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Crazy 4 Cult: Back in LA

UPDATE: Original brass 1/1 necklace and shadowbox now available HERE.

So excited to be included in my 7th (or is it 8th?) year at Gallery 1988′s Crazy 4 Cult! This year I wanted to try something a little different, so I enlisted the help of my husband, and together we recreated the maze from The Shining.. In wearable necklace form!

Made from Brass Alloy #260, it took 18.6 million revolutions on our CNC machine to cut out!  We went through so many attempts to get the right one.  It hangs in a black shadowbox, with a reversible back panel (so it can lay on flat black or the rug pattern from the Overlook Hotel) so it can be displayed as a piece of art as well.  Really excited about this one.  We’re thinking of doing a small run of these in the future, so if interested, please email me!

Crazy 4 Cult: Back in LA opens Friday December 12th, 7-10pm. Check it out, it’s going to be awesome this year!

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A Peek at My Halloween Past

I’ve been posting each year’s Halloween costume on here for a while now, but I don’t think I’ve ever had them all together. So today I’m celebrating some of my favorites from childhood and on. I’ve mentioned this in the past, but my family is seriously crazy about Halloween. We used to go camping each fall to a campground that held a costume contest, and we would try every year to come up with something weirdly original. Then I went away to art school, and the trend continued.  Now that I have my own kid, I’m hoping to pass along the family tradition.. Poor guy doesn’t know what he’s in for!

 

Kindergarten. Garfield. My mom made me hold the sign so people wouldn’t think I was Tigger or Heathcliff

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1st grade. I wanted to be a bubblegum machine, so my mom made me a sandwich board costume, w/ removable penny.

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4th grade. Judge made from toilet paper rolls, graduation gown, rubber hammer, & thesaurus.

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5th grade. Giant NO SMOKING sign. I was a Winston, bc that’s what my dad smoked.

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7th grade. Blackjack dealer, complete with sad, legless gamblers.

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GROUP COSTUMES

College Years. Goonies

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After College. Mortal Kombat (original cast)

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Part of a larger group costume as Spaceballs

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Various characters of Twin Peaks

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At my brother’s Halloween-themed wedding as The Karate Kid

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Made masks (see how here) for They Live

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Evil Dead cabin, Ash, Necronomicon Ex-Mortis

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This year’s scene from Seinfeld as Uncle Leo, Elaine and doctor

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Ghostbusters 3oth Anniversary

So psyched to be a part of this show!  And that I was able to squeeze in one last painting before taking a 2 month ‘new-baby’ break.  After so many years of doing pop-culture related pieces, it can sometimes seem like there’s nothing original left to do, with so much overlap between galleries & shows.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE working on these shows, and am so grateful for every invite I get, but I decided this year to cut back on the amount of ones I participate in.

But when G1988 asked me about this one, it was a no-brainer.  One of my favorite movies, and a big anniversary to boot.  I decided to keep it simple, and base my piece off of one of the 1st scenes in the movie.. Dr. Peter Venkman’s ESP test.

This show will be traveling from NYC, to LA, Chicago, & then San Diego Comic-Con.  First up is NYC opening this Saturday!  Info on flyer below.

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Venkman’s ESP Test

Flashe paint on wood panel, sealed in resin

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Custom Wedding Ketubah

I was recently commissioned to paint an original Ketubah for a lovely couple’s upcoming wedding.  Since they had in mind someone to do the hand-lettered text already, I just created a frame for it, which was a thin wood panel that was then hand painted.  Such a fun, special project for me!

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A Special Bag for Oprah

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by the folks at SoulCycle asking if I could customize a Louis Vuitton bag for a very special friend of theirs.. The one & only, Oprah Winfrey!

She was celebrating her 60th birthday with a spin class and about 50 of her close friends, and they wanted a custom bag to commemorate the event. I hand painted the SoulCycle logo & some colorful stripes on the front, and some simple, tiny text across the bottom of the back.  So fun!

