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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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A Very Seinfeld Halloween

As many of you know, my family is absolutely crazy about dressing up for Halloween (just see years past here or on Instagram at: #EssenpreisHalloween).  After taking last Halloween off due to my crazy schedule and my 1st nephew being born, we’re back!  I actually thought of this idea while still pregnant (like I said, crazy Halloween family) and am so glad we were able to pull it off!

Obviously Seinfeld remains my all-time favorite show (I painted 99 Seinfeld References after all) and it was fun to finally be able to recreate some of my favorite characters in one of the best scenes!  Luckily my son has remained mostly bald and has a surprising high tolerance to being dressed up like an old man.  The rest was simply finding a purple turtleneck onesie, a good wig for Elaine, and making my husband shave his beloved beard. Whammo! :)

BABY UNCLE LEO!

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‘Leo, I don’t care for your demeanor!’  image1

‘Elaine, what about my eyebrows?’ ‘Shhh! here..’

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‘Calm down..’  ‘I am calm!’

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And I’m still laughing about this:

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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

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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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in progress:

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A Few for the Wall Street Journal

I’m running a little behind on this blog lately, so I’m combining the last couple of jobs I did for the WSJ into one single post!  As I may have mentioned in the past, I love working for newspapers, b/c I think the quick turn-around (sometimes only 2 hours!) is a really exciting challenge.  I’ve done a couple of small spots for the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Off Duty’ section the past few weeks, all for the Fixer section.

The first was all about finding the right hideaway bed for out-of-town guests:

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Then a set of illustrated instructions on how-to wrap your headphone cords so the don’t tangle:

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This week I did a couple of pieces about how-to take better pics of babies w/ a smartphone:

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More LV Bags

I’ve been doing a string of personalized, hand-painted Louis Vuitton bags for some clients lately, which have been such a fun change of pace!  Below are a few of my favorites..

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NY Times Op-Ed: Does Preschool Work?

I did another quick piece for the NY Times Op-Ed, all about whether or not preschool is effective in creating smarter kids.  Below is the finish, along with a few sketches, but you can read the full article HERE.

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sketches:

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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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Crazy 4 Cult 7: Back in New York

I can’t believe this will already be my 6th year participating in Gallery 1988′s Crazy 4 Cult show!  Time flies.  In the past I’ve tackled PeeWee’s Big Adventure, Mulholland Drive, Ferris Bueller, Goonies, Escape From NY, & Strange Brew.. But this year I decided to do a piece based on my absolute FAVORITE movie of all time: Clue.  I’ve seen it literally a hundred times, can quote it from beginning to end and still find it as funny as ever.  this one was fun.

Crazy 4 Cult 7: Back in NY opens this Friday, December 13th, from 7-10pm.

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11in x 11in, Flash on wood, sealed in resin

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resined finish:

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Detailed promo for the show:

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NY Times Sunday Review: Generation Y

I did another fun illustration for the NY Times, this time for the the cover of the Sunday Review.  It was a really interesting piece all about taking a new, positive look at Generation Y.  You can read more about it HERE

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Lucid Dreaming for Mashable.com

I did a quick, fun piece for the folks over at Mashable.com this weekend, all about a device that can help you control your dreams.  Read more about it HERE

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