Friday, January 28, 2011

The first batch go out...

I guess it's not weird to tell you all, I didn't expect to sell 9 of these the first day. I am tickled beyond pink.  Which is good, because like I said, there are a lot more coming.

I've gotten a few questions....
CAN I HAVE A DIFFERENT COLOR OR LENGTH NECKLACE?  Sure, why not.  They are brown or black, and let me know how long.  Otherwise I'll pick for you and it will be 16-18".

CAN I HAVE A CUSTOM PORTRAIT? You can send me a picture of somebody for inspiration, as long as you understand I will take liberties. A lot of liberties. You'll get first shot to buy it, but if you don't like it, I'm going to keep it and sell it OK?

Here are the first batch, ready to go, in custom jewelry boxes with a little handwritten secret backstory. 

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Painted Pendants - The Next 4

Four more...  I have a list of about 85 more of these I would like to do.  I've gotten some really good emails about these, comparing them to my absolute favorite painters, so thanks for that!  Please keep sending me flatteries.  I live for it.  Yes, there'a a lot of of influence here including Beardsley, Klimt, Schiele, Gorey, Mucha, Waterhouse, Rackham, Leighton, Sargent...  the whole gang.  And contemporary folks like Audrey Kawasaki, Michael Hussar,  N Ascencio, and lots of others.  (I love links to other artists btw, feel free to send some.)

$50 + $5 shipping (US) for the first 4-day preview on this blog, then they go on Etsy for $60 + $5.25 shipping.

(#11 wants her hair color changed, so she will be along later.)

 #12 This One Time, In February, With Angela
Approx 1 x 2 inches

 #14 Dan's Imaginary Other Sister, We Think
1 1/4 x 1 1/4

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#15 Jane, Because It is Later There
Approx 1 x 2"

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#13 Megan Is Completely Over It Now
Approximately 1 3/4" wide and tall

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Painted Pendants - The First 10

Here's something new.  These are tiny painted pendants: art you wear around your neck.  Each one is unique, one of a kind.  They're painted in oil on porcelain bisque, signed and numbered on the reverse and varnished for protection.  The pendants are strung on 16-18" organza and shipped in a cotton lined jewelry box.

Wee Cricket, Singing #1
1 7/8" x 1 7/8"
Lola, and Whatever She Wants (#3)
Approximately 1 1/8" x 1 5/8"
$50 +$5 shipping (US)


Nina, Recovering Harlequin #8
1 1/8" x 1 5/8"

Bette's Sister, #9
Approximately 1 1/4 x 1 1/4"

Veronica, Bored #6
Approximately 1 x 2"

Buy on Etsy

Regina, After Sighing, #5
1 x 2"

Gustav's Sister, #4
1 1/8" x 1 1/8"

Buy on Etsy
The Better Sheila, #2
1 1/8 x 1 5/8"

Nora's Latest Uprising, #7
1 1/8 x 1 1/8"


That Girl who Looks Like That Other Girl, #10
1 1/8 x 1 1/8"


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Girl with the Ocean in her Hair

A friend of mine commissioned me to paint a guitar body.  Like, a long time ago.  So I should really get on that.  I keep feeling like I don't have the right sketch yet.  This drawing is related to that commission, but probably won't look anything like this.

Ink, pencil, paint on hardboard panel.  7 x 5".  If you like it you can buy it via Paypal for $79 + shipping by clicking here.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Laurie Anderson's "Delusion"

The last time I saw Laurie Anderson perform was....  20 years ago, in Champaign-Urbana. It was terrific.  She handed out small leaflets of newsprint with a chunk of charcoal taped to one corner and explained, at the beginning of the performance, that photography was not allowed, so.... please feel free to sketch.

That performance stayed with me a while. In fact, I'm pretty sure I talked in an obnoxious (to others) but satisfying (to me) imitation of her sonorous, quirky cadences for, like, ever. If I'd had LEDs, I would have carried them in my mouth. Between that and Stop Making Sense, I can't remember why I didn't walk around in a white seersucker suit all the time. I wanted too. Like, bad.

"Delusion" played at Harris Theater in Chicago last night. (What a great theater by the way, on the north end of Milennium Park. A little vertiginous in the balconies, I had to hold the rails like a kid to get to my seat, but wow. It's a pit, a cavern, deep underground, like a womb. Must go back.) I really enjoyed it. 90 minutes of truly excellent performance, wonderful wordplay, the kind of sound and video technology that 20-year-ago Laurie probably dreamt of. Here is how the New York Times described it:

The main business of “Delusion,” as Ms. Anderson has explained it, is exploring the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, our families, our country and the world, and the porous border between history and myth. A jokey account of a lawsuit about the ownership of the moon morphs into a meditation on the roots of the Russian space program in the work of a 19th-century mystic. The story of the Icelandic farmer becomes a discussion of Ms. Anderson’s Swedish and Irish family roots. Probably the oddest of Ms. Anderson’s many odd tales is her memory of a dream in which she gives birth to her pet terrier.

The stories were engaging, humorous, at times a little sad. The lilt is there, the male techno-modulated character is fully formed as another individual (Fenway Bergamot is his name, she says. I always assumed it was mostly possession by William S Burroughs.) Her violin work was impressive, explaining even to a musical dolt like me how a chunk of melody repeated extemporaneously and (seemingly) randomly over abstract percussion begins to take its own shape, reinforce its own mood and meaning.

But today, I'm humming O Superman. I feel like I can't remember any of the tuneful bits, and feeling a little sheepish about that. Like, disloyal. Unfortunately, I need phrasing to understand music. Isn't that terrible? Repeated melody doesn't seem to be enough, I guess I need a time signature. Oh jeez - a hook? I feel terrible admitting I'm such a Luddite.

I realize it's performance art, but Sharky's Day is a song I can remember and sing to myself. Let X=X. I even remember "full fathom five, my father lies..." the Shakespeare/Melville mashup. "Delusion" is passing away from me like a dream that has no anchors, no refrain to attach to. Like a "Difficult Listening Hour." I'm embarrassed to say it - it probably speaks to my unsophistication. So sorry Ms Anderson. I'd just like to sing a long a little bit today.

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