Saturday, April 24, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

"funny" video

Lola is a wonderful mouse. She is very intelligent and enthusiastic. She was a birthday present from my friend (who gave her to me in a Mickey's Liquor cardboard box..thats right..NO PROPER CAGE) and I was completely grossed out by her. I even almost set her free at a park by my house. But, as I stared into the tiny face of my little mouse princess, I realized, I couldn't let this poor creature fend for herself in the wild. She would've been massacred in a matter of seconds by a bird or snake! So I decided to keep her. My mom wasn't very thrilled. She yelled and screamed at me until I cried (on my birthday, in fact) about how much she hated rodents and how messy Lola would be if I kept her. But you know what? Lola is messy. And Lola is a rodent. BUT, she is MY MESSY RODENT and I love her regardless!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Little Girl

Little Girl
Originally uploaded by Stephafoo
I'm still using my spilled/dripped paint technique that I have come up with but now I am using this technique in my figures staying true to my inspiration from John Copeland. I also am avoiding detail in the faces because I don't want to get too personal with these figures.

Everyone always asks me how I start these pieces and where I get my inspiration. Some of these pieces, like the landscapes, always come from a beginning sketch(s) and I also use grids and rulers to make sure each building and structure is architecturally "sculpted" correctly. The drips and spills in paint adds a new twist to the traditional landscapes and structures.
My new paintings with the figures actually started out as a study of figures. Using an old photograph as inspiration, I start out painting the skin of each figure with acrylic paint and emphasizing each pigment of color. After, I go back over each figure with wall paint every time there is a fold in clothing.

I'm really proud of these pieces. My mom actually hates these but I love em!