"The Night Ride" Acrylic on canvas. 4’x1.5’. $650
A painting by me inspired by the Grateful Glutton’s Ghost Riders, though it may look more like it was inspired by Albert Hoffman’s legendary bike ride with the trippy houses with faces and all. George the ghost goes for a joy ride. It’s quite a tall painting. It’s available at Homegrown Decatur and online. Please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested.
Here’s my poster design for Homegrown’s Monster Ball and Halloween Parade. All the info you need to participate is right here. This poster was fun to make. I got to draw monsters, cigar box banjo playin’ skeletons, bats and ghosts. What else could I ever ask for? There’s even a haunted version of the Decatur courthouse. I hope to see you all there!
Yesterday, I went to the Grateful Gluttons' Ghost Making Workshop. Like I mentioned in one of the last posts, I met Chantelle Rytter and her ghost at the East Atlanta Strut last weekend when she told me about their latest project called “The Ghost Chase”. Please visit their website for more information about this community art project. There's even a how-to video up now about how to make your own ghost at home. One of the best parts of this project is that it's for good cause: plain, silly fun.
I’d been excited about going to this workshop all week! It was right up my alley and I’ve been curious about these ghosts ever since I saw Chantelle and her ghost ride by my house one night. Yesterday, I hadn’t had that much fun since making paper mache planetary systems in elementary school. It was even better.
Here’s how the ghost making began. We got balloons, cardboard stands, paper and a part glue, part water mixture to make a paper mache.
Then I tore long strips of paper to make the “ectoplasmic trails”.
Next came the face. You can even see the sketch that I was working from in my sketchbook next to the face paper.
Tadah! Now the face is colored in and cut out. He’s so smiley! Since I was working from a character sketch and already had something in mind, I even bought a tiny bowler hat for him to wear. I brought some cheese cloth with me to add to his ghastly and debonair appearance and add arms with gloves so he can be operated as a rod puppet or I attach them to the handlebars of my bike.
This is the hanging station where I learned how to get him rigged up to a pole or bike.
This is the O.G., Chantelle’s Original Ghost. The one that started it all!
This is what a ghost’s “naughty bits” look like from underneath. It made a pretty cool picture and you can see how the hanging wire is inserted.
Here mine is, all safe and sound haunting my home, with all of his rods attached. I love him so much! His name is George and he lives inside of a haunted gramophone.
Oh, did I mention that he lights up as well?! Here he is lit up in all of his spectral glory.
I am proud to present to you “The Spirit of Jazz, #1”. Oil on mastic and canvas.
It is finished! This painting signals the start of a new journey in painting and my growth as an artist. I’m teaching myself new things by learning from other artists and old animation. This 8”x10”er was a doozy. I can honestly say that this little painting was the least rushed piece that I’ve done in years, maybe since my first started to learn painting from Gary at PC. Technique wise, this is more of the direction that I’m heading in. It was also exciting to re-incorporate painting on a two-toned background. I’ve done this before, but in gouache. I’m also trying to learn how to control my color palette. This one is only the beginning. I can’t wait to do more!
The East Atlanta Strut was last Saturday and I was there with my art booth, hanging outside on a gorgeous Autumn day. Thanks to all you Strutters who came by my booth. I had the most fun that day that I have had at a festival yet. I even got some pictures.
First, one of my friends got a this gigantic turkey leg for me. It’s about as big as my head. Since I’m kind of a smallish person, I find it hilarious when I eat enormous foods.
The picture below has a personal story behind it. Here it goes: One night, I was driving home from the grocery store when I saw this woman in the picture riding a bicycle with something hovering above her. Since I’m a fan of spooky things in general, live in a creatively natured neighborhood and I have high expectations accompanied by an often overactive imagination, I was thinking “Please let that thing hovering above her be a ghost! Please let it be a ghost!” Low and behold, she was being “chased” by this ghost in the photo, therefore fulfilling all of my dreams. I rushed home and started sketching ideas for a painting called “The Night Ride” that I’ll be making very soon.
On Saturday, I found out that the ghost on a bike is part of a community art project called “The Ghost Chase”. You can read more about it at the Grateful Gluttons website. I got to meet my mysterious ghost rider, Chantelle (the head ghost), in person and I’m even planning on making my own ghost and participating in the parade around the Beltline on October 30th. Hooray! Spots are still open for Saturday’s ghost and lantern making workshops. Please sign up if this sounds like something you’d be interested in.
Next, my friend Kiki from Homegrown is in Atlanta’s amazing and odd Seed N’ Feed Marching Abominables marching band. She was super nice and got the whole band to come and play “Mustang Sally” right in front of my booth! It was awesome, especially since I missed the parade. Even before this, Kiki’s husband and awesome guy all-around Bill got his brass band to play for me as well. You guys rock!
After the Abominables finished, I got to borrow the bass drummer’s hat. Of course, I got all of my friends to wear it. Hat time!
I look like I’m in a glam rock band.
Jason looks grumpy, as he should be. It’s his nature.
Bianca looks pretty snazzy.
Adam had the answer to “How do you make this hat look even gayer?” Corndog.
The last one is my teacher Gary. I don’t know why, but he insisted that he also wear my jacket. Ridiculous. Thank you, Gary.
The after that, the day was filled with chilling out with friends, meeting new ones and drinking rum punch. This is how I felt by the end of it:
That’s all for now. Please check back soon for a post on the events that I’ll be involved in for October. Halloween is coming up, so it’s busy times yet again for Dante Illustration. Before I go, here’s a new piece that I’m fairly pleased with. It’s my interpretation of an atom bomb exploding.