not-about-paint

so he calls me up and he’s like, ” still love you,” and i’m like… i just… i mean this is exhausting, you know? like, we are never getting back together. like, ever.

N: Okay well this one is all about scenery, painted by Pablo Simcasso. He spent most of his adult life in Champs Les Sims and this piece was particularly inspired by his Spanish background.

P: Interesting.

"My name is Picasso, like the artist. Mama said she named me Picasso because he painted about truth, but I think Mama mis­interpreted his words. What Pablo Picasso said was this: Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. What I think he meant is that great art is born from skillful lying, and something else, something much more profound, that lying is okay as long as its end goal is altruistic. Well that’s how I read it anyway, and that’s how I’ve been able to justify what happened that day."

- Jennifer Murphy, I Love You More

Picasso Lane is twelve years old when her father, Oliver, is murdered at their summer beach house in North Carolina. Her mother, Diana, is the primary suspect … at least until the police discover his second wife, Jewels, and his third, Bert. The new widows say they have never met—but Picasso knows otherwise. She remembers the late-night visits, the hushed phone calls, and the whispered planning…

http://www.randomhouse.com/book/234724/i-love-you-more-by-jennifer-murphy

There’s something about this simple, restrained graciousness of this cozy, deep green library in Woods Hole, MA (the southwestern edge of Cape Cod) that speaks to me. Gingham carpet, some family treasures, classic antique ship painting about the fireplace, comfortable English club chairs - this room could’ve been decorated 30 years ago or 30 days ago and it’s still perfect.

I feel that strongly believed in and stated convictions on art have a habit of tumbling and collapsing in front of the canvas when the act of painting actually begins.”

"Franze Kline, in a very easy bar conversation in the fifties said: ‘You know what creating really is? To have the capacity to be embarrassed.’ And one of the better definitions about painting was Kline’s… He said, ‘You know, painting is like hands stuck in a mattress.

—  Philip Guston

Quick sketch I whipped up of a skin I wanna do >_>; 

Idk if I’ll end up finishing it because thinking about painting all of that is just… wowee I’m lazy ugh. Going to be scaled/feathered. Horns will be bone and the two birds are going to hopefully be albino ravens. The gold is pale gold chains and the pink-y stuff is supposed to be dead roses, but we’ll see how well I can paint them >_>; 

I MIGHT JUST SEE IF I CAN PAY SOMEBODY WHO’S BETTER AT PAINTING TO FINISH THIS FOR ME )8< So if any of you guys are good at shading… hit me up, i’ll pay you well in gems! 

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The second interview we have is from Elizabeth Ellis. She is from the USA but no doubt her story will be inspiring to us in the UK!


1) Tell us about your shelter pet painting project The Year of 52 Rescues.
For the entire year of 2015, I will be painting an 8x10 inch watercolor portrait of a currently adoptable animal that is in a shelter every week. At the beginning of 2016 there will be an exhibition of all 52 portraits at the Dreaming Tree Gallery in Grove City, Ohio. After the exhibition, they will be taken down and mailed to either the shelter who still has the animal, or the family who has adopted the animals. My goal is to raise awareness about “Adopt Don’t Shop” and to hopefully bring some attention to animals who are more difficult to find homes for.


2) How long have you been doing it & how did you come up with the idea?
I started the project officially at the beginning of the year. I come from a pet family, and all our animals have been rescues. I got divorced in June of 2014 and it caused me to reevaluate a lot of things in my life. I realized that one of my goals is for the world to be just a little bit better of a place because I was here. I examined my skill set, and the things that are important to me, and I thought this would be a creative way to hopefully raise some awareness for a cause that I believe in.

3) Do you have any tips or ideas for people who want to create art to raise awareness or fundraise for animals in need?
SOCIAL MEDIA.

4) What are the positives and negatives of doing this?

It won’t do anyone any good unless I can get attention for the project, and there has been a whole lot of leg work trying to get people to help me promote it with limited success so far. I just had a huge break through though, the magazine The Chronicle of the Horse is going to post on their facebook page about the project weekly for the rest of the year, and they have plans to publish an article about me in an issue of their print magazine later in the year, which is terribly exciting. And because I am publishing a brief bio on each of the animals, I am opening myself up to some really tragic stories. Dogs that are being forced to fight pregnant, horses that are neglected and are 500 pounds underweight… I’m aware that people do terrible things to animals, but to be opening myself up to first hand stories and explicit pictures of it makes it very acute.

5) How can we help?
The more people I can reach, the more animals I can help, so share, pin, post, blog, help me get the word out! Hopefully this will catch on fire and I can make a positive impact!

Elizabeth’s website: Elizabeth Ellis Art

Twitter: LizzerTweets

Facebook: Elizabeth Paints


Thank you so much for sharing your story and your beautiful paintings! This is such an interesting and unusual way to raise awareness for rescue animals. Let’s help Elizabeth help animals and reblog this on tumblr and share it on twitter/facebook/etc!

They call him the Winter Soldier. He reminds me more of fire, though.

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I also found this $5 toothless figurine at target and it was already pretty cute but I went “how can I make this even cuter

here’s what the original toothless figurine looked like, pre-painting (I forgot to take before pics so here’s a picture of it from amazon). I also filled in some gaps in his tail with epoxy putty and sanded his edges a little.

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Cute kiddie heretics

I was only intending to do this for practice but a few friends want it as a print, so sure, I’ll get some made this week.

Pre-order on Storenvy

Another Doctor Who commission from Big Chief Studios and officially approved by the BBC! This is my long-awaited portrait of the Ninth Doctor, titled “The Parting of the Ways" - it’s meant to be a dually melancholy/hopeful piece, as it was inspired by both the triumphant scene in The Doctor Dances, as well as the bittersweet regeneration scene. Part of my official series!

Will be available to buy online as a licensed print very soon! Please follow me on Tumblr or Instagram for relevant announcements (and maybe giveaways!)