For my niece this Christmas. I was surfing her Facebook to see if any of her photos would inspire a piece of art. I found this one and just knew it had to painted. Enjoy the video.
 
 
These blotch art paintings are for my new Jacob's ladder. They were made with the leftover palette paint of the painting,"Harvesting Humans". Once I get the Ladder put together, I will post another photo.

 
 
Thanksgiving will be extra memorable this year. Tired of the same old routine that most Thanksgivings bring: eat a lot, drink a lot, watch t.v. or a movie, I decided we needed to step up our celebration with something much more memorable than the same old. After all, we ARE creating memories of our lives right? So, I chose a song for each couple, printed the lyrics and made a cd with their song. Although the family knew in advance what I was going to ask of them, no one knew what their song was in advance. After dinner, each couple was given a song and their lyrics. They were allowed only one "listen" and "read through" . Then they had to perform their song in their own theatrical style, whether it was to sing or pantomime. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable Thanksgiving dinners, ever! The only thing missing was my eldest daughter Echo, who IS a singer/songwriter/musician. However, as a group, we did a song of her request, especially for her. Then the entire family got to listen to her remix of an old song which her new band has re-done. So, it was a little like she was there with us, instead of residing in sunny Florida! 

I don't think we ever laughed so hard or so much at any other gathering! "The Show" was hysterical! My youngest daughter, in retaliation, even brought a secret song for me to perform. HA! She got me back good with, "Apple Bottom Jeans"! Of course, I video recorded the show and sent a copy to Echo, via yousendit.com. She got the biggest laugh and felt as if she were a part of our celebration. 

I sent each couple home with their lyrics and cd. They are to "practice" their songs and come back on Christmas with a polished version. The best couple will win a prize. I also created a movie for each couple, compiling all performances on one dvd. That way, they will always have the memories of this particular Thanksgiving right at hand.

We had so much fun,at Thanksgiving I can hardly wait for Christmas!


I am thankful for the abundance of everything I need in my life.
 
 
Last night I saw the film "Valentines Day" starring Ashton Kutcher, Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, George Lopez, and Jamie Foxx, just to name a few. This film is jammed packed with stars. I don't normally watch comedies, mainly because I rarely find them funny. However, since this film was so loaded with stars, I wanted to see if they could make me laugh. Well, as it turned out, the film was of course, a love story of sorts, (no joke, just look at the title) and I don't normally go for love stories either. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, they either live happily after ever or get a divorce. blah blah blah. I find love stories uninteresting for the most part. Same shite, different day--or people, to be exact.
I pretty much found my mind wandering throughout the film, a good way to veg out. My favorite line in the film was in the restaurant, when Jennifer Garner's character, Julia, is posing as a server while confronting her "married man" boyfriend, Patrick Demsey, at the table with his wife. She (Jennifer) winds up the little toy heart he gave her as he left her bed that morning (it walks across the table) while she is describing how the chef is preparing cow testicles for a lovely dish of "up your azz". An unknown character at a nearby table asks his wife, "Did we get a toy?" BWAHAHAHAHA! My favorite line from the entire movie. All that viewing time for one really great line---and it wasn't even delivered by a main character!
 
 
I need a mannequin head for my Hippie Hats. So they say, "Necessity is the Mother of Invention"!  I don't always have a real life model around, except myself, and honestly, I am getting sick of seeing my mug, wearing my hats! I looked on ebay and Amazon and although the mannequins looked very nice, they are a bit out of my price range at the moment. Besides, I am an artist, so why not create a few myself? So, yeah, I know, I used my own face to create the mannequin! That was just for the first one. I'm going to get some models over here that will let me use their faces soon. Besides, you can't really tell it's me, because the face becomes somewhat distorted once applied to the frame. I like the idea of being able to paint and design the mannequin's in whatever style I choose and that's the fun part! Here's a photo of the start of the this project. I still have a lot to do before it's completed.
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I think these mannequins will be the perfect way to display my Hippie Hats for photos for my shop and at future Art Shows as well. I can't wait to finish this project! Process video coming soon.
 
 
Today I finished the second painting for my dream book. In one of the world's I visit when I am sleeping, the children enjoy a frozen grasshopper treat on hot summer days. They call these treats, "Hop Pops". Yes, they are real grasshoppers. I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I asked, "What in the world are you eating?" A little girl answered, "It's a Hop Pop!" This world was so colorful and happy and serene, I figured the grasshopper treats had to taste good, although I didn't try one. A very fun dream!

