Saturday, September 22, 2012

I disappeared off the face of the Earth ... but I'm back!

Okay, so the summer sucked up a lot of my time because I was working on a metamorphosis of my skin colour from "tinted green" to "healthy tan". So here's what I've been up to:

A) Painting on my excellent balcony. My new apartment has the most spectacular view of the city. One day I'll figure out how to use my camera well enough to really capture the beauty of it. I'm working on a new piece for the Pixel series (I hope that's not the name I settle on ... that's almost as lame as naming your painting 'No. 5' or 'Untitled 77' ... which is what I did a lot in high school because I was super original). It's sort of an evolution of the first two pieces. The first was a pixelized painting of a woman, the second was a paint chip woman, and this third is about paint chips themselves. I'm naming each one of my colours something fun (and hopefully funny), like "Dope Taupe", "White Person" and "Ginger's Eyes". I'll have a finished version up shortly.

B) I'm going to a housewarming party today. Which means bringing some sort of gift that my cousin Kaitlin and her boyfriend Kyle will use forever and into eternity. You know ... I dont want my awesome gift to lay discarded and hidden in some coat closet until I come visit and they feel obligated to pull it out and use it in front of me. I had offered to paint something, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to part with my work yet (unless it's for a lot of money ... I'll take your money). Plus I feel like art is a real personal thing, you either like it or you don't. How awful would it be to receive a painting that you absolutely despise, and but you know that the artist put a lot of time into it .... gughh awkard. I don't want to be that crazy person who presses their art on others because they're too cheap to go out and buy a bacon press. 

Oh, so that's what I got. An awesome cast iron bacon press ... because those two are serious carnivores, and they'll make ample use of it. Here's how I wrapped that tasty sucker:

Mmmm bacon.

Let's all agree that cards are the lamest. They always come pre-written with some sappy or non-funny message from Hallmark ... and then people just sign their own name under it, as if they agree with this card's statement and identify it with something they would have written themselves. But you know ... Hallmark already wrote it, so no sense in writing it twice. I thought it would be fun to use the wrapping paper as the card, and spice it up with some creativity. It only took about 20mins to put together, and it shows a touch of personality.

Yay me.