Happy Holidays from Rag-N-Bone Studios! Here’s a new painting that I just finished on Tuesday. I call it “Re-Santa-mated”. Santa was in a deadly sleigh crash. The elves had to rebuild him out of the only supplies they had: toys. It’s painted in acrylic and is about 15”x20”. It was inspired by the hodge-podge of Christmas and Halloween decorations occupying my house right now. The best soundtrack to hear in your head while looking at this painting is “Hooray for Santa Claus”, sung by Pia Zadora in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. It felt so good to get back to traditional painting. I barely had time to paint by hand while in school. It’s always exciting to see how working in one medium for a while influences another when I pick it up again.
Aside from the painting, I have been on break from SCAD for a few weeks now. I don’t go back until January, but in no way am I bored. I have been enjoying getting back to my freelance illustration life over the break. The winter holidays are always a great time for business and I appreciate everyone who’s been keeping me busy now. I’m going up to Za-Pow Gallery in Asheville this weekend to restock my inventory there, so please stop by there if you are in the area. My work is also always available at HomeGrown Decatur in Atlanta, of course, and at Criminal Records’ ICE Pop-Up Shop in Little 5 Points.
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Happy holidays, everyone!
I started this new painting at last week’s Mellow Mushroom Drink and Draw. Live models come and dress up in fun (usually comic inspired) costumes. It’s a blast, but I don’t always get the best drawings out of it. Not this time! The second image in this post is of the original sketch that I did while I was participating in Drink and Draw. This is so you can see how my drawings usually start out as loose, sloppy messes (this one is very tight for me) that shouldn’t be shown in public. Lucky you! I was getting close to something cool, but I wasn’t happy with leaving the drawing as it was. I mean, who doesn’t love a sexy pin-up Santa girl smooching a mini Grim Reaper? I know… it’s creepy… and cute! So I used the pose, tweaked the little skeleton dude and added type that mimics the shape of his Santa hat. (I like to think that the skeleton/reaper is wearing a Snuggie of Doom!) I hope it helps spread some holiday cheer to all of us that might have a little creepiness in our hearts. Ya weirdos! <3
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Joy is coming to Kai Lin Art! Mark your calendar’s for December 10th at 7PM for the big opening. It’ll be up for the entire holiday season and into the new year. This show is a great opportunity to find unique gifts for for this holiday season.
Since Halloween has sadly past, time for an insanely busy month ahead has already begun. I just started thinking about it and my head almost exploded, but exploding heads are just one of the simple pleasures of life. I’ve barely been able to gather my wits from all the wonderful madness of the last two weeks and this weekend is already creeping up before I know it. First off, Restless Threads will an all lady show this Friday. It’s another show hosted by Renegade Atlanta Artist Works at dooGallery in Cabbagetown. That’s the flyer for it up top. Since it’s a ladytype show, I’m mixing it up and throwing some lady fashions out there this time. Also, the Restless Threads Etsy will be up very soon.
Just because fashion is back into the picture doesn’t mean I haven’t stopped painting, though. Joy at Kai Lin Art is coming up on December 10th! This show is going to be even bigger than Monsters. Working on these paintings is a great change of pace and subject matter. No more monsters or a while, but look forward to lots of mirth, nonetheless.
Also, even though I’m busy, I’m still available for commission. Please contact me if you would like any paintings, gifts, cards, prints, clothing, or if you have something special in mind that you would like to have or give to someone for a holiday gift. I’d be glad to make it for you. I’m still available for commercial commission, too.
In case you are one of the (maybe two) followers of my blog who haven’t talked to me in person recently, I have exciting news to tell you! I’m taking a trip to Europe next Friday, the 6th. My first cousin Nicola is getting married on the 7th and having a big, fancy Italiain wedding. Half of my family is first generation Italian. That means most of them live way far away in Italy, mostly in Ferrazzano, Campobasso in southern Italy near Napoli. This year, I’m lucky enough to get to see all of them. I’m so excited and I’m very happy for Nicola. After the wedding, there’s a huge summer holiday taking place all over Italy called Ferrgosto. Most of Europe is on holiday during August and many Italians flock south around our town to eat, drink and party the whole weekend away. My dad says it’s a great time to be there, especially to experience local culture. It sounds amazing.
After Ferragosto, I’m going out all on my own to Berlin for a week. I’ve wanted to go to Berlin for so long. Berlin’s art and music scene sounds so amazing that I can’t even imagine what it’s like. I’ll be staying with a young creative couple for the weekend in East Berlin.
My final destination will be Amsterdam. Once again, I’m so excited and have no idea what to expect. I’ve heard that Amsterdam is a great city for working artists and designers. Also, as a citizen of Atlanta (where if you don’t have a car, live kind of sucks), I’m very interested in seeing a city so well planned for atleast five modes of transportation. I’ll be staying with a Dutch fine artist very near City Centraal.
I’ve never travelled alone anywhere before. I haven’t even been out of the southern United States since I worked in Colorado. It’s daunting, but totally possible and adventurous. I’m prepared for everything and nothing at the same time. I want some perspective.
I won’t be back until August 30th, but I hope to update this blog often with all the cool things I’ll be doing and the places I’ll go. Here’s to adventure!