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Amy & Tony’s Save-the-Date

Wow, no updates in forever!  I’ve actually been really busy with a million projects & am now 8 months preggo, so things are getting really crazy.  :)

Anyway, I’m so excited to finally share this one, as it’s very near and dear to me.  My sister & future bro-in-law (also happens to be one of my closest friends from high school) are getting married this summer.. So when they asked if I could do their save-the-date, it was a no brainer.  They wanted something simple and fun that also portrayed them, as well as their beloved pets, Moose & Charlie.  I decided to do something in a similar fashion to the Save-the-Date from my wedding, but also tried to make it uniquely theirs.  Really fun to work on!

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BIG FALL SALE

In celebration of my favorite season, (& in hopes that I will finally give my studio the cleaning it needs), I will be having a HUGE sale on all my original work, prints, & drawings starting this week.

I recently received some of my pop-culture pieces (theDays Off & terrarium pieces) back from Gallery 1988, and will be discounting them up to 50% off!  I will also be offing $15 off all prints, & $10 off all original drawings.  Buy any two pieces & get free shipping (w/in the US only).

Sale will start this Tuesday, October 15th through my Etsy store.  Please feel free to email me with any questions!

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some available ORIGINALS (that will be up to 50% off!):

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SAY HI TO THE BAD GUY: Frank Booth

It’s been a long while since my last update, but things have been really busy around here with work & non-work related stuff.  So happy to finally be back at it in the studio!  I’ve been working on this piece for Gallery 1988 West’s upcoming Say Hi to the Bad Guy, presented by Crazy 4 Cult.

This time around artists will be focusing on their favorite villain from any cult film..  Even though I have many favorites, I decided to go with Frank Booth from Blue Velvet, because I believe him to be the creepiest, craziest bad guy of them all.  A psychopathic drug dealer, pimp, and sadist, he is both a horrible and fascinating character, who easily has some of the most memorable scenes of all time.

Show opens Friday, October 18th at Gallery 1988 West in LA.

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Frank Booth

Flashe paint on wood, sealed in resin

10in x 16.5in

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Fol Chen: False Alarms Video

So excited to see this project finally come to life!  Last year an old friend of mine, talented video director, Keith Musil, and I talked about how awesome it would be to collaborate on something.  I came up with a few concepts and eventually fleshed out and wrote, Light As a Feather.

The idea was that a group of girls come together at a slumber party to play the old game, Light As a Feather, Stiff as a Board (à la The Craft).. But it goes awry.  The girl floats up, but becomes stuck midair and no one can seem to get her down.  Her parents call the paramedics, pray for her, try an exorcism.  Eventually as time passes on, they decide to hold a funeral and mourn for their loss.. The parents fall apart, lose the house and it becomes abandoned.. All the while the girl floats on.

After a while, the novelty of this floating girl fades away, and nobody seems to notice her up there anymore.   People break in to the house, hold parties, trash the place.  Years later, the house is knocked down, to become an empty lot.. And the girl is still there, most likely forever.

Keith decided to hold on to my concept until the right project came along.  This year the LA-based band, Fol Chen, asked Keith to direct the video for a track from their new album, False Alarms.. When he pitched the Light As a Feather concept to them, they loved it!  I can’t tell you how awesome it is to see one of my ideas in the live-action form.. Adds such a different dimension to my normally, 2-D work. Keith did such an amazing job with the video, I’m so excited to have collaborated with him on it!

My final concept sketch:

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Still from the video:

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Talbots Holiday Preview Event

This week I had a lot of fun in NYC painting custom tags for Talbot’s Holiday Preview event!

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Breaking Bad Book

A few months ago, AMC contacted me about an art book they were putting together for the cast & crew of Breaking Bad as a gift for the end of the series.  I was honored to contribute my 30 Days of Saul Goodman image, since I’m such a fan of the show, and had so much fun working on these pieces.  So sad to think it’s ending so soon!

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A Little Peek

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen these, but here’s a peek at some work for my upcoming show at G1988!  I’ll be posting previews of pieces this week HERE.

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