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This is the last "sneak peak" of the paintings for my dream book. To see the others, you'll have to be patient and wait for my book. Thank you for all your support of my artistic endeavors!
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"HOP POPS"

 
 
Worked most of the day on my second painting for my dream book. I am on a roll here, which is a good thing. Still have a few more things to add to the painting today. When my eyes get tired, I know it's time to stop. I was losing the light and it's difficult to judge color value without daylight. I am one of those painters who loves to paint in real lighting. Artificial lighting does something different and it always seems to screw up a painting if I do it half and half. (Half real light and half artificial) So, as soon as I finish drinking this cup of beans, it's back to the drawing board for me.

I also began working on another Jacob's ladder. I recycled the leftover paint in my palette and some scraps of card stock to create the images. I like being able to say, "And this Jacob's ladder was created from the painting..." Here's a video showing how I recycle my leftover palette paint.

Now have a look at "How To Make A Jacob's Ladder". These old fashioned children's toys make great stocking stuffers for the holidays, or any other special occasion. They are also great toys for adults and a fun way to showcase original art prints, if you are an artist. Try to recycle as much as possible. In my "Do It Yourself With Dali" crafting DVD, I show how to make Jacob's Ladders with different recyclables. (on sale now in my shop)
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So, I finished the first painting for my dream book yesterday. I turned off the computer, made a pot of hot peppermint tea, put on the cd "Spirit Chaser" by "Dead Can Dance", turned off my cell phone and began painting. It was a wonderful day! I completed the painting in about four hours. 

I think painting dreams is a lot more difficult than I had originally thought. It's not like I can take a photo and paint from that. I only have my memories of the dream to call upon and as we all know, memories of dreams fade can pretty quickly. However, I believe I caught the "essence" of the dream in this painting.

The dream itself was very scary. I visited this world in which these huge aliens were harvesting human skin, to make human suits. The world was dark and without a lot of color, mostly sepia and burnt sienna with undertones of grays and blacks. The aliens, with their sharp claws, split the humans open from the back of their necks down and pulled out the innards. (bones, muscles, etc.) Then they sewed them back together and hung them on a rack to cure. I don't know what they planned to do with the "human suits" next, I didn't wait around to find out. I was afraid I would be seen and caught!  I was so scared, I left that world immediately! LOL 
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"HARVESTING HUMANS"

 
 
Today I am painting and nothing or no one should interrupt me. It's been a long time since I've had a chance to create. I am going to start my dream series. (Daliism) ➡"God help the devil that tries to keep me from my art today." ~ Dali G.
 
 
So, I completed the Dred Hat last night. It looks good and I like the colors, red, blue, purple and black. I made it extra thick because the woman who ordered it lives in Chicago and we all know how cold the winters are there! I'll get it in the mail tomorrow. I hope she enjoys this unique, warm & wearable art! 

I watched these films while I crocheted: 
Modigliani - This is an amazing film and I really love this artist. If you haven't seen it yet, do! It's a "must see".
The Demolition Man - With Sylvester Stallone, (not my favorite actor) Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock, an okay film if you like science fiction. (I do) A friend on Facebook recommended it to me after she read my post about the dream I had. She said my dream sounded like the world Sylvester and Wesley woke up in after they had been frozen. After seeing the film, I decided that perhaps the "feeling" of peace was about all my dream and the film had in common.
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia - A documentary on the life of some (supposedly) well known family from the hills of west Virginia. I hadn't heard of them before seeing the film. At first glance, each and every family member is a "Hot Mess", addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, in and out of prison, child protective services taking away babies, etc. This family is the epitome of the quote, "Ignorance is bliss". I almost hit the "Back to Browsing" button on my Netflix, but something about this family kept me interested, like watching a train wreck. By the end of the film, I was captivated by these poor souls and the trials and tribulations they experienced throughout the film. I realized that they really, truly, didn't understand the connection of their addictions to their problems. A sad film in almost every way, but you may find yourself laughing, at least a few times. The film is entertaining (if you enjoy dark humor) and educational as well.
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnussus - A wonderful, colorful, science fiction film. My kind of flick! Fantastically loaded cast with Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Heath Ledger, Andrew Garfield, Tom Waits, Verne Troyer, Colin Farrel, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Richard Riddell.  In one of the scenes where they go through the mirror, there is a pastel world with bubbles! No one travels inside the bubbles, but this scene was more like my dream than any film I have seen thus far. Anyway, great film, great actors and I loved the surreal scenery!