. If not, friendship is the first thing you need to start any successful relationship even if there no 'relationship' to graduate upon. I took a step down from a position to metaphorically take a step up. The sadness will subside, and life will go on. Is it better than crying alone at night even though you 'have' a boyfriend? I'm not sure. I guess time will tell. I still care for him deeply, and might have been falling in love with him, but I know I can love him more this way, unconditionally. That's what true friendship is ...unconditional.

2 relationships in one year? Fun. Please God, can I have one that last more than a year. Please?

I just want to love someone, and be loved in return.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tattoos, Sanity, & Mysterious Universe

I have international pen-pals. Old fashioned, written letters, postal stamped pen-pals. I had an interesting opportunity to be a hostess to Scotland. We have been communicating for some time and he asked if he could stay for a few days at my place and see California. I agreed and he also asked me what I wanted for Christmas, which took some time in deciding, cause I can't seem to make up my mind of what I want (literally and figuratively).

For my birthday he sent me a Manchester United mug, the giant sized one that you could drown in, and an ManU ceramic money bank in the shape of a football. I was dancing for a week! Not only is that stuff kind of pricy but it was shipped internationally. In gratitude, I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. He replied with a couple of tattoo designs and a tattoo shop to do them in since he would be spending his birthday over in the States. This is one he got first: It's a Scottish flag within the batman symbol.

Joel MacDonald at Black Banditz Tattoo off of Melrose (in LA) did the fine work. There is always something so gratifying seeing your work so brilliantly translated from paper to flesh. That's why I love Joel!! He's amazing!! If you ever thinking about getting a tattoo in the LA/Hollywood area, give him a shout. He has done two tattoo's for me and a couple more for my friends. He's very talented and customer service oriented, aka:
He cares for your tattoo as much as you do!


So, being a hostess was an interesting experience. I learned that I need more money if I am going to tour someone around LA county, and that I will never ever put any guess in my studio for an extended amount of time. EVER! I think my sanity was starting to rip apart not being close to my art, computer, and books. I also learned that I am more of a solitary person. I like being social, but for 15 days straight with my roommate and a guest in the house?? No.
Like I said, a learning lesson. Oh yeah! I forgot! I am painting the bathroom from hell. My roommate requested a certain faux-finish technique that (in my head) was easy. Stripes on a wall. Simple right? Measure out where you will be painting said stripes, tape off the desired area (so it forms a straight line), paint taped area, pull off tape, touch up some areas where paint has leaked through (cause it always happens) and CELEBRATE. NO... It's been one fuckin' nightmare after another. Each time I pull the tape of, the rest of the wall comes off with the tape. In other words I AM DOING DOUBLE THE WORK!!! And not for my bathroom... SOMEONE ELSES!!! AND FOR FREEE!!!!! *angry face*

As soon as I finish, I will show pictures. But right now... I dont want to deal with it. Not until 2012.

I want to thank Mysterious Universe Podcast.

Without Benjamin Grundy and Aaron Wright, I'd honestly have a shittier year than I did. Their ability to tell stories, their way of poking fun of life, and their thought stimulating topics on high strangeness is something that I am REALLY grateful for. Their stories that they search the world to find are very inspiring to my artwork, and I find myself drawing Yowies (Australia's Bigfoot), Ghost, Reptilians and odd things here and there due to the podcast.

I signed up to be Plus Member on the podcast, best $9 a month I could spend. Since I can't get enough of these guys, the Plus content gives you more than just their free show.

Mysterious Universe is available for download on iTunes or you can visit their website.

Thanks guys, you keep me sane in Los Angeles.

The Brown Sketchbook

I guess it has been a while since I have posted anything art related on my blog. I had some interesting things happen to me this year, including a non existing relationship break up, a back injury, a new relationship, and more hours at work...and my car got stolen. So, yeah, a lot of things.

I thought I'd post some of the sketches and well rendered works out of this new sketchbook which I received as a gift (thank you Dave Morris). This recent sketchbook is a blend of what I think is recycled paper. I get to use pens, white gel pens, white Prismacolor pencils, Copic/Tombow markers and a full range of Prismacolor pencils. Graphite doesn't really show up on this kind of paper dude to the stronger color of the paper, and in the end demands for high contrast colors. I have a mix of all mediums below and as you might see my subject matter is starting to darken a bit.

Copic marker and white Prisma pencil.


Prismacolor pencils.


Prismacolor pencils.

Prismacolor pencils with a wax blender.


Another thing I have been becoming familiar with is Gouache. I have been playing with washes with Winsor & Newton's Ivory Black. These paintings (if you can call a wash/sketch a painting) are just to get me familiar with layering the paint and almost sketching with another medium. I have done some earlier pieces with gouache, but I really want to improve my skill with a brush when it comes to detailed oriented work. Some examples are shown below:


Last, but certainly not least, I have an iPhone app for sketching too: Mysterious Universe inspired monster.