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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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Sunday Review: Binge-Watching TV

I did another fun piece for the NY Times Sunday Review section this weekend, all about binge-watching tv, and addiction to series like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and House of Cards.  Below is the finish and a couple of sketches that weren’t used.

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sketches:

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Gallery 1988 Show

UPDATE: A bunch of these original paintings + AP prints are now for sale HERE

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few of these, but here’s the rest!  All created for the show at Gallery 1988 East in LA. Below are the first pieces I did, which were some of my favorite movie/TV characters, on their “Day Off”.  Available as originals + prints HERE, and AP prints available in my Etsy shop.  Also, T-SHIRTS!!

        Joker Tags Over Banksy

Joker vs. Banksy

(Batman)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

A Wheeler 9 to 5

A Wheeler 9 to 5

(Return to Oz)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Alien Takes Jonesy to the Vet

Alien Takes Jonesy to the Vet

(Alien)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Bedtime for Log

Bedtime for Log

(Twin Peaks)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Gozer at the Dog Park

Gozer at the Dog Park

(Ghostbusters)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Jessica Rabbit on Sunday

Jessica Rabbit on Sunday

(Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Leatherface's Secret Hobby

Leatherface’s Secret Hobby

(Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Michael Myers Irons the Jumpsuit

Ironing the Jumpsuit

(Halloween)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

  Mola Ram at Bingo

Mola Ram Plays Bingo

(Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

  Mrs Whites Husbands

Mrs. White’s 2 Husbands

(Clue)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

  Norman and Mother

Norman and Mother

(Psycho)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

  Pinheads Weekend Side Job

Pinhead’s Weekend Side Job

(Hellraiser)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

  Shredder and Krang Ride

Shredder + Krang Ride

(TMNT)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

For my 2nd group of pieces, I thought it would be fun to try and recreate a few movie-inspired floating terrariums.  Some of them are easier to guess than others!  Available as originals + prints HERE

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resinNightmare on Elm Street

 

  Nightmare on Elm Street

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Nothing But Trouble 

Nothing But Trouble

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Stand by Me

Stand By Me

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

The Thing 

The Thing

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Waynes World

Wayne’s World

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Bad Robot Show at G1988

UPDATE:  I received very limited APs of this SOLD OUT print, and they are currently available in my Etsy shop !

So excited to be able to squeeze in this piece for the Bad Robot Art Experience happening at Gallery 1988 on April 24th!  Even though I’ve been really focused on my upcoming show at G1988 on May 3rd, I was a huge fan of Lost, so I just had to do a piece involving the Smoke Monster.  :)

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ALMOST COMPLETE!

Coming May 3rd in LA at Gallery 1988 East!!! I’ll be posting previews of pieces coming up this week on Instagram.

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COMING SOON

I’m so proud to announce that my 2-person show with the amazingly talented Shannon Bonatakis is coming up quickly at Gallery 1988 East!  More details and sneak peeks to come, but here’s the official flyer below.. Can’t wait!

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Tiny Birthday Portraits

This weekend was a fun-filled crazy one, as my siblings, family friends, and I threw my Mom a huge surprise 60th birthday party!  We spent over a month planning, crafting, and setting up a pop-up party for our favorite lady.  So much work, but so very worth it!

I made these tiny portraits of my Mom from the 1970′s, her/my dad today, and their dog, Jack, that were made in to small magnets for the guests to bring home with them.  I have to say, they turned out pretty cute.. And I think they were a big hit!  :)

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NY Times Op-Ed: A No-Fly Zone for Knives

I did another quick illustration for the NY  Times Op-Ed section.  The piece was written by an airline stewardess who opposes T.S.A.’s decision to allow passengers to carry small knives.. I had fun coming up with ideas for this one!

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Life After Work

It’s been an insane few months, between trying to crank out paintings for my upcoming show at Gallery 1988 and the few freelance gigs I can squeeze in.. Let’s just say my house is a disaster, sometimes Iwear sweatpants until 2pm, and I haven’t had a haircut since, well, I can’t remember.. But my hair’s so long, I could probably go topless outside and not be arrested.

Anyway, this week I was able to do a quick illustration for the NY Times Sunday Review section, b/c I needed a break from painting & I loved the article entitled, “Is There Life After Work?“  Special thanks to the wonderful Aviva Michaelov, who art directed!

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HelloGiggles & Gallery 1988 Present: Young Adult

Recently I’ve had to turn down quite a few awesome theme shows, in order to focus on my 2-person show in May.  But I just couldn’t pass up the upcoming all-girl show, a collaboration between HelloGiggles (founded by Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi, & Molly McAleer) & Gallery 1988 entitled Young Adult.  The show is geared towards a younger female crowd, with all pieces based on various book series, including The Baby-Sitters Club, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High, and Goosebumps.

I spent my pre-teen summers reading literally all of these series, as far into them as my middle-school years would deem socially acceptable.  For my piece, I ultimately decided on Sweet Valley High, because at age 11, I had an older cousin who gave me over 30 of her old SVH books. Even though my mom told me they were too old for me, I read them anyways.. thinking I was reading a taboo, adult series of some kind.  Anyway, I loved them, and would constantly flip back to the covers as I read, checking out the hair styles and clothes they were wearing.

I wanted to do a piece that reinterpreted that famous, circular illustrated cover that usually portrayed Jessica & Elizabeth Wakefield in various dramatic poses.  It’s painted on a circular wood panel, with Flashe paint, and is sealed under a layer of resin.  The show opens in LA on February 2nd.

Jessica and Elizabeth

initial color sketch:

progress:

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invite for show:

NY Times Letters Section

I did a quick little illustration for this weekend’s  NY Times Letters Section, about the Romney ‘gifts comment’.

 

Martha Stewart Living – Corn Husk Dolls

I remember making these in Girl Scouts way back when, so illustrating these step-by-step instructions for Martha Stewart was a lot of fun.  Although I would suggest adding clothes to yours, because they sort of have a voodoo doll thing going on without them.

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