Saturday, February 28, 2009

Stoatial Distortion

It was a tough choice to pick the best fake animal band name but I have to say that Matt's made me laugh out loud so I went with that one. I decided to use my budding Adobe Illustrator skillz to make an album cover. You should check out his blog.

Friday, February 27, 2009

William Kentridge

This is one of my favorite artists, perhaps my favorite. When I first discovered him several years ago I had many moments of wanting to give up because his work is so good that I felt that I couldn't possibly make anything as great. He draws often using the same sheet of paper to create his animation. He draws, takes a photo, erases, makes a small change, takes a photo, and so on. The result is beautiful and eerie. You can find more of his videos on Youtube.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


I made this 4x6 inch painting a few weeks ago. I think I have nearly 40 or so out of 100. I'm starting to think I want more then 100 but I guess I should find a place to show them and then decide. Hmmmmmm.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I couldn't get the image of the legs of my mugger handcuffed under the table so I made this 4x6 painting a few weeks ago.

Monday, February 23, 2009


I have to admit that I'm feeling a little lost without my self-portrait challenge today. I have to come up with something to post. Ugh.

Bad Veins has been in the negotiation phase with Dangerbird Records. We are really excited about this development and the people at the label seem really supportive and nice from what I hear. It has brought full circle what I've been noticing for a while, there are a ridiculous amount of bands out there, in this case a record label, with animal names. I am going to list as many as I can think of here. I know I'm going to wake up in the middle of the night and think of one. Some of these bands have been around for a while but I've been noticing a silly trend and it needs to stop. I have to say I love about 90% of these bands music but come on! While attaching all of these links I did discover a few awesome sights. For fun I would like for you to try to come up with an awesome animal band name. The winner will receive one animal band mixed CD from me. Poll closes on Saturday February 28th.

Animal Collective
Arctic Monkeys
Ass Ponys
A Band of Bees
Band of Horses
Bear vs. Shark
The Bird and the Bee
The Byrds
Cat Power
The Detroit Cobras
Dinosaur Jr.
Dr. Dog
The Eagles
Echo and the Bunnymen
Fleet Foxes
Frightened Rabbit
Grizzly Bear
Horse Feathers
Minus the Bear
Modest Mouse
The Monkees
Panda Bear
Sea Wolf
Snoop Dogg
Toy Horses
Wake the Bear
Wolf Parade
The Unicorns (ok...maybe not a real animal)
Vampire Weekend (if Unicorn made the list why not vampire)
The Wombats
Wolf and Cub
The Wrens

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Self-Portrait #365

I had grand ideas of making the last one the best one but a lazy day on the couch killed that ambition and frankly after 365 of these damn things it was just too much pressure. So instead of awesome I decided to uses two of my three main ways of documenting this self-portrait project by using my handy camera and Photobooth. I originally got the 365 self-portrait idea from this blog. I didn't think that I would finish but today is the day. I have to say that I did like having a task to do everyday. I also learned that I always have bags under my eyes and now I'm researching bag remedies. I would recommend this project to someone having a hard time blogging regularly. It has definitely gotten me in the habit and helped me form regular followers who must be as glad for me to move on from this project as I am. It also has been a great way to track memories. There are particular photos that I remember so distinctly, when I look at them, what I was going through at that moment. I'm hoping to continue to blog daily either posting a photo, video, something! You may see my face pop up from time to time. Sorry. Thanks for playin'.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Self-Portrait #364

This morning I found my first kinky grey hair. Yikes.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Self-Portrait #363

Waiting to be seated for dinner. I love these shoes. Never knew I
was such a girl.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Self-Portrait #361

This is what I look like when I'm sitting at my computer at night in
my pajamas waiting for the Nyquil to kick in. My immune system has
decided to take a vacation leaving me defenseless to every sneeze that
erupts near me. It's driving me mad. I can't wait until spring.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Self-Portrait #360

I think I captured frustrated concentration in this one while in my Adobe Illustrator class. This is the
rough draft of my logo project. I'm trying to turn the font that Bad
Veins uses into a logo. I want to slowly get away from the original
font but keep the same feeling. Right now I think the flowers look
like cotton. I like cotton.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Self-Portrait #359

Day off! Sketchbook, computer, favorite pen, favorite hoodie, and
music. Sweet!

I Finished It!

I think. I never know if I'm finished, I just get to a point where I don't completely hate it. So, I'm thinking about starting a monthly art/craft night in Northside. I know a lot of crafters that don't exactly know one another. Check out the poll on the right and make your pick. My next step will be to secure a spot. I'm hoping to start in March.

Self-Portrait #358


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Self-Portrait #357

My dress for Meri's wedding except it will be green.

Self-Portrait #356

Ikea daydream. This didn't post last night. We went to Ikea to eat
meatballs and visit our new kitchen and bathroom.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Self-Portrait #354

Lost, slippers, blanket. Check.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Self-Portrait #353

In my Adobe Illustrator class which was one of my goals for the year.
Today was mostly lecture but hopefully I'll have some fun work to show
in the next few weeks. Note to self: Brush hair before leaving
house. Yikes!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Self-Portrait #352

I traded my snow boots for my chucks. Yay warmer days!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Self-Portrait #350

I set a timer for 10 minutes for this drawing. I need to loosen up and time limits are a good way to do that.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Self-Portrait #349

I don't feel like I've been challenging myself creatively these days. I think this self-portrait is evidence of that. I need to get into the habit of looking at art more. I need to spend more time flushing out all of the ideas that float around in my head that are never fully realized. Maybe that will be the focus of my next challenge after this self-portrait thing is done. I need to be looking more. I also need to get back into my crafty craftyness.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Self-Portrait #348

Glasses day. Sinus pressure. Tired of winter. Tired of sick. Ready
for spring.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Self-Portrait #346

The snow storm trapped Ben's cute niece Emma at our house.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Self-Portrait #345

Day 3 on couch. I'm so ready to go to work tomorrow. The TV is
rotting my brain.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Self-Portrait #344

I've spent the majority of this weekend on the couch sick for what
seems like the 100th time this winter. I did leave the house to go
see the movie Milk which was very good, it made me cry a lot. I don't
really wear a lot of makeup but I rarely leave the house without
putting on mascara. It's refreshing not to sometimes, like today.
These thoughts really have nothing to do with one another.