I keep forgetting to put my new artwork on here, here’s “Baying for Blood” not my usual kind or work but I enjoyed painting her for a change, might make a series, not sure yet though.
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Now, we’ve all seem Chucky, the adorable little doll that was released 1988. We all thought, “boy, I would love one of those to brighten up my living space”. I am, of course, being sarcastic. That film scared me for life, never liked dolls before and that film just sealed it for me.
But there is a new craze sweeping through the art world, that is, “Zombie Dolls”. They’re horrendously life like, ugly and creepy. Despite their looks, they’re becoming rather popular with people who are into the fashion of stripy socks and big boots.
After deciding to write this about them, in all honesty there are some Vampire baby dolls that I would have. There’s one that looks like Claudia from Interview with the Vampire, creepy and beautiful all in one. Never the less having one sat in the corner of my room at night would end up causing me to have slight sleep problems.
Bean Shanine, proud owner of the Twisted Bean Stalk Nursery has absolutely got her dolls down to a fine art. They’re so realistic and life like I’ve seen worse modelling in big movies. They do fetch a fare old price but she does spend 8 pain staking hours on each doll and for the craftsmanship I think they’re worth it. Each doll has 30 layers of paint and baked after every layer.
So here we go, introducing Memphis, I lovely little blonde girl with a cute little bunny-wunny teddy.
So life like which is what makes them creepier than if they looked tacky. Below is the Claudia one I mentioned above, makes me want to watch that now.
Bean Shanine’s dolls have become so popular that Sharon Osbourne was given one as a gift. She, like me though that they were “very well made and slightly disturbing”. Like this one below…
If you’d like to see one of these babies in real life Bean Shanine will be at The Down East Doll Show, North Carolina 19-22th June 2013 at booth 305. There will be 10 on display ready to go if you’re thinking about buying one. She’s also on Etsy, Ebay.
But have a look at the nursery as there are loads more to have a look at.
I came across the Pothole Gardener today, and it’s totally put a smile on my face, this guy spends hours walking the streets of London looking for potholes and making tiny gardens in the- cute! It’s a bit like yarn bombing but scores a lot high on the cute scale, it’s also known as guerilla gardening.
Steven Wheen was asked why he did this and he said he just wants to bring a little happiness to people. He also is a fellow blogger on wordpress with a lot of videos on and a few pictures.
See all those people who say the don’t like graffiti. I think this is a fabulous idea and every village, town or city should have their own resident guerilla gardener
I know I’ve been bad recently- no posts for some time, sorry guys, life got in the way and I didn’t feel like it, haven’t produced anything at all, plus my keyboard and my mouse has broken which kinda gets in the way. Anyway I’ve just been looking at pinterest for some inspiration for any artwork for me to do or just anything to get the artistic juices flowing again, it didn’t really help but I’ve discovered a new artist that is just simply awesome. Her name is Nanami Cowdroy, born in Australia (one of my favourite countries), and he artwork just speaks to me, it’s amazing, I’ve always been a huge fan of pen and ink, there’s something very beautiful about it, the way it blends, the way you can just go crazy with it, the way it captures water onto paper, my carpet doesn’t like it too much though. Nanami’s artwork is the kind where you can stare at it for hours on end and still be picking out new bits, extremely busy, my favourite type! Nanami’s work has so much flow and energy running through it’s veins, it’s absolutely stunning. I love the fact she’s left all in monochrome, they don’t need colour, it just speaks for it’s self.
Nanami actually has a blog you can follow too which she frequently lets you know what she’s been upto and also there’s a link to some skins you can buy with her work on, I’ve never seen or bought from the website so I can’t really say if they’re any good, I think it’s only USA & Canada they sell to.
Nanami’s work does strongly eco traditional Japanese art but with a grungy modern twist, which makes sense as she lives in Australia (amazing country by the way) with an Asian background. I think it’s a brilliant and balanced mix.
I think many people are unaware of book carving, some might even think it a waste of good books, I’m not in either of those categories. I think that it’s a beautiful and skilled craft and it really gives a new life to old books.
The thing about book carving is that it seems to pull a story or subject from right off of the page, suddenly books on engineering become interesting, or books on aviation history appeals to everyone. I think it speaks to the imaginative child in all of us, when we used to truly believe in magic (well, there are still some adults that believe but we won’t go there). For me they make me think of the Adam’s Family library and we all wanted one of those, right?
I love the picture below, it looks just like I’m peering out of a cave.
I’m sure there are a lot of people who probably think that destroying books is a bit like graffiti artists tagging our culture, but that’s what art’s about, changing culture, creating something that tugs at your heart strings, something that completely changes the way you look at an object. I’m not saying some one should do this to the dead sea scrolls or the original works of Shakespeare but in a world where books are becoming obsolete we need to do something with them to recycle them and give new life to the stories printed inside, think of all of the books you’ve got sitting gathering dust on your shelves , I bet you’re now looking at them slightly differently and wondering where your craft knife and PVA glue is, have a go at it, you’ll ruin a few but your not going to need them, that’s why you’ve got your Kindle!
Happy New Year to you all.
We I moved over to I had to leave things about traditional art behind. I’ve found that I’ve really missed getting down and dirty with a painting, just going crazy with different tools and techniques, I miss having to scrub my hands and watching all of the beautiful colours spiralling down the plug hole (and clogging it occasionally), peeling the PVA glue off of my face out of my hair and arms, picking up cuttings off of the floor, worrying if anyone will notice the new stain on the carpet, painting the walls accidentally when I have a paint brush in my mouth going for a coffee break, then start to look around and see all of the flicks on the ceiling, knocking a heavily loaded paint brush in the floor, the smells of different paints (I always though silver acrylics always smelt minty, anyone else get that or is it just me?), having a night out on the town and get asked “why do you have paint all up your arms?”- oops.
Ah, good times…
For all of you traditional artists and digital artists, I really like the video below. I always forget to invest as much time in the background of my painting as the object it’s self because they are just as important, they invoke more interest than an object with just a solid colour, very simple, but I always forget it.
This is a new video from the master- Bobby Chui (Imaginism Studios). I love the fact the he’s into Game of Thrones as much as I am, because I fell across this when looking for what speedpaints people have done for Game of Thrones because I’m going to do one and not only that the choice of his subject matter seems to give the impression that his favourite character (as well as mine and I’m sure nearly everyone) is Tyrion Lannister, the best character I have ever come across in fiction.
Any way, enjoy the video I think it’s a fabulous painting.
Ever since I was little I’ve loved the National Geographic’s magazines, my mum and dad had stacks of the things piled up in the side-bored in the living room, I always at weekends looked through them for the wonderful photography, weird places, new cultures, beautiful scenery, strange animals, it just made the world seem more magical to me, I think it sparked the interest I have in anthropology and art, I always want to learn more about our environment, different cultures etc.. and what better way throught the National Geographic?
I saw on zazzle today that they have their own store, so I’ve picked a few out, theses are only prints but they do do some cases.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of tire art, the texture of the tires and the shape bring these creatures into a world of their own, tire art can make any “normal” animal look like a creature from a lost